Thousands of co-eds take to beaches around the country over the next few weeks to celebrate “spring break.” But if you want to take a vacation around the same time, and aren’t interested in participating in a 24 hour a day party, here are four destinations that guarantee you’ll still have a great time.
San Diego, CA
You may not complete escape the college-set in San Diego but with loads of beaches and other activities you can be sure to carve out a space all your own. You can also avoid the beach altogether by enjoying the San Diego Zoo and animal park and other attractions at Balboa Park. If you’re looking for a couple’s romantic getaway during this time, take a short drive north to Long Beach and book a stay on the docked Queen Mary that now serves as a floating hotel. There are also tours, exhibits, and several dining options onboard.
Wisconsin Dells, WI
While not a warm weather destination, did you know the Wisconsin Dells has more waterparks than anywhere else in the country? There are 10 accommodations with large indoor water parks, seven with medium sized parks, and 4 with small parks. All include waterpark passes with a stay and some waterparks are open to day guests who pay a day rate – so if you can visit other parks as well. If you like outdoor activities, you can do that here too. Hundreds of miles of snowmobile, biking, and hiking trails surround the area. You’re also likely to scoop up great hotel rates and find plenty of affordable dining options.
Outer Banks, North Carolina
The outer banks are a chain of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. Shops begin opening for the season around Easter. While it may be a little too early to go swimming, there are plenty of other activities to keep everyone busy. Beach combing, bird watching, and building sand castles are just a few. This is a destination to lay back and relax. For those who want to keep busy the Wright Brothers Memorial, North Carolina Aquarium and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse are just a few things to see.
Taos, New Mexico
For an alternative to the traditional spring break beach tradition, Taos is a great choice. Just 2 hours north of Albuquerque this New Mexico town is known for its great skiing and laid back atmosphere. If you’re tired of the slopes, pay a visit to the Taos Pueblo Village, the only living Native American community designated as an UNESCO world heritage site. Art museums, shops, and plenty of natural parks and areas ensure there is something for everyone.
Whether you’re seeking a traditional spring break at the beach, or something more unique, all of these destinations are great options for families and couples.
Do you have a favorite Spring Break destination?