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Great American Family-Friendly Spring Break Destinations

Spring Break has finally arrived, and you're ready for the vacation of a lifetime. Traveling with a family can get complicated, however, and you don't want little ones running into any college students gone wild. Whether you're looking to lounge on the beach, explore history and culture, or adventure into nature, these affordable, kid-friendly getaways offer something to check off the whole family's travel itinerary. Pack your bags, slather on the sunscreen, and get ready for a bucket list-worthy journey.

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01 Washington, D.C.

The US capitol is a go-to destination for families, and there's no better time to visit than spring break. From approximately March 20th to April 20th every year, a spectacular celebration features four weeks of striking spring flowers lining the streets. Over 1.5 million visitors attend every year, with balloons, parades, music, and events bringing the city to full bloom.

Of course, little ones will love exploring the capitol's top attractions, from the White House and the Lincoln Memorial to cultural must-sees like the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of American History, and the immersive adventures of the Smithsonian, which holds nearly 143 million objects.

Spring in Washington DC bentrussell / Getty Images

02 Joshua Tree, California

Outdoor activities abound in Joshua Tree, and with warm temperatures year-round, it makes the perfect spring respite. Seven-day passes are available to explore the national park's trails, gardens, and zoos, with affordable camping spots and hotels prevalent throughout the area. Kid-friendly climbing and sightseeing tours give the little ones a more accessible taste of the great outdoors, or you can journey through the charming selection of local art galleries, restaurants, and specialty shops.

Father and daughter at Joshua Tree National Park Geri Lavrov / Getty Images

03 Boston, Massachusetts

Take the kids on an educational excursion through historic Boston's best sites. Here, you'll find Revolutionary War-era must-sees, such as the Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Bunker Hill Monument, and of course, the Freedom Trail that guides you through 2.5 miles of the most significant spots in our nation's history. Many destinations are walkable and within close proximity, and the city's vibrant food culture is another way to connect and explore new flavors, from classic clam chowder to lobster rolls, baked beans, cannoli, and Boston cream pie.

Bunker Hill Monument in Boston, Massachusetts f11photo / Shutterstock

04 Seattle, Washington

Seattle blends the modern with the majestic, offering everything from natural wonders to eye-catching architecture. Step up to the highest point in Washington State at the Space Needle or head toward Pike Place Market to discover unique treasures and scrumptious cuisine. Spend the day at Mount Rainier and bond over a once-in-a-lifetime trek, discover the history of air travel at the Museum of Flight, sample some of the best coffee in the US at one of over 100 unique coffee shops, or connect with wildlife at the Woodland Park Zoo. A relaxing day trip to Bainbridge Island offers even more to explore, from ferry rides to rock climbing, tennis, roller hockey, swimming, and the renowned Halls Hill Labyrinth.

Pike Place Market Checubus / Shutterstock

05 Phoenix, Arizona

More affordable and family-friendly than other cities in the Southwest, Phoenix offers a range of experiences to satisfy kids and adults alike. At the Children's Museum of Phoenix, each area features hands-on exhibits geared toward specific age groups, while the Musical Instrument Museum highlights international treasures spanning 6,000 years of history. Enhance your adrenaline at amusement parks like Castles-N-Coasters and Wet 'n' Wild Jr., which feature an assortment of coasters, rides, waterslides, and tubing races to share memories on. Adventure through the Sonoran Desert to view captivating wildlife, ruins, and ghost towns, or head downtown to enjoy a distinct blend of Mexican and Native American flavors.

06 Orlando, Florida

Orlando is a childhood paradise, with 10+ theme parks awaiting your exploration. Walt Disney World features four unique destinations in one, offering themed adventures to tailor every itinerary around. Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios are brimming with action come spring break, but they're far from the only ones. Discover wildlife in an entirely new way at SeaWorld, immerse yourself in the worlds of your favorite films at Universal Studios, or get up and close and personal with everyone's favorite toy at LEGOLand. In Orlando, the rides, attractions, and events are never-ending.

07 Nashville, Tennessee

Music City is an exciting adventure for families, with much more to offer than just tunes. Live out your mythical dreams at the life-size replica of the Parthenon, or visit the world's most extensive musical collection at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Check out distinctive cars at the Lane Motor Museum, or gather the group for some lively line dancing downtown. Whether you want to experience a once-in-a-lifetime show at the Grand Ole Opry or sample local favorites like hot chicken, catfish, and "bonuts," adventure awaits at every turn.

The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville Tennessee Brenda Kean / Shutterstock

08 Portsmouth, New Hampshire

New England's largest water park calls Portsmouth home, providing 26 acres of riveting water rides, cabanas, and family-friendly attractions. Pick up family tickets to the historic dockyard, and you can delve into ten distinct interests, including the HMS Victory, a Cold War submarine, the Tudor-era Mary Rose, and the Horrible Histories Pirate Exhibition. Beaches, lighthouses, and a historic district offer plenty to bond over.

09 Denver, Colorado

The Mile High City is a treasure trove of natural wonders, but it's also home to dozens of museums, restaurants, and attractions. At Meow Wolf Center, the whole crew can enjoy mind-bending immersive art, and you can continue that creativity at the Denver Art Museum. High-tech and hands-on exhibits at the History Colorado Center are built to expand minds, while the Molly Brown House, Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, and Wings Over the Rockies Museum offer even more to explore. With live music and events showcased all spring at the renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater, this is a cultural excursion that's not to be missed.

10 Asheville, North Carolina

Give your spring break some southern charm in lively Asheville. The city is home to quirky attractions guaranteed to grant you some valuable bonding time. The Asheville Pinball Museum, for instance, features 35 unique machines available to play the day away. The spectacular 250-room Biltmore Estate houses hidden doors and passages ripe for exploration, and Sliding Rock features a 60-foot all-natural water slide to pump up the adrenaline. A weekly public drum circle in downtown Asheville will encourage even the most reluctant travelers to get their hands clapping.

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