As winter weather gives way to spring, families can score some great late-season ski deals or warm up with a fabulous spring break getaway. This is the time to see wildflowers begin their blooms, collect sap from maple trees to make syrup, or even see gray whales as they migrate across the Pacific Ocean.
Because March is when a lot of schools are off for spring break, you should make plans early and book any flights or accommodations as soon as you can. Ski resorts and warm-weather destinations are some of the most popular places to go on vacation in March, but you can find deals by avoiding the most-visited places.
Disney World celebrates spring with the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, an annual highlight on the calendar that brings spectacular landscaping and amazingly creative topiaries to Epcot. The festival is included with your general admission, so you don't need to pay anything extra to enjoy the spring blooms. Disney World invests the same energy and creativity into the Flower and Garden Festival as everything else it produces, and the breathtaking flower displays won't disappoint.
Apart from the botanical side, it's also a great event for foodies. Over a dozen outdoor kitchens serve up garden-to-table dishes and beverages to pair with them.
Take a Spring Road Trip
Got spring fever? Pack the car and grab the kids for a stunning spring break road trip. Or, better yet, rent an RV and travel in style with a hotel on wheels. Fascinating destinations across the country, many of them freshly in bloom with spring flowers. If you're in California, you can see picturesque wildflowers all across the state, which help add some scenery to your road trip through the Golden State. You'll see fiery orange poppies along with a medley of other colors.
Another spectacular option is in the Texas Hill Country, where wild bluebonnets are abloom in fields and along roadsides far as the eye can see. The region comprises a large central swath of the Lone Star State including Austin and San Antonio as well as smaller towns such as Bandera and Fredericksburg.
Summer still feels so far away in March, but the kids can get a headstart by putting on their bathing suits and heading to an indoor water park. No matter the weather, every day's a pool day at an indoor water park. From the Northwest to the Southeast and everywhere in between, you can find a great park across the U.S.
The best place to visit, hands down, is the proclaimed "Water Park Capital of the World," Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The sheer number of waterparks means there is stiff competition to be the best, and Wisconsin Dells is like the Disneyland of water parks.
But if you're not in the Midwest, don't worry. Great Wolf Lodge is one of the biggest indoor water park companies in the country and you can find locations from California to Niagara Falls. But the biggest indoor water park in North America, Dreamworks Water Park, is actually in New Jersey and just across the Hudson River from Manhattan.
If your family has a sweet tooth, there's a perfect getaway for you. The transition from winter to spring is a sweet time to be in New England and Canada since March and early April make up maple sugaring season when buckets appear on maple trees and sugar shacks transform sap into delectable maple syrup.
Vermont is the maple syrup capital of the country and produces more of this sticky treat than any other state (star sugar shacks include Palmer's Sugarhouse and Morse Sugar Farm), but you can find sugar shacks in neighboring areas of New England, in Ohio, and also across the border in Quebec. For a tasty history lesson, see how maple syrup was harvested back in colonial days at Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts.
There is perhaps no better way for families to tap into the authentic cowboy culture in Texas than to visit when there’s a rodeo in town. January through March is prime rodeo season in the Lone Star State, drawing crowds from across the country to enjoy this storied Western tradition.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is one of the biggest rodeos in the country, bringing in 2 million visitors each year during three weeks from February to March. It's packed full of exciting events like BBQ contests, parades, a wine show and auction, a carnival, and live musical acts.
Further north, Rodeo Austin also takes place during the month of March. The Austin event features different events each night from barrel riding to pig racing.
Family ski vacations are hugely popular, but nobody ever said they were cheap—especially when you start shelling out for lift tickets, lodging, food, equipment, and lessons. Thankfully, several ski resorts help to lighten the load by offering special deals where kids ski free, or at least cheaper.
Consider a family end-of-season vacation to Snowmass, Colorado, near Aspen, where kids ages 7–12 ski for free for guests who stay at the hotel. In the Eastern Sierras of California, June Mountain is nicknamed "Family Mountain" because it's so family-friendly, and kids 12 and under ski free all season long. On the East Coast, the ISkiNY Passport lets third- and fourth-graders ski for free at slopes across New York State.
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, and you can watch a parade of California gray whales make their annual 5,000-mile migration from the chilly Alaskan seas to the warm water lagoons of Baja California right from the shore.
San Diego is one of the most popular—and warmest—places to see whales in March, but you can see gray whales along the entire Southern California coastline. You can even sometimes see them as far north as San Francisco, although they usually get closest to shore once the water gets warmer south of Santa Barbara.
Each year, a team of dozens of artisans and builders comes together to create a one-of-a-kind hotel out of ice and snow, now one of the most popular winter tourist attractions in Easter Canada. The Ice Hotel, or Hôtel de Glace, is located right outside of Quebec City and about three hours from Montreal. But spending the night inside of a hotel made of ice isn't for everyone, so you can also visit for the day to experience the magic but spend the night in a heated hotel room nearby.
March is the last chance to experience this ephemeral Quebecois attraction before it is taken down until the following winter and if you're in the area, it's not one you want to miss.
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 the spring training season. It's much more intimate than going to an actual MLB game, and players often hang out afterward to meet fans and get pictures.
Teams are divided into the Cactus League, which plays all games around Phoenix, Arizona, and the Grapefruit League, which plays its games around the state of Florida. Find out which league your favorite team belongs to so you can see them getting ready for the upcoming season.