With a school vacation around the corner, you’re scrambling to find spring break ideas for families. Don’t panic! We’ve done the hard work for you.
After analyzing the cost for a weeklong stay during the second half of March (using the median price of two-bedroom rental properties from TripAdvisor), we’ve uncovered 15 great places to rent a home for spring break in the US.
TripAdvisor Rentals has spacious cabins and condos from coast to coast, so you don’t have to break into your savings for a memorable vacation. With amenities like top-of-the-line kitchen appliances, pantry staples, board games, and beach toys, you’ll spend less time packing/unpacking and more time bonding—and isn’t that the whole point of vacation anyway? And once you decide on a destination, you can book all your tours, activities, and attractions right on TripAdvisor, too. Plus, our new 24-hour cancellation policy means you can pre-book before arriving, but still have the flexibility to cancel if your itinerary changes.
When it comes to tried-and-true spring break ideas for families, Alaska flies under the radar—and that’s great news for travelers who've always wanted to visit the Last Frontier. As the days grow longer and brighter, mid-March is the perfect time to explore Anchorage on a flightseeing tour or whale watching cruise. There are plenty of other ways to explore: a half-day luxury van tour around all the main sights or a fat-tire guided biking tour of the coastal trail along Cook Inlet.
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For quiet beaches and a healthy dose of Vitamin D, look no further than Florida’s Treasure Coast. Jensen Beach makes our list of places to go for spring break thanks to its budget-friendly rentals and small-town charm. Top activities for families include the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, an attraction popular for its interactive exhibits.
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Got an adventurous family? Stop trying to decide where to go for spring break and start scouting out things to do in St. George. The desert-meets-canyon landscape will take your breath away (and don’t even get us started on the epic trails and singletracks). As an added bonus, St. George boasts easy access to national parks like Zion and Bryce Canyon. For the ultimate photo opp, join a day trip by bus around the majestic Grand Canyon.
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Book a private villa in Mesa for a Sonoran Desert experience next door to shopping malls and spring training ballparks. The Valley of the Sun is home to family-friendly museums and natural attractions with "Old West" names like the Superstition Mountains and Saguaro Lake. Take it as a sign and cowboy up for a wild ride!
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“The Peaceful Side of the Smokies” is one of our top spring break ideas for families planning a fresh-air escape. Located a short drive from Cades Cove (the most popular part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park), Townsend offers a wealth of outdoor activities from horseback riding and hiking, to off-roading and fly fishing.
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From extreme tube rides to trap door body slides, the attractions in Wisconsin Dells will blow you out of the water. Home to the largest concentration of waterparks on earth, Wisconsin’s Heartland also offers hiking, fishing, and affordable rentals—just three more reasons it’s one of the best places to go for spring break.
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The most popular place on the Outer Banks isn’t Bodie Island Lighthouse or Jockey’s Ridge State Park. In Nags Head, the beach is the place to be—and thanks to an 11-mile stretch of public oceanfront, there’s plenty of room to spread out. The charming rentals here have everything you need for an uncrowded escape by the waves.
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If the thought of one more week of winter (let alone six!) makes you want to hibernate, we can tell you exactly where to go for spring break. Enter sunny Santa Fe, which sees 320 clear days a year and 60-degree weather in March. Art galleries, amazing restaurants, and special spring break offers for kids make it easy to plan a memorable getaway. Why not get a real flavor of Santa Fe on this half-day food and history walking tour?
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If you’re surprised to see Atlanta on a list of affordable spring break ideas for families, we don’t blame you; after all, this urban center is home to the busiest airport in the world. Look closer, and you’ll discover that it’s easy to plan a budget-friendly escape here thanks to free outdoor attractions like the BeltLine and Centennial Olympic Park. You can also save money and skip the queues for the city’s top attractions when you pick up an Atlanta CityPASS.
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The closest beach to Orlando is on Florida’s famous Space Coast, just 30 minutes from the Kennedy Space Center. You might catch a rocket launch if you’re lucky, but Cocoa Beach makes its own fireworks with thrilling activities from surfing lessons and kayak expeditions, to fishing charters and nature hikes.
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BB&T Ballpark, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, and the U.S. National Whitewater Center are three of Charlotte's coolest outdoor spots. With warm weather on the horizon, it's easy to see why this city is one of our favorite spring break ideas for families. Book a city tour on a golf cart to get to know the history and culture of Charlotte—finishing with a taste of the local fried pickles, of course. For a day of sunning yourself on the water, spend a day boating on nearby Lake Norman.
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We get it: you want to spend time with your kids during spring break, but separate hotel rooms don’t equal family bonding. Book a spacious rental in San Antonio and enjoy amenities like a big backyard and private pool, plus easy access to historic sites. Got little ones in tow? Visit the DoSeum, a three-story museum for kids 10 and under. The whole family will enjoy a sightseeing cruise down the San Antonio River combined with a hop-on, hop-off bus tour of the city’s most popular sights.
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If you’ve got theme parks on the brain, Kissimmee is one of the best places to go for spring break. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better location (30 minutes from Orlando), not to mention better accommodations (no crowded resorts here!). Nearby activities include Fun Spot America and Wild Florida Airboat Tours.
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Did you know that the Virginia Beach coastline holds the Guinness World Record for “longest stretch of pleasure beach”? (That’s 35 miles of sun, sand, and glorious scenery.) With all that access to the ocean and a boardwalk stretching three miles, we’d be foolish not to feature this spot on our list of spring break ideas for families. You can enjoy the glorious waters on a two-hour kayak tour, paddling out to Cape Henry Lighthouses and watching out for dolphins.
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Still wondering where to go for spring break? With 300 days of sunshine and more than 200 parks inside the city limits, it’s fair to say that Denver takes playing outside seriously. If rafting, climbing, and hiking are right up your alley—or if 85 miles of bike trails sounds like bliss—it’s also fair to say you should start searching for a rental in the Mile High City. Take care of all your culture needs with a Mile High Culture Pass, giving you discounted access to top attractions.
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