Totally Awesome Spring Break Getaways with Kids

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    Warm Up with These Hot Getaways

    AquaDuck on the Disney Dream
    ••• AquaDuck on the Disney Dream. Kent Phillips/Disney Cruise Line

    For legions of kids in the United States, spring break is a week-long hiatus that falls anytime between mid-March and mid-April. It's a great opportunity for families to shake out of their winter gear and think of warmer times ahead.

    Click through for dozens of family-friendly getaway suggestions from coast to coast.

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    Marvel at the Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC

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    ••• Destination DC

    Every spring, our nation's capital explodes with blooming cherry blossom trees. It's a spectacular time to visit. In 2017, the National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place from March 15 to April 16—smack in the middle of spring break for many families.

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    Sail Away on a Family Cruise

    AquaDuck on the Disney Dream
    ••• AquaDuck on the Disney Dream. Kent Phillips/Disney Cruise Line

    For many families, a cruise offers the best of all worlds. The most family-friendly cruise lines offer a slew of activities to keep everyone happy and many itinerary options.

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    Find the Sun in the US Virgin Islands

    Family Vacations on St. Croix
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    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the acquisition of the US Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas) from Denmark for a paltry $25 million. 

    To sweeten the pot for travelers, the U.S. Virgin Islands Centennial Commemoration is offering $300 in spending credits if you book one of 28 participating hotel on any of the three islands for three nights or more. Use promo code CP1 or CP17.

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    Go Maple Sugaring (and Skiing) in Vermont

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    ••• Smugglers' Notch

    The transition from winter to spring is a delicious time to be in New England. March and early April make up maple sugaring season, when buckets appear on maple trees and sugar shacks transform maple sap into delectable maple syrup.

    Vermont's Smugglers' Notch Resort, a top kid-friendly ski resort and fabulous vacation for babies and toddlers, is holding its annual Maple Fest Celebration from March 18 to April 2, 2017, during the spring-break period. The event immerses families in the traditions of the sugaring season in Vermont. Complimentary transportation is provided to a local sugarhouse, and families receive a maple welcome gift, daily maple product samplings, a children's maple-themed activity book, and can enjoy a weekly winter carnival with sugar on snow. For an additional fee, families can embark on maple-themed snowshoe treks or take an artist's class.

    During Maple Fest Celebration, Smugglers' Notch vacation packages are priced at the season's lowest rates, starting at...MORE $99 per night per youth and $129 per night per adult, including lodging, lift tickets for skiing or snowboarding, and use of the indoor pool, hot tubs and FunZone with games and bouncy houses, and family and adult entertainment.

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    Get Bang for Your Buck in Canada

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    The strong US dollar means that a vacation in Canada costs a lot less than it did a few years ago. 

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    Tap Your Cowboy Boots

    Dierks Bentley at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe
    ••• Dierks Bentley at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe. Rick Diamond/Getty Images

    Wild about country music? This is a fantastic year to visit the Music City, with a number of big anniversary celebrations on the calendar in 2017. The iconic Ryman Auditorium celebrates its 125th anniversary with a number of special events; the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum is turning 50 years old this year; and the iconic Bluebird Café is now 35 years young. 

    When you're not catching a concert, kids will love the Nashville Zoo and Adventure Science Center.

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    Discover Cuba

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    Since 2015, when the U.S. and Cuba resumed diplomatic ties for the first time in more than 50 years, travel to Cuba has been opening up for Americans. While the kind of allowable trips is still limited to specific categories of travel, you no longer have to apply for a visa.

    While Americans can now legally travel to Cuba, there are restrictions. You need to book a tour through a company that has won special approval from the U.S. State Department to run "people to people" cultural-exchange trips to Cuba.

    Several cruise lines now sail to Cuba, or you can fly. Alaska Airlines recently became the eighth U.S. carrier (along with American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, and United) to offer flights to Havana.

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    Find an Affordable All-Inclusive Beach Resort

    All-Inclusive Caribbean Resorts
    ••• Beaches Resorts

    Looking for an all-inclusive getaway in the sun and surf? The Caribbean and Mexico are awash with all-inclusive resorts, but how can you be sure that the atmosphere will be appropriate for all ages? These kid-friendly chains are known for their G-rated focus, family-friendly accommodations, and fantastic children's programming.

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    Watch Baseball Spring Training

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    ••• A general view of Hammond Stadium during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game. J. Meric/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

    If your family loves baseball, there may be no better spring getaway than a trip to watch your favorite Major League Baseball team play and practice during spring training season in Arizona's Cactus League and Florida's Grapefruit League. 

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    Embark on a European Adventure

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    ••• Rail Europe

    If you've been contemplating a family vacation to Europe, 2017 is shaping up to be a stellar year to go. Not only is the U.S. dollar looking strong against the euro and pound sterling, but at least one airline will be selling one-way tickets to Europe for as little as $69 each way.

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    Hit the Beach in the USA

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    ••• View from The Shores Resort & Spa, Daytona Beach. Photo: Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

    As soon as the weather starts to warm, many families will be drawn to the sun and surf of great beach towns in southern states. 

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    Tick Atlantis Resort Off Your Bucket List

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    ••• Atlantis Paradise Island Resort

    Is the Atlantis Resort on your family's spring break bucket list? From snorkeling through underwater ruins to zooming through a shark tank in a transparent tube, the roster of larger-than-life experiences at the iconic mega resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas is staggering.

    Atlantis is offering a spring deal that includes: up to 40 percent off nightly rates and up to $450 in resort credits.

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    Save Money by Flying into a Busy Airport

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    Looking for a family spring break destination with affordable airfare? One trick is to choose a vacation spot near a busy airport, where spring break crowds barely make a dent in the overall air traffic, and airline ticket prices stay relatively flat.

     

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    Take a Spectacular Spring Drive

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    Got spring fever? Pack the car and grab the kids for these stunning road trips.

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    Have an Egg-cellent Easter Weekend

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    ••• Congress Hall

    The long Easter weekend is a popular time for a family getaway in the spring. These escapes deliver plenty of egg-cellent activities and kid-friendly hoppenings.

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    Take Your Kids to a National Park

    Arches National Park
    ••• National Park Service

    Called "America's best idea" by the historian Wallace Stegner, our national park system offers families a wonderfully affordable way to visit our most cherished and beautiful landscapes, view wildlife in their natural habitat, learn about geological and cultural history, and appreciate the great outdoors. Spring is shoulder season in most parks, so you'll find fewer crowds.

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    Go Whale-Watching in San Diego

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    ••• A gray whale fluke off the coast of San Diego. Flickr Creative Commons: jpmckenna

    Are your kids fascinated by whales? Consider planning a whale watching family getaway to Southern California. San Diego’s famous gray whale-watching season stretches from December through April.

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    Make a Splash at an Indoor Water Park

    Indoor Water Park Resorts
    ••• Great Wolf Lodge

    No matter if the weather outside is frightful, every day's a pool day at an indoor water park, where lazy rivers, water slides and raft rides provide hours of wet and wild fun.

    From the Northwest to the Southeast and everywhere in between, here are the best indoor water parks in every region of the United States.

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    Hit the Slopes for Late-Season Savings

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    ••• Keystone Ski Resort

    At many top resorts out West, ski season runs into April and prices drop on late-season lodging and lift tickets.

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    Visit a College Campus with Your High Schooler

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    ••• Boston College

    For famiilies whose high-school kids have an eye on college, scoping out campuses is a rite of passage. Spring break can be a great time to visit a campus that may be a bit further away from home. Build a fun family getaway around your college visit and explore the attractions in the local area.

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    Save on a Splurge in Florida

    Omni Amelia Island Resort
    ••• Omni Hotels & Resorts

    Looking for an upscale yet kid-friendly beach resort in northeastern Florida, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is a terrific choice. Sprawling across 1,350 vast acres on the tip of a beautiful barrier island just off the coast, the resort offers 3.5 miles of pristine beach and so many ways for families to have fun, it would be impossible to do them all in just one visit. 

    With the Extra Sun, Extra Fun package, stay 2 nights and receive a $50 resort credit; 4 nights and receive a $125 resort credit; or 6 nights and receive a $250 resort credit.

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    Join the Revolution

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    ••• Colonial Williamsburg

    Colonial Williamsburg belongs right at the top of every family's bucket list. No living-history attraction delivers a more immersive experience into 18th-century Colonial times, offering the chance for you and your kids to rub shoulders with America's founding fathers and eat, work, and play like revolutionaries. (Pssst—your kids will be having so much fun, they won't realize they're also learning.)

    At Kingsmill Resort, the Ultimate Spring Escape Package includes accommodations, Fun Card tickets to Busch Gardens and one-day tickets to Colonial Williamsburg, and breakfast daily. There is also complimentary wi-fi as well as free shuttle service to and from both attractions. Three-night packages begin at $125 per person per night in a one-bedroom resort condo for a family of four. The package is available March 17-May 21, 2017. Two- and three-bedroom condos, plus up to four-bedroom cottages, are also available.

    Check rates at Kingsmill...MORE Resort
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    Snag Luxury for Less in Colorado Springs

    Spring is a particularly wonderful time to stay at The Broadmoor, a sprawling, grand resort in the Colorado Rockies where families can take advantage of lower rates, a kids’ club, horseback riding, pee-wee tennis, an on-site bowling alley, and more. The Spring Break Getaway Package offers a 25-percent discount off suites, starting at $120 per person based on double occupancy. Kids 10 and under eat free from the children's menu when accompanied by a paying adult, and you can score a 20-percent discount on golf greens fees and a discounted adult ticket at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Available March 1-April 30, 2017.

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    Escape to a Passport-Free Tropical Isle

    Key West Beach, Florida Keys
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    Hankering for a warm island getaway but don't own a US passport? No problem. These sun-drenched destinations are all located in the USA or US territories, so you can travel there with your regular state-issued ID. (Be sure to bone up on REAL ID, the new required identification for travel within the US.)

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    Snag a Spring-Break Deal

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    ••• Sand dollar found on Palmetto Dunes Beach. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

    Looking for a fun and affordable spring break getaway with kids? You'll find a lot of possibilities in this page of family spring break vacation deals at kid-friendly destinations. Vacations to a beach or theme park are popular choices, but certainly not the only options. 

    Check out these favorite dealfinding sites, which can offer savings of 50 percent or more:

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