Family Travel Ideas for Spring Break 2017

The recent spate of warm weather in the north east has us thinking of Spring Break 2017.  Here in New York, we took advantage of our school’s February Break with a trip to Washington DC.  We visited family, museums, and had someone else cook for a change.  Are you looking for ideas for your Spring Break 2017?  Continue reading for some inspiration and a few travel deals.  For even more spring break 2017 ideas, check out this detailed list from our friends at Taking the Kids.  Don’t see your favorite mentioned?  Please share your own spring break travel ideas in the comments below.

Cocoa Beach Pier - Surfboards

Image courtesy Cocoa Beach Pier

Warm Water: Beaches and Water Parks

Cocoa Beach is the closest ocean getaway to Orlando’s theme park mecca, and historic Cocoa Beach Pier is a family friendly entertainment option in the area.  If you’re traveling to Orlando and looking for a beach destination, the short excursion to Cocoa Beach is well worth the trip.  The historic Cocoa Beach Pier makes an excellent family destination for food, fun, fishing, and frolic in the sand.  If traveling to the beach is not possible, how about an indoor water park?  There are now 14 Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park resorts in the U.S. and Canada, and the most recent one just opened in Colorado Springs on January 2017.  There’s sure to be a Great Wolf Lodge just a short road trip away, where you’ll always find it a toasty 84 degrees.  Let the kids swim, slip, and slide while you sit in the hot tub and thaw out.  In addition to swimming, you’ll find a whole host of activities at the family-friendly all-suites resorts including MagiQuest, Scooops Kids Spa, Elements Adult Spa, bowling, mini-golf, and even a Howler’s Peak Ropes Course.  You’ll have no need to shovel snow, scrape the windshield, or brave the elements at all once you tuck into your fireplace suite at Great Wolf Lodge.

Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs

Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs, image courtesy Great Wolf Lodge

Theme Parks

Spring festivals are in full bloom in the Florida theme parks including, Universal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras celebration, Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, and the brand-new Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld Orlando.  However, it’s not just the Orlando parks that awaken for the season.  Springtime In The Park celebration at Hersheypark amusement park, heralds the debut of the Hershey Triple Tower. This is the first choose-your-thrill triple tower in the United States, comprised of three drop towers of different heights: Hershey’s Tower, Reese’s Tower and Hershey’s Kisses Tower. Family entertainment during Springtime In The Park will be provided by comedian and magician Chris Linn and “Our Friends from the Sea” with harbor seals Bumper and Mango.

Hershey Triple Tower

Hershey Triple Tower, image courtesy Hersheypark

History – Step Back in Time

Colonial Williamsburg unveils new programming to bring families face-to-face with 18th Century life at sites including the Geddy, Wythe and Randolph houses and Anderson’s Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury. Along with other shops and sites like the historic Raleigh Tavern, guests of all ages can meet the nation’s founders, enjoy period stories, music or military drill, and even try their hands at historic trades and games, with a focus on fun for young revolutionaries.  In addition, Colonial Williamsburg is offering a Spring Getaway package that includes three nights’ accommodations, daily breakfast and four Spring Bounce Tickets (two adult and two for children ages 6-12), which allows guests to “bounce” from century to century with unlimited admission to both Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens Williamsburg (located within 5 miles of Colonial Williamsburg).

Colonial Williamsburg

Maple Syrup

Springtime in Vermont means maple syrup, and with more than 3,000 sugarmakers in residence, Vermont is the top maple syrup producer in the United States, generating over one million gallons annually.  Maple Open House Weekend takes place March 25-26 and the season continues to the Vermont Maple Festival, April 22-24 in St. Albans.  Other sweet celebrations throughout the northeast include Maple Days at Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts and the Maple Sugar Festival at the Genesee Country Village near Rochester, NY.

Vermont Maple

Image courtesy Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association


For those looking to embrace the last bit of winter, many destinations are offering deals for spring skiing. Warmer weather, fewer crowds, softer snow and falling prices make for the perfect opportunity to pack up the entire family for a Spring Break ski escape. The brand new Residence Inn Breckenridge boasts all-suite accommodations with complimentary hot American breakfast to fuel the fam before hitting the slopes of Breckenridge Ski Resort. Overlooking the scenic Beaver Creek Mountain, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is a luxury mountain Colorado Resort and Spa, and is offing a complementary 4th night to families OR free rentals for kids.  In Utah, Sundance Mountain, owned by Robert Redford, offers a family night skiing package starting at $135 and includes lift tickets and rentals for up to four family members. Eagle Point in Beaver, Utah allows kids under six to ride and ski for free, and ski-in-ski-out lodging starting at $79 per night. Family owned Cherry Peak in Richmond, Utah opened this season, and harkens back to the old school family ski trips.  Kids under six ski also free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Learn to Ski School

So whether you’re hitting the road or staying close to home, spring break is the perfect time to for family adventures.  Let us know what your plans include.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.