The Best Spring Break Destinations For Families

By: SUZANNE ROWAN KELLEHER | Pulished on 2024-01-29

The Best Spring Break Destinations For Families-Trip Advise

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Spring break is a much-needed vacation for kids when the holidays have long passed but summer still feels so far away. The winter frost is finally thawing and making way for outdoor activities, although mountains still have some snow for end-of-season ski deals.


The week-long break, which falls sometime in March or April, is the perfect excuse to pack up and take a much-needed vacation. Prices also tend to be lower than the high season of summer, so keep an eye out for deals. From adventure-seekers to culture mavens and beach bums to nature lovers, there are tons of great ideas for family-friendly getaways in the spring. 

California Coast

The Best Spring Break Destinations For Families-Trip Advise

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California beaches get a lot of hype and, thankfully, they almost always live up to it. Families who are looking for the best beaches can find them throughout the state, such as the chilly but scenic Point Reyes north of San Francisco or the more stereotypical California beaches around San Diego. For extra entertainment, get your thrills at one of the country's few remaining oceanside amusement parks, such as the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk or the Santa Monica Pier.


If you want to introduce your kids to camping, this is one of the best places to do it. You can't camp out on any beach, but look for state campgrounds located near the coast like Ocean Dunes near Pismo Beach or one of the many throughout Southern California such as Dockweiler State Beach.

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