Researching spring break ideas? Here are a collection of spring break destinations guaranteed to make lasting memories for an entire week or a long weekend, and they are all within reach of Atlanta.
Our 17 recommendations for your 2020 spring break getaway include towns in Georgia that promise not to break the bank, cities just over the border, and a handful of places that require an (affordable) jaunt on a plane.
Is sun and sand your idea of a Spring Break family vacation? Then take a trip to Martin County, FL! In addition to beautiful white sand beaches there are so many activities to enjoy. Take a naturalist-led catamaran tour of the everglades. Hike at Jonathan Dickenson State Park. Perhaps you can just stroll the lovely beach at Blowing Rocks Preserve. You can see antique cars at the Elliott Museum, and feed turtles and sting rays at the Coastal Center. Want to know where to stay? Check out the Old Colorado Inn in Stuart, Florida. The private pool is heavenly!
Just Down The Road
Blue Ridge (Nearby Hotels & Photos)
If your family loves the outdoors, then Blue Ridge is where to point your car for the perfect Spring Break. Fall Branch Falls is easy to get to, and a great place to spend your day. We adore the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, exploring Mercier Orchards, or hiking over Swinging Bridge. We'd recommend a cabin on the lake or a stay in the treehouse.
Ellijay Nearby Hotels & Photos
Ellijay is also a mountain town, with a bit of a different vibe. We adore the square, with shops and restaurants that will impress event the snobbiest foodie. The locals are wonderful - with open minds and open hearts. From music to art to photography, their love of the arts captivate visitors. Take the kids to Expedition Bigfoot for a super unique experience! Our favorite family hike in the area is Tumbling Waters at Carter's Lake, without a doubt. Oh! And not too far is Gibbs Gardens, the ideal place to see Cherry Blossoms on the north side.
Henry County (Nearby Hotels & Photos)
Henry County is "comfortably south" of Atlanta, and it sometimes gets over looked. Don't make that mistake, because it is jam-packed with tons for families. We LOVE it here! Spring is the perfect time to see animals at Noah's Ark, or hike the trails in Stockbridge. Take flight in a Huey helicopter, visit a family-friendly brewery, or play some disc golf. And don't forget Panola Mountain State Park - heck, you can even sleep here!
Milledgeville (Nearby Hotels & Photos)
Even further south of the city is Georgia's prettiest small town of Milledgeville - and 110% worth the road tripping effort. Fill up on a chocolate chip pancake breakfast, then bike around the Oconee River Greenway. It's always more fun knowing a SweeTreats ice cream is waiting for you at the end! Take the trolley tour, visit the Old Governor's Mansion, stroll through the arboretum, or relax on Lake Sinclair.
Across State Lines
Lake Murray Country, SC (Nearby Hotels & Photos)
As you’re looking for things to do in Columbia, SC…I encourage you to think BIGGER and consider all that Capital City/Lake Murray Country has to offer. I took the boys on a whirlwind tour of the area, and loved every second we were there. I’m not gonna lie – I was shocked! People in Atlanta don’t regularly discuss Spring Break-ing in this region…but we’re hoping to change that with our list of what to do, where to eat, and where to sleep.
Biltmore Estate in Asheville (Nearby Hotels & Photos)
You know Biltmore as America’s largest private residence located in beautiful Asheville, NC. The Richard Morris Hunt-designed French Renaissance manor was once the home of George Vanderbilt and his family. The Estate and its Fredrick Law Olmsted manicured gardens are not necessarily the first place you might think of when I say North Carolina Family Vacation…but you should!
Orange Beach, AL (Nearby Hotels & Photos)
I visited Orange Beach for the first time ever in 2018, and I was mesmerized by the white sands and crystal waters. I'd even dare compare it to Cancun - glorious! From sensational seafood and cajun eats to family condos right on the beach...we loved every inch of it. We spent most of our time in OB, but Gulf Shores is adjacent and offering just as many ideas for a family vacation. But seriously, if the beach is your thing...this one is the BEST warm weather choices for families in Atlanta.
Myrtle Beach, SC (Nearby Hotels & Photos)
From miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches to entertaining shows and attractions here are 33 superb things to do in Myrtle Beach that you don’t want to miss. Need a comfy but entertaining place to lay your head.? Here are 5 resorts in the area that are family approved. And if you can extend your stay, we highly recommend a day or two in Historic Georgetown, too. It's just South of busy tourist area.
Only A Plane-Ride Away
We have a trip planned to California for break this year, hitting San Francisco, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo. We asked our readers for some tips while planning and boy did they come through. A few of our favorites – rowing boats on Stow Lake, playing video games at the Musee Mecanique in San Francisco, surfing and redwoods in Santa Cruz, and whale watching in Monterey. We are taking a kayak tour in Morro Bay where we hope to see sea otters in the wild!
There are so many options, we may never make it south to San Diego, so we consulted this list of great California beaches from Trekaroo. Here are a list of Spring Break destinations in California from our Cali-Native friend, Leslie at Trips With Tykes. And you can use her tips to help determine if it's time to fly...and how to use Uber with kids when you get there! LA, here we come!
Monument Valley, UT (Nearby Hotels & Photos)
Driving through Monument Valley National Park and stopping at the breath-taking rock formations is definitely a must do out west, but for a truly spectacular experience you’ll never forget, book an overnight glamping trip to Hunt’s Mesa. The ride there is an experience in itself. There are no roads, we road straight up rock formations in an old Tahoe, but the risk was worth it. Our guide, a Navajo medicine man, told us stories under a brilliant star lit sky. We watched the colors of the valley change to gold and grey for both sunset and sunrise. On our way out, we were treated to a private backcountry tour of the valley climbing gorgeous arches and peeking into long ago deserted hogans.
Another option? Head to Lake Tahoe for fun in the sun!
Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ (Nearby Hotels & Photos)
The Grand Canyon is on most people’s bucket list, for good reason. But a lesser know, equally amazing site is about 100 miles north in Page AZ. This is where you’ll find the Antelope slot canyons. A slot canyon is narrow canyon formed by wear of water rushing through the rock, creating a gorgeous pastel world below the ground. When you go, book an early tour. It’s single file to get into the canyon, which makes the line grow as the day progresses. You can wait a few hours to get in, and some of that can be in the hot sun, so bring sunscreen, hat and water too. But I promise, it will be totally worth it. While you are in the area, be sure to visit Horseshoe Bend as well.
Puerto Rico (Nearby Hotels & Photos)
This Caribbean Island was devastated by Hurricane Maria, but they are back open for business and desperately need your visit. And who could resist? It's warm, beautiful, and doesn't require a passport! Have no fear; hurricane season doesn't start until June and the beautiful beach coast of Puerto Rico is still gorgeous, and hands-down better than any silly water park. Ha! And yes, you can still visit that bar from the Despacito video. And the pina colada was invented there...why are you not booking tickets now?
Park City, UT (Nearby Hotels & Photos)
Utah is home to 19 different ski resorts, with Park City being among the most popular. In late season, the crowds begin to thin out, but the snow is still great. In fact, you can sometimes ski in March with short sleeves - and that's just what we're doing this year. I'm hoping we can do some dog sledding and take out a snow mobile. And forget Georgia's mountain biking - how about SNOW biking! Woot! Don't miss a stroll through Park City's downtown for museums, shops and great eats. Could our upcoming vacay be our favorite spring break ever?
Need more ideas? We love these budget-friendly options from our friends at Global Munchkins (oh! we love the all inclusive resort!!) And here are some spring break ideas out west from our friends at Pit Stops for Kids. Finally, we are in love with these ideas for Coast Rica from our friends at Trekaroo.
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After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.