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The Best Spring Break Destinations for Families

By Feb 6, 2012May 24th, 201521 Comments

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February is a great time to start thinking about…vacations! Monique from Mo Travels is here to share the best spring break destinations for family travel.

Get ready for the best Spring Break EVER! Great tips for picking the perfect Spring Break destination for your family.

Spring break is prime family vacation time, and even though there are several weeks remaining in winter and snow is still on the ground, now is the time to plan the perfect family spring break getaway. No matter if you want to international or domestic, sandy beaches or snowy slopes, the spring travel season offers a great amount of diversity. Here is a list of ideas for family spring break destinations.

Ski

Spring break is the perfect opportunity for those hoping to get their ski on before the springtime sun melts the snow, to head to the hills. Or more accurately, the mountains. Many ski resorts are open thru mid-April, and with high season winding down, deals and discounts may be easier to come by. Boasting 26 different ski resorts, for every budgets and ski level, Colorado is definitely a place to consider for spring break skiing. Keystone and Beaver Creek are popular options that offer lots of activities for kids and have a number of family-friendly condo-lodging options. Sun Valley, Idaho is also good for skiers of all levels, with separate areas for kids and beginners and a long list of other activities for kids.

Europe

Spring is the shoulder season (the period between low and peak travel) in Europe, and airlines offer reasonable rates, making it a good time to get deals on travel to Europe. Add to that decent weather, longer days and fewer crowds, spring is the perfect time to go. While Paris, London and Rome are always favorites, Spain is also becoming a popular destination for families. Barcelona’s whimsical Park Guell with its awesome buildings, stunning tile structures, and wonderful panoramic view of the city and the Magical Fountain of Montjuic that performs a dance of color, light and music, are just two of the city’s attractions that provide enjoyment for the entire family.

While Valencia offers Europe’s largest leisure-culture complex, the futuristic Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts & Sciences) Comprised of 6 different cultural and entertainment destinations, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias includes L’Hemisferic, which houses the IMAX Dome, Science Museum Principe Felipe, full of interactive and educational exhibitions and L’Oceanografic, Europe’s largest aquarium.

Beach

If fun in the sun is what you crave, there are plenty of beautiful beaches that will fit the bill. In southern California, Los Angeles and San Diego, you’ll find expansive public beaches in close proximity to family-friendly attractions. Santa Monica Beach is considered one of the best in Los Angeles that is not only great for swimming, it features the 3rd Street Promenade with an arcade, games and a Ferris wheel. Lifeguard-patrolled beaches make San Diego a popular family beach destination. Calm water and cleanliness earn San Diego area beach, La Jolla high marks, as does being located near the San Diego Zoo and Sea World.

Despite its reputation for being the go-to place for party-crazed jetsetters, Miami Beach is surprisingly family-friendly, with plenty of lifeguards watching the area, and a number of kid-friendly attractions, including the Miami Children’s Museum. Hawaii, though expensive, is a wonderful beach destination for families, specifically Oahu, where the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium are located. And hey, if Oahu is good enough for the first family…

Enjoy your spring break this year!

About the Author: Monique
Monique is a native Californian who has spent the last 13 years living in Europe and using it as a launch pad to travel the world. This globetrotting, marathon running wife and mom of two daughters ages 10 and 7, talks about her travels, expat life and her “quest to run the world” on the blog, Mo Travels.

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