After the long, hard winter, spring break is finally appearing on the horizon. Whether you’re looking for an urban adventure, a cultural learning experience, or a chance to simply soak in some sunshine, there are many spring break destinations for families that are just waiting to be discovered. To help you find that perfect fit for your family, here are 5 ideas for an awesome spring break.
IF YOU’D LOVE TO GO TO EUROPE (BUT IT’S OUT OF YOUR BUDGET), CONSIDER…
Montreal is a blast in the winter, when snow blankets the city in splendor, but the springtime is when Quebec’s cultural capital truly blooms. Everywhere you go, you’ll see families — both native Montréaliens and out-of-towners — frolicking under the first rays of spring sunshine, enjoying urban sports, sidewalk cafes and parks.
Explore the history, neighborhoods and architecture with a guided biking tour. Montreal on Wheels offers over 150 bikes to rent for adults and children, including comfort-hybrids, cruisers, tandems and child trailers. You can bike along one of many citywide trails on your own or choose from a wide array of family-friendly tours. At some point, take the funicular elevator up to the top of the Olympic Tower, where you’ll find a spectacular view of this city-island; the year-round sports center at the base of the tower features seven swimming pools.
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR PLENTY OF RELAXATION (WITH A SIDE OF ADVENTURE), CHECK OUT…
Phoenix promises warmth, sunshine and plenty of family fun, and because it’s easy and affordable to reach thanks to direct flights from most major hubs, it makes a great fit for families short on vacation time. Great weather also means you can count on spending most of your Phoenix days poolside.
Springtime is the best time of year to kayak the Lower Salt River, and Arizona Outback Adventuresoffers half-day, guided kayaking tours. Thanks to milder temperatures, springtime is also a great time of year to set off on a horseback adventure through the Sonoran Desert. Cave Creek Trail Rides offers guided rides through the mining history of Cave Creek, where you can learn more about the unique desert flora and fauna as you ride into the sunset.
IF YOU’RE CRAVING SANDY BEACHES AND SUNSHINE (WITH THE BONUS OF OTHER FUN, TOO), VISIT…
Puerto Rico offers white sand beaches, crystal clear Caribbean water and warm sunshine so you can choose to spend your time on the beach or experience even more of this U.S. territory. From history and culture to adventures in nature and fine dining, you and your family can do it all in Puerto Rico.
Go back in time at an impressive 16th century fort or by simply strolling the colorful streets of Old San Juan. Or, if you’re looking to get back to nature, Puerto Rico has several unique adventures for your family to enjoy. Visit El Yunque, the only rain forest in the U.S. Forest System, where you can hike trails to that lead to lovely waterfalls and cool swimming areas. Puerto Rico is also famous for its bioluminescent bays. The easiest one to reach is about an hour from San Juan, and multiple companies offer kayak and boat tours every evening to experience this wondrous sight.
Foodie families will also appreciate the delicious options that await in Puerto Rico, and because it’s a U.S. territory, you don’t even need a passport to visit.
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A DESTINATION OFF THE BEATEN SPRING BREAK PATH, THINK ABOUT…
Springtime is ideal for visiting central Texas thanks to the beautiful, warm weather minus the sweltering heat. Explore Austin by boat or Segway. Capital Cruises offers a variety of cruises across the Highland Lakes, and SegCity Segway Tours hosts various tours throughout the city upon the fab upright electric vehicles. Learn more about Texas history at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum where an IMAX theater and interactive exhibits explore the culture and history of the Lone Star State.
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR AN URBAN ADVENTURE, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN…
With so many fun things to see and do, from stepping onto a ledge on the second tallest building in the U.S. to splashing around an award-winning public art installation, Chicago is the perfect family travel destination. The city’s parks and expansive lakefront shine in the springtime, giving visitors a taste of nature, while the bustling Loop brims with world-class museums, theaters and architecture. Kids will delight in the historic elevated train transit system, the welcoming zoo located at the heart of the city, and not to be missed, a Chicago-style hot dog.