Best of Spring Break in Florida for Families

Best Spring Break Florida
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After a long winter, spring break is a popular getaway time for families, and sunny Florida is a magnet for families looking for a boost of vitamin D.

Since different schools schedule their spring break during different weeks, the time period is somewhat hard to pin down. Typically, spring break at schools in the United States fall somewhere between early March and mid April.

Families with kids in elementary school, middle school or high school should know that their spring break can overlap with college spring break, which can be an R-rated booze fest. Top college spring break towns you may want to avoid during this period include Panama City Beach and Fort Myers Beach, which actively promote to college kids.

Here are great places in Florida for families during spring break:

  • 01 of 09

    Sanibel and Captiva Islands

    Sanibel seashell
    The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

    Shell-strewn beaches, a laid-back vibe, terrific restaurants, chic shops, flower-lined lanes, and an incredibly diverse array of wildlife—these are just a few reasons families love Sanibel and Captiva islands. What you won't find here are amusement parks, traffic lights, billboard-lined highways, glaring neon, and tracts of high-rise condos. Don't-miss attractions include the J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and the Sanibel Lighthouse.

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  • 02 of 09

    Daytona Beach

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    Once the poster child for drunk college kids on spring break, Daytona Beach has done a 180-degree turn and now focuses on attracting families. Planning an affordable getaway to this family-friendly beach destination is a snap because of the many inexpensive places to stay, play and eat with kids. Must-see attractions include the Daytona International Speedway and the famous beach boardwalk.

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  • 03 of 09

    Siesta Key


    One of TripAdvisor's top picks for the best beaches in America, Siesta Key has become one of the most talked-about destinations of late. This gem of an island is just a stone's throw from Sarasota and offers plenty of fun for families. The island is easy to explore by bike or kayak through any of several rental outfitters.

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  • 04 of 09

    Walt Disney World

    Mickey & Friends at Disney World
    Walt Disney Parks

    The most popular family attraction in the world, Disney World boasts four major theme parks, two waterparks, over two dozen hotels, the Disney Springs shopping-and-dining district, golf courses, lakes, and more. If you go during spring break, be sure to bone up on crowd strategies so that you can spend more time having fun and less time in lines. Be sure to use the My Disney Experience app to reserve FastPass+ times for favorite attractions and lock down dining times for special meals.

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  • 05 of 09

    St. George Island

    St. George Island State Park

    Like getting away from it all? Tucked into the crook of Florida's Panhandle, the 28-mile St. George Island is renowned for its unspoiled beaches. Located just off the coast, the barrier island is part of the long stretch of beaches known as Gulf Islands National Seashore. Don't leave without climbing the iconic lighthouse, exploring by bike (there are 17 miles of bike paths), or taking a dolphin-spotting cruise.

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  • 06 of 09

    Fort Myers Beach

    Fort Myers Beach with Kids
    Visit Florida

    Looking for a super laid-back Florida beach with white-sugar sands and a vibe that's as kid-friendly as can be? Down-to-earth Fort Myers Beach occupies a skinny barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico. Read on for a roundup of the most fun attractions for families in this beach lover's paradise.

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  • 07 of 09

    Anna Maria Island

    Anna Maria Island, Florida
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    If you like your beaches laid-back and natural, the Gulf of Mexico barrier island of Anna Maria Island may be just the ticket, with its seven-mile strip of beautiful white-sand beaches and low-key ambiance. Must-do experiences include fishing off the pier, shell hunting, and kayaking and paddleboarding.

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  • 08 of 09

    Amelia Island

    Amelia Island, Florida
    Amelia Island Tourist Development Council

    With 13 miles of uncrowded beaches and a gorgeous, natural setting that's a far cry from overdeveloped tourist towns, Amelia Island offers a historic downtown area, bike paths that crisscross the island, and lots for families to love. Looking for a luxurious resort with and endless array of fun activities for the whole family? Check out Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.

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  • 09 of 09

    Universal Orlando Florida

    Universal Orlando Resort
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    Orlando's second theme park giant, Universal Orlando Resort offers two theme parks, four beautiful resorts, and the CityWalk shopping-and-entertainment complex. It's home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Diagon Alley and has another hotel and a big water park on the way.

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