10 Best Spring Break Family Getaways

Jocelyn Murray March 3, 2014 No Comments



With Spring Break just around the corner, it’s never too early to start planning your family’s Spring Break vacation. From fun in the sun, to spectacular snowy adventures, we’ve compiled a list to suit your family’s fancy. The venues below offer world class accommodations with dining, activities and recreation right on site, so you won’t need to leave the resort. And best of all, many of them offer special rates and packages for booking ahead, which makes that paradise vacation a bit more affordable.


ARIZONA GRAND RESORT – Phoenix, Arizona                   

Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix, Arizona
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This highly-acclaimed all-suites resort will have everyone in your family smiling. Its Oasis Water Park features seven acres of endless fun with three water slides, a lazy river, wave pool, children’s water playground and much more. The golf course boasts rolling manicured hills that blend into the sweeping views of the desert and surrounding Sonoran Mountains. With a spa, fitness and recreation amenities, variety of accommodations to meet your family’s needs and six on-site dining options to choose from, you will not want to leave this resort. And being just a fifteen-minute ride from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport makes it extra convenient to get here.


ATLANTIS RESORT – Paradise Island, Bahamas

Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas
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Atlantis Resort is one of those places that make you pinch yourself to see if your are dreaming. But no, it’s not a dream. It’s real. Surrounded by the beautiful turquoise waters of the Bahamas, Atlantis Resort offers so much to do for every person in your family. The accommodations are comfortable and luxurious with suites and rooms to suit your family’s needs. But it’s the activities that will sweep you away. Water adventures abound from a fantastic water park, a dolphin cay, pools, beaches and more. There’s also a spa, fitness center, casino, golf, marina and speedway, to a choice of fine and casual dining, entertainment and shopping. With so many choices, your biggest concern will be deciding what to do first. Plenty of activities for toddles, kids and teens will keep everyone happily occupied so you can have some fun too.



Great Wolf Lodge
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With twelve fantastic locations to choose from, and a thirteenth venue opening soon, Great Wolf Lodge is another perfect family choice for Spring Break or any time of year. The Northwoods-themed accommodations are comfortable and enticing, but it’s the activities that will have you and your children visiting again. On-site indoor water parks feature a fantastic array of slides, wave pool, interactive water fort, water play areas and lots more.  And being indoors, you don’t have to worry about applying sunscreen. While activities vary by location, most of them have a Cub Club for little ones, arcade, theater, a variety of dining options right at the resort, fitness room, spa for adults and another spa for kids, shopping, and more. Nearby area attractions complete an exciting stay with memories to last a lifetime.



Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
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Seven swimming pools, a water slide, golf, tennis, bike riding, fitness center, posh accommodations, dining, a spa, and activities galore beckon at this fantastic resort. The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa is a sprawling oasis that blends beautifully with the swaying palms, rugged mountainous backdrop and blue skies above. Kids will love Camp Hyatt where children ages 3-12 and their families can participate in an exciting array of safe and supervised activities. There are arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, dive-in movies, s’mores roasts and more. For those who wish to venture off-site, there is the Soak City water park, The Living Desert zoo, and the Palm Springs Ariel tram with gorgeous views of the desert. A stay here will make for a delightful Spring Break vacation with the family.



JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
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The award-winning JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is another excellent family choice for Spring Break. It features two 18-hole championship golf courses, a spa, fitness and recreation amenities, luxury accommodations that include guest rooms and suites with private balconies or patios, and several delicious on-site dining options from steaks and seafood, to more casual American and Southwestern fare. Several pools, a whirlpool, lazy river and water slide will keep you cool, comfortable and contented. And to top it all off, it is a short ride from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as well.  



Kalahari Resort
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Kalahari Resort has two fabulous locations in Wisconsin Dells and Sandusky, Ohio with a third venue scheduled to open in Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania in 2015. The accommodations feature African-themed rooms and suites that include admission to the exciting indoor and outdoor water parks with a lazy river, wave pool, slides, rides and gallons of wild water fun for the whole family. But there’s more. From dining and shopping, to a spa and salon, fitness center, outdoor theme park, and activities galore for children and grown-ups, this resort has it all. It’s one of our top picks for Spring Break or any time of the year.  


OMNI LA COSTA RESORT & SPA – Carlsbad, California 

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
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Nestled in one of Southern California’s best seaside towns, the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad is another perfect family Spring Break getaway. Its charming Spanish Colonial architecture blends perfectly into the gorgeous setting with a choice of accommodations from rooms and suites to villas. Guests can golf, play tennis, indulge in the spa and fitness amenities, enjoy on-site dining and more. Kids will love the Splash Landing Pool and Water Play Area with water slides, pools, fountains, spritzers and more.  And for those who want to explore the off-site area attractions, there are exciting venues like Legoland, the San Diego zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, SeaWorld, premium outlet shopping, and more.  


PARADISE POINT RESORT & SPA – San Diego, California 

Paradise Point Resort & Spa
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This lovely hideaway sits on an island in Mission Bay in San Diego, California. Its bungalow-style rooms and lush landscaping make you feel like you are on a tropical island paradise. Five swimming pools (including one just for adults), tranquil lagoon waters along a sandy beach, and a marina with sailboats, paddleboards, kayaks and more await. There are five on-site dining choices, a luxurious spa, fitness center, golf course, tennis courts, and bicycles, Segways and quadracycles for renting and exploring the scenic grounds. Topping off the gorgeous resort is its proximity to all the wonderful activities San Diego has to offer: from SeaWorld (across the street)and the San Diego Zoo, to Balboa Park, Old Town and more.  


SOUTH SEAS ISLAND RESORT – Captiva Island, Florida 

South Seas Island Resort
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South Seas Island Resort in Captiva Island, Florida is a glittering gem in the Gulf of Mexico. There is nothing quite like the allure of a sun-drenched white-sand beach strewn with shells, and this resort captures all the tranquility of the private location with the exciting array of activities for each person in your family.  Its accommodations boast comfortable hotel rooms, to villas, cottages and private homes and condos. There is dining, shopping, swimming pools, a water park, spa, golf and tennis, and wildlife adventures for exploring the protected wildlife sanctuary and marine habitats. Other family excursions and tours include cruises, kayak tours, bicycle rentals and much more.  


STEAMBOAT SKI & RESORT – Steamboat Springs, Colorado 

Steamboat Ski & Resort
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For those of you who wish to enjoy winter sports and activities before they melt away, Steamboat Ski & Resort is the place to go. Things like sleigh rides, snowmobile tours, ski lessons at the SnowSports School, snowshoe tours, Nordic/cross country skiing (a personal favorite) and downhill skiing will immerse you in the scenic snowy surroundings. But there’s more. An Adventure Zone with exciting activities for kids like a bungee jump trampoline will definitely get all the wiggles out. Other activities and programs let kids have supervised fun while their parents hit the slopes or enjoy shopping or even a spa treatment. There are plenty of dining choices as well. Come enjoy winter activities in the spring before summer chases them all away. 

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Jocelyn Murray is a travel writer and historical fiction novelist. She holds two university master's degrees in both English and Education, along with a bachelor's degree in Economics and European Studies. She also has a teaching credential and taught at the elementary school level.

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