12 Spring Break Vacation Ideas for Families of Every Type
Spring break is coming up fast and you don’t have time to waste fussing over where to go. That’s why we did the hard work for you and put together the absolute best spring break vacations for families based on the type of vacationer you are.
If you love the beach…
It’s a classic spring break move for a reason—sometimes you just need a toasty beach and a fruity drink to undo all that wintery stress. For something a little more special than your run of the mill Myrtle Beach trip, try one of these stellar options.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
There are so many reasons to love this sparkling paradise, but The Tryall Club’s new luxury Beach Club is at the top of our list. The award-winning resort now boasts more than 70 beach-side villas for rent (perfect for families!), plus you’ll have access to tons of fun activities (think ATV’ing, horseback riding, and swimming with dolphins) and delicious eats.
Huntington Beach, California
Soak up the easy-breezy California vibe at this surfing hot spot. Here you’ll avoid the tourist hordes, but still have access to everything you love about classic Cali beach towns, including tons of waterfront restaurants and shops, boardwalks, water sports, and whale watching. Check out The Waterfront Beach Resort for oceanfront views, giant family suites, and a huge pool with waterslides.
Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
All you have to do is show up and let your resort handle the rest. We’re super impressed with Seafire Resort + Spa where literally everything you could want in a beach trip is at your fingertips. The hotel has tons of family-friendly water sports, a kids camp, cabanas, five star dining, and a sprawling pool.
If you want to hit the slopes…
Does your idea of “cozy” include hot chocolate and games by the fire after a day of shredding powder (even if “shredding” is actually just you helping your little one conquer the bunny hill)? Finding the right resort with activities for the whole crew can be a challenge. Here are our fave options right now:
The Keystone Resort is a little bit like Disneyland for skiers, but dealing with crowds is totally worth it when you consider all the incredible family-friendly perks. From lodges to private cabins and townhomes, you can customize your experience based on your family’s needs. And then there’s Kidtopia, the on-site kids club with tons of daily kid-focused programs, the ski school, free gear wagons (for easy transport to-and-from the slopes), and tons of activities to keep everyone entertained on and off the slopes.
Quieter than the more popular La Plagne, this ski paradise contains 12 resorts in France and Switzerland (choosing a side may be the toughest part of your trip!). From beginner hills to high-altitude slopes, there’s something for every skier and snowboarder in your crew. Plus, wherever you choose to stay, you can expect cozy accommodations and delicious food (that includes fresh baked goods).
If you yearn for adventure…
Scuba diving, rock climbing, zip lining—your crew lives life on the edge, and you love it! Try one of these cool locations that offer serious doses of fun and, when your ready, total relaxation.
Want to really impress your kids? Check out the Glenapp Castle, a hidden resort where you can live like royalty when not out roaming the Scottish highlands. Hike to coastal view points where you can see whales and dolphins splashing in the Hebridean Sea. The hotel also helps guests coordinate tons of tours (by land and sea!) so you’ll never get bored.
There’s a line where the sky meets the sea…Okay, we won’t start. The song has a point though, and Hawaii is a spectacular place to indulge in wayfairing and ocean exploration. The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort has everything you’d want from a Hawaiian retreat, but specializes in expert-lead tours and adventures. Go on a guided hike, sail at sunset or scuba dive for hidden treasure.
If you want a dose of culture…
Smart parents know a vacation can be rejuvenating and educational at the same time. You just have to pick the right location and the right itinerary.
Athens may have a wild party reputation during spring break, but it’s actually an amazing family destination. This is the perfect place for them to learn about Greek culture, try some international cuisine, and get some beach time all at once—especially if you have any Percy Jackson fans on board. Check out the Ava Hotel for a centrally-located find with lots of luxe amenities. It’s located in Athens old historical neighborhood, the Plaka, and is close to the metro station.
With tons of museums, music, architecture, and nature (pro tip: Stop by in April for the Cherry Blossom Festival), you can make a trip here as busy or as laid back as you want. For your stay, check out the historic Rosewood Hotel Georgia. For parents with luxe taste, this hotel has tons style and upscale amenities, but you can really wow your kids with one of its family packages. Each package comes with a gorgeous suite complete with outdoor terrace and plunge pool plus major kid-friendly amenities, like a Games Butler to help you craft the perfect game night and a special in-suite movie night with a candy and popcorn station.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
From outdoor adventures to cultural experiences Santa Fe has just the right mix to enchant the whole family. Stroll through the adobe storefronts along the main Santa Fe Plaza, shop for turquoise jewelry hand crafted by Native Americans, visit the Georgia O’Keefe museum and pop into the galleries along Canyon Road. Plus, from March 1 – April 15, Santa Fe offers families numerous “Kids Free” deals around the city, making it a cheaper option. In conjunction with the city-wide promotion, Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, an enchanting boutique property located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, is offering a Kids Spring Break Promotion including a special daily room rate, a unique in-room kids amenity and more.
If you love the great outdoors…
Whether you’re into backpacking or glamping, sometimes you just need reconnect with nature. Try one of these spectacular destinations.
Under Canvas Camps
With bucket list destinations like Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, and Zion, an Under Canvas glamping experience is one for the memory books. These safari-inspired tents come with gorgeous wooden floors, beds, solar powered lights, and café-style dining. The camp even organizes nightly s’mores roasting by the campfire and complimentary activities. One note for teens and tweens: these camp grounds are wifi free, so you can truly unplug and connect with the world around you.
Smokey Mountains, North Carolina
What better way to see the mountains and get close to the wild than by a stay in a tree house? The River’s Edge Treehouse Resort feels like living off the land without sacrificing any of your favorite amenities (like a bed and satellite TV). Hike, fish, and swim during the day, and then retreat to your own Tarzan-worthy abode.
By Ashley Sepanski