Spring Travel

6 Family-Friendly Vacation Destinations You'll Love

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bahamasLooking for a fun, family-friendly destination for spring break? Well, there's this city in Florida called Orlando, and it has a bunch of theme parks ... maybe you've heard of it? Just kidding! We're thinking off the beaten path -- and maybe a little closer to home. Here are six vacation destinations the whole family will love, including the parents.

1. Washington D.C.: It's not just for politicians. Our nation's capital is chock-full of historical sites and mostly free museums with something for every kind of kid. The Mall alone could keep you busy, but there's also the National Air and Space Museum a short drive away. Cherry blossom season at the Tide Pools lives up to the hype, if you happen to be there in early April.

2. Colonial Williamsburg: This historic destination takes you back in time to the 1700s, re-created as Great Hopes Plantation. You can put your kids to work doing chores in period costume and watch cannons being fired (from a safe distance). And, if you burn out on the history, the rides at Busch Gardens are nearby. 

3. Lake Tahoe: This spectacular shimmering lake in the mountains is perfect for active, outdoorsy families. There's hiking, biking, swimming, boating, and kayaking. Big seasons are winter (skiing) and summer, but in the spring, you'll find deals and you'll still enjoy Tahoe's abundant sunshine.

4. Zion National Park: Another great destination for outdoorsy families. Zion in Southern Utah is punishingly hot in the summer, but ideal in the spring. You kids will thrill to the other-worldly rock formations. The park has ranger-led guided walks. Nearby Bryce Canyon is also spectacular. I recommend this for elementary-aged kids and older. It's more challenging for parents of babies and toddlers.

5. Grand Bahama Island: Just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, this island has resorts for all budgets. But as packed as this island is with vacationers, there's still plenty of nature to explore on land and by kayak. And, of course, the beaches are everything you'd want them to be.

6. Great Wolf Lodge: If you want the feeling of "getting away" without actually traveling very far, there's this chain of water park resorts, 10 around the nation. In addition to the indoor water fun, there are "dry" activities like bowling, an arcade, a kids' spa, and other adventures.

Are you planning a trip this spring break?


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sukainah sukainah

Our Spring Break has passed, but it sure would have been nice to hit up one of these places or somewhere warmer!

dusky... dusky_rose

We just got snow today, some where warmer would be nice! I have taken my children to Great Wolf Lodsge before and they really enjoyed it. I think we are staying close to home this spring break.

Bmat Bmat

I agree wholeheartedly with Colonial Williamsburg and DC.  I've spent a good amount of time in both places. I'd especially recommend supporting Colonial Williamsburg because it is keeping the past alive not only how people dressed and lived but their attitudes and motivations.

GwenMB GwenMB

I really want to get to Colonial Williamsburg some day (soon!).  We love going to Washington DC & will be back there again this summer.

Kmakk... Kmakksmom

I loved DC and Colonial Williamsburg when I was growing up. We are in WA state now, so it's kinda expensive to go over there now.

Krist... KristinRox

Our spring break is already over. I had eye surgery so going on a vacation was a bust. Id love to go to Grand Bahama Island. I think going to look into going. 

sanj1213 sanj1213

No trips for us. 

sanj1213 sanj1213

Great Wolfe Lodge sounds like fun. 

Miche... MichelleK41

Thanks for sharing these places, I ahve heard good things about some of them. =)

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