When the frigid winter temperatures subside and the warmth and blooms of spring are around the corner, it’s time to break up the monotony and spend a few days or a week in an exotic locale for a little adventure and relaxation. From sun-soaked beaches to majestic mountains to thrilling cities, March gives you the ideal temperatures to enjoy indoor and outdoor fun in some of the best locations. The long winter is ending, the kids have time off from school, and the sun is beginning to shine, so check out the best March break ideas to plan a fun and memorable trip to some of the top destinations all over the world.
Everglades National Park for wildlife tours
Located on the southern tip of Florida, the Everglades National Park is an expansive wetlands preserve with a slow river, mangroves, marshes, and flatwoods that serve as a habitat for wildlife like panthers, manatees, turtles, and alligators. In March, before the summer heat sets in, you can book a canoe to paddle along the river and see the incredible creatures that live in the park. You could also enjoy the sights of Miami without the summer heat, such as the Jungle Island wildlife attraction, the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, and the Venetian Pool.
Okanagan Valley for outdoor fun
The Okanagan Valley in British Columbia offers mild weather and ample sunshine, making it one of the best wine-growing regions in Canada. During a March break to Okanagan Valley, you can tour local wineries and vineyards to sample their best wines and take some bottles home with you. You can find a lot to do outside as well, such as hiking and mountain biking along the Kettle Valley Railway or taking a horseback ride at the Sundance Guest Ranch. Water sports are also popular at Okanagan Lake, a vast lake surrounded by parks, beaches, and pine forest.
Toronto for family trips
Toronto is an exciting city in any season, but it’s a great place to take the kids for a memorable March break. You can take them to places like the Ontario Science Centre, a kid-friendly museum with interactive exhibits, and the Hockey Hall of Fame, a massive museum dedicated to the sport of hockey. Kids will also enjoy the Royal Ontario Museum, a large museum with dinosaur specimens, including a Barosaurus skeleton.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park for adventure
With the mild temperatures and lower humidity of spring, March is a great time to explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Located in both North Carolina and Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has extensive hiking trails that travel through the mountains and past streams and waterfalls in the dense wilderness. The park’s highest peak, Clingman’s Dome, is a popular spot for summit hikes and wilderness views. If you like to fish, the park has an abundance of streams, rivers, and lakes filled with trout.
Antigua for romance
Known for its white-sand beaches and turquoise seas, Antigua is a lovely escape from the cold weather of late winter. The idyllic destination has luxurious seaside resorts with beach access and activities, especially for couples and families with kids. The island offers a lot of tours for adventure as well, such as diving and snorkelling in the coral reefs or strolling around the restored Napoleonic dockyards near St. John’s. Of course, you can always spend your days lounging on the beach and seeing the vibrant sunsets over the water.
New Orleans for nightlife
Boasting a diverse range of cultural influences, delicious Southern cuisine, and lively nightlife and festivals, New Orleans is one of the most exciting cities in the world. On spring break, you can experience the thrills of Bourbon Street nightlife and take a ghost tour to some of the city’s most haunted historic sites on a warm evening. Best of all, early March is the typical time for Mardi Gras, a carnival celebration for the Christian feast of the Epiphany. Though the holiday dates back to medieval times, Mardi Gras is practically synonymous with New Orleans and its lively festival.