Family Spring Break Destinations

| February 12, 2013

spring break ski trip Not all vacation spots are family-friendly; in fact, certain resorts are adults-only. Follow the tips below for finding top spring break or Easter holiday destinations for families. As always, DexKnows travel listings can help you find hotels and lodging as well as travel agents.

What to look for in family spring break destinations

  • Freebies — Kids eat free. Kids stay free. Kids do whatever free. Look for spring break destinations that give you plenty of freebies for the younger members of your family without raising the total price.
  • Rooms with kitchenettes — An alternative to hotels and lodging are rooms with a fridge, range and other amenities. Just think about how much less it costs to cook for your kids when compared with restaurant prices.
  • Laundry facilities — Hotels and lodging with onsite laundry facilities allow you to pack less and avoid pricey laundry fees when the staff does it for you. This also serves as yet another reason to look for a vacation rental property.
  • Free transportation — If you choose Orlando as your family spring break destination, make sure the place you stay at offers free shuttles to the parks. Doing so can allow you to not rent a car or just rent one for day trips during your stay.

You can choose from one of these family friendly destinations.

Steamboat Springs, Colo.

A ski trip suits families who don’t get snow where they live, and this Colorado area excels at kid-friendly fun. Activities are available for children as young as 6 months old, with ski instruction starting at age 2. Sleigh rides, tubing, horseback riding, the Coca-Cola Adventure Zone and hot spring soaks are among the family-friendly activities. There are multiple spas in the area, as well, for adults who need a little pampering. The cost of a Steamboat Springs vacation also proves family-friendly, with various packages offering free flights and skiing for kids. Many hotels and lodging options also let kids stay for free.

Orlando, Fla.

When it comes to family-friendly spring break destinations, this city makes just about every top 10 list. How could it not with Legoland Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Florida, Sea World Orlando, Discovery Cove, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park and multiple water parks all in the vicinity. This might end up being the most expensive vacation you take as a family because of the pricey entrance fees to parks, but the memories will last. Opt for a rental property – vacation rentals you can share to save money on eating out and laundry fees.

Wisconsin Dells, Wisc.

Speaking of water parks, Wisconsin takes them very seriously. The African-themed Kalahari Resort alone has 125,000 square feet of wet indoor fun. Add to that the indoor theme park with laser tag, NASCAR simulator and other activities, and your kids won’t ever want to leave the resort. An onsite spa and nearby golf club (if you’re traveling there in mid April or later) also offer fun for the adult members of the family. The resort offers multiple packages that allow you to bundle and lower expenses for a family spring break trip to the area.

Disney Dream

Take your kids on their first cruise aboard the third ship, launched just two years ago, in the Disney cruise line. As with the other ships in the fleet, Disney designed it with families in mind. The staterooms feature more room than on a typical ship, with split bathrooms giving kids and adults their own space. Youth clubs, entertainment and pools keep families busy during the day, with adults and kids alike having multiple nightclubs to choose from for after-dinner fun. You can choose from three- to five-night Bahamian cruises on Disney Dream.

DexKnows travel listings can help you find hotels and lodging, including vacation rentals, for your next family spring or Easter break or travel agents who can help you book the most convenient and least expensive vacation possible.

 

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Pamela Mitchell spent more than 15 years at daily newspapers such as the Hartford Courant and Houston Chronicle before becoming a full-time freelancer. She now writes about a variety of topics, from dining and entertainment to pets and travel.