Best Family Destinations For Spring Break

Though spring break holidays are often associated with going to the beach, there are many other vacations that provide a child-friendly environment, from amusement parks to stunning natural wonders, that you and your family can explore.

To help determine which destination is ideal for families looking to have a good time with their children. We considered entertainment options and family dining and accommodation options, along with user feedback, to create this ranking of the best family destinations for spring break. 

We have put together spring break ideas sorted by the state for a wholesome and fun spring break family vacation.

Orlando, Florida

Best family spring break destinations in florida

SeaWorld Orlando

Serious about theme parks? Then this is the pass for you! You’ll get access to some of the biggest and best theme parks in the world while saving a ton on entry to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Aquatica Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, and Adventure Island Tampa. Just choose your favorite parks, then decide which amazing adventure to tackle first. Hungry? We recommend the All-Day Dining Deal!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is home to some of the most jaw-dropping rides in the world, from the SheiKra Dive Coaster to the signature corkscrews of Kumba. Don’t miss the brand new Cobra’s Curse. Here you can admire exotic animals around every corner – some rides even dip in and out of their enclosures!

Take a trip to the Pacific at Aquatica Orlando, where you can relax on pristine white beaches and test your mettle on hair-raising slides like Ihu’s Breakaway Falls, Taumata Racer, and the KareKare Curl. The giant wave pools and Dolphin Plunge ride (which passes through a pool of dolphins) are great family fun.

The Wheel at ICON Park

Fly high above Mickey Mouse and every other Orlando attraction on The Wheel at ICON Park™, the tallest observation wheel on the east coast! Enhance your experience with a champagne flight, or opt for a meal after your ride at one of the awesome participating restaurants. Up, up, and away!

Not only is The Wheel an impressive sight in a sea of theme parks, but it also weighs 3 million pounds – that’s the same as 300 school buses! Board this wheely cool icon and float above the Orlando skyline. It’s a journey you won’t forget

Gatorland Orlando

Florida is famous for its amazing theme parks, its stunning scenery, and the prehistoric predators that lurk within the waterways all around the state. Why not combine all three with a daredevil trip to the ‘Alligator Capital of the World’?

Gatorland is an oasis where alligators, crocodiles, and other amazing wildlife rescued from captivity can roam, paddle, and pounce freely in sprawling habitats that mirror their natural homes.

Get up close and personal with the toothy monsters, watch ferocious feeding frenzies, and peer through your hands in terror at spectacular gator-safety shows. Don’t try this at home!

You’ll also have the chance to handle baby gators, snakes, and beautiful tropical birds. Meet friendly giant tortoises, wily bobcats, majestic cougars, and more.

Planning your Family Spring Break Florida visit

Getting around

Taxis are ubiquitous and ride-sharing services are abundant, but for those who prefer to take public transit, there are options available. The LYNX bus service offers over 60 bus lines at an affordable rate and the LYMMO bus is a free, disability-friendly service that circumnavigates the city during key times. 

Weather

September to November is a great time to visit San Francisco. It’s less crowded and often warmer than July and August, which can be cold and windy (yes, this is California, but San Fran is surrounded on three sides by water and wind). Hotels are cheaper in winter, but take plenty of clothes to layer up. You never know when the fog will set in

San Fransico

Best family activities in san Francisco.

Aquarium of the Bay

If you’re going on a family vacation to San Francisco, a must-visit destination for the family is a visit to the Aquarium of the Bay.

Located at Pier 39, this aquarium has 20,000 local sea creatures ready for seeing and even touching. With a 300-foot underwater tunnel, nature talks, and thousands of sea creatures, this is an amazing – and interactive – way to get to know the waters that surround this city.

Step into the underwater world of San Francisco Bay. The actual water of the bay is renowned for being freezing cold and having treacherous currents (part of what made Alcatraz such a formidable prison). But thankfully, the Aquarium of the Bay lets us see thousands of fish, sharks, mammals and more, without needing to get wet.

The aquarium is divided into three main habitat areas. Discover The Bay showcases the local ecosystems, and counts the bright orange Garibaldi damselfish as a resident. Under the Bay is the biggest area, with 300 feet (91 m) of tunnels and over 20,000 marine animals. At the Touch the Bay area kids of all ages can get their hands and little fingers on live animals, including sea stars, rays, skates – and even sharks (!).

With naturalist talks and feedings, hands-on experiments and more, a visit under the sea at the Aquarium of the Bay is a great activity for curious minds (and anyone who wants to brag about having touched a live shark!).

Exploratorium

San Francisco’s Exploratorium is more than a museum – it’s an educational experience the whole family can enjoy! Step into a world of science, art, and human perception with over 650 hands-on exhibits designed to boggle the mind.

Ever seen a massive storm and wished you could find out what was going on in the center of a tornado? Now’s your chance.

Take a look at yourself in a huge oversized mirror. This curved piece of reflective glass was originally part of a flight simulator. You won’t believe the sights and sounds you’ll discover!

Use a microscope to investigate developing eggs from zebrafish, and see how your pulse compares to theirs. Stamp your feet and make a miniature earthquake with the seismograph, or explore amazing images made from shadows.

With over 650 hands-on exhibits, you can enjoy a whole day of expanding your mind. But will you drink from a water fountain fashioned from an actual (unused, don’t worry) toilet?

The Walt Disney Family Museum

The Walt Disney Family Museum is an adventure into the world of ‘Uncle Walt’ and all that brought the man himself so much success on a global scale! Visitors can interact with special exhibitions, listening stations and more!

The Walt Disney Family Museum is located in San Francisco’s Presidio, a park overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.

Planning your Family Spring Break San Francisco visit

Getting around

Uber and Lyft are both great ways to get around this hilly city, especially outside of peak hours. Buses, street cars, the subway and cable cars run regularly, while cycling is also popular. If you’re flying into SFO, take the BART towards Pittsburg/Baypoint and then call a car to your destination. It’s cheaper and faster than driving from the airport.

You can also book a rental car ahead of your trip to be picked up at the airport and use for the entire during of your family stay in San Francisco

Weather

September to November is a great time to visit San Francisco. It’s less crowded and often warmer than July and August, which can be cold and windy (yes, this is California, but San Fran is surrounded on three sides by water and wind). Hotels are cheaper in winter, but take plenty of clothes to layer up. You never know when the fog will set in

Madrid, Spain

#2 in best family destinations for spring break.

Zoo Aquarium Madrid

A part of the family wants to go to the zoo, and another part of the family wants to go to the aquarium. How will you spend the day? Easy – go Zoo Aquarium Madrid, it’s both a zoo and an aquarium!

Stretching out over 20 hectares in the Casa de Campo, Zoo Aquarium Madrid is one of the biggest and oldest in Europe. It’s home to over 500 different species of animals; there are big names (and animals) such as pandas, wolves, giraffes, and white tigers, as well as lizards and many smaller mammals.

The 3,000-meter-square Aviario (aviary) has more than 60 types of birds, including bald eagles, vultures, and condors. Catch a ‘Birds of Prey show to see them perform flight exercises like their nature’s stunt pilots.

If underwater adventure is more your style, the aquarium has one of the most impressive collections of coral in Europe. And if coral doesn’t float your boat, there are plenty of colorful fish, scary sharks, and frequent dolphin and sea lion shows that is guaranteed to make a splash.

With a broad array of furry, feathered, and scaly creatures, Zoo Aquarium Madrid tickets will surely bring you some family-friendly good times.

 

 
 

Parque Warner Madrid

Travel from Hollywood to the Wild West and take hair-raising rides on rollercoasters and drops. With these Parque Warner Madrid tickets, skip the line, and get into this movie-themed family fun park!

Parque Warner Madrid’s top attraction is SUPERMAN™: La Atracción de Acero, a roller coaster that simulates Superman’s flight, including scary loops and several scream-worthy freefalls! (Fun fact: a couple once got married on this ride!)

There’s also the boomerang-style Stunt Fall, and the dizzying BATMAN™: La Fuga, a roller coaster that reaches 83 km/h!

There are many more rides ranging from mild to mind-bending, but there’s so much more. Enjoy interactive family fun at La Aventura de Scooby-Doo, Shock Cars, the spooky Hotel Embrujado, cinema tours, water games, and river rides.

Thrills, spills, superheroes, and meet-and-greets with cartoon characters… there’s more than enough to occupy everyone for hours at Parque Warner Madrid.

Parque de Atracciones Madrid

Thrills, spills, and fun in the Spanish sun await the whole family at Parque de Atracciones Madrid, the city’s oldest theme park. This family-friendly day out in the center of Madrid features fun for all ages, from thrilling coasters and watery rapids, to kid-favorite characters brought to life in Nickelodeon-Land!

Hop a motorbike on the Tifón, enjoy a white-knuckle ride on the cutting-edge Abismo, and then – once your stomach has calmed down – free fall from 63 meters on La Lanzadera, the best way to bungee jump without leaving Madrid.

If you want to get wet and wild, hop on Los Fiordos, and take a boat ride from great heights right into a lake. Or board Los Rápidos for a mix of cascades, whirlpools, jets, and waves!

If you’re visiting with the kids, then they’ll love Nickelodeon-Land! Stop by and see SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer across a series of kid-friendly rides and attractions.

Planning your Orlando, Madrid visit

Getting around

Uber and Lyft are both great ways to get around this hilly city, especially outside of peak hours. Buses, street cars, the subway and cable cars run regularly, while cycling is also popular. If you’re flying into SFO, take the BART towards Pittsburg/Baypoint and then call a car to your destination. It’s cheaper and faster than driving from the airport.

You can also book a rental car ahead of your trip to be picked up at the airport and use for the entire during of your family stay in San Francisco

Weather

September to November is a great time to visit San Francisco. It’s less crowded and often warmer than July and August, which can be cold and windy (yes, this is California, but San Fran is surrounded on three sides by water and wind). Hotels are cheaper in winter, but take plenty of clothes to layer up. You never know when the fog will set in

Barcelona, Spain

#2 in best family destinations for spring break.

Barcelona Zoo

Get your zoo on and go wild in Barcelona’s most animal-friendly attraction. One of the world’s largest city zoos, it’s filled with all the usual furry, feathered, and finned suspects, so you can be sure of an adventure that’s as educational as it is enjoyable – right in the heart of Barcelona!

At a mighty 32 acres, Barcelona’s zoo is a real mammoth – or African elephant if we’re being specific. Just as well, because it houses a veritable Noah’s Ark of creatures, with around 2,000 animals from over 300 species.

From giraffes to gorillas to goldfish, it’s got every ‘go animal you could dream of… and more! You can see the world’s largest lizards in the Komodo dragon enclosure, admire flocks of parrots and tropical birds in the aviary, or see pigs, ponies, and even a rare Catalan donkey in the child-friendly farmyard.

Of course, you’ll also learn all about the animal behavior and habitats, and see the zoo’s ongoing conservation efforts and breeding programs in action. It’s a fantastically fun day out for kids and adults, and the perfect escape from the bustle of Barcelona.

Park Güell

Travel from Hollywood to the Wild West and take hair-raising rides on rollercoasters and drops. With these Parque Warner Madrid tickets, skip the line, and get into this movie-themed family fun park!

Parque Warner Madrid’s top attraction is SUPERMAN™: La Atracción de Acero, a roller coaster that simulates Superman’s flight, including scary loops and several scream-worthy freefalls! (Fun fact: a couple once got married on this ride!)

There’s also the boomerang-style Stunt Fall, and the dizzying BATMAN™: La Fuga, a roller coaster that reaches 83 km/h!

There are many more rides ranging from mild to mind-bending, but there’s so much more. Enjoy interactive family fun at La Aventura de Scooby-Doo, Shock Cars, the spooky Hotel Embrujado, cinema tours, water games, and river rides.

Thrills, spills, superheroes, and meet-and-greets with cartoon characters… there’s more than enough to occupy everyone for hours at Parque Warner Madrid.

Parque de Atracciones Madrid

Thrills, spills, and fun in the Spanish sun await the whole family at Parque de Atracciones Madrid, the city’s oldest theme park. This family-friendly day out in the center of Madrid features fun for all ages, from thrilling coasters and watery rapids, to kid-favorite characters brought to life in Nickelodeon-Land!

Hop a motorbike on the Tifón, enjoy a white-knuckle ride on the cutting-edge Abismo, and then – once your stomach has calmed down – free fall from 63 meters on La Lanzadera, the best way to bungee jump without leaving Madrid.

If you want to get wet and wild, hop on Los Fiordos, and take a boat ride from great heights right into a lake. Or board Los Rápidos for a mix of cascades, whirlpools, jets, and waves!

If you’re visiting with the kids, then they’ll love Nickelodeon-Land! Stop by and see SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer across a series of kid-friendly rides and attractions.

Planning your Orlando, Madrid visit

Getting around

Uber and Lyft are both great ways to get around this hilly city, especially outside of peak hours. Buses, street cars, the subway and cable cars run regularly, while cycling is also popular. If you’re flying into SFO, take the BART towards Pittsburg/Baypoint and then call a car to your destination. It’s cheaper and faster than driving from the airport.

You can also book a rental car ahead of your trip to be picked up at the airport and use for the entire during of your family stay in San Francisco

Weather

September to November is a great time to visit San Francisco. It’s less crowded and often warmer than July and August, which can be cold and windy (yes, this is California, but San Fran is surrounded on three sides by water and wind). Hotels are cheaper in winter, but take plenty of clothes to layer up. You never know when the fog will set in

Los Angeles

#2 in best family destinations for spring break.

SeaWorld Orlando

The Wheel at ICON Park

Fly high above Mickey Mouse and every other Orlando attraction on The Wheel at ICON Park™, the tallest observation wheel on the east coast! Enhance your experience with a champagne flight, or opt for a meal after your ride at one of the awesome participating restaurants. Up, up, and away!

Not only is The Wheel an impressive sight in a sea of theme parks, but it also weighs 3 million pounds – that’s the same as 300 school buses! Board this wheely cool icon and float above the Orlando skyline. It’s a journey you won’t forget

Serious about theme parks? Then this is the pass for you! You’ll get access to some of the biggest and best theme parks in the world while saving a ton on entry to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Aquatica Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, and Adventure Island Tampa. Just choose your favorite parks, then decide which amazing adventure to tackle first. Hungry? We recommend the All-Day Dining Deal!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is home to some of the most jaw-dropping rides in the world, from the SheiKra Dive Coaster to the signature corkscrews of Kumba. Don’t miss the brand new Cobra’s Curse. Here you can admire exotic animals around every corner – some rides even dip in and out of their enclosures!

Take a trip to the Pacific at Aquatica Orlando, where you can relax on pristine white beaches and test your mettle on hair-raising slides like Ihu’s Breakaway Falls, Taumata Racer, and the KareKare Curl. The giant wave pools and Dolphin Plunge ride (which passes through a pool of dolphins) are great family fun.

Gatorland Orlando

Florida is famous for its amazing theme parks, its stunning scenery, and the prehistoric predators that lurk within the waterways all around the state. Why not combine all three with a daredevil trip to the ‘Alligator Capital of the World’?

Gatorland is an oasis where alligators, crocodiles, and other amazing wildlife rescued from captivity can roam, paddle, and pounce freely in sprawling habitats that mirror their natural homes.

Get up close and personal with the toothy monsters, watch ferocious feeding frenzies, and peer through your hands in terror at spectacular gator-safety shows. Don’t try this at home!

You’ll also have the chance to handle baby gators, snakes, and beautiful tropical birds. Meet friendly giant tortoises, wily bobcats, majestic cougars, and more.

san Diego

Best resort in San Diego for Families for