Searching for an exciting family break in the United States during spring break? Look no further. Here are five destinations that will leave you in awe! With tons of attractions, sunny beaches, and breathtaking landscapes, each place has something to charm both the young and the young at heart, from the jaded teenager to the youngest bundle of energy.
Alright, let's go! Your young adventurers are already buzzing with excitement, eager to dive headfirst into new escapades (or revisit old favourites). All that's left is to pick your destination and get ready for an unforgettable family getaway!
1. Enchanting Orlando: theme park thrills and wild escapes
Explore the enchanting world of Orlando, Florida, where you'll find some of the most iconic theme parks on the planet! Immerse yourself in imaginary worlds where thrills blend with laughter.
Undoubtedly, the crown jewels are the unmatched theme parks such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. Enjoy a family school break filled with magical wonder at Disney World, the world's largest theme park, with four theme parks, each offering a unique experience.
If you’re a family of movie buffs, immerse yourselves in the legendary settings of Universal Studios, where attractions bring to life beloved films such as Harry Potter and Jurassic Park.
While the tourist season is in full swing in Orlando during school holidays, treat yourself to a well-deserved escape from the hustle and bustle by exploring Gatorland, a captivating zoo housing hundreds of alligators, crocodiles, and other unique species.
Florida Springs (turquoise freshwater springs sitting deep in the forest) also offer a unique getaway to observe manatees in their natural habitat.
Orlando promises a diversity of incredible experiences for the whole family, combining the magic of theme parks with exciting discoveries outside these iconic places. Moreover, there are direct flights from Montreal to facilitate your journey. With advance planning, a range of accommodation options awaits you: themed hotels, charming Airbnbs, or even camping possibilities.
2. Sunny San Diego: zoo, beaches, and adventures
For spring break, head to San Diego in Southern California, an exceptional destination for a family vacation!
At the heart of this getaway, discover the renowned San Diego Zoo, a marvel housing more than 4,000 animals from over 650 species from around the world. Considered one of the best zoos in the world, this activity will stimulate the imagination and curiosity of your budding little explorers.
San Diego goes beyond the zoo, offering a variety of attractions and experiences! The city is full of entertaining activities. From endless beaches like Mission Beach to surfing lessons in La Jolla for your active youngsters, each day offers opportunities for family fun and discovery. Also, embark on an off-the-beaten-path adventure with a visit to Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park, where captivating artistic experiences await.
To top it all off, the must-visit LEGOLAND, just 30 minutes from San Diego, promises thrilling adventures for the little ones (and the not-so-little ones!).
With no direct flights from Montreal to San Diego, plan for one or two layovers. Once you've arrived, consider renting a car for smoother transportation and added flexibility to explore the city
3. Tropical getaway in Oahu
With its warm and sunny tropical climate, it's hard to resist the exotic charm of Oahu, an ideal place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean during the school break.
Among the island's most popular beaches, Lanikai Beach invites you to soak in its relaxing atmosphere with breathtaking landscapes and easy access.
The Ko Olina lagoons offer a quieter getaway, especially if you venture to the fourth lagoon, where a more peaceful atmosphere prevails.
A trip to Hawaii would be incomplete without a visit to Waikiki, which is a must-see with its timeless charm and lively atmosphere. Finish your trip at Ala Moana Beach Park, with its soft sand and numerous amenities, perfect for a family day under the sun.
Feel free to enjoy an incredible variety of activities on the island of Oahu: from Kuoloa Ranch to the excursion to the majestic Manoa Falls, a 2.5 km trek leading to a 150-foot waterfall.
If you don't want to bother planning every detail of your trip, immerse yourself in the tropical world of Aulani Disney Resort & Spa! This place promises memorable vacations, surprises and adventures for the whole family.
Travel tip: If you have access to a rental car, download the Chaka Guide app to explore Oahu in an immersive way. Get absorbed in the authentic stories offered by this app, providing driving instructions to iconic attractions and undiscovered treasures of Oahu.
4. Nature and Wonder at the Grand Canyon
Feeling the call of the "great outdoors"? With its breathtaking views and outdoor activities, Grand Canyon National Park stands out as a must-visit destination for family time while discovering the natural beauty of Arizona.
Your mini-explorers can even become "Junior Rangers of Grand Canyon National Park" by completing a task list in a small book handed out at the visitor centre to receive a badge. It's a unique experience for your young adventurers to learn about the park's geology, fauna, and flora while having fun.
Don't miss out on must-do activities, such as exploring the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. From hikes on the Rim Trail, starting at Mather Point to Yavapai Point, to the Bright Angel Trail, taking the lower tunnel that is less demanding for little hikers, each trail reveals the majesty of the Canyon. The Ooh Aah viewpoint, just a 3.2 km round trip, offers a spectacular panorama easily accessible for a memorable family experience.
For adventure-thirsty teenagers (and parents), nothing beats a rafting excursion on the Colorado River for a guaranteed adrenaline rush! Flip a coin to determine which parent gets to join the adventure!
A range of options is available for accommodation: RV rental, camping in nature for a more immersive experience, or staying at a kid-friendly hotel like the Squire Resort at the Grand Canyon.
If you have young children, don't forget to bring a baby carrier, even though some trails are paved and accessible with a stroller, for optimal flexibility during your family explorations.
5. Cultural Getaway in New York
Welcome to New York City, a cultural and artistic paradise for unforgettable family vacations during spring break!
Museums are the cultural gems of the city, presenting interactive and educational experiences tailored for every age group. From the renowned American Museum of Natural History to the innovative National Museum of Mathematics, each visit is a fascinating adventure.
Don't miss the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, designed specifically for little explorers. For art enthusiasts, the Met and MOMA are not to be overlooked, offering tours and workshops specially designed for children.
In the heart of this urban jungle, a visit to Central Park and its 21 children's playgrounds is a must. Grab everything you need at Whole Foods near Columbus Circle and pack a picnic to turn this escapade into a gastronomic adventure.
Travel tip: catch breathtaking views of the iconic Statue of Liberty without breaking the bank—opt for the affordable Staten Island ferry and seize the opportunity to explore the island at the same time.
Prioritize public transportation to get around the city for a more authentic experience. New York promises a school break week rich in urban discoveries!
Ready for an unforgettable family adventure?
Among these five family-friendly destinations in the United States, each offers a unique experience, whether you want to explore theme parks, lounge on sunny beaches, or marvel at spectacular natural landscapes. Get ready, book your trip, and plunge into an adventure that will create enduring memories!
Don't forget to contact a SoNomad agent to secure travel insurance for the whole family before your departure. This will help you have peace of mind during this school break in the United States, knowing that you're protected in case of emergencies or unforeseen events.