In April, New York area schools will be closed for one week for spring break. If you’re like us, you’re probably trying to figure out what to do with your children. You can choose to stay local or find the best spring break destination that’s convenient for New York families.
This year, my family planned ahead and booked a one-week trip to the Dutch Caribbean. If you’re like us and prefer a warm spring break destination, you still have plenty of choices. Whether you’re looking for sun and sand, adventure, or someplace to relax with the family, we’ve rounded up the best places for New Yorkers to enjoy a spring vacation.
The Best Spring Break Destination for New York Families
For an old-fashioned beach experience that won’t break the bank, you can head to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It’s one of the best spring break destinations for New York families because it doesn’t require getting on a plan. With approximately less than a 12-hour drive, Myrtle Beach is close enough for a road trip. It also offers countless activities like golfing, fishing, kayaking, and more. Some attractions you might want to check out include Broadway Grand Prix, Wonderworks, the Soar + Explore Zipline and Ropes Course, Ripley’s Aquarium, Hollywood Wax Museum, and The Pavillion Park. Plus, there are plenty of places to stay and eat at reasonable prices.
Myrtle Beach is known for its 1.2-mile oceanfront boardwalk, which gives you access to many dining options or a pre-dinner stroll. Boardwalk area restaurants include Art Burger Sushi Bar, RipTydz, Pier 14 House Restaurant, and Landshark Bar and Grill.
Florida is a great spring break destination. Families that are looking for something a bit more adventurous but still warm in March or April. Orlando is home to the best theme parks. We love LEGOLAND: Florida. Disney’s Magic Kingdom is excellent for the little ones. And then there are beach destinations like Siesta Key and Tampa. Speaking of Tampa, it’s home to one of our families’ favorite aquariums: The Florida Aquarium. Daytona Beach has miles of golden sand beachfront and unique attractions like sky-diving or kayaking along its riverside canals. Fun fact: Daytona Beach is the first vacation my husband and I took together when we first began dating. The Everglades National Park is also worth visiting if you want to immerse yourself in nature while searching for various wildlife during your stay.
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For New York families looking to escape to the Caribbean, passport-free destinations like Puerto Rico, St. Croix, or St. Thomas are good choices. Puerto Rico is a great place for diving lessons or bike trails in the Cabo Rojo Salt Flats. It is an ideal location for bird watching at the National Wildlife Refuge. San Juan and Castillo San Felipe del Morro’s history is highly recommended – the culture and cuisine is not to be missed. The mountains can be explored for serenity as well as exercise and adventure.
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Those families who want to add more stamps to their passports should consider Costa Rica or even Grand Caymen. Costa Rica is known for its lush tropical rainforests. Grand Cayman is known for the white sands of Seven Mile Beach and the Stingray City Sandbar where you can snorkel with the local friendly stingrays. I did it once, but those things are the size of New York manhole covers.
Each tropical destination offers plenty of adventure activities such as zip lining through lush rainforests or relaxing on calm beaches perfect for snorkeling and other water activities. They also have a vibrant culture and exceptional cuisine if you wish to escape into luxury during your getaway
Remember to Pack Sunscreen!
No matter which destination you choose, remember to pack sunscreen! Spending some time in the sunshine this spring is sure to bring joy to all members of the family – remember to be safe no matter how far away from home you are!
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Spring break is the perfect time to get away from the hustle and bustle of New York City and explore the world beyond. For families in search of warmer climates, there are plenty of domestic and international locations to consider. Whether you’re looking for culture, adventure or somewhere to relax and retreat, you’re sure to find fun spring break destinations that won’t break the bank.