Escape the ordinary: Five family spring break destinations


Although winter is just settling in, now is the time to start planning your spring break vacation — always a welcome respite from packing school lunches and homework battles. For parents, spring break represents a golden opportunity to create meaningful memories together as a family. Forget crowded theme parks and overpriced resorts; this spring, why not travel somewhere truly extraordinary? Treat your family to an unforgettable adventure in one of these five remarkable destinations guaranteed to instill wonder in both kids and parents alike.

Sedona, Arizona

With its stunning sandstone spires, vibrant red cliffs and pine forests, Sedona looks like something straight out of a Wild West movie. Here, your family can embrace their inner explorers, hiking through fragrant box canyons or biking bumpy trails blanketed in technicolor wildflowers. At Slide Rock State Park, splash down natural water slides carved into slick rock by the creek. After an action-packed day, unwind fireside under a starry sky at a cozy cabin nestled amongst the red rocks. Sedona offers families the perfect blend of natural beauty, outdoor adventure and Southwest charm. 

Costa Rica

From zip-lining through cloud forests to spotting monkeys in the jungle canopy, Costa Rica teems with exciting discoveries for kids and parents. Wake up to the bizarre roar of howler monkeys and then head to the beach to scan the waves for breaching whales. Stop at a roadside fruit stand to sample juicy mangos before visiting a sloth sanctuary to observe the slow-moving creatures up close. The natural wonders of Costa Rica ignite children’s curiosity about the world around them.

Austin, Texas 

With its funky, creative vibe, Austin makes for a laid-back, family-friendly spring break. Wander through whimsical and interactive Thinkery or attend Rodeo Austin carnival and rodeo (March). Chow down on iconic Austin BBQ after tubing down the Guadalupe River together under the hot Texas sun. From swimming in Barton Springs to watching the Congress Bridge bats fly out at dusk (March–early October), Austin offers diverse experiences sure to delight school-aged kids while also keeping parents energized and entertained.

Savannah, Georgia

Immerse your family in quintessential Southern charm amidst Savannah’s sprawling oak trees draped in wispy Spanish moss. Stroll elegant historic squares centered around gurgling fountains before stopping for praline pecan ice cream on River Street. Take a ghost tour after dark, and your kids will thrill at spooky tales of Civil War soldiers still haunting the city. A family-friendly riverboat cruise down the Savannah River shows off the city’s stately architecture. From secret garden restaurants to horse-drawn carriage rides, Savannah treats families to both culture and hospitality. 

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

With mild weather, soft sandy beaches and turquoise waters, Cabo San Lucas makes an easy, exotic getaway. Take a glass-bottom boat tour to see the colorful fish and sea lions, then spend the afternoon building sand castles on the beach and body surfing warm waves. Whale-watching excursions (December–April) allow families to get up close to majestic humpbacks breaching alongside the boat. Resorts offer kids’ clubs, water slides and evening entertainment. The laid-back ambiance, tantalizing Mexican cuisine and lovely scenery get families speaking Spanish in no time. Olé!

This spring, why settle for an ordinary break from routines when you could immerse your family in natural beauty and cross-cultural experiences that will keep everyone engaged and enlightened? With any of these remarkable destinations, you’re sure to have the adventure of a lifetime and forge new bonds through unforgettable shared moments. Where will you take your family’s spirit of discovery this spring? The possibilities are extraordinary. Contact your favorite travel advisor soon for the best spring break availability and prices. 

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