The Best Spring Break Family Destinations

With the craziness of the holidays behind us, winter can start to feel endless. But right now is the perfect time to start thinking about spring break plans. While it might look a little different than it used to, a spring break trip is a great way for families to break up the long stretch between cold winter nights and sunny summer days. Need some travel inspiration? Here are some of the best spring break family destinations.

Kyoto Day Trip: Family walking stone-paved pathway of The Philosopher's Path in Kyoto, Japan.

1. TUCSON, ARIZONA

While Tucson, Arizona is unbearably hot in the summer, March and April temperature highs hover around a very comfortable 75°F. Don’t miss the tram ride through Sabino Canyon, which offers amazing desert views without having to worry about little ones hiking on precipitous paths. Afterward, treat yourselves to a refreshing scoop of gelato at Frost.

2. MADRID, SPAIN

If you want to escape the never-ending grayness of March, head to Madrid. Sunny spring days are perfect for strolling the streets of Spain’s capital, and should definitely include a stop at San Miguel Market. This fabulous food market is a feast for the senses, and kids and adults alike will enjoy sampling the tapas on offer.

Madrid with kids

Photo by Patty Monahan

3. KAUAI, HAWAII

Why wait until summer to find respite in a tropical paradise? A spring break trip to Kauai is definitely worth considering. April weather on the island is usually decent, and prices are a bit lower than they are during peak season. Whether you’d like to try your hand at surfing or would prefer to lounge on the beach, Kauai is a great escape.

4. KYOTO, JAPAN

One of the best spring break family destinations that might not be on your radar? Kyoto, Japan. Cherry blossom season starts in mid-March, and seeing the trees in full bloom is a truly special experience. Be sure to check out the spectacular Buddhist temples and hiking opportunities as well.

Kyoto Day Trip: Family walking stone-paved pathway of The Philosopher's Path in Kyoto, Japan.

Photo by Celine Brewer

5. MONTREAL, CANADA

While Montreal is not known for its wonderful spring weather, there is no denying its unique appeal. If a European getaway is not in the cards for your family, consider a trip to Montreal instead. Parents will love the quaint charm of Old Town, and the multitude of city parks are great for keeping kids entertained on the go.

If you’re looking for more ideas on where to travel with your family this year, check out the best family trips to take in the USA for 2018.