Mar 242013
Photo of New York City at Night

New York City at Night

Spring Break season is ramping up and providing opportunities for a last minute family ski trip, a quick getaway to a sunny beach, or time to explore a new city or college campus.   Many of our favorite family travel bloggers have been posting about their family spring break vacation plans and sharing tips for getting the most out of your family spring break budget.   Here’s what they have to say:

Cities are Great Family Spring Break Destinations

Amy Querido of The Q Family Adventures shares her favorite list of things to do in DC for school-age kids in her post Fun Things To Do in DC for School Age Kids. It’s her family’s favorite spring break destination and they are going back there again this year.

Jen Miner of The Vacation Gals visited London with her 11- and 13-yr old daughters who made it clear they didn’t want to waste time at kiddie attractions like the zoo.  The  London Eye and the Natural History Museum, as well as the history and pomp of the Royal Parks and Buckingham Palace, were more their speed.  She shares their full itinerary in Things to Do in London with Kids.

Michelle McCoy of Trekaroo says there are lots of fun spring break things to do in Southern California and provides great pointers to camps, musical shows, and nature walks in her Spring Break Event Guide for Southern California.

New York City also offers endless family-friendly things to do on a spring break vacation with teens and tweens. We’ve got lots of tips of free things to do and budget accommodations in our recent posts  Top Five Free Things To Do On Family Spring Break Vacation in New York City with Teens and Tweens and Five Affordable New York City Family Spring Break Hotel Options.

You Can Never Go Wrong with Orlando – But Be Ready for Crowds

Disney World's Cinderella Castle

Disney World’s Cinderella Castle

Most family travel bloggers agree that Disney and the Orlando area is another all-time Spring Break destination for many families with teens and tweens.  Amy Querido recommends Top 5 attractions for School-age kids in Disney’s Hollywood Studio.  Jen Miner gives us the low down on how to best handle long lines at theme parks, backed-up traffic, and crowds, crowds, crowds in her post Spring Break Vacation in Orlando – 5 Tips to Save Time.    We also love Disney for Spring Break (or any time of the year). You can find our list of favorite things to do in our post Disney Days with Teens and Tweens.

Get Off the Beaten Path

Tonya Prater of The Traveling Praters focuses her writing on topics of interest to homeschool families.  Her article Your Guide to Homeschool Friendly Spring Break Ideas in the Smokies features special pricing and programs for homeschool families, but any family would enjoy these suggestions.

Debbie Abrams Kaplan of Frisco Kid is a big fan of Dude Ranches for family spring break vacations.  Her list of Family Friendly Dude Ranches is a great resource to start planning yours.

Lesli Peterson of Expedition Mom shares a list of Nine Last Minute Spring Break Vacation Ideas Around the South that her two teens love.  She recommends daytrips and road trips ranging from waterparks, the Outer Banks and southern cities including Atlanta, Memphis, and Chattanooga.

Holly Rosen Fink, of Traveling Mom  recommends Iceland: An Unexpected Family Destination saying Iceland is truly one of those unexpected, exotic destinations that have helped her kids develop a love of travel.

Don’t Forget the National Parks as a Family Spring Break Vacation Option

The Emerald Pools Lower Trail is accessed via a footbridge over the Virgin River located opposite the Zion Lodge

The Emerald Pools Lower Trail at Zion National Park during Spring Break

We had a great time visiting Zion and Bryce National Parks last spring break.  Read our post:  Top 10 Things to Do on a Family Vacation to Utah’s Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks.  The scenery is amazing and there are trails for any ability.

Mary Penafiel Solio of The World is a Book suggests sandboarding at the Great Sand Dunes National Park.  North America’s tallest sand dunes (as tall as 750 feet) are unexpectedly located in the middle of Colorado.  Specially designed sandboards can be rented outside the park and kept her kids busy all day.

Lisa Goodmurphy and her family from the Gone With the Family blog spent part of their spring break this year at the Grand Canyon.  Her Photo Memories from the Grand Canyon makes us want to head there directly.

Go Skiing

Here in New England, most of our snow has come in the second half of the winter.  The major mountains are all open and going strong and offering great spring skiing family packages including some of our favorites such as Smuggler’s Notch in Vermont and Bretton Woods and the Omni Resort in the Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire.

For those living farther west, Jody Robbins of Jody Robbins Travel with Baggage  recommends spring skiing in Canada’s Banff National Park in her article Spring Skiing Specials at Sunshine Mountain Lodge.  She promises that it’s a fab place for a family getaway.

We really enjoyed catching up with our travel blogger friends and hope all our readers have a great time on spring break.  Let us know where you go!

Jan 172013
Main Street USA welcomes you to the Magic Kingdom

Main Street USA welcomes you to the Magic Kingdom

Although its only January, its already pretty late to book a family spring break vacation that requires airfare to high demand warm weather destinations like Disney, Florida’s beaches, cruises or the Caribbean.  We know, we waited too long last year and discovered that by January pretty much any affordable flight  is already spoken for … unless you are willing to be a little flexible.

If you are willing/able to drive or take a train or bus, there are  still hotels to be found in warm weather locations.  But, if you are willing to think about getting off the beaten track, there are still lots of deals to be had in alternative, less crowded places like Utah, Texas, Myrtle Beach, National Parks such as Death Valley that are too hot to visit in the summer, and many more.  Late season skiing is also a last minute possibility.  And of course,  if your teen is a sophomore or junior in high school, spring break is a great time to visit colleges while students are on campus.  Are they interested in colleges in major cities like Washington DC?  Make it a family trip – maybe you’ll catch the cherry blossoms.

The Capitol

Washington DC Makes a Great Spring Break Destination

In our case, last spring, with 60 days notice we found airfare to Las Vegas and rooms at the Lodge at Zion National Park were not only available but affordable.  Other years, New York City — a train ride away – proved to be a perfect Spring Break vacation for families with teens and tweens.

If you haven’t done so already, NOW is the time take a survey of family commitments and goals for that precious time off.  Then start researching — you’ll be glad you did when you are heading out of town for a Spring Break vacation with your teens and tweens.

Got any great ideas for fabulous spring break family vacations with teens that can be booked on less than 60 days notice?  Let us know and if it looks like our readers would have interest we’ll feature it in future posts.