20 Super Spring Break Ideas for Families in 2019 – luxe trips that won’t break the bank

Finding the perfect spring break location can be tricky for families as college craziness takes over some of our favorite destinations. That is why I have put together a list of 20 Spring Break Ideas for Families. Whether you are looking to spend spring break with the fam on the slopes, on a beach or in a saddle… I’ve got an awesome recommendation for you + tips on how to SAVE money when you book below.

20 Spring Break Ideas for Families- luxe trips that won’t break the bank

We only get 18 summers with our kids. We have to make each school vacation count. Here are my 20 FAVORITE spring break ideas for families. I have made sure to include plenty of options to appeal to every member of the family + tips on how to SAVE BIG this spring break on each of them.  When you are looking for the best spring break destinations for families you need to think first about the type of trip you want to have!

Spring Break Ideas – Ski Trips

Everything you need to know about visiting Northstar California Resort located in gorgeous Lake Tahoe CA. This ULTIMATE Guide will show you all the awesome things to do in Tahoe, the best places to eat and where to ski. Check it out!!

Northstar Resort, Tahoe

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Park City, Utah

  • We have now taken three ski trips to Park City and we are excited to go again this year for spring break in 2019. Main St. is absolutely adorable.
  • If you want to go luxe but still have it affordable, check out the Silver Baron Lodge in Deer Valley
  • Each room comes with its own hot tub, and the rooms are massive. Our room slept over 16 people.
  • Check out my full Deer Valley review here!

Solitude Mountain, Utah

Solitude Mountain Ski Trip

  • Just down the road from Park City is Solitude Mountain Resort. The thing I love about Solitude Mountain is that it is not as crowded as some of the park city resorts. 
  • We found ourselves skiing down the mountain more because we were waiting in much smaller lines. 
  • There are also some delicious bites to eat in Solitude, check out the Honeycomb Restaurant it is worth a visit. 
  • Also, getting some Ski Lessons, ask for Helen, she is 81 years old (yes 81) and the best ski instructor you’ll ever have. 

Banff, Canada

Banff Summer

  • If you are looking for the most scenic spring break idea, you can’t find a more beautiful place than Banff, Canada. This is probably my favorite place I have visited in years. 
  • There is so much more to do than skiing (you can check out my things to do in Banff review here)
  • Looking for a luxurious place to stay for your family. Check out the Moose Lodge & Suites, the rooms can sleep up to 10 people and the rooftop pool and spa are definitely worth a visit.

Beach Getaway

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Tropical getaways are a favorite among spring breakers. Here are a few spring break ideas for families looking to thaw out. Grab your swimsuit because it’s time for some serious sun.

Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa – One of the Best Spring Break Destinations

Check Current Aulani Prices Here!

If you need help planning and booking your magical Aulani vacation, contact our friends at Tink’s Magical Vacations. They are truly Disney Experts, and not only are their services FREE, but they will save you both time and money. So all the prices listed above, they can usually match it or beat it, plus provide incredible service.


Margaritaville – Hollywood Fl.

Margaritaville Hollywood FLorida - Spring Break Destination for Families

I recently got to visit Margaritaville in Hollywood Florida and all I have to say is WOW! This is a perfect destination for families with kids of all ages. First off, there is a FREE Kid’s Club for kids ages 3-12, so mom and dad can sit back and relax by the pool and check out the incredible beach while the kids are having a blast in the kid’s club. The resort is also right on the boardwalk so you and the family can hop on one of their free bike rentals and cruise the boardwalk.

Spring Break for Families

In addition to those amenities, there is a FlowRider to practice your surfing or boogie boarding skills, amazing beachside and poolside cabanas. And for all those foodies out there, this was some of the best food I have had in a hotel. Plus of course, you have to have the world’s biggest flip flop and some pretty great tunes playing throughout the resort.

Margaritaville FLip Flop

Margaritaville truly is an amazing resort they have properties all over the U.S., the Caribbean and Costa Rica. Check Current Prices Here! Or check out our 7 Reasons Why Families Will Love Margaritaville Hollywood Beach here.

Kona Kai Resort & Spa in San Diego

My husband and I stayed at the recently renovated Kona Kai Resort & Spa last year and absolutely fell in love. You can’t beat the amazing location on San Diego’s historic Shelter Island (just 10 minutes from the San Diego airport). It is the perfect place for families because you are close to all of the popular San Diego attractions too!

The perfect moderately priced luxury resort in San Diego. Kona Kai was the perfect spot for our recent stay in San Diego (Shelter Island). This newly renovated resort boasts 41 luxurious suites, 170 total guest rooms, multiple pools, private beach, and a spa. Plus, the restaurants are amazing.

Plus, the property boasts a great kid-friendly pool (and the NEW Paloma Adults-Only Pool too!), private beach,7,020-square-foot state-of-the-art spa, an incredible restaurant on property, complimentary beach cruisers, and nightly bonfires. Plus, the views of the marina are just gorgeous and oh, so peaceful too!

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SPRING SPECIALS!!!

Stay Four or More- Guests who book four or more nights at the resort will receive a $300 resort credit and a cabana rental at the new Paloma Pool and Bar overlooking the Kona Kai Marina, steps away from the new luxury suites.  The credit can be used for additional amenities at the hotel, such as brunch at Vessel featuring bottomless mimosas and live music every Saturday and Sunday, signature cocktails enjoyed at the pool or bar, stand-up paddle boarding, couples massages and more.

SoCal Suite-ness- The resort’s new spacious, waterfront, adjoining suites are the perfect coastal accommodations to keep the family close this spring break, but with enough space to relax. The SoCal Suiteness package offers guests the following:

  • Two of the resort’s brand-new waterfront suites
  • Adventure credit for water sports of $100 per day
  • A couple’s amenity and kids’ amenity
  • Poolside cabana rental

Spring it On- This package provides all you need for a fun and stress-free getaway for the whole family. The package includes:

  • Daily breakfast credit for four
  • A daily $100 adventure credit to enjoy all the amenities and activities the resort has to offer, such as kayaking, pedal boats, or Jet Ski rentals

Check prices for this gorgeous family-friendly resort here.


All-Inclusive Resorts – One of my fave Spring Break Ideas

Transracial family playing in the pool at the Hard Rock Cancun

Hard Rock Hotel in Cancun – One of our Most Surprising Spring Break Ideas for Families

  • Mexico is one of my favorite warm weather escapes. The beaches are some of the most gorgeous in the world. There are plenty of affordable luxury resorts that are also kid-friendly and Hard Rock Cancun happens to be one that we could keep going back to OVER & OVER.
  • This resort is actually incredibly family-friendly (YES REALLY) they have amazing food, a beautiful beach, and excellent cocktails. Plus a ton of included activities for the kids.

Nickelodeon Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • My family travel writing friends just came back from a stay at this incredible NEW resort and they cannot say enough wonderful things about it. I hear that it is super luxe, kids activities are separate so you can still feel like you are staying at a gorgeous all-inclusive resort there just happens to be amazing offering for your kids including getting slimed.
  • Save up to 50% on Winter Package
  • Rates starting at $202 per person per night + you get 2 kids FREE (with 2 paying adults)
  • Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive Deal-
  • Travel Zoo has some awesome deals for families in Mexico right now including this one for a 4 star Family Friendly All-Inclusive in Puerto Vallarta.

*Curious to know what the average vacation costs? Check out this great post from Stuffed Suitcase.

Cruises – The Ultimate Spring Break Idea for families with extended family

Little girl with pigtails running with Disney Cruise Ship in background | Global Munchkins

Traveling with extended family can be difficult. We have traveled numerous times with around 25 of us and I have to say the easiest by far is doing a cruise. No restaurants to worry about and everybody can do their own thing throughout the day and then meet up for dinner.  Right now Disney has some killer sales.

Disney Cruises – 

When it comes to booking a  Disney cruise I highly recommend checking out  Tink’s Magical Vacations. They booked our last cruise, saved us a ton of money and helped book every detail of the cruise for us. It was amazing.

City Escapes

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Washington DC – One of our favorite places to go for Spring Break

  • Visit this super kid-friendly town in the spring and get the added benefit of seeing the Cherry Blossoms in bloom + fewer crowds
  • DC has a ton of FREE museums to explore, parks perfect for picnics and you get the added benefit of squeezing in a few awesome history lessons too!
  • Check current rates on Family-Friendly Washington DC Hotels here.

Seattle, Washington

Unique Trips

Tanque Verde Ranch

  • If you are looking to do something new that is both an amazing experience and also an incredible lesson in bravery and independence I CANNOT recommend Tanque Verde Ranch enough. It’s WONDERFUL!!!
  • I wasn’t sure that my family would like a dude ranch experience. My boys (and husband) had ZERO riding experience. But, it ended up being our favorite vacation in 2015. Read all about our experience here.
  • This AMAZING resort is also ALL-INCLUSIVE so meals, lodging, riding lessons, trail rides, kids club and more are included and during Spring Break they are running some fantastic promotions.

Budget Friendly

Pool area at El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico

There are some destinations that really help stretch your disposable income. I have found that Puerto Rico + Costa Rica are two such destinations making them awesome spring break ideas for families.

Puerto Rico-

  • Just like the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico can be visited by US citizens without needing a passport, worrying about language or exchanging any money.
  • My choice resort when visiting Puerto Rico with kids is Waldorf Astoria’s El Conquistador Resort.
  • Why the El Con Resort is GREAT for Families:
    • Private island with tons of activities including kayaking, horseback riding & more!
    • On-site Water Park
    • Tons of Pools
    • Kids Club (extra fees apply)
    • Foot Golf- it’s like soccer and golf combined and is a BLAST for the whole fam
    • A really cool Scavenger Hunt activity and so much more!!
  • Currently, El Con Resort has accommodations starting at $156 per night, they have a special offer that includes a complimentary 4th night, they have a “kids eat free” package and an all-inclusive option as well.
    • You can also book your stay with Hilton points
    • Hiltons HONORS Credit Card members can also redeem one of their FREE weekend passes for a stay and it’s a great value.
  • Check out my ULTIMATE Guide to El Conquistador Resort here.
  • Check Prices for El Conquistador Here!

Costa Rica-

  • Our first ever adventure type travel trip was to Costa Rica and it was INCREDIBLE!!!
  • Book an Airbnb Rental to save on accommodations, food and activities are already offered at incredible values once you are there 🙂
  • Check out some of our Costa Rica experiences here

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*Camping is another low-cost trip typically. Check out this post on Car Camping Trips.

Southern California & Arizona Spring Break Ideas

Loews Coronado Bay Resort | Global Munchkins

Loews Coronado Bay Resort-

Los Angeles-

  • There is a TON to do with kids in LA contrary to popular belief. I lived there for several years and I absolutely LOVE visiting this wonderful area with my kids.
  • Check out great rates on Family-Friendly Hotels here
  • While in LA make sure to visit the LACMA, the Getty Museum, the Santa Monica Pier and the beach.

Arizona Spring Break Training

The Iconic Disney World Vacation

You might be saying to yourself, How is Disney World Luxe? How is Disney World Cheap? You are very right about both questions but there actually is a way.

Disney's Beach Club Pool at Disneyworld in Oralndo FL| Global Munchkins

  • Disney has 9 Deluxe Properties on their property, our personal favorites are Beach Club and Animal Kingdom. When you book a room through a DVC Member you can save close to 50% on your room. We highly recommend people use David’s Vacation Rentals to book their rooms and save 50%  off as they have the largest inventory of DVC Rooms. You can read more about booking a DVC room here.
  • 9 Fascinating Facts I Wish I Knew Before Booking a DVC Rental

For more cheap vacation ideas check out We3Travel’s article over here.

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10 Comments

  • Cori says:

    These are so awesome trip suggestions. My kids want to go to the beach of course.

  • Costa Rica and Puerto Rico are on my travel wishlist, they are the perfect places for endless summer days!

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  • Wow! Such fab options for family getaways. Love the resorts and beach trips. The key is to enjoy sweet time together while not spending a fortune. Love your post! So helpful.

  • Michelle says:

    Great ideas and information. Puerto Rico looks great.

  • Claudia says:

    Wow, what a comprehensive post! You’ve covered some great spring break destinations that we love, particularly Costa Rica, Mexico and some great cruises. There are so many choices for families, it’s wonderful. We’re set to enjoy a city break this year – NYC!

  • Liz says:

    Is this a joke? All-inclusive to Puerto Vallarta…Disney…I clicked on this story hoping for suggestions that were affordable. This is laughable.

    • Katie says:

      Reading comments….Got to yours and thought YES I’m so happy someone said exactly what i was thinking!

    • Brenda says:

      These are all trips I’ve taken as an adult with my girlfriends! My husband and I decided to take our three girls to Disney last year for spring break and spent a small fortune between air fare, luggage check, hotel stay, food, park entrance, rental car, souvenirs, and the list goes on and on! We are now looking for trips less than $1000 for everything!! It’s been helpful to find local treasures within reasonable driving range! We have been lucky enough to find a couple of options, mostly. Camping scenarios. At least it won’t break the bank and will get the kids engaged and active while spending time with one another.

  • Kim says:

    I like the idea of a ski trip since that would be a new activity for our family. My top pick is usually a cruise. This year, we’re staying on land and heading to the beach.

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