Did you hear? Punxsutanwney Phil predicts an early spring, which means it’s time to start planning a spring break getaway. To help find a place the whole family will love, Vrbo is sharing top destinations for families to get away from the distractions of the daily grind. Whether that’s relaxing by the pool, hitting the slopes or building sandcastles on the beach, you can find your perfect family getaway at these top destinations.
Scottsdale offers many exciting outdoor activities for kids of all ages. From hiking trails at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve to tubing in the Lower Salt River, you can explore everything that the city of Scottsdale has to offer. The city is also home to renowned museums like Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, where visitors can see exhibitions of art and rare historic artifacts celebrating the spirit of the American West.
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Trying to avoid crowds of college students over spring break, but still want to hit the beach? Check out Gulf Shores, Alabama! The beach town has many vacation rentals, making it perfect for families. Alcoholic beverages are also banned from the beach during spring break season, so you won’t have to worry about unruly spring breakers.
Gulf Shores offers families loads to do! When you’re not building sandcastles or jumping in the waves, take on water adventures like fishing and dolphin watching, or visit the Alabama Coast Zoo and Coastal Arts Center.
Planning a last-minute ski trip? Visit Breckenridge, Colorado, to hit the slopes and get your fill of winter activities before the snow melts. Adventurous kids will love skiing, snowboarding, tubing, sledding and ice skating. Pro tip: Avoid screen time when you’re not on the slopes by bringing books for the kids. Vacation is a great time to get kids reading because there’s no excuses like homework or soccer practice to get them out of it.
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Gatlinburg is home to the Great Smoky Mountains, which offer families a myriad of outdoor fun like hiking and horseback riding in Smoky Mountains National Park and kid-friendly attractions like Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium and Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park. Spring break is a great time to visit Gatlinburg for the end of ski season and mild weather to enjoy the great outdoors.
A quick 20 minutes from Gatlinburg is Pigeon Forge, home to Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s world-famous 150-acre theme park. Kids love the fun museums and attractions in the area like TITANIC Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and Arcade City. If you’re visiting during spring break, there’s a good chance you’ll be one the first visitors to Dollywood, which opens in early March, and you can catch the beautiful wildflowers bloom.
Park City, Utah
Another great spot for a ski trip is Park City, Utah. Other than the slopes, the most popular attraction is Main Street for dining and shopping. For thrill seekers, visit Utah Olympic Park, an active training site where you can get a full bobsledding experience, or take a tour of the facilities. Home to the Sundance Film Festival, the city has a thriving arts community for visitors to enjoy.
Galveston is another great beach destination in South Texas to enjoy sand and sun. When the kids get tired of the beach, check out Moody Gardens to explore the rainforest and ocean, or see a film at the MG 3D Theater. Kids will love the waterfront fun of Pleasure Pier, featuring rides like the Texas Star Flyer to soar over the Gulf of Mexico.