Whether you go far away or stay closer to home, there are plenty of vacation spots that are fun and adventurous for a family getaway. Every spring, there are many popular destinations for spring breaks, but this year, escape the crowds and take your family somewhere with more to offer with a more affordable price.
The following list is comprised of fifteen places for families to vacation this spring while avoiding most of the spring break crowds and keeping you within budget.
Table of Contents
- Domestic Destinations
- International Destinations
1. Oahu, Hawaii
A place that truly has everything you want in a family getaway lies in the gorgeous landscape, beaches, and endless activities of Hawaii. With plenty of vacation rental options, stay within reach of waves breaking on the beach or hikes up into the mountains.
For a classic Hawaiian experience, try staying on Oahu with your family. Hang on the beach, luau by night, surf, snorkel, or summit a volcano through state parks; your family will never run out of things to do!
To escape the typical party crowds of spring breakers, head to Cocoa Beach with your family and find a more laid back beach experience. Accommodations range from casual hotels to family-run inns, which means you’ll be more likely to find a deal at any time.
Try surfing, boogie boarding, checking out the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, or ride the Cocoa Beach Trolley to Port Canaveral to see other attractions along the pier. Charming, inexpensive, and less crowded makes this location quite the deal.
As the first national park in United States, Yellowstone is an absolute must-see destination. Touring the park, you’ll never quite know what you’ll see, but you should count on stopping for an eruption of Old Faithful, the astonishing colors in Grand Prismatic Spring, and a few surprise encounters with the local wildlife.
Accommodation outside the park will be more affordable, but if you plan ahead you could save money by reserving a campsite in or close to the park.
Another national treasure that’s on every American’s bucket list is viewing the immensity of the Grand Canyon.
With varying lodging options outside of the park, you could camp or rent an RV to make your family vacation a road trip none of you will forget!
The best part of visiting the capital of the U.S. is the plethora of free activities available for you and your kids. Since museum admissions are free, you could spend days exploring the dinosaurs of the Smithsonian, rockets of the National Air and Space Museum, and the interactive features of the National Museum of American History.
Walk by the White House, enjoy a variety of food and beverages, see a show by night…the possibilities are endless.
If you’re after a relaxing family beach vacation, look no further than the Outer Banks. Plentiful beaches and state parks are perfect for wholesome family fun along the sea.
There are even shipwreck diving sites to explore and the potential to spot Corolla wild mustangs!
Warm, sunny, coastal California doesn’t get much better than San Diego. Renown for its endless beach activities, parks, museums, and gardens, your family would have a hard time being bored here.
There are plenty of budget-friendly ways to see San Diego, like navigating the city by bike rentals or having a picnic in the park. Additionally, don’t miss visiting Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, and LEGOLAND California to see some of the most unique sights.
Situated perfectly near the scenic mountains of Arcadia National Park, coastal Bar Harbor is the perfect family friendly vacation spot in New England.
If your family loves to spend time outdoors hiking, swimming, kayaking, or checking out lighthouses, this nature-minded destination is for you.
Tucked away in eastern Tennessee, Gatlinburg is situated right next to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.
This ideal location inspires epic adventures like white water rafting, golfing, fishing, hiking, and even a water park at Dollywood’s Splash Country. For a vacation with limited crowds and quick access into nature, Gatlinburg is a spring break destination that’s off the beaten track.
If your family loves chocolate and amusement parks, why not combine both in Hershey?
Coined as “The Sweetest Place on Earth,” Hershey is home to the Hershey’s chocolate factory, Hersheypark, and Hershey Gardens. Full of exhilarating opportunity, Hershey is fun for all.
1. The Bahamas
As a well established Caribbean island destination, your family will feel safe and relaxed while making sand castles on the Bahama beaches and snorkeling through its gorgeous blue water.
For the adventurous, the island has opportunities to swim with dolphins, ride horses along the beach, or go sea fishing. There are also plenty of family friendly resorts that offer family packages to make your vacation more affordable.
2. Costa Rica
One of the most popular Central American countries to visit, it’s easy to understand why Costa Rica has become a vacation spot for families.
Costa Rica has expansive rainforests, tropical beaches, zip line adventures, cultural experiences, and interesting wildlife. Established as safe, affordable, and easily accessible for nature experiences, Costa Rica is a natural playground for families.
If your family is willing to fly a bit farther away, Thailand is well worth the flight for white sand beaches, colorful sea life, wild jungles and mountains, fascinating cities, and delicious food.
The friendly Thai people will make your family feel welcome and like true explorers.
For a spring vacation that may require a bit more flexibility with weather, what challenges Ireland’s weather brings is more than made up for by the warmth of its locals, landscape, and charming little towns.
Admire sheep grazing over hillsides, warm yourself in a pub, and immerse your family in a friendly sing-song! Your family will fall in love with idyllic Ireland.
With welcoming weather year-round, Portugal is a country full of variety. Lisbon offers a unique city full of culture, close to world-class surfing along the the western coastline.
To the north, stunning mountain ranges and natural thermal baths await. Why settle when everyone in your family can find something that piques their interest in Portugal?
Wrapping it up
Wherever your family is headed next this spring, any of these destinations will provide the perfect balance of adventure, relaxation, intrigue, and wonder for reasonable prices without the crowds.