When kids are out of school, both parents and children dread having too much time on their hands. To avoid the spring break doldrums, take advantage of our Travel and Vacation deals, and check out our picks for the best places to travel with kids. With a huge spread of activities and landscapes to choose from, your family vacation is the perfect time to explore new lands together.
If you and your little ones like to get out and enjoy the fresh air, Colorado Springs’ mountain views, parks, hikes and caves are the perfect choice for a family vacation. The Cave of the Winds has activities for all ages, including a challenge course and cave tours. Pikes Peak’s 14,000-foot altitude may sound like a hike you don’t want to drag your kids on, but it’s accessible by car (and the railway is scheduled to reopen in 2021). Start a hiking habit and get 12% Cash Back from Shoes.com with these Merrell hiking shoes for kids.
Don’t discount Disneyland’s appeal as an all-inclusive spring break destination when you’re traveling with kids. Even when it’s busy, the California theme park still has room for everyone. As the proverbial happiest place on Earth, there are activities to attract big and little kids alike. Fireworks, parades, theaters and food are all part of the experience, beyond the thrill rides we all line up for. I highly recommend Disney’s new Max Pass, which allows you to pick up fast passes through an app to save time traveling between destinations. Instead of splurging on Disneyland tees at the park, pick up this Mickey and Friends Tee at shopDisney for 1% Cash Back before you go.
Florida is a hugely popular spring break destination, but Sanibel Island on the state’s Gulf Coast is a nice spot to avoid the rush and enjoy family time. There’s a wildlife refuge and lighthouses for coastal charm, and Captiva Island — where you can find manatees and dolphins — is a short drive north. Pick up a pair of binoculars for the kids so they can see their favorite animals from afar, plus get 4% Cash Back from Fat Brain Toys.
Baja California Sur
Depending on where on the peninsula you plan to go, you can fly from Mexico City to La Paz or directly from many major U.S. cities to Cabo San Lucas. Spring break is right in the midst of whale-watching season on the peninsula’s Pacific side, and Jacques Cousteau once called the Sea of Cortez, on the eastern side, “the world’s aquarium. With up to 5% Cash Back from Walmart, it’ll be fun to gift your older kid this waterproof digital camera to capture cool animals and more spring break memories. There are gorgeous beaches, little to no chance of rain and all-inclusive resorts and glamping grounds.
If you’re not into crowds but still want to experience paradise, the Big Island is your best bet for spring break travel. The Big Island still has a small town feel, but with spectacular and unique sights to show your kids. The recent lava flows are settling down, so you can experience the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and its ever-changing landscape. Pohoiki is the newest black sand beach with natural ocean thermal ponds. With Hawaii comes the sun, so keep a pair of sunglasses handy for the kids. We love this pair from Knockaround with 5% Cash Back.
Mariko is a high school English teacher who has three children, illegible handwriting and an obsession with mail-order artisan ice cream. She lives in Hawaii, but she makes a point to eat her way through big cities as often as she can.