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When I think of Spring Break, I often jump back to my Spring Break College days. Now that we have a family our ideas of Spring Break have changed. The tradition of going on a vacation didn’t! Where should you go? Coming up with travel plans can be so hard. There are so many great places to visit, experience and explore. I hope these suggestions not only encourage a family trip but help you create memories! I know my family has enjoyed all of these attractions and places. I personally can’t wait for our 2022 family vacation this Spring break. Enjoy my Family-Friendly Spring Break Vacation Ideas:
If you are driving from the Northern States down to the South here are a few stops I highly recommend! We live in Western New York ( clearly). When we hit the road, Pennsylvania is the “longest” state on our journey. Since we usually travel early in the morning to late at night we generally stop in Altoona, PA. I have written several pieces about the area, hotels, attractions and our visits. You can check them out here. This is a great area for both small and older kids. It truly has a little of everything for anyone in your party. Don’t take my word for it go check out some of the trips we have taken and see for yourself!
How about a visit to the Fulton Steamboat Inn in Strasburg in Pennsylvania? This is hands down a MUST-STAY place for families. We stopped here on our way to the Poconos Mountains and Hershey, PA. I also visited when I was a kid! Why do I suggest this for families? The hotel is in the shape of a large Steamboat and the theme carries on inside. Step aboard the ship to your cabin complete with a heated indoor pool. The surrounding Lancaster, PA area also has some fun attractions to do while staying!
The Smoky Mountains is high on my list for good reason. We first visited on our Honey Moon. Loved it so much, we brought our family back. Since then we have frequented Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and surrounding areas. It is definitely a “tourist” hot spot. With attractions: Titanic Exhibit, Alcatraz East Crime Museum to Hiking the Mountains trails. There is a little something for every family type! We have enjoyed hotels, cabins, hiking, tubing, cliff diving to just relaxing as a family. If you are looking for some Mountain Views and plenty of attractions to keep busy, this is a great place to take your family.
Have you ever experienced the Spring Blooms at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina? Worth it!! We have taken Spring break vacations to various areas within North Carolina. Just think of sandy beaches of Myrtle Beach to Hiking Chimney Rocks. Each area comes with several options and activities for really all ages. I encourage you to take a look at North Carolina because it is less touristy than some of my other suggestions. While they do have crowds and highly sought after attractions we found them to be well spread out.
Us northerners sure do love migrating to Florida. So many of us actually become what is called a “Snow bird” living half the year up North. Then fleeing the winter months by living in the South the other half. My first suggestion happens to be one of my favorite places, Saint Augustine. It has rich history nestled in a cozy small town atmosphere. Think brick roads free from vehicles to tourists attractions just down the road from endless beaches. There is so much to do, we still have not done it all on the MANY times we have visited.
When you think of Spring Break with kids often times Orlando, Florida comes to mind. I would be remiss if I did not include this location on my list. There is so many things to do, see, experience with your family. From the high volume theme parks you probably have heard of Disney and Universal Studios. To the other themed attractions like Sea World, Medieval Times and Legoland. The area has so many great family-friendly options from Beach house rentals to luxurious hotels. If you have never tackled these it truly is magical.
Let’s head west all the way to Las Vegas. When I first thought of Vegas it was always “Sin City”. Never did I imagine I would want my son and family to visit the area. Boy was I surprised after our first visit. I was so excited to bring our family I wrote a whole article about how kid friendly it was. From Free Hotel attractions, Family- friendly shows to hiking Red Rock Canyon ( pictured above).