The Top 10 Spring Break Family Destinations

By SMW Staff

Santa Cruz - spring break family destinationsIt’s March, which means that spring break is right around the corner. Need some fun, but budget-friendly family spring break ideas? has made a list of the top 10 spring break family destinations. To be considered for this list cities had to have plenty of parks, outdoor recreation activities, and family-friendly attractions such as zoos, aquariums, amusement parks and museums. Being able to have a great vacation on a budget, while still enjoying amenities such as hotels with pools, vacation deals and kid-friendly restaurants was also a major criteria.

“For this list, we looked beyond the typical beach destinations to focus on cities where families can have a quick, yet enjoyable and memorable spring break vacation without breaking the bank,” said John Hood, spokesman.

Check out their Top 10 list to start planning your spring break.

Top 10 Spring Break Family Destinations

1. Santa Cruz, CA

If you have to go to a beach for spring break, then Santa Cruz is the perfect one for families. Outdoor activities include whale watching, paddle boarding, or roller coaster riding at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Tucson, AZ  - spring break family destinations

2. Tucson, AZ

Looking for outdoor adventures? Spring temperatures can get into the 80’s in Tucson. Explore rock formations, the desert and the city, by foot, horseback or bicycle.


Portland, OR - spring break family destinations3. Portland, OR

Three top Portland attractions do not charge admission: Forest Park, the Wells Fargo History Museum and the Oregon Rail Heritage Center. Well worth the admission fee is the Oregon Zoo, OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), and the Portland Children’s Museum.

Omaha, NE - spring break family destinations

4. Omaha, NE

Need a bigger budget break? Omaha has over a dozen free activities, including the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, the Mormon Trail Center, Boys Town, Heartland of America Park, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.


Indianapolis, IN - spring break family destinations5. Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis’ favorite activities include the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the largest children’s museum in the world, Caribbean Cove Indoor Water Park, the Indianapolis Zoo, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, which is free.

Birmingham, AL - spring break family destinations

6. Birmingham, AL

Southern culture is the top attraction in Birmingham, where late 18th- and early 19th-century architecture, a rich assortment of museums, art galleries, restaurants and outdoor activities await.


Charlotte, NC - spring break family destinations7. Charlotte, NC

Charlotte appeals to diverse interests, such as the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Carolinas Aviation Museum, McDowell Nature Center and Preserve, the Billy Graham Library, Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum and ImaginOn. Carowinds amusement park, another top destination, opens March 29.

Tulsa, OK  - spring break family destinations

8. Tulsa, OK

Attractions in Tulsa include Gilcrease Museum, Philbrook Museum of Art, Oklahoma Aquarium and the Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum. Downtown Tulsa boasts trolleys that make moving the family around the city easy.


Boise, ID - spring break family destinations9. Boise, ID

Boise is the home of the World Center for Birds of Prey, the Idaho Aquarium, Zoo Boise and the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Skiing, snowboarding and tubing are half an hour away at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, which plans to stay open until April 14.

Cincinnati, OH  - spring break family destinations

10. Cincinnati, OH

Many family attractions are free including the Cincinnati Art Museum, 21c Museum Hotel and the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. Well worth the price of admission is the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and the nearby Newport Aquarium. Resources

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