Spring Break is a special time and needs to be done right. It’s not just for teenagers and 20-somethings – it’s for families too. So rather than leave you to scour the internet at the last minute for budget-friendly destinations, beautiful destinations, or activity-filled destinations, family destinations expert Family Destinations Guide have done this for you.
- Dominica in the Caribbean has lots to do and is a great place for those who aren’t comfortable with other languages
- Panama City Beach in Florida has a range of beaches to choose from
- Mayakoba in Mexico is great option for those looking for a small, secluded location
Dominica is a great family choice if you’re looking for a beach trip with a range of activities. The island is volcanic and predominantly inhabited by English speakers. Dominica sits between Martinique and Guadeloupe.
Traveling from the U.S. would include two stops in Barbados and St. Martin, before landing on the island where you’ll find rainforests around the Indian River, waterfalls, rafting, and hiking trails.
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Mt. Olympus Water Park in Wisconsin Dells has a range of activities to keep the entire family occupied. Aptly named the water park capital of the world, the amount of water activities alone will keep the whole family having fun all day.
Other non-water activities the whole family can enjoy include miniature golf, go-karting, or the movie drive-ins are all options. There is also lots of theatre attractions and dinner locations from which to choose.
Panama City Beach, Florida
With more than a dozen beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach is a great family location for Spring Break. The location is great to spot bald eagles, alligators, or even go on an airboat adventure.
You could go to Shell Island for fishing and spotting dolphins. Take a ride on the SkyWheel at Pier Park, which is located in the heart of Panama City Beach, for a spectacular view of Emerald Coast.
In the Midwest, Indianapolis is home to the largest children’s museum in the world. If you or your children are interested in dinosaurs, weather, outer space, and so much more then this museum excursion is for you. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a wonderful teaching tool for curious youngsters.
Mayakoba is a gated community which is only 45 minutes south of Cancun’s International Airport. Translated to ‘village of water’, Mayakoba is often referred to as the ‘Venice of the Caribbean’ and is home to plenty of canals, freshwater lagoons, and beautiful beaches. The local cuisine is highly recommended as well as the beach clubs.
Grand Cayman, Caribbean
Another location with great beaches is Grand Cayman. It is a great place for a glass bottom boat tour which fascinates children and adults alike. You can visit the Stingray City Sandbar to snorkel with the local water creatures.
For great food and accommodations, travel to George Town, which is the capital of the Cayman Islands. Additionally, the Seven Mile Beach is a great place for those who enjoy white sand and blue waters.
This is a great location if you prefer the snow over the beach. Only 30 minutes north of Salt Lake City, Ogden has skiing programs for children as well as hiking and mountain biking. Ogden also offers plenty of shopping, dining, and nightlife entertainment, as well as art at the local community theatre.
Back to Florida, Titusville is just a few miles from the Kennedy Space Visitor Complex. Florida’s Space Coast is highly recommended and has some of the most beautiful beaches along the Canaveral National Seashore.
The lagoon is a great option for the whole family. The children can spot manatees and dolphins while the parents can participate in relaxed paddling. These activities can be enjoyed during the day or as a beautiful night activity.
Puerto Rico does not require a passport if you are a United States citizen. It is a great place for diving lessons and bike trails in the Cabo Rojo Salt Flats. It is also an ideal location for bird watching at the National Wildlife Refuge.
San Juan and Castillo San Felipe del Morro’s rich history is highly recommended to explore as is the culture and cuisine which are not to be missed. The serene mountains can be explored for exercise and adventure.
Florida Keys, Florida
The Turtle Hospital on Marathon Key is a spectacular place to observe sea creatures and is a great spot for the whole family to enjoy. If you are searching for some great snorkeling, make your way to Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary. The Florida Keys is also known to be a perfect location to enjoy cocktails and relax under the sun.
A spokesperson for Family Destinations Guide said: “Spring Break is a memorable time for families and to make the location decision easier, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best places to go. There are city locations, activities for all the family, ski options and as well as plenty of beach holidays.”