Top 10 Family Friendly Spring Break DestinationsMarch 8, 2014
Spring break is a great time to gather up the family and take a holiday vacation. There are tons of places to visit and family adventures range from spending time at the beach to skiing down the mountains in springtime snow.
The Atlantis Resort in Paradise Beach has the perfect mixture of fun family activities that will entertain kids of all ages. The Atlantis Kids Adventure program lets kids choose from a wide array of activities, including Lego construction, pizza building and wizard story telling. For the adults, there are numerous warm water pools, nearby beaches and great restaurants.
Check out the Kauai Surf School in Poipu Beach. With small group classes, if you can swim and keep your balance, you can probably surf too. Families can arrange family classes for everyone to enjoy. Amid the laughter, you can encourage your kids to keep trying until they get the hang of staying on the surf board.
Santa Cruz is located at the northern end of the Monterey Bay, just south of San Francisco. Hike in the nearby redwood forests of Big Basin State Park or grab a surf board to catch a wave. The Boardwalk is open daily during the Spring Break season, with old-fashioned rides, including a wooden roller coaster. For a change of pace, take the Roaring Camp Railroad from the beach into the Santa Cruz Mountains and back.
Destination #4 – Captiva Island, Florida
Captiva Island is located on Florida’s Gulf Coast and boasts unspoiled beaches. Take your kids beach combing for seashells, rent a kayak and paddle among the freshwater ponds or go on a photo hunt for amazing wildlife. Book a family sailing trip at the harbor and teach your kids about the joys of being on the water. Nearby H2Whoa! is an amazing waterside complex that both kids and grownups will enjoy.
Spring is a wonderful time of year to visit the nation’s capital and learn about our nation’s history. A visit to the Smithsonian Museum alone can take an entire week or longer and kids can get their fill of learning about space exploration, airplanes, trains, historic artwork or natural history. Tour the Capital Rotunda to look at copies of the Declaration of Independence or visit the famous Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.
The Grand Canyon is one of our nation’s natural masterpieces and Spring Break is the perfect time of year to visit. With relatively moderate temperatures in the spring, take a donkey or horseback ride down into the canyon to see the amazing wildlife and foliage. White water rafting down the Colorado River through the Canyon is also another wonderful family adventure.
Destination #7 – Huntsville, Alabama
If space is of special interest to your kids, you may enjoy booking your entire family for a stay at the US Space & Rocket Center Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Kids must be between the age of 7 and 14. Go through astronaut training, including experiencing weightlessness and g-forces. Build and launch model rockets and meet with real rocket scientists on this unusual, but fun family vacation.
Destination #8 – Williamsburg, Virginia
Colonial Williamsburg is located not far from Washington, DC and is a wonderful place to learn about colonial life in the early days of the United States. A living history site, Colonial Williamsburg is set within a village, with docents in period dress. Your family can learn how households were kept, typical activities of village residents and historic activities of the region. Also, Colonial Williamsburg is a site for ongoing archeological discoveries, so your family may be able to learn about the most recent information uncovered about how people lived more than 200 years ago.
Destination #9 – Redondo Beach, California
Redondo Beach is one of the little gems of beach cities along the coast of Los Angeles. A small family friendly beach town, Redondo Beach is a great place to watch seals and dolphins. For a little more adventure, book a whale watching cruise to see the spring migration of grey whales. For a change of pace from hanging out at the beach, it is an easy drive to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Studios.
Steamboat Springs is a lot less costly than Vail or other Colorado resorts, with all of the same appeal of spring family skiing. The Kid’s Vacation Center is a well-designed facility that streamlines the check-in process and preparation area to get kids ready to get out onto the slopes and into the snow. There are five kid-only slopes and lessons available for children as young as two-and-a-half years old. A hot springs is located close-by for an enjoyable soak afterward and the entire family can enjoy a late afternoon sleigh ride through the Great Rockies.
No matter what destination you choose for your spring break family vacation, there is no reason to let fears of motion sickness keep you from enjoying your holiday. Be prepared with a bottle of Motioneaze to keep nausea and dizziness at bay. Simply dab a small amount of Motioneaze behind your ear before you start your activities and enjoy your day. If you forget, you can easily apply Motioneaze at any point and soon your symptoms will improve.
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