Lesser-Known Places for Spring Break Travel, featured in Family Travel with Colleen Kelly

Are you dreaming of an escape from the humdrum of everyday life and looking for a unique spring break experience but tired of the same old tourist traps? Worry no more! There are plenty of lesser-known places to explore that will provide you with unforgettable memories. Below are some of our top picks for off-the-beaten-path spring break destinations for families that you may never have considered before.

So, get ready to pack your bags, hop on a plane, and head out for an unforgettable spring break travel experience!


If you are looking for a unique and exciting spring break destination for your family, look no further than Belize! This lesser-known destination offers an array of activities that will make your vacation memorable. From the stunning beaches with white sand and crystal-clear Caribbean water to the variety of all-inclusive resorts and the exciting Placencia Village, Belize is an ideal destination for a family spring break. Plus, with English being the official language, it is an easy and accessible destination, being only a two-hour flight from Houston or Miami. When you visit Belize, you can look forward to a vacation full of fun, relaxation, and adventure. From snorkeling and kayaking to zip-lining and deep-sea fishing, Belize has something to offer to everyone in your family.


Carlsbad is another one of the spring break destinations for families that’ll captivate both adults and children alike. This small coastal town is just a short drive from San Diego and offers a wide variety of year-round attractions and outdoor experiences. But the best part of it all? Every spring, Carlsbad bursts into bloom with some of the most stunning natural colors around. The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are a sight to behold, with their riotous reds, sunny yellows, perfect pinks, and every other rainbow-hued color under the sun. What a treat for the senses!

Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico, is another perfect family travel destination for a spring break getaway. It’s a hidden gem for adventurers of all ages, offering a variety of activities to explore and enjoy. From the Santa Fe Climbing Center, where you can scale brightly colored walls, to the LiggettVille Adventure Center, which has a ropes course, zip rail, and climbing area, there’s something for everyone. The Santa Fe Place Mall is also home to the Skate School, perfect for any boarders, and DeVargas and General Franklin E. Miles Park are great spots for outdoor fun. For the younger ones, the Santa Fe Children’s Museum is a must-visit. And for a bit of indoor fun, The Alley Lanes is a modern bowling alley just a ten-minute walk from the Plaza, with a full bar and delicious food.

St. Augustine

St. Augustine is the perfect alternative for a laid-back spring break family trip. Miles of soft sand beaches await you and your family to explore a new one every day. Whether you’re looking for a quiet escape at Vilano Beach or an adventurous exploration at Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine has it all. Surfers will love the waves of Matanzas Inlet, and for those looking for a break from the sun, there are plenty of indoor activities like Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum. But that’s not all St. Augustine has to offer; the city is home to many historical landmarks and centuries-old buildings. You can take a walking tour through the quaint cobblestone streets, visit a Spanish fort, or learn about the nation’s oldest masonry fortification at Castillo de San Marcos.

Death Valley National Park

Lastly, Death Valley National Park is another amazing destination for spring break travelers who are looking for something a bit more adventurous. The sunny skies, colorful wildflowers, and searing temperatures make it the perfect place to take a day trip, explore a few trails, and learn about the history of this fascinating area. You’ll be rewarded with stunning sand dunes, rugged mountain peaks, and a wide variety of wildlife. It’s a great way to step away from the traditional spring break activities and experience something a bit more wild and wonderful.

What’s your next spring break destination?

All of these lesser-known places for spring break travel offer exciting and unique opportunities to experience new cultures, meet interesting people, and create lasting memories. So, if you haven’t figured out where to travel in 2023 for spring break, there you have it! Have fun!


Updated 9/15/23.


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