Only three weeks to go until Spring Break! I am counting down the days. While I could definitely use a relaxing vacation, I am more excited to spend time with the kids away from school, work and technology. I tend to book things far out, but if you book things a little closer in, here are a few options for Spring Break family destinations.
We live in Florida, so it is darn easy to drive to a port and get on a ship. Cruising is a great spring break family destination and one of my favorite vacations overall. I love that I can get to most cruise ports with less than a tank of gas and few “are we there yets.” Our favorite cruise line is Norwegian as it has a ton of activities for the entire family and we don’t like to get dressed up on vacation. But, the big ships by Royal Caribbean are pretty great as well. We love the Aqua Show, Carousel, parades and Broadway shows. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
Savannah is another place to visit for spring break. You can visit the Savannah Children’s Museum, which is an all outdoor museum with over 12 exhibits for kids to enjoy. Kids can explore in the maze or play in the sensory garden. Take a ride on the old town trolley. Kids will enjoy seeing the tour guides in period costume and just going for a ride on the trolley. Parents will enjoy learning about the history of the area. Visit the Riverfront area and take a walk along River Street or take a carriage ride. Visit one of the shops and check out the street performers. If your daughter is a Girl Scout, they can learn about the history of the Girl Scouts and where they got their start.
If you don’t want to go too far afield, drive down to Fort Lauderdale. You’ve got sun and sand. What more do you need? Take a trip out to Everglades National Park and take a nature tour and airboat ride through the park. Kids will love spotting all the different animals in the park. Just watch out for alligators! Hop on board a pirate cruise and the kids can help to find hidden treasure. Take the water taxi along the Fort Lauderdale waterways to 12 different stops along the route. The captain provides narration on sights to see along the way.
If you are looking to take a city break, then Atlanta is just perfect. Visit the Georgia Aquarium to learn about sea animals. Learn all about the news on CNN Studio Tours. Revisit your favorite Jim Henson shows at the special exhibit at the Center for Puppetry Arts. View all of Atlanta from the observation wheel. Take in an Atlanta Falcons game at the new high-tech Mercedes Benz stadium.
If you are looking for sun and fun, then Myrtle Beach is one of the spring break family destinations you should definitely consider. We love and adore Myrtle Beach; it’s one of the few places we have been to multiple times. Broadway at the Beach is an outdoor shopping, restaurant and amusement complex. There’s so much to do there, it’ll make your head spin. A few of our favorites are Pavilion Park, where you can go on old school carnival rides, Wonderworks, part museum, part fun house for kids, and Ripley’s Aquarium. We recommend checking out the Pirates Voyage show, produced by Dolly Parton. It is a combination of high-flying acrobatics and fight scenes that is fun for the whole family.Of course, the location is called Myrtle Beach, so definitely stop by the over 60 miles of beach that is here.
New York City
New York City is one of our favorite places to visit. There is so much stuff to do, everyone in the family should be happy. You can take in a Broadway or Off-B roadway show. Go to TKTS in Times Square for a discount on show tickets. Visit Central Park to have a picnic, take the kids to Belvedere Castle or visit the Central Park Zoo. Take the kids on a food tour. We really loved the Heaven in Hell’s Kitchen tour. The Ride is the coolest bus tour we have ever done anywhere, hands down. Go out to Brooklyn to ride the rides at Coney Island and walk along the Boardwalk. Go to the Bronx and visit the one of the top five zoos in the country.
What is your favorite spring break destination?
Photos courtesy of Old Town Trolley company, Michelle C, Stephen C and Kevin Poh via Flickr