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15 Best Places For Spring Break In Florida

October 23, 2020 //  by  Florida Trippers

Are you looking for the best places for Spring Break in Florida? We have you covered with our list of the best spring break destinations in Florida!

If beaches, sunshine, and warm weather are on your list when looking for a spring break destination Florida should be at the top of your list! Whether you are looking for the best party beaches in Florida, non-stop nightlife or a laid-back beach vacation we have you covered.

Spring break is a right of passage for many college and university students and a trip many look forward to all year. Thousands flock to Florida each year in March and April because of the amazing weather, beaches, nightlife and activities.

From the panhandle, to both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and down to the Florida Keys you will find many different spring break destinations in Florida!

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Spring Break in Florida has it all from party beaches and nightlife to low key vibe

St. Petersburg, Florida

If looking for some of the best spring break beaches in Florida head to St. Petersburg! Here you will find miles of white sand beaches with turquoise water located on the Gulf Coast. St. Petersburg is known for its laid-back vibe and is LGTBQ+ friendly.

It is a popular spring destination for college students and families alike. There are a ton of museums and gardens in the area to explore as well as nature preserves and state parks if you want to avoid the crowds on popular St. Pete beach!

Spring breakers flock to the St.Petersburg and Tampa Bay area for both the beaches and nightlife in downtown St. Petersburg and nearby Ybor city in downtown Tampa .

We have you covered with our list of the best beaches in St. Petersburg as well as the best bars and clubs in the area!

Best St. Petersburg Airbnb’s

Budget : Beach Home w/ Putting Green & Theater Check Rates : Airbnb.com

Luxury : Gorgeous Four story home Check Rates : Airbnb.com

head to spring break in St.Pete for the beautiful gulf coast one of the best spring break beaches in Florida

Miami Beach is ranked #2 Spring Beak destination by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Not only does Miami have some of the best nightlife in Florida with many clubs open until the early morning hours Miami is also known for its beaches!

If looking for some the best breakfast sorts to hit after a night out or before heading to the beaches check out our list of the best breakfast places in Miami.

Head to South Beach or Miami Beach to perfect your tan or head to one of the many beach bars for food and drinks. If your spring break falls in late March, Ultra Music Festival one of the top music festivals in the world is held at Bayfront Park.

Best Miami Airbnb’s

Budget : Fountainebleau Oasis Check Rates : Airbnb.com

Luxury : Crown Jewel of Ocean Drive Check Rates : Airbnb.com

Miami is a rowdy spring break destination known for party beaches and nightlife.

Key West is the southern most point in the United States located about 3 hours South of Miami. Key west while laid-back has everything a spring breaker could want on Duval Street and Mallory Square.

While there are better beaches in Florida, Key West is the perfect spring break destination for those looking to kick back and fish or head out on a boat! Take a day trip to the Dry Tortugas one of the best National Park in Florida only 40 minute boat ride away!

With live music, restaurants and bars Key West has a Caribbean vibe without having the leave the US! IF you want to venture past Duval Street, check the Ernest Hemmingway museum or the Rum Distillery!

Best Key West Airbnb’s

Budget : On The Water Paradise in Key West Check Rates : Airbnb.com

Luxury : Real World House MTV Key West Check Rates : Airbnb.com

There are so many amazing things to do in Key West.

Clearwater Beach

Clearwater beach has been voted the best beach in the United States! Spring breakers head here from March and April and is known to be family friendly as well.

The beach is the main attraction with its powdery white sand and warm water. There are tons of activities on the beach like volleyball and water crafts like jet-skiing and boating and tons of great restaurants !

Head to Pier 60 for the nightly sunset festivities with street performers and weekend fireworks. A good tip is to take the Jolley Trolley a fun and vintage trolly ride or Florida free rides to get around Clearwater Beach without having to drive and at zero cost to you!

Best Clearwater Beach Airbnb’s

Budget : Lantana Cabana Check Rates : Airbnb.com

Luxury : Clearwater Beach Townhome w/Game Room & Boat Slip! Check Rates : Airbnb.com

Clearwater beach is one spring break destinations in florida known for a more laid-back vibe

If looking for a Florida Spring Break is equal parts laid back in one area and known for partying in another head to Fort Myers and Sanibel ! From hotels and beach clubs like Lani Kai that play live music all day and have life size beach games to more low key beach vacation on nearby Sanibel and Captiva Island.

Fort Myers goes from a town of about 8000 to over 30,000 during Spring Break. If you are looking to party in southwest Florida this is the destination for you. But if you want a secluded beach vacation head to Capitva Island just a 15 minute drive across the bridge where you can spot wildlife and go shelling.

Best Fort Myers Airbnb’s

Mid Range : Pool, Private Island Steps to Beach Check Rates : Airbnb.com

Luxury : 5541 Palmetto Street Costal Vacation Check Rates : Airbnb.com

Head to Fort Myers and nearby Sanibel and Captiva island for the best of both worlds a party and then secluded beaches

Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is one of the most popular Spring Break destinations in Florida and also the original! If you are looking for some of the best party beaches and the best nightlife Daytona Beach should be your pick!

There are plenty of events happening during spring break season like Daytona 500 and Bike week. The boardwalk and pier are the place to be for restaurants, bars, and entertainment.

There are over 20 miles of beaches to enjoy during the day with tons of activities from volleyball, jet skiing, parasailing, and bicycles. And at night head to the numerous clubs to dance and party the night away or head to the numerous beach bars. Daytona beach even provides a free party bus to and from hotels, beach bars and nightclubs!

Best Daytona Beach Airbnb’s

Budget : Beachfront/Oceanview Condo Check Rates : Airbnb.com

Mid Range : 4 studios Beachfront Resort Check Rates : Airbnb.com

Daytona Beach is one of the most popular Spring Break destinations in Florida

Fort Lauderdale

Located along A1A Fort Lauderdale is a popular spring break in Florida for those wanting beach access, restaurants, beach bars, and nightclubs. You will find all the hot spots are located in one area on Las Olas Boulevard known as the “The Strip”.

It has been said that Fort Lauderdale is the home of spring break dating back to the 1930’s! While Fort Lauderdale is just north of Miami the prices here are lower than nearby Miami during Spring break.

For those looking for a spa get-a-way for spring break in Florida head to Harbor Beach Spa one of the best spa’s in Florida!

Best Fort Lauderdale Airbnb’s

Budget: Casa Del Mar Check Rates : Airbnb.com

Luxury : Oceana Blue Check Rates : Airbnb.com

fort lauderdale just north of miami is known for its beaches and nightlife

Jacksonville

If you are looking for Florida spring break destination with state parks, beaches, nightlife , museums , restaurants and golf head to Jacksonville. While Jacksonville might not be on most people’s list it has everything a spring breakers could want without all the crowds.

If you want a secluded beach trip head to Amelia Island 45 minutes south it is one of the prettiest islands in Florida. Or head too Little or Big Talbot Island to hike trails and dunes perfect for families and college spring breakers.

Beach bars and clubs are popular in Jacksonville for spring breakers with many popular bars located on the beach with live music.

Best Jacksonville Airbnb’s

Mid Range : Lux Italian Pool House Check Rates : Airbnb.com

Luxury: Secluded Estate Check Rates: Airbnb.com

Head to Big Talbot Island in Jacksonville for a secluded beach with trails.

Sarasota is located just south of Tampa/Clearwater Siesta Key is also located on the Gulf Coast. Known for beaches like Siesta Key from the MTV show, nightlife in the Siesta Key Village is exciting and steps from the beach and restaurants in St. Armands Square offer a more upscale experience there are a ton of options for spring break in Sarasota.

Unlike the northern beaches all Sarasota beaches have free parking and are less crowded. Try Lido beach for a more-laid back vibe than nearby Siesta Key. For those looking to do more than work on their tan there are a ton of beach activities offered.

Checkout our list of the best Sarasota Attractions from museums to state parks.

Best Sarasota Airbnb’s

Mid Range: Sarasota By The Bay Check Rates: Airbnb.com

Luxury : Modern Marvel Check Rates: Airbnb.com

 Siesta Key in Sarasota has been voted one of the best beaches in Florida.

Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is the perfect spring break destination in Florida if you are looking to avoid the big crowds. Anna Maria Island is a seven mile island that is a hidden gem just 45 minutes northwest of Sarasota.

There are several beaches ranging from family friendly to secluded as well as nearby Egmont Key National Wildlife Reserve that is only accessible by boat!

Take the free Monkey bus a trolly that runs every 20 minutes with live music and more. This island has a small town feel where you can horseback ride on the beach as well as spot dolphins and turtles. No big chains or high rise buildings keep Anna Maria Island small town vibe perfect for families and spring breakers looking to relax in a laid-back town without the crowds.

Best Anne Maria Island Airbnb’s

Mid Range : Crescent Palms Check Rates : Airbnb.com

Luxury: Paradise on Park Ave Check Rates: Airbnb.com

Anna Maria Island is an off the beaten path hidden gem that has a small town feel for spring break

St. Augustine

Why not enjoy a Florid Spring Break in the oldest city in the United States? Just like Anna Maria Island, St. Augustine is not known as one of the party beaches in Florida. Instead you can expect a low-key vibe with museums, golf courses, Ottis Castle , beaches, ghost tours and outdoor activities.

While not as warm as the southern spring break hotspots the weather here is still a little cooler in March and April still in the 70’s! For those not wanting to deal with crowds on the beach St. Augustine is your place! The town markets themselves as a family-friendly spring break!

Best St. Augustine Airbnb’s

Mid Range : The Cottage at Summer Haven Check Rates : Airbnb.com

Luxury: Oceanfront Bliss Beach Club Check Rates: Airbnb.com

trip to florida spring break

Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach is one of the beaches near Tallahassee and perfect spring break destination for those in the panhandle. This is perfect for those looking for a party beaches in Florida and is often referred to as the “Spring Break Capital of the World”.

Spring Break season brings one of the biggest music festivals the Gulf Coast Jam a three day country music festival in late March! Spring break also brings some of the biggest names in the music industry to perform free concerts over the spring break period.

The parties on the beaches, clubs, nightlife are some of the best in Florida and open until 4 am! The Gulf Coast has amazing powdery white sand and turquoise water perfect for those wanting to swim or tan! Just be prepared for crowds and more rowdy spring break experience!

Best Panama City Beach Airbnb’s

Mid Range: Sweet Caroline Check Rates: Airbnb.com

Luxury : Barefoot Bliss Check Rates : Airbnb.com

Panama City Beach is known as the spring break capital of the world and is party beach

While Destin is also in the Florida Panhandle spring break here is less rowdy than in nearby Panama City Beach. Known for amazing beaches, island destinations off shore like Crab Island complete with floating bar this is a boaters paradise.

You can rent a boat for the day from the marina and anchor at the sandbar where the party is taken offshore. The water is shallow enough to walk around and boat hop! OR stay on shore and enjoy the beaches.

You can checkout our list of the best things to do in Destin such as golf at one of the best rated courses in Florida , Air Force Museum, Boardwalk, Science Center and more! Head to the boardwalk for restaurants and bars that turn rowdy after sunset.

For families head to any of the area beaches for a more laid-back beach vacation or one of the nearby state parks like Grayton State Park .

Best Destin Airbnb’s

Mid Range: Beachfront Townhouse Check Rates: Airbnb.com

Luxury: Seabreeze 5 bedroom Home . Check Rates: Airbnb.com

trip to florida spring break

Crystal River

While Crystal River is not on most lists of best places for spring break in Florida it is the perfect off the beaten path place to explore, and can be a day trip from nearby Tampa .

You can canoe, kayak or boat along the river known for springs that bring manatees you can swim alongside. This is the destination for those who love nature! Known as one of the best places to snorkel and scuba dive like King Spring or Three Sisters Spring.

Best Crystal River Airbnb’s

Mid Range: Crystal River Spring Vent Home Check Rates: Airbnb.com

Luxury : Blue Spring Waterfront Home Check Rates : Airbnb.com

Swim with the manatees in one of the springs in Crystal River

Orlando is the theme park capital and draws large crowds for spring break! Perfect for families who want sunshine, adventure and theme parks. Head to Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World and Legoland! If looking for something other than theme parks not wot worry we have you covered with our list !

If looking for a more adult trip head to one of the area breweries to unwind. Or head to Epcot for the International Flower and Garden Festival starting in March. Universal Studio even hosts Mari Gras from February through April.

We have put together a list of the best day trips for those looking to escape Orlando during their Spring Break Trip. With destinations like Kennedy Space Center, Bok Towers and more.

Best Orlando Airbnb’s

Budget :Perfect Home Near Disney Check Rates : Airbnb.com

Luxury: Reunion Pandora Check Rates: Airbnb.com

While Orlando is known for theme parks there is more to do for spring break in Florida here.

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As We Saw It

15 Best Spring Break Destinations in Florida

Magnifying glass over a map of the state. Text overlay says

Spring Break. Just two words, but they unleash a tidal wave of anticipation. Winter’s icy grip loosens, and dreams of sun-kissed skin and salty hair dance in our sun-deprived minds.

This year, ditch the passport and embrace the Sunshine State: Florida.

But Florida’s more than just beaches, bars, and theme parks (although, let’s be honest, those are pretty amazing too). It’s full of cities pulsating with nightlife, charming towns tucked away in the sunshine, and natural spots throughout the state that are worth visiting.

Bottom line: Deciding on a spring break location can be overwhelming. And that’s why we’ve written this article. We know you only want to know what the best spring break destinations in Florida are.

You'll enjoy beaches at many Florida spring break locations

Florida truly knows how to make your vacation unforgettable.

Where to go for spring break in Florida

As someone who lived in Florida for a few years, I’ve got the inside scoop on the best spots for Spring Break.

Below, you’ll find the 15 best spring break destinations in Florida for families as well as college students, with unique hotel recommendations for both.

1. Miami and South Beach

  • Best for college students: Pelican Hotel
  • Best for families: Pestana South Beach Hotel

aerial view of Miami Florida

The Magic City is an excellent spring break destination for couples and college students. It offers an ideal combination of culture and laid-back charm, with all the necessary amenities for luxury relaxation.

Now, if you’re craving a spring break with some Cuban flavor, Little Havana is the place to be. This vibrant district is filled with lively bars, tasty eateries serving up Cuban food favorites like ropa vieja (shredded beef), and music venues that have the best in Latin music.

I highly recommend going on a food tour of Little Havana to experience it all.

For those with an eye for beauty, South Beach is full of Art Deco architecture, stylish sidewalk cafes, lots of nightlife spots, and miles of wide, sandy beaches.

You can wander through the Wynwood Arts District to take in the street art, and shop ’til you drop at Bayside Marketplace, the upscale Bal Harbour Shops, and the massive Dolphin Mall!

Miami is home to many great museums, including the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and the Frost Science Museum . But if art galleries, museums, and cultural events don’t appeal and you’d rather spend your time outdoors, Miami has plenty of nature spots . You can take day trips from Miami too―like Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys.

2. Key Largo

  • Best for college students: Courtyard by Marriott Key Largo
  • Best for families: Bayside Inn Key Largo

Person holding a selfie stick underwater

If you’re looking for some diving and snorkeling, Key Largo is an excellent choice for your Florida Spring Break. You’ll find plenty of restaurants and bars, as well as a few shopping areas.

This island is located in the Florida Keys and is known for its clear waters and beautiful coral reefs.

One of the most amazing spots you can visit there is the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park , a protected marine area and the only undersea park in the continental United States.

The coral reef here is one of the most diverse in the world, so you’re likely to see all sorts of marine life here, including dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles.

Along with diving and snorkeling, Key Largo has other water-based activities like jet skiing, kayaking, boating, and fishing charters.

If you’d rather stay dry, hop on a glass-bottom boat tour to see all the underwater sights without getting wet! You can buy tickets online prior to your visit.

ⓘ Interesting fact: Key Largo has one of the most unique places to stay in the world: Jules Undersea Lodge. This unusual hotel is located 21 feet below the surface of the water and can only be reached by scuba diving to the entrance!

3. Key West

  • Best for college students: 24 North Hotel Key West
  • Best for families: Sunrise Suites

Southernmost Point monument in Key West Florida

For those of you looking for a more lively Florida Spring Break destination, Key West is the go-to spot!

This island is located at the end of the Florida Keys and is known for its festive atmosphere, which college students especially love.

Duval Street is the main artery of this small town and is full of shops, restaurants, and bars. There’s plenty of live music and dancing to be had.

Mallory Square is one of the best places to find street performers. I always head there at sunset to watch them show off their talents, and then reward the best ones with a tip.

Some of the best things you can do in Key West include:

  • Key West Aquarium
  • Truman Little White House
  • Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
  • Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
  • Southernmost Point in the United States (Don’t forget to take a selfie!)

If you want to get out on the water, there are plenty of activities available too, like jet skiing, parasailing, sailing, fishing charters, and snorkeling .

You can also book a romantic sunset cruise or―for something really unusual―do a day trip to Dry Tortugas National Park . Located 70 miles west of Key West, it’s the hardest national park to get to, because it’s only accessible by boat or air.

Don’t miss out on some of Key West’s best restaurants when you get hungry. I can recommend Blue Heaven as well as Pepe’s Cafe for breakfast (try their famous key lime pie!). Be sure to pop into Sloppy Joe’s, Ernest Hemingway’s favorite watering hole.

ⓘ TIP: Take the Old Town Trolley to save your feet. The tour is designed so that you can hop-on and off at any of the 12 stops and explore on your own.

4. Sarasota

  • Best for college students: Sarasota Cove Cay
  • Best for families: Carlisle Inn Sarasota

Entry to Selby Gardens in Sarasota floridaF

Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Sarasota’s star attraction is Siesta Key Beach , a pristine stretch of snow-white, powdery sand.

Compared to others, this could be one of the best spring break beaches in Florida for families and students who like to unwind without dealing with too many crowds.

The beach is family-friendly with its shallow water, lifeguards on duty, picnic pavilions, and nearby Siesta Key Village.

Other fun things to do include visiting Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium for a hands-on look at marine life or wandering through Selby Gardens’ 45 acres of tropical plants, flowers, and banyan trees.

For more shopping and dining, head to St. Armand’s Circle and Main Street in downtown Sarasota.

Finally, for a unique show, tour the Ringling Mansion Ca d’Zan and visit the Ringling Museum of Art, one of Florida’s most-visited art museums.

Or for a bit of history, head to nearby Anna Maria Island to see a restored 1920 cottage and the wooden City Pier, dating from 1911.

As for some relaxation, Myakka River State Park and Celery Fields have some of the best birdwatching in Florida.

ⓘ Interesting fact: Sarasota’s Pinecraft is one of the most unique communities in Florida: an Amish vacation enclave right on the outskirts of town.  Tours are available here , if you’d like!

5. Sanibel Island and Captiva Island

  • Best for college students: Tarpon Tale Inn
  • Best for families: Tarpon Tale Inn

hands holding shells on a beach

When it comes to family spring break destinations, Captiva and Sanibel Islands top the list!

Located on the Gulf Coast near Fort Myers Beach, the barrier islands are known for the many colorful seashells that wash ashore every night.

In addition to a quaint fishing pier and 19th-century lighthouse, there’s a boardwalk through mangrove swamps to enjoy.

There’s also the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge , which covers nearly half of Sanibel Island and is home to a diverse range of fauna and flora.

More things to do in this Southwest Florida destination include a high-speed catamaran cruise, picnicking at the Causeway Beaches, or visiting the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum .

This unique natural history museum is dedicated to everything related to mollusks and the shells they create.

Kids love touching live mollusks in their touch pools, winning scavenger hunt prizes, and watching their Giant Pacific Octopus!

  • Best for college students: Naples Park Central Hotel
  • Best for families: Edgewater Beach Hotel

ships on a street in Naples Florida

For a relaxing beach vacation, head as far south as you can on the Gulf Coast until you reach Naples.

This city has an upscale vibe, 30 miles wide, white sand, and plenty of waterfront dining options.

It’s the perfect place to enjoy fresh seafood while watching the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.

Naples may not have the spring break crowds that Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or Panama City Beach do, but it still offers plenty of fun things to do.

Strolling along the beach to Naples Pier and enjoying the sunshine and calm waters while you watch for dolphins is an unparalleled experience.

You can also drive around and drool over the dozens of extravagant homes near the water and shop in high-end art galleries, chic boutique shops, and trendy boutiques along the legendary Fifth Avenue South!

Now, if you’re looking for something more historic, Naples has several good museums, including:

  • The Baker Museum at Artis—Naples .
  • The Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center .
  • The Collier County Museums complex . The complex houses three separate museums: the Immokalee Pioneer Museum, Marco Island Historical Society, and Naples Depot Museum.

There are also many excellent parks in Naples as well. Two of my favorites are Cambier Park, which has a playground and basketball courts, and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, which is a great spot for hiking, swimming, fishing, and birdwatching!

7. Marco Island

  • Best for college students: Serene Getaway
  • Best for families: Marco Island Getaway

beach, chairs, and ocean, as seen from Marco Island balcony

If your idea of a fun Spring Break in Florida is lounging on a sandy beach with an umbrella drink in your hand, head to Marco Island.

It has plenty of luxury resorts to choose from and there are lots of vacation homes on offer, as well.

Every spring break in Marco Island should include the Briggs Nature Center. The half-kilometer walk is surrounded by an enchanting nature park where you’ll have an opportunity to observe and explore a wide range of wildlife.

For those of you who like a little adventure, you can actually kayak to unoccupied islands! You see, on the southern tip of Marco, you’ll find the Caxambas Pass Park where you can picnic and enjoy a fun day.

However, you can also rent a kayak and explore the many tiny uninhabited islands around. Also, if you’re lucky enough, you can see some dolphins playing!

Also, you head to Collier Seminole State Park, located close to Marco Island, which offers simple camping, picnicking, kayaking, kayaking, fishing, and a mile of walking trails.

  • Best for college students: Ramada by Wyndham Kissimmee Gateway
  • Best for families: Courtyard by Marriott Orlando Lake Buena Vista at Vista Centre

Epcot Center in Orlando. Eiffel Tower in distance.

Orlando is the world’s theme park capital, and probably the most popular Florida spring break destination for families. Sure, Orlando’s theme parks are a big draw, but a ride on The Wheel at ICON Park will show you just how much else there is to do in the area.

Orlando is good for spring break vacations even if the hustle and bustle of the theme parks isn’t your thing. In the city alone, you can explore the Chocolate Kingdom, enjoy an Orlando Magic home game, or head to the city’s Harry P. Leu Gardens and Lake Eola Park.

You can visit Gatorland, enjoy airboat rides for an adrenaline-pumping ride through Florida’s swamps, or take your kids to WonderWorks Orlando . The science museum offers over 100 hands-on exhibits like rope obstacle courses, zip lines and laser tag.

ⓘ BUDGET TIP: You will get free entry to over 25 top-notch Orlando attractions with the Orlando Go City Explorer Pass. Click here to see the list.

On the food front, Orlando is a foodie hotspot as well. It has an incredible selection of restaurants—everything from downhome barbecue joints to fine dining establishments serving up classic Southern cuisine or innovative farm-to-table dishes.

Because Orlando is in the middle of Central Florida, it makes an ideal base for sightseeing. Many of the best Florida beaches and attractions are easy day trips from Orlando, so you can see a lot of the state on spring break without having to change hotels!

How many theme parks are in Orlando?

Orlando has at least 16 theme parks and amusement parks. They include:

  • Sea World Orlando has three parks: SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove.
  • Universal Orlando Resort has three parks: Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay (a water theme park).
  • Walt Disney World Resort has six parks in total. There are four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot Center), as well as two water parks (Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach). There’s also Disney Springs, an entertainment, dining, and retail complex.
  • Fun Spot America has two theme parks (Kissimmee and Orlando)

9. Daytona Beach

  • Best for college students: Tropical Winds Resort Hotel
  • Best for families: Grand Seas by Exploria Resorts

boardwalk in Daytona Beach with amusement park behind the buildings

The hottest Florida spring break destination for college students may well be Daytona Beach. It has a long history of spring break parties and wild nightlife, but there are plenty of things to do here for families on vacation as well.

Daytona Beach has 23 miles of hard-packed sand and warm water year-round, Daytona Lagoon water park and the world-famous Daytona International Speedway. There are also plenty of golf courses, Daytona fishing charters, and nature trails to enjoy.

Take a drive on the world-famous Daytona Beach, go fishing in the Halifax River, and visit the Marine Science Center. And don’t forget the iconic Daytona Beach Boardwalk with its carnival games, arcades, restaurants, and shops.

10. Cocoa Beach

  • Best for college students: Best Western Cocoa Beach Hotel & Suites
  • Best for families: Chateau by the Sea

surfers in Cocoa Beach Florida

Nearby Cocoa Beach is known for its beautiful beaches and great surf. If you enjoy watching surfers or want to take a surfing lesson, this is the Florida destination for you.

The Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier has been a landmark for over 50 years. Stretching 800 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, it is home to restaurants, bars and gift shops. It’s a favorite fishing spot and offers live entertainment every weekend from local bands and DJs―though that’s temporarily suspended until things return to normal.

In addition to watersports like parasailing, fishing, and kayaking, you can also go riverboat cruising along the Banana River or visit Ron Jon Surf Shop – one of Florida’s largest surf shops – which hosts live music throughout the year. You can also day trip from Cocoa Beach to Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, and many other fun places on the Atlantic coast.

11. St Augustine

  • Best for college students: Best Western St. Augustine Beach Inn
  • Best for families: Ocean Sands Beach Inn

bridge and buildings in Saint Augustine Florida

The city of St. Augustine is an American icon, a historic destination that beckons to visitors year-round. From its 17th-century Spanish fort to its quaint cobblestone streets lined with historic buildings, there are plenty of things to do here.

Explore the city’s fascinating history by touring St. Augustine’s centuries-old architecture, including Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and Ponce de Leon Hotel (now Flagler College). If you have time, stop at one of its many museums as well.You can also take your family on an eco tour or go beach hopping at Vilano Beach north of St. Augustine or Anastasia State Park south of the city.

The beaches are safe for swimming thanks to shallow water with no undertow currents—plus they’re lifeguard patrolled. Even better: The warm waters are teeming with marine life including dolphins and sea turtles!

12. Jacksonville

  • Best for college students: Candlewood Suites
  • Best for families: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

aerial view of Jacksonville beach

Not far from the Georgia border, Jacksonville is a major city and regional business center as well as a natural paradise for visitors looking for a wintertime escape.

The “River City on the Sea,” Jacksonville boasts 22 miles of sandy and unpopulated spring break beaches and nearly 40 miles of meandering waterways in the inland river. A burgeoning food and beverage scene consists of award-winning restaurants, lively bars and booming nightlife.

13. Panama City Beach

  • Best for college students: Days Inn by Wyndham Panama City Beach
  • Best for families: Landmark Holiday Beach Resort

ⓘ TIP: Are you staying in the Panhandle and want to do something unique for grownups? Check out Distillery 98 in Santa Rosa Beach. Open daily from 2-8 pm, this microdistillery offers tours, a tasting room, live music, open mic events, and visiting food trucks. Be sure to try their eco-friendly Half Shell Vodka! It’s filtered with oyster shells and packaged in a recyclable paperboard bottle.

Aerial view of Panama City Beach

If you’re looking for a lively beach town to spend your spring break, Panama City Beach is the place to go. This popular beach town is located on the Gulf Coast of Florida’s panhandle and surrounded by 27 miles of white sand beaches.

The city offers a wide variety of things to do, from lounging on the beach to shore dives in St. Andrews State Park and kayaking through Shell Island’s mangrove-lined waterways. For more outdoor fun, head to Conservation Park for some birdwatching or go fishing at Deer Point Lake; you may even spot an alligator!

And when it comes time for dinner, treat yourself to fresh seafood caught in neighboring Apalachicola Bay before dancing off those calories at one of Panama City Beach’s many nightclubs. The best part? Most club admission fees are free after 11pm.

  • Best for college students: Beachside Inn
  • Best for families: Pelican Beach Resort

DEstin Florida sign. One of the best spring break destinations in Florida

Known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” thanks to its world-class deep-sea fishing charters and inshore charter boats, Destin is located on what locals refer to affectionately as “the Redneck Riveria.”

If you fancy spending spring break in Florida’s panhandle, the area has some of the most beautiful family-friendly beaches in Florida. You can also enjoy fishing, water sports like kayaking, snorkeling and paddleboarding, or outdoor activities such as hiking and dolphin-watching at Henderson Beach State Park.

15. Fort Walton Beach

  • Best for college students: Wyndham Garden
  • Best for families: The Island Resort

Colorful vacation Houses in Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach is a pleasant coastal city near Destin. It’s a popular spring break destination because of its quaint resorts and attractions.

Best things to do include Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Indian Temple Mound, and the Air Force Armament Museum.

Several charming coastal neighborhoods around the city center are bursting with shops, museums and an impressive array of restaurants and bar venues which come alive when night falls.

8 budget tips for planning a Florida spring break

1. Find out if your destination offers a city card; many places in Florida do. These sightseeing passes offer good value for money, with things like free admission to activities, free public transportation, and discounts in restaurants, shops and entertainment. You can find a variety of city cards on Get Your Guide .

2. Don’t skimp on the fun. Give yourself permission to spend money on a few activities that will create lasting memories.

3. Be realistic about what you can pack. Especially when you’re flying to Florida, it’s may be better to rent or buy things when you get there.

4. To ensure you don’t miss out on the place you want, book your accommodation as early as possible.

5. If you’re traveling with friends or a group, consider sharing a vacation rental. This can work out to be cheaper than staying at a hotel, and often includes a kitchen. Search vacations rentals in Florida with CozyCozy or check out the Airbnbs in Florida to see what’s available.

6. Book your flights as early as possible, as fares increase as you get closer to departure day. Also try not to fly on the weekends, as those fares are usually much more expensive.

7. Spring break is an exciting time for your family, so make sure you choose a destination that offers lots of things to do for every age group.

8. If you only plan to travel between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Sarasota, and Fort Myers, book a ticket for Ourbus online.

9. If you want to explore the state, you’ll need a car. Uber and Lyft are available in most places. For long distances, you’ll need your own set of wheels. The Miami car rental under 25 site is a good resource if you’re a college student. If you’re older, Discover Cars has better deals.

Don’t overlook your personal data protection while you’re traveling. There are a lot of scammers out there just waiting to hack your data. Try this site and install a reliable VPN to make sure you shop online safely.

When is Spring Break season in Florida?

The Florida Spring Break period typically runs from mid-March to the end of April, which is when many colleges and universities break from classes.

Many families choose to take a spring break trip at this time, because it’s when K-12 schools take time off as well.

The most common weeks for spring break are the week before Easter and the week after Easter. However, because different schools have different spring break dates, there is no one “universal” spring break week.

Omigosh―Can you imagine the massive spring break crowd if there were one? Yikes!

ⓘ Want a spring break idea in the northeast? Check out this list of the best winter getaways in New England !

Ready for spring break in Florida?

We hope our list of top destinations has helped you decide where to go.

Have a great time! Spring break is all about relaxing and spending time with your friends and family – so make the most of it!

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Written by Linda

Linda is multilingual and has been to over 50 countries. Her insatiable love of travel, cuisine, and foreign languages inspired her to create As We Saw It, where she documents her trips, shares practical itineraries, and offers insider tips. She’s passionate about helping fellow travelers save time, money, and hassle, and loves to discover new places to explore.

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Top 10 Best Florida Spring Break Destinations

By: Author Hannah

Posted on Last updated: 30 April, 2024

Top 10 Best Florida Spring Break Destinations

Florida is famous for its beautiful beaches and warm sunny days. The Sunshine State boasts long stretches of sandy coastline, perfect for a tropical getaway. It is no wonder why a Florida spring break is so popular.

Spring break is a great time of year to plan an escape to paradise. While the month of March can get crowded here, there are still plenty of Florida spring break destinations where you can enjoy a trip to these salty seafronts.

The year-round warm weather always makes Florida an enticing spot for a relaxing vacation with the little ones. Whether you’re looking for an action-packed itinerary in a big city, seeking peace on a more tranquil waterfront, or soaking in the sun at one of the best beaches in Florida , there’s something for every plan and preference. Here are all the best Florida spring break destinations for the whole family.

Florida Spring Break FAQ

Q: where can i go in florida to avoid college spring break crowds.

A: If you’re hoping to avoid crowds of partying college kids during spring break in Florida, there are plenty of family-friendly places to go. Cocoa Beach and Clearwater Beach are considered some of the favorite shores for children and the whole clan to visit.

Q: Where do college students go for spring break in college?

A: College students have a reputation for heading to Florida to let loose and party during spring break. The beaches most known for more wild behavior are Key West, Panama City Beach, and of course, Miami. It’s better to stay clear of these coasts when you have any little ones in tow.

We can attest to this because Adam and I both came to  Panama City Beach during spring break in college. I came to Florida during spring break in college twice, actually.

Q: What destination in Florida is the most popular for spring break?

A: The most popular destination in Florida for spring break is commonly thought to be Orlando. It continues to be at the top of the list for a wide variety of vacationers and has been classically considered an iconic location for all ages.

Orlando is one of the most popular spring break destinations in all of Florida. This is probably because it is packed full of exciting theme parks. Walt Disney World is, of course, the most famous.

This globally iconic destination includes three adventure parks, two water parks, a shopping and dining district, and a golf course alone. It’s easy, though pricey, to spend a whole week within this magical wonderland.

Orlando is also home to the beloved Universal Orlando . Aside from these action-filled attractions, you can also find a diverse range of world-class restaurants, shops, and resorts. More off-the-beaten-path spots that are also amazing for any little ones include the Crayola Experience, the Wheel at Icon Park, and the Sea Life Aquarium.

We suggest saving a day or two to visit some of the best beaches near Disney World . There are several beaches just an hour away that are worth the trip.

If you are taking a family spring break to Florida and visiting Disney with younger kids, read our Disney stroller article . There are so many stroller rules at Disney, and you wouldn’t want to get to Disney and have your stroller turned away.

Aerial view of St Petersburg Beach with pink Don Cesar hotel and white sand beach near Disney World

2. St. Petersburg/Clearwater

St. Pete Beach and the close by Clearwater Beach are both considered hotspots for families on spring break. It’s known for its scenic Gulf coastline marked by soft white sands and warm azure seas.

There are an array of water sports to partake in here, including swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. It’s easy to book tours and lessons or rent equipment to get out on the waves.

From outdoor adventure at the Weedon Island Preserve, Sunken Gardens, and the Florida Botanical Gardens to state-of-the-art cultural attractions like the Dali Museum and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, there’s so much to see and do in Clearwater . Many say watching the sunset from the Clearwater Pier is one of the most breathtaking sights in the whole state.

On our last family trip to St Petersburg , we stayed on St. Pete Beach at the Beach House Suites. There are tons of things to do in St. Petersburg too. You can choose to stay in either city. You can easily drive between the two cities.

Related: Best Beaches in Clearwater

Skyline of Tampa Bay at sunset

Tampa has earned a reputation as a cosmopolitan coastal city with a retro style. Busch Gardens is one of the most popular places to go for a good time here, especially for any daredevils and thrill seekers.

The river walk is great for a scenic walk, leisurely shopping, and chowing down. Tampa boasts an exciting mix of historic architecture and modern culture, all with Cuban influence. There are plenty of options for nature lovers, too. You can spot local wildlife or hike and bike through the lush landscape at Hillsborough River State Park or Lettuce Lake Park.

Cocoa Beach Florida Top rated family getaway in the spring

4. Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach is one of the calmer Florida beaches to visit during spring break. It’s set along what’s known as the Space Coast. As such, the Kennedy Space Center is well worth a visit here.

Many families head over to enjoy a week of sunbathing, surfing, swimming, and strolling along the world-famous pier. The historic Cocoa Village is a quaint, creative community to wander through as well.

If you prefer to get off the sand and out of the sun, there are so many other exciting activities to try. You can meet some of the cutest gentle creatures of the sea at the Manatee Sanctuary Park. Mini Golf is also a popular pastime here, and there are several kitschy courses to choose from. The massive and iconic Ron Jon Surf Shop is an essential stop while in Cocoa Beach for all your beach-going necessities, from sports gear to souvenir towels.

For a unique outdoor adventure, Cocoa Beach is also one of the best places for bioluminescent kayaking in Florida . It isn’t just any beach where you can see bioluminescence!  This is the tour we recommend .

Aerial View of Ft Myers Beach at sunset with white sand and orange colors in the sky

5. Fort Myers

Fort Myers is located on Estero Island, just off the southwest coast of Florida. It’s a small seaside town with plenty of charm, and there are some great restaurants in Fort Myers too. The clear waters here are known for accommodating a wide range of fun water sports, from deep sea fishing to wave running. You can also cruise on eco-friendly dolphin tours to see some of the most famous marine residents here.

You can learn more about the enchanting natural landscape of Fort Myers by checking out Ostego Bay Marine Science Center and the Matanzas Pass Preserve. There are also fascinating archeological remains to discover at the 1900s Mound House. Of course, a day simply spent soaking up some sunshine on the long stretches of shoreline always promises an amazing time as well.

***Update*** The picture above was taken before Hurricane Ian hit in September 2022. Hurricane Ian devastated most of Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel Island, and Captiva. The Fort Myers area is one of our favorite places in Florida and one of the best Florida spring break destinations. We cannot wait to revisit again soon.

skyline of Sarasota Florida in the spring time

6. Sarasota

Sarasota is a bustling hub ideal for a family Florida spring break along the Gulf of Mexico. The sugar sands and crystal clear waters are definitely the main draws here. The Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium are sure to entertain the kids for hours, especially when the adorable otters are around. Keep in mind that Bayfront Park is the perfect spot to spend a day full of surf and sunshine.

The sweeping views of the waterfront and skyline from Sarasota are stunning. There are a variety of gardens, restaurants, and museums to explore, such as the John and Mable Ringling Museum and the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

You can even soak up the culture at the Sarasota Opera House and the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. Myakka State Park is also one of the biggest and oldest natural spaces of its kind in the entire state.

Daytona Beach two hoursDisney World

7. Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is located along Florida’s Atlantic coast and is known for its colorful culture, world-class amenities, and historic downtown. While it may be most famous for NASCAR, since it’s home to the International Speedway, there’s so much more to discover in this city.

There are 23 miles of beautiful white sandy beaches (some of the best in Florida) , often with 4x4s cruising up and down them. The vibrant boardwalk here is the heart of the whole town. You can always find themed rides, arcades, and live music performances along it.

Daytona Lagoon Water Park is a great way to have fun in the sun away from the waterfront. It’s a kid-friendly destination with several attractions for a younger audience, like the Angel & Phelps Chocolate Factory.

Throughout the year, you can attend all kinds of celebratory festivities and events here, such as Shrimp and Seafood Fest or Art Festival Wine Walk. Many come here to shop until they drop as well, with independent boutiques and outlets galore.

Aerial View at sunset of Key Largo Florida

8. Key Largo

Set in the Upper Florida Keys, the name Key Largo actually translates to long key in Spanish. It offers a slice of paradise life, boasting scenic beachfront all around.

It’s the self-proclaimed dive capital of the world, and people flock here to discover the underwater treasures of these calm and clear waters. There’s a natural protected coral reef state park to check out, along with the world’s largest artificial coral reef sight.

If you don’t want to scuba, snorkeling and glass bottom boating are other favorite pastimes to try here too. The Everglades National Park is set just outside of Key Largo for anyone keen on more outdoor adventures like kayaking, fishing, and swimming. Here are the best snorkeling spots in Key Largo .

It’s also a place where the whole family will want to chow down on fresh seafood as they watch the colorful sunset over the sea. After a busy day, head to one of the best restaurants in Key Largo , our personal favorite is Buzzard’s Roost.

On our last three trips, we drove from Miami to Key West and spent a few nights in Key Largo. There are tons of things to do in Key Largo , so it is best to stay a few nights before driving straight down to Key West.

View of prominent buildings in Destin Florida at sunset

Destin promises a good time for all ages while vacationing on a Florida spring break trip. In what’s known as the Florida Panhandle , this northeastern Florida hotspot is a vibrant city for both relaxing and playing.

Many families flock here for the beaches alone, whether it’s for fishing, parasailing, or simply sunbathing. For family-friendly fun out of the sun, head to the famous Gulfarium. Here, you can see a lot of the local marine life, including dolphins and stingrays. There are so many things to do in Destin, you will never get bored.

The Destin Harbor Boardwalk always makes for a quaint and beautiful afternoon on the seaside as well. Henderson Beach State Park is home to some impressive sand dunes and lovely nature walks. The Big Kahuna Water Park boasts thrilling slides, waterfalls, and pools for splashing around away from the sea.

You can learn more about the local history of this charming hamlet at the Destin History and Fishing Museum.

Related: Where to find the Clearest Water in Florida

view from the water of Pensacola Florida a top spring break destination

10. Pensacola

Pensacola is located at the tip of the Florida panhandle along the Emerald Coast. Named for sparkling green waters, it’s one of the state’s best spots for a seaside spring break. There’s a slew of activities that are designed just for kids here, so the whole family is sure to have a blast.

The Pensacola Children’s Museum is easy, but younger visitors will also love climbing aboard real fighter jets at the National Naval Aviation Museum. The historic downtown offers plenty of ways to spend some time wandering quaint streets and popping into local independent shops.

The Gulf Islands National Seashore is a pristine and protected stretch of coast where you can hike, admire the scenery, and spot native wildlife.

Where are your go to spring break destinations in Florida?

We are always looking for new florida beaches and cities to check out. .

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15 Best Family-Friendly Spring Break Destinations in Florida

Posted on February 17, 2023 | Julie J. |

Best Family Spring Break Destinations in Florida

Last Updated on April 21, 2024

Looking to escape the cold and enjoy sunny beaches and warm weather this Spring Break ? Head to the Sunshine State for a vacation you won’t forget!

Florida features plenty of kid-friendly destinations , even during Spring Break. From pristine beaches to incredible state parks to fun theme parks, you’re sure to f ind the perfect Spring Break vacation spot for your family , away from the crowds and party scene.

Keep on reading to discover some of the best family Spring Break destinations in Florida that kids of all ages will love.

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Walt Disney World

Disney World, Orlando, FL

By Kim from Adventures in Pixie Dust

Walt Disney World is the most visited attraction in all of Florida. It includes 4 theme parks and 2 waterparks: Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, Typhoon Lagoon, and Blizzard Beach.

It’s a must-visit destination to take your child at least once in their lifetime and Spring Break is the perfect time to visit “The Most Magical Place on Earth.”

During the spring, the weather is warm during the day with cool and pleasant temperatures early in the morning and at night.  This makes it perfect for exploring the theme parks and swimming in your hotel’s pool.

There is plenty to do at Walt Disney World, no one will ever be bored. It has rides and attractions for the youngest baby and thrill rides for those adrenaline seekers . There are also spectacular night-time shows.

Walt Disney World also offers plenty of fun dining experiences including dining with your favorite Disney character or Disney princess.

Speaking of princesses, little girls will love getting pampered at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and getting transformed into their favorite princess. 

When you want to take a break from the theme parks, visit Disney Springs . This is a huge shopping, dining, and entertainment area that is great for exploring.

Preparation and planning at Walt Disney World are key to having a great experience. Park reservations and hard-to-get dining reservations must all be made in advance. 

Walt Disney World Dolphin is an excellent place to stay while visiting Walt Disney World. They offer complimentary transportation to all the theme parks and it’s also within walking distance to Hollywood Studios and EPCOT.

Crab Island, Destin, FL

By Victoria from Florida Trippers

Easily one of the best Spring Break destinations in Florida for families , Destin is a popular spot that can be found on the emerald coast of the panhandle. 

In particular, it’s an incredible destination for families since there are so many amazing things to do there that cater to children of different ages. 

Also, because of the town’s epic location along the Gulf of Mexico, families can enjoy stunning beaches, awesome golf courses, and a wide array of wildlife that includes dolphins, sea turtles, and fish. 

Plus, Destin is nicknamed the“Luckiest Fishing Village In The World,” So, you can easily charter a boat to take your family fishing, snorkeling, and more.

However, if you need even more inspiration then some of the other best things to do in Destin for families include visiting Henderson Beach State Park , walking along the Destin Harbor Boardwalk , eating at Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill , and becoming a pirate for the day at Pirate’s Alley .

You can also get a bit of an adrenaline rush at Big Kahuna’s Water Park before signing up for a professional sandcastle-building lesson to help you create the sand sculpture of your dreams. 

Then, when you’re ready to unwind for the night, spend the evening at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort . After all, this resort is home to four unique golf courses and a kids club where children can engage in a wide array of activities.

Indian Rocks Beach

Indian Rocks Beach

By Lanie from Make More Adventures

On Florida’s Gulf Coast, located between Clearwater Beach and the St. Pete Beaches, Indian Rocks Beach is calm, family-friendly, and easy to get around.

The number one thing to do on Indian Rocks Beach is the same as any other beach, though IRB (as it is known to the locals) isn’t as crowded as its surrounding beaches, and it has less of a party scene during spring break. Of course, the best thing to do on Indian Rocks Beach is to go to the beach.

With white sandy beaches and generally calm water , Indian Rocks Beach is the perfect beach to take the kids. Parking isn’t far from the water so you don’t have to lug your things too far. Surrounded by water, Indian Rocks Beach is only a few blocks wide.

If you want to get off of the beach, but still play outside, Indian Rocks Beach has a water park. Splash Harbor Water Park has waterslides, a lazy river, and a splash zone for younger kids as well as a large swimming pool.

Families can stay at Holiday Inn and Suites Clearwater Beach South Harborside which is located at Splash Harbor Water Park and just a few minutes walk away from the beach.

Those who want can head to nearby Clearwater Beach for a larger variety of activities and restaurants, though there are plenty of things to do on Indian Rocks Beach with kids .

Sunset in Mount Dora, FL

By Kyleen from The Bonnie Traveler

Mount Dora, Florida is the perfect spot to base your family’s Spring Break vacation. This charming town is located 40 minutes north of Orlando and an hour from either coast. It is close to all the attractions but worth your time relaxing and exploring this little town . 

Downtown Mount Dora is situated between Donnelly Park, filled with mossy oaks, and Lake Dora.  

Families can experience the ‘real’ Florida by taking a boat tour of Lake Dora and the Dora Canal . The guided pontoon tours share the history and nature of the area. Guests will get to see turtles, herons, and possibly alligators in their natural habitat while cruising under the tree canopy of the Dora Canal.  

Adventure seekers will love the unique experience of flying in a seaplane . These single-engine pontoon planes take off from the water and fly at low altitudes to give a bird’s eye view of the towns, lakes, and wetlands below.

Enjoy spring produce at the many local U-pick farms in Mount Dora . March and April are perfect for the strawberry and blueberry season. These farms host plenty of old-fashioned, family-friendly activities that make a perfect afternoon.  

Take a step back in time and stay at the lovely Lakeside Inn . This historic hotel is situated right on Lake Dora with spectacular views from the pool. Head to the Goblin Market for a special cozy dinner. With walls filled with books and award-winning dishes, it is a Mount Dora gem.

Insider tip: Make sure to book Mount Dora hotels in advance during Spring Break.  Mount Dora hosts some of the country’s best arts and crafts festivals in the spring . These incredible events bring thousands of vendors with beautiful art that the whole family will enjoy, but hotels can fill up fast.

Everglades National Park

Kayaking through the mangrove in Everglades NP, Florida

By Karen from Travel Mad Mum

A major draw to the Everglades is its location in Southern Florida, with a favorable climate all year round. 

Known for its wildlife, marshland, diverse bird life, and scenic hikes, the Everglades is a wonderful nature experience in the region.

The national park features some picturesque hiking trails , an ideal way to discover the flora and fauna within the region. The most family-friendly trails are Anhinga Trail, Gumbo Limbo Trail & Eco-Pond Trails. Exploring the park on foot offers a unique view of the park as the trails wind through the vast wetlands. It is not uncommon to see alligators, birds, and other wildlife.

Several boardwalks, namely, Pahayokee Overlook, Mahogany Hammock Trail, and West Lake Trail provide access to the park’s beautiful mangroves and other vegetation.

For the adventurous family, a kayak tour of the Mangrove Tunnel is a lovely way to explore the park with kids. It is the perfect alternative to an airboat which can sometimes disturb the animals. 

Another great option for little ones is to join the junior ranger program . It comes with a backpack jam-packed with things to do for a day at Everglades National Park .

The visitor center is another top family activity. It offers a wide range of information about the park through educational displays, orientation films, and informational brochures.

Preparing when hiking in the Everglades National Park is essential. Wearing protective clothing, appropriate footwear, and carrying plenty of snacks to stay energized, a water bottle, insect repellent, and sunscreen for kids are essentials to have when visiting the Everglades. It can get quite hot and in some cases, there is very little shade. 

It’s also worth reminding the kids to keep their distance from the wildlife. 

Fairway Inn Homestead is a twenty-minute drive from the Everglades’ Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center. Hotel facilities include family rooms, an outdoor pool, complimentary tea and coffee, and daily breakfast , making it a comfortable place to stay.

Orange City

Blue Springs State Park, FL

By Alexandra from East Coast Contessa

Orange City, Florida is a popular place for travelers road-tripping through the Sunshine State. Once you visit, it’s easy to see why! Located an hour northwest of Orlando , it’s the perfect destination in Florida for a family Spring Break.

Home to one of the most popular freshwater springs in the U.S., Orange City is thriving with a vibrant history, museums, parks, and scenic nature trails.

The most popular attraction in Orange City is easily Blue Spring State Park along the St. Johns River. In addition to beautiful nature trails, diving, and snorkeling activities , visitors also have a chance to catch a glimpse of the Florida manatee. In fact, it’s one of the best places to view manatees from mid-November to early March.

Inside Blue Spring State Park there is also the Thursby House . It’s a charming colonial house that offers a glimpse into the lives of the settlers that lived in Orange City during the 18th and 19th centuries. The park is open from 8 AM to sunset and costs $6 per vehicle.

After you’re done exploring the great outdoors at Blue Spring State Park, head to Family Fun Town for what the name implies: fun! This entertainment center features batting cages, go-karts, an arcade, and mini golf. It’s a perfect spot to host a birthday party, a group outing, or a family get-together.

If you want to stay at a family-friendly property in town, the Holiday Inn Express is a great option. Located off I-4S, it’s exactly halfway between Daytona Beach and Orlando. It offers free breakfast, free parking, a shuttle bus service, a gym, and a pool . If you want more options, look in Daytona Beach (32 minutes away), or Orlando (36 minutes).

Cedar Key, FL

By Vicky from Buddy The Traveling Monkey

One of the best spring break destinations in Florida for families is Cedar Key, Florida. It has a laid-back attitude and it’s the perfect place to relax and have fun with your loved ones . There are a lot of  things to do in Cedar Key . Even though it’s relatively small, the town of  Cedar Key has some great restaurants, shops, and museums.

It’s also a great destination if your family wants to spend time outdoors . Cedar Key is in North Central Florida along the Gulf of Mexico. Being on the water makes it perfect for those who love kayaking, canoeing, or going out on a boat.

There are also a few trails and parks around Cedar Key . Cedar Key State Park is especially popular. The Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuge is also fun to explore, especially if you are a birder.

If you want to spend some time indoors, stop into the Cedar Key Historical Society Museum , which displays the history of the area.

Driving there is pretty easy since it’s literally at the end of Florida State Road 24. If you’re flying in, the closest airport to Cedar Key with commercial flights is the Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), which is about an hour away.

For your spring break getaway, consider staying at Seahorse Landing , they have condos near the water with great amenities.

Pompano Beach

Pompano Beach, FL

By Pam from Our Adventure is Everywhere

Just north of Fort Lauderdale, is the quieter, more family-oriented Pompano Beach , Florida. Although often overlooked when planning a family trip to Florida, Pompano Beach is ideal, because it’s close enough to the action of the larger city if you’d like an afternoon or evening of excitement but far enough away to enjoy quality family time. 

The weather is lovely any time of the year, and the beaches are especially nice from April through October .

When you need a break from the beach, there are plenty of fun things to do , a highlight being the water taxi . Pompano is often called the “Venice of America” due to the extensive network of canals . Purchase an all-day pass and explore the area from a different point of view, getting off and on the water taxis throughout the day. Kids who love boats will especially love this!

Hotels in Pompano tend to be a bit more laid back than the high rises of nearby Fort Lauderdale and Miami, so a terrific choice for families is the Club Wyndham Santa Barbara . With a great location, pool, hot tub, and condo-style rooms (with kitchens) , it’s a perfect beach vacation property.

If a relaxing, true beach vacation is what you are looking for on your next family vacation, Pompano Beach should be one to consider!

Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, FL, USA

By Candice from Exploring the Gulf

Clearwater, Florida is one of the best spring break destinations for families in the country ! It’s a dreamy paradise for those who love the beach and water sports . For travelers looking for attractions beyond the beach, Clearwater offers high-end shopping and gorgeous golf courses . With so much to offer, even families with varied interests are bound to enjoy spring break in Clearwater. 

There’s so much to see in Clearwater. Spend your spring break exploring Clearwater Beach, Honeymoon Island State Park, and Caladesi Island State Park . These are all great locations to slide into a kayak or jump on a jet ski. 

There are lots of great resorts in Clearwater for families . If you’re looking for a great place to soak up the sun and enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation, consider booking a stay with Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa . This beachfront, family-friendly hotel offers premium rooms and suites with striking views of the Gulf of Mexico. But best of all, the rooms also feature full kitchens , a huge advantage when traveling with a family over spring break! 

Just down the road from Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa is Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach . This is one of Clearwater’s most treasured attractions and definitely a spot to add to your spring break itinerary. Pier 60 features a 1,080-foot pier and one of the gulf coast’s largest beach playgrounds . It’s heaven for all ages. Visit at sunset to witness the pier come to life with crafts and entertainment.

Make this spring break one you will remember forever. Enjoy the beauty and adventure of Clearwater! 

Naples and Marco Island

Marco Island, FL

By Lori from Naples Florida Travel Guide

When a spring break vacation for the family is just around the corner, look no further than Naples and Marco Island on southwest Florida’s Paradise Coast . Spring is the dry season in southwest Florida. With no daily storms or rain showers, the humidity is low and the daily temperatures are warm and comfortable.

This is a great time of year for family and kid-friendly outdoor activities . The beaches are still relatively uncrowded and the gentle Gulf waters are refreshing and warm. Rent a boat in Naples or Marco to take the family sightseeing or book a dolphin and manatee tour to see these amazing creatures in the wild.

Naples and Marco both have jet ski and kayak rentals as well as stand-up paddle boards . Two favorite activities families will love include taking a boat tour to Keewaydin Island for its remote beaches and native wildlife, and a sunset catamaran cruise out into the Gulf of Mexico.

Naples boasts some of the top-rated beaches in Florida including those at Lowdermilk Park , which offers watersport rentals and a concession stand.

For a unique kid-friendly experience nothing beats the soft white sand and hunting for seashells at Tigertail Beach on Marco Island , where getting to the beach is half the fun. The adventure begins by wading waist-deep across a shallow lagoon from the inner beach to the Gulf. The lagoon beach has paddling rentals, a great bird-watching tower that’s easy to climb, a concession stand, outdoor showers, and restrooms.

There is a long list of accommodations in both cities, and an equally long list of places to eat. Two family favorites are the Naples Grande Beach Resort with one of the best kid-friendly pools in Naples, and the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa.

Anna Maria Island

Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL

By Nikki from She Saves She Travels  

If you’re looking for the best kid-friendly spring break destinations in Florida, look no further than Anna Maria Island , Florida. This sleepy beach town is the perfect island getaway if you’re looking for laid-back beach vibes and sunshine.

Anna Maria Island is located about an hour away from Sarasota , Florida. Grab flights to Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, then a rental car to get to the island. With extremely limited public transportation on the island, a rental car is your best bet for getting around.

One of the most popular activities for spring break is hitting the beach. After all, the beaches on Anna Maria Island are some of the best beaches on the Gulf Coast! With crisp, white sand and bright emerald water, they’re perfect for relaxing, swimming, or water activities.

The downtown area is quaint and has just what you’ll need for spring break. Visit the historic Bridge Street Pier, visit the farmers market, do a little shopping, or grab some food . Don’t forget ice cream at the Small Town Creamery !

Spring is an especially delightful time in Anna Maria Island because the manatees are really active . Bean Point is a great location to try to spot them . If you’re up for more nature and an adventure, try kayaking through mangrove trees down the island in Lido Key . Such a fun experience for spring break!

Amelia Island

Florida - Amelia Island

By Stephanie from History Fangirl

Amelia Island is a family-friendly destination in northeastern Florida, just forty-five minutes away from Jacksonville. However, it might be another world. The pace is slower, so leave plenty of time to meander around town, relax on the beach, and lounge by your hotel’s pool. 

For families looking to mix recreation with a bit of education, there’s a ton here for young travelers to learn, making an Amelia Island weekend or week the perfect opportunity to mix learning with fun .

Amelia Island has played an outsized role in American history many times over. In fact, eight different nations and rulers have hoisted their flags over the island. You can learn all about it on the Eight Flags tour, or you can learn more at the Amelia Island Museum of History.

For families wanting to check out more recent history, head to American Beach and the A. L. Lewis Museum , which documents American Beach’s time as one of the most important African American beaches during the era of Jim Crow.

Of course, there are also a myriad of outdoor activities available, including kayaking, birdwatching, and looking for dolphins out on the Amelia River . An Amelia River cruise to see the wild horses on Cumberland Island is also a favorite among young tourists.

If you looking for a great place to stay during your trip, check into the SpringHill Suites by Marriott , a new three-star oceanside hotel.

Dunedin, FL

By Destiny from Guided By Destiny

If you’re looking for a unique Spring Break vacation spot for the whole family, then Dunedin, Florida is a perfect choice! Situated on the west coast of the Sunshine State, this beautiful city is packed with things to see and do that make it an ideal family getaway. You will fall in love with its range of beaches, parks, shopping areas, and outdoor activities.

To start off your trip, why not head down to the charming downtown area to enjoy some shopping, dining, and sightseeing ? Along with its range of boutiques, restaurants, and attractions , there’s also a sandy beach perfect for sunbathing or having a picnic.

Next up is to visit Honeymoon Island , a serene and peaceful island known for its bird sanctuary , a wide array of walking trails , and a wealth of stunning beaches and nature spots. Here, families can have fun by playing or taking part in some beachcombing – but do remember to bring your sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.

At the Dunedin Causeway, you can rent sailboats, kayaks, or paddleboards for various time frames. You can rent for as little as an hour, but if you rent for any amount over two hours, you are able to take your rental over to Caladesi Island and explore the pristine waters around the island.

Finally, if you’re looking for the ideal hotel for a family-friendly vacation, I suggest staying at the Hyatt Place in Clearwater , which is only minutes away from Dunedin. With its comfortable and contemporary rooms, on-site swimming pool , and handy location close to lots of attractions , it’s a great option for those wanting a convenient stay.

Key West

By Jolayne from Just Wander More

While you are enjoying the sun and beach of the Florida Keys , discover a variety of family-friendly activities in Key West. Spring Break is the perfect time to visit, especially if you’re coming from a snowy climate.

There are plenty of places to stay with stunning views in Key West. The Reach Key West , part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, boasts a pristine private beach and a central location. 

Some of the best things to do include:

  • Take pictures at the Southernmost Point in the US
  • Discover the history and sites of Key West on a scavenger hunt
  • Play at the beach
  • Shop along Duval Street
  • Take pictures at sunset
  • Enjoy sailing, snorkeling, and kayaking excursions
  • Try Key Lime pie

If you have time for a day trip, Bahia Honda State Park is a short drive from Key West. The sand and sun are perfect ingredients for a family day at the beach. Add in a snorkel tour , and memories are sure to be made.

Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas, Fort Jefferson

By Patricia from Ze Wandering Frogs

Dry Tortugas National Park is a remote national park located in the Gulf of Mexico, about 70 miles west of Key West, Florida. The park is well-known for its crystal-clear water, gorgeous beaches, and exciting heritage . Any South Florida itinerary that takes you from Miami to Key West should include a visit to Dry Tortugas .

Visit Fort Jefferson , constructed in the middle of the nineteenth century, to learn more about the park’s past. Snorkeling in the island’s pristine seas and taking in abundant marine life is one of the best things to do in the Dry Tortugas.

Another well-liked pastime is bird viewing , where you may see frigates and brown pelicans. A fantastic option to take in the magnificent scenery and the warm seas around Dry Tortugas is to sail around the island.

There are no accommodations on Dry Tortugas. However, primitive camping is permitted in dedicated areas . Unfortunately, water is not available on the island. Thus anyone planning to spend the night there must be completely independent and self-reliant.

Key West International Airport (EYW) is the nearest airport to Dry Tortugas National Park. There are alternative possibilities, such as Miami International Airport (MIA), even though Key West is three to four hours distant from that airport. Dry Tortugas can only be reached from Key West by seaplane or boat.

Temperatures in Dry Tortugas often range from 55°F to 65°F thanks to its subtropical climate. However, in summer, they can reach above 90°F, making Spring Break an ideal time to visit.

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Picture this: the winter frost giving way to the warm embrace of spring, and you, right in the heart of the Sunshine State, ready to make the most of your Florida spring break 2025! With the sun playing hide-and-seek in the skies year-round, Florida is the ultimate playground for seekers of sun-kissed adventures.

Having called Tampa Bay home for over seven years, my spring break adventures in the Sunshine State have been seasoned with firsthand experiences at these vibrant Florida spring break destinations. Hailing from Ohio, I’ve also ventured to Florida multiple times during my college years, making me well-versed in the art of crafting the perfect spring break getaway. Are you ready to unlock the best that Florida has to offer during this lively season?

Clearwater Beach Florida on a sunny day

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Best Florida Spring Break Destinations

1. clearwater beach.

Clearwater Beach, where sugar-white sands meet the sparkling Gulf of Mexico. This lively destination is a hub for water sports, vibrant nightlife, and family-friendly attractions. With its iconic Pier 60, amazing fresh seafood restaurants , lively beach bars , and endless sunshine, Clearwater Beach is the perfect place to unwind and soak in the coastal charm.

Clearwater Beach on a sunny day

Top things to do in Clearwater Beach :

  • Clearwater Beach: Relax on one of the best beaches in the US!
  • Pier 60 Sunset Festival: Experience nightly festivities, street performers, and breathtaking sunsets at Pier 60.
  • Private Boat Tour: Cruise along the stunning coastline, drop anchor at secluded spots, and indulge in water activities like swimming and sunbathing. And my favorite part, the waterslide! I promise this boat trip will make your Florida spring break epic. Book with A Boat Day here.

Clearwater Beach Pier 60 entrance at dusk

  • Cruisin Tiki: These floating tiki bars offer a distinct and lively perspective of Clearwater Beach. Sip on tropical drinks, enjoy picturesque views, and bask in the sun aboard these vibrant boats. It’s a perfect spring break activity for celebrating with your crew. Book your tour in advance here!
  • Clearwater Beach Scavenger Hunt: Tailored for a memorable spring break experience, this adults-only scavenger hunt includes entertaining tasks, challenges, and surprises. It’s a lively and budget-friendly way to explore the beach, forge stronger connections with friends, and craft enduring memories. It’s also great for Clearwater Beach bach parties !

cruisin tikis downtown st. pete

Best places to stay in Clearwater Beach:

For smaller groups who prefer to do a  hotel stay  check out  Edge Hotel ,  Pier House 60 , and  Springhill Suites by Marriott  (all three of these options even include breakfast). If you don’t mind splurging a little more,  Hyatt Regency ,  Sandpearl , and  Opal Sands  are all solid resort options.

Check out the best beachfront hotels in Clearwater Beach !

If you have a larger group and want a suite or rental home we absolutely loved our stay at this  beautiful condo on Clearwater Beach  that slept 7.

For all of the best things to do in Clearwater Beach check out my Clearwater Beach Guide .

Clearwater Beach rental patio

2. St. Pete Beach

Nestled on the Gulf Coast, St. Pete Beach combines sugary shores with a lively atmosphere. This beach town offers a mix of water activities, eclectic dining, and cultural hotspots. Whether you’re strolling along historic Corey Avenue or unwinding on the sandy shores, St. Pete Beach caters to family and college spring breakers.

St Pete Beach Florida

Top things to do in St. Pete Beach:

  • St. Pete Beach: Relax on the wide, sandy shores of this award-winning beach. Take your beach day to the next level with The Cabana Club . Imagine chic cabanas, loungers, and umbrellas that will create the perfect haven for your spring break crew. Savor refreshing cocktails, dip into crystal-clear waters, and unwind in style under the Florida sun.
  • eSUP Adventures: This motorized paddle board adventure to Shell Key Preserve adds an extra layer of excitement, allowing you to cruise at your own pace and witness breathtaking views both above and below the water.

Enjoying St Pete Beach with the Cabana Club

  • Cruisin Tikis boat tour: a lively and distinctive way to explore the waters of St. Pete during spring break. Cruise along the picturesque coastline, feel the sea breeze, and sip on tropical drinks while making everlasting memories with your crew. Book your boat tour in advance here!
  • Explore St. Pete’s vibrant nightlife: uncover the city’s best bars , from laid-back beach hangouts to trendy cocktail lounges. Dive into the diverse selection and don’t miss the hidden speakeasies , elevating your night with an extra touch of excitement.

You’re also right by downtown St. Pete which is a whole vibe in itself! Check out my full guide on the best things to do in downtown St. Pete and fun things to do in St. Pete Beach .

Girls having fun at No Vacancy in downtown St. Pete

Best places to stay in St. Pete Beach:

If you want to be beachfront,  The Don Cesar  is ICONIC. It’s a huge pink hotel better known as the “Pink Palace.” There are 2 heated pools, 3 lounges, newly renovated rooms, and the beautiful Spa Oceana. Go here if you’re looking for a magical experience. ( Here is a recap from my stay at this hotel. )

TradeWinds  is another great option if you’re looking for a beachfront hotel in St. Pete Beach! For a true party and college spring break vibe though I recommend staying at Postcard Inn (PCI to the locals). They always have DJ’s and fun events going on. It’s also one of the best St. Pete Beach bars !

Zipline at Tradewinds Beach Resort in St Pete Beach

Tampa, a city rich in culture and outdoor adventures, welcomes visitors with a mix of historic sites, modern attractions, and lush green spaces. From the historic Ybor City to the vibrant Riverwalk, Tampa offers a variety of experiences for every traveler.

Top things to do in Tampa:

  • Boat Adventure: Go on an exhilarating boat tour to discover the picturesque beauty of Tampa Bay. For an exclusive experience, opt for a Staying Afloat Party Boat complete with a captain, starting at $700 for 4 hours and accommodating up to 12 people. Alternatively, a 2-hour downtown Tampa charter is available for $400, catering to the same group size.
  • WTR Pool Party: WTR is a premier waterfront venue famous for its energetic pool parties. Enjoy a day of sunshine, lively music, and refreshing cocktails by the pool. Dance to the tunes of live DJs and make a splash at this ultimate spring break pool party destination. Don’t forget to explore the vibrant vibes at Whiskey Joe’s nearby for an added dose of fun.

huge crowd at WTR pool party in Tampa, Florida

  • Busch Gardens: For an adrenaline-packed day, head to Busch Gardens and experience an array of exhilarating rides, shows, and wildlife encounters. From heart-pounding roller coasters to captivating animal exhibits, this theme park promises a dynamic blend of excitement and entertainment.
  • Explore Tampa’s rich culinary diversity: From craft breweries to rooftop bars and top-notch restaurants . And of course, you can’t leave without getting one of Tampa’s famous Cuban sandwiches !

For a full list check out my Tampa Guide and fun free things to do in Tampa !

Sparkling drink at Busch Gardens in Tampa

Best places to stay in Tampa:

There are a ton of  awesome hotels in Tampa . Where you’re going to want to stay just depends on what your itinerary looks like!

If you don’t mind splurging  The Tampa EDITION  is the newest hottest spot on the block! It provides an extraordinary, luxurious hotel experience that is unlike anything else Tampa Bay has seen. It even includes seven food and beverage venues to be explored. Read my full  Tampa EDITION hotel review  for all of the deets.

Tampa EDITION in the evening

If you’re wanting to stay in downtown Tampa, I recommend checking out  Hyatt Place Downtown . The reviews are excellent, and they have an outdoor pool, fitness center, and a modern, sleek look. Not to mention the location is prime. The  JW Mariott Tampa Water Street  is also a great location, plus you can use your Bonvoy points to book !

If you want to stay near the water and have some views,  The Godfrey Hotel  (where WTR is located) and  The CURRENT Hotel  are both solid options providing beautiful sights of Tampa Bay.

Miami is of course a prime spring break destination in Florida, renowned for its nightlife scene, vibrant beachfront clubs, and the lively atmosphere of South Beach. Whether you crave nights filled with dancing at chic nightclubs or laid-back days lounging on the sun-drenched shores, Miami offers plenty of options to captivate your spring break crew.

Beyond the buzzing nightlife, the city offers a diverse range of activities and amazing restaurants !

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Life guard stand on South Beach Miami

Top things to do in Miami:

  • South Beach: Soak up the sun on the famous stretch of Miami’s coastline.
  • Experience Miami Nightlife: Miami’s nightlife is renowned for its diversity, with an array of clubs, bars, and lounges to suit every taste. From hip-hop beats to electronic rhythms and salsa vibes, the city’s vibrant club scene ensures a night to remember. Some Miami hotspots include LIV at the Fontainebleau, E11EVEN, or Story Nightclub.

night out for Miami bachelorette party

  • Yacht Day: Elevate your spring break with a touch of luxury by renting a glamorous yacht in Miami. Cruise along the city’s stunning coastline, bask in the sunshine, and relish the breathtaking views of the skyline. While this private yacht experience accommodates up to 8 guests for around 2 hours, the affordable rate allows you to extend the booking for an even more extended and fabulous yacht day!
  • Pool Party: Miami is synonymous with epic pool parties, and three must-visit destinations for this aquatic revelry are SLS ,  Daer , and  Strawberry Moon . These venues offer sensational poolside settings, lively music, refreshing cocktails, and a vibrant atmosphere, ensuring a day of pure fun.
  • Wynwood Walls: Explore colorful street art in this trendy arts district.

Strawberry Moon pool party

Best places to stay in Miami:

Miami has an array of luxurious and stylish hotels and condos to choose from. If you are going for spring break it’s crucial you plan accommodation in advance! When you book through  Booking.com  you often have a decent cancellation window, so I would recommend booking ASAP and can adjust if need be.

Some popular options include:

  • Fontainebleau — a luxurious resort located in the heart of Miami Beach offering a wide range of modern amenities, and is home to LIV, one of the best nightclubs in Miami.
  • Edition Hotel Miami Beach — The Edition is known for its luxurious amenities, pool and lounge, and incredible beach views. This hotel offers a range of amenities and services that are perfect for a relaxing stay in Miami. Plus it’s home to Basement which is one of the most fun places for a wild night in Miami.
  • Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel  and  Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach — I love Kimpton hotels so much, they offer a free wine happy hour every day, and the hotels themselves are always so stylish and unique. Both of these are on South Beach in the middle of all the action.

If you want more options and have a group of 6 or more, check out  these accommodation options  or  VRBO for some penthouse and condo options !

Views from EPIC Kimpton Hotel in Downtown Miami

5. Key West

This sun-soaked haven is the perfect getaway for an unforgettable spring break, featuring idyllic beaches, a captivating historic district, and the vibrant energy of Duval Street. Whether you prefer sunbathing on the shore, discovering the city’s vibrant architecture, or embarking on a sunset sail, Key West offers endless possibilities for daytime adventures.

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Key West Southernmost Point

Top things to do in Key West:

  • Snorkeling: Immerse yourself in the enchanting underwater world of Key West with an exhilarating snorkeling adventure. Discover vibrant coral reefs, encounter tropical fish, and marvel at the diverse marine life that thrives in these crystal-clear waters. For early risers, opt for the morning snorkel tour that includes breakfast and unlimited mimosas. And if you’re recovering from a night out, the snorkel and sunset cruise is the perfect remedy.
  • Boat tour: Set sail on a scenic boat tour around the picturesque waters of Key West. Cruise through the turquoise sea, basking in the warm breeze and taking in the breathtaking coastal views. Check out this  fun tiki boat , or do a 2-hour  Wind and Wine Sunset Sail !

Sunset Watersports Key West snorkeling tour. One of the best things to do in Key West.

  • Sunset at Mallory Square: Admire the mesmerizing beauty of a Key West sunset at Mallory Square, a lively gathering spot. Join the street performers, explore local art stalls, and snag some delectable street food as the sun paints the sky in vibrant hues.
  • Duval Crawl: Immerse yourself in the legendary nightlife of Key West with a Duval Crawl bar-hopping adventure. Duval Street boasts a vibrant array of bars, pubs, and clubs, each offering unique entertainment and live music. Embark on a pub crawl, hopping from one iconic spot to the next, and savor the lively atmosphere, tropical drinks, and boundless fun. You’re going to love this unique Key West activity ! For a sneak peek at each venue and their signature drinks, check out this TikTok for insider tips!

Smallest Bar Key West, unique thing to do

Best places to stay in Key West:

While Key West is pretty small, it still manages to have hundreds of accommodation options. Thank goodness for this, because these places book up quickly ! These are a few options that I have stayed at or stood out to me, but feel free to check out the full list  here .

If you do see a hotel you like be sure to book well in advance to ensure its availability. Along with that, the further in advance you book, the better the rates are most likely going to be.

The  La Concha  features an outdoor pool, pool bar, and free parking. The rooms and bathrooms are modern and decently sized. The number one selling point of this hotel though has got to be its clutch location. It sits right on Duval Street!

Douglas House  comes extremely highly rated and is an adult-only inn. The beach is just a short 5-minute walk, and attractions like the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum are just a mere 2-minute walk. Other great features are its shared outdoor swimming pool, free parking, and the fact that it’s pet-friendly.

Situated in another great location right off of Duval Street you’ll find  Andrews Inn and Garden Cottages . Along with an outdoor pool, free parking, and extraordinary charm, you’re also offered a lovely free hot breakfast and complimentary poolside happy hour!

6. Siesta Key

Siesta Key, renowned for its powdery white sands and turquoise waters, offers a tranquil retreat on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Whether you’re lounging on the beach, exploring the village, or participating in water activities, Siesta Key promises a serene and beach-centric escape.

Top things to do in Siesta Key:

  • Siesta Key Kayak Tour: Paddle through mangroves and coastal waters via kayak or paddleboard on this epic 2-hour tour . It’s the perfect way to explore this Florida spring break destination!
  • Private Funship Adventure: You should know by now, if there is a boat with a waterslide, I’m going to suggest it. They are just such a fun time! And the perfect spring break activity. Check out this epic 4-hour boat tour that allows you to hop around to sandbars and even provides SUPs, floats, beach chairs, and beach toys.
  • Point of Rocks: Snorkel and explore the marine life around this unique geological formation. Your best bet is to do this activity in the morning when water visibility is at its best and you have a better chance at snagging a parking spot. (Find parking at Beach Access 12.)
  • Explore Sarasota: You’re so close to Sarasota! Head over and explore the Botanical Garden or The Ringling Museum. There are enough fun things to do in Sarasota you can spend a whole day here exploring.

Ringling Museum, one of the best things to do in Sarasota, Florida

Best places to stay in Siesta Key:

Nestled right by the famous Siesta Key Beach, Siesta Key Beach Resort & Suites offers a perfect blend of convenience and comfort for spring breakers. Choose from a variety of accommodations, including suites and beachside villas.

Located in the heart of Siesta Key Village, the Tropical Breeze Resort provides a central hub for spring break fun. From cozy studios to spacious apartments, the resort caters to different group sizes. Enjoy the resort-style pool, stroll to nearby bars and restaurants, and take advantage of the complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas for the ultimate Siesta Key experience.

For those wanting a more intimate and boutique-style accommodation, The Ringling Beach House is a gem. Situated within walking distance to the beach and boasting stylish suites, it offers a relaxed setting with a touch of luxury. With a focus on personalized service and a tranquil ambiance, it’s a great choice for a laid-back yet sophisticated stay during spring break.

Known as the “Emerald Coast,” Destin boasts stunning white-sand beaches and emerald-green waters. The charming town offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Whether you’re indulging in fresh seafood, exploring the vibrant harbor, or simply basking in the coastal beauty, Destin is a haven for beach enthusiasts.

Top things to do in Destin:

  • Crab Island: Dive into the ultimate spring break party at Crab Island in Destin. This lively sandbar, nestled in the sparkling Gulf of Mexico waters, is a hotspot for boaters. Immerse yourself in the festive vibe with floating bars, water slides, and live music, all while soaking up the sun. This  private double-decker pontoon  that takes you to Crab Island comes with two waterslides and a paddleboard!
  • Cruisin Tikis: Infuse your spring break with some fun on a Cruisin Tikis boat tour in Destin. Climb aboard these floating tiki bars, sip on tropical drinks, and bask in the sunshine as you cruise along the picturesque coast.
  • Destin Harbor Boardwalk : Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Destin Harbor Boardwalk, a lively waterfront destination. It’s lined with charming shops, restaurants, and entertainment options.
  • Clear Kayak Glow Tour: This is not your average kayak tour! This 1.5-hour adventure takes you out at night to explore a haunted Pirates Cove. The lights illuminate beneath your clear kayak so you get a unique perspective of what is going on around you in the water.

Adventure Park water inflatables and obstacle course

Best places to stay in Destin:

Positioned along the pristine shores of Destin, Henderson Beach Resort combines luxury with beachfront bliss. The resort features spacious rooms and suites, multiple pools, a full-service spa, and easy access to the private beach.

Offering a range of condo-style accommodations, The Palms of Destin provides a fantastic location and family-friendly atmosphere. With expansive views of the Gulf of Mexico, multiple pools, a fitness center, and on-site dining, it’s a great choice for those wanting a comfortable stay close to the heart of Destin. The rates are generally very affordable too.

Situated at the entrance of HarborWalk Village, Emerald Grande provides a unique experience with stunning harbor views. The condominium-style suites are well-appointed, and is a perfect option for spring breakers who want to be in the midst of vibrant activities.

Other Florida Spring Break Destinations

  • Anna Maria Island: Enjoy a relaxed island atmosphere with pristine beaches and local shops. Expect very chill spring break vibes here. Check out the best things to do in Anna Maria Island , cute AMI coffee shops , and the best restaurants to see if it’s your vibe.
  • Daytona Beach: Famous for its hard-packed sands and legendary racing history, Daytona Beach invites visitors to enjoy a mix of beachfront relaxation and thrilling activities. From the iconic Daytona International Speedway to the lively Boardwalk, Daytona Beach caters to both racing enthusiasts and beach lovers.

The North Shore Cafe Anna Maria Island

  • Fort Lauderdale: Known as the “Venice of America,” Fort Lauderdale boasts picturesque canals, upscale shopping, and a sophisticated beachfront. With its cultural attractions, water taxis, and upscale dining, Fort Lauderdale offers a blend of relaxation and cosmopolitan charm.
  • Orlando: With its world-renowned theme parks, vibrant downtown scene, and unique outdoor experiences, Orlando provides a perfect blend of excitement, entertainment, and unforgettable moments! It does lack a beach unless you don’t mind driving so keep that in mind.
  • St. Augustine: Immerse yourself in history with charming cobblestone streets and historic sites. Check out all of the best things to do in St. Augustine !

Woman sunbathing on a flamingo floaty at The Local motel pool

Tips For Your Epic Spring Break in Florida

  • Plan Ahead: Florida is a popular spring break destination, so plan your trip well in advance. Book accommodations, flights, and activities early to secure the best options.
  • Stay Hydrated: Florida’s sun can be intense, even during spring. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, especially if you’re spending time at the beach or exploring outdoor attractions. This is my absolute favorite water bottle ! (And no, it’s not a Stanley.)
  • Sun Protection is Key: Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the strong Florida sun. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen throughout the day.
  • Embrace the Local Cuisine: Florida is known for its diverse culinary scene. Try local seafood, Cuban sandwiches, and key lime pie. Venture beyond the tourist areas for hidden culinary gems.
  • Be Beach-Ready: If you’re hitting the beaches, pack essentials like a beach towel, swimsuit, and beachwear. Many Florida destinations boast stunning coastlines, so make the most of it.
  • Explore Beyond the Beach: While the beaches are a major draw, Florida has much more to offer. Explore nature reserves, visit museums, or take a stroll through charming historic districts.
  • Respect the Environment: Florida is home to diverse ecosystems. Be mindful of wildlife, follow leave-no-trace principles, and respect local regulations to help preserve the natural beauty of the state.

Key West palm trees on a sunny day

Which Florida spring break destination are you heading to this year?

So there you have it—the perfect mix of sun-soaked destinations for an unforgettable spring break in Florida. From the crystalline shores of Clearwater Beach to the cultural pulse of Miami, each spot offers its own unique charm and adventures. Whether you’re into vibrant nightlife, tranquil beach retreats, or exploring rich history, Florida has something for everyone. So pack your bags, soak up the sunshine, and dive into the diverse wonders of the Sunshine State!

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Destiny Snyder is a passionate travel blogger and content creator based in the Tampa Bay area. Originally from a small town near Toledo, Ohio, Destiny's love for exploring new places began when she moved to Florida in 2017. She enjoys uncovering hidden gems, sharing insider tips on the best things to do, places to eat, and coffee shops to visit in every destination. With her blog Guided by Destiny and niche sites Sunkissed in Tampa and Sunkissed in St. Pete, Destiny aims to make trip planning stress-free and fun for her readers.

I’ve never seen Tiki Boats before! That looks like so much fun! Also I love the Cabana Club idea! Thanks for all the great tips!

OMG tiki boats are so fun, you def gotta try one! And I’m so glad you enjoyed 🙂

If I was planning a spring break I think I would choose Miama – I haven’t been there before and it looks fabulous.

It is fabulous! There’s really not a wrong choice!

I have to say Destin is the one I would go to! haha Great and detailed post!

So many fun options I don’t know how I’d (or anyone!) be able to pick just one! I’ve never done a tiki boat tour & that sounds like a ton of fun!

Thank you for this! I particularly love Miami and Key West, but after reading your overview, I just might expand my horizons a little! 🙂

Oh yes, you gotta explore Tampa Bay! St. Pete is sooo good!

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Spring Break in Florida: Top spots, hot tips 2024

By: Author Bob Rountree

Posted on Last updated: April 20, 2024

Spring Break hot spot Fort Myers Beach is off the radar this year as it recovers from devastating hurricanes, but you can be sure other Florida destinations are ready for the party.

The No. 1 spring break destination in Florida remains Orlando’s theme parks, but Florida’s 825 miles of sandy beaches are where the boys and girls find liberation.

When is Spring Break in Florida?

Spring Break in Florida is associated with the weeks colleges and universities take their spring semester break, and every school is different.

The staggered schedule means Florida’s Spring Break begins in late February and runs through mid-April, peaking in mid-March.

Easter Week is commonly associated with Spring Break for families with children in primary and secondary schools. In 2024, Easter falls on March 31.

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Scroll to the bottom of this story for links to live beach cams at 30 popular Florida destinations.

Top 2024 Spring Break destinations

Spring Break crowds at Disney World. (Photo by Jeff Christiansen)

Orlando tops the charts every year as the No. 1 Spring Break destination in Florida. The big attraction, of course, is the multiplex of theme parks with Disney World, Legoland and Universal Studios leading the way.

Orlando is also a great jumping off spot for visiting the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville and the beaches of Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach, two popular Spring Break destinations in their own right.

If you are Orlando bound, you are probably interested in these closest beaches to Orlando and Disney World .

With more than 480 hotels and resorts in the Orlando, the keen competition should also provide the best deals for hotel stays. Compare rates on Hotels.com .

For camping near Disney World, check out Our picks within an hour’s drive . You also may find attractive camping options in Ocala National Forest .

Orlando’s official tourism agency has also put together this “College Students Guide to Spring Break in Orlando.”

Hot Tip:  Try something different and get away from the crowds. The world’s largest concentration of springs can be found north of Orlando, in and around Ocala National Forest. We’ve picked out  19 springs worth visiting .

  • Miami Beach

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Topless tolerance and Art Deco panache have propelled Miami’s South Beach to become a premier Spring Break destination, but rowdy crowds in recent years have put the brakes on fun and the city is clamping down.

Last year, more than 300 people were arrested, and you can be sure police have already ordered a fresh supply of handcuffs for 2024.

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“Expect curfews, security searches and bag checks at beach access points,” as well as multiple DUI checkpoints, the city warns.

Sidewalk cafes have already been ordered to close on Ocean Drive in the heart of South Beach, and city parking rates have been jacked up to $100 per day for non-residents on key weekends.

Hardly a welcome with open arms.

For a full set of Miami Beach rules for Spring Break, go to www.miamibeachfl.gov/breakup/

Hot Tip:  Go to the postcard-perfect beach in Crandon Park on Key Biscayne, or the legal clothing-optional beach at Haulover Park. Spend a day in Everglades National Park or explore the mysterious Loop Road.

Fort Lauderdale

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Fort Lauderdale is a perennial favorite for Spring Break, and efforts by the city to quell the debauchery has meant a more orderly gathering of the tribe. It’s almost peaceful these days.

Fort Lauderdale and Miami may have the most predictably pleasant weather of any Spring Break destination in Florida, and you can never discount Fort Lauderdale’s enduring reputation as a Spring Break mecca.

The world-famous Elbo Room is still the center of the action, as it has been since the 1960s film “Where the Boys Are” put Fort Lauderdale on the map.

Increasingly, spring breakers are dispersing to nearby beaches in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea , Pompano Beach, Hollywood, Deerfield Beach , Boca Raton, and Delray Beach .

Compare hotel prices in Fort Lauderdale on Hotels.com

Hot Tips:  Escape on a ferry out of Fort Lauderdale to Bimini or Grand Bahama Island. Hard Rock Live in Hollywood hosts several major acts this spring, including Stevie Nicks, the Eagles , Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top . Take a ride on Alligator Alley .

  • Daytona Beach

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The “World’s Most Famous Beach” has long been a popular Spring Break destination and will remain so this year, though normally laid back New Smyrna Beach just to the south seems to be experiencing more and more overflow revelry.

New Smyrna has the same weather, arguably nicer beaches and a “small town” atmosphere that comes alive during Spring Break.

Still, Daytona Beach will never relinquish it’s crown. It’s a town that likes to party.

Kicking off peak season with Bike Week in early March, things get crazy near the Main Street Pier and boardwalk and stay that way for two more months.

A beach alcohol ban remains in effect for 2024, but that’s unlikely to dampen spirits.

There are numerous scenic drives nearby if you want to get away. Try the Ormond Scenic Loop , or cruise to Ocala National Forest .

Campers can check out the best campgrounds near Daytona Beach . Check hotel rates in New Smyrna Beach , Daytona Beach and less-crowded Ormond Beach .

Hot Tip:  Escape for a day from the Daytona mayhem to the pristine beaches of nearby Canaveral National Seashore , which you can access from A1A in New Smyrna Beach. A clothing optional beach is at Parking Lot No. 5.

Key West sunset at Mallory Squarew

Key West is Key West, party capitol at the end of the world, 24/7 at any time of the year.

Not surprisingly, the revelry kicks up a notch during Spring Break as students swarm Duval Street and jam beaches and bars. (Yes, Key West has several beaches.)

But be ready to shell out the big bucks for rooms. Don’t give up. There are a lot of options for vacation rentals and rooms throughout the Lower Keys on Hotels.com .

Arriving by car, bring Florida Rambler’s popular  Florida Keys Overseas Highway Mile-Marker Guide  and check out the less-crowded Lower Keys  as you get closer to Key West.

It’s a four-hour drive from Miami’s airport to Key West, so you might just want to stop (or stay) in Key Largo and snorkel at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.

Hot Tips:  The most underrated and least-visited destination in Key West is the beach at  Fort Zachary Taylor State Park . On a budget? Free things to do in Key West: Fun without breaking your budget

  • Cocoa Beach

Coconuts Beach in Downtown Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach is the surfing capitol of Florida with sprawling beaches and dozens of beachfront hotels.

It’s also the closest beach to Disney World, Orlando International Airport and the Kennedy Space Center.

There is plenty of action on these beaches and in the air around them. This is the Space Coast, after all, and with a little luck you might see a rocket launch.

Look for a campsite or a cabin at Jetty Park . Most Cocoa Beach hotel rooms are in the pier area, which rocks during Spring Break. Compare prices on Hotels.com .

Get your beach gear and souvenirs at world famous Ron Jon’s Surf Shop, one of at least five things to discover near Cocoa Beach .

Hot Tip:  Avoid the pier area and venture further south on A1A to “ Coconuts Beach .” Get your beach souvenirs at Ron Jon’s Surf Shop, one of five things to discover near Cocoa Beach .

  • Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach during Spring Break (Photo by Matthew Paulson)

Last year’s wave of red tide did little to discourage spring-breakers from flooding Clearwater Beach and neighboring Indian Rocks Beach, and the attraction of these beaches won’t change any time soon.

Part of Clearwater’s undying appeal are two other awesome beaches, Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island.

If you do come to Clearwater, bring your bicycle so you can enjoy one of Florida’s most appealing multi-use trails, the Pinellas Trail .

Like many other beach hot spots in Florida, Clearwater’s hotel rates are eye-opening this year, so comparison shopping is critical if you hope to save a few bucks. Here’s a link to Hotels.com for Clearwater Beach .

For the best camping near Clearwater and Tampa Bay, check out these 9 choice campgrounds .

Hot Tip:  The best alternate destination may be 20 miles south of Clearwater to the stunning dunes and more leisurely pace of  Pass-A-Grille .

Panama City Beach

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‘Girls Gone Wild’ had its roots Panama City, but the city’s heyday as a premier Spring Break destination has faded as local governments crack down on alcohol sales and consumption.

With temperatures rarely rising much above the high 60s during March, this may not be the best place in Florida to soak up the sun anyway.

On the other hand, if you are suffering from sub-zero snow pack, a sunny beach in the 60s could be nirvana.

Panama City Beach has long been a Spring Break party town, and the alcohol bans have not yet dulled the revelry.

Because of unpredictable weather, you likely will find a few bargains on Hotels.com . Campers might consider our choices for the beach camping  in Florida’s Panhandle .

Hot Tip:  A cozier, Old Florida small-town atmosphere can be found 30 miles east of Panama City in  Grayton Beach , but accommodations there are few.

Sarasota Beaches

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Siesta Key Beach. (Photo by Jonathan Singel )

In recent years, Spring Break has been a growing phenomena along the beaches off Sarasota, particularly Siesta Key, attracted by beautiful beaches and vibrant night life.

There are plenty of things to do in and near Sarasota, and we recommend bringing your bicycle and riding the paved multi-use Legacy Trail between Sarasota and Venice, 20 miles south.

The Sarasota area is home base for the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus, and you can explore its 100+ year history at the Ringling Circus Museum .

Civil War history is reflected in the Gamble Mansion, a majestic southern plantation house reminiscent of the mansion in the movie Gone with the Wind and is a state historic site.

For an adventure on the wild side of Sarasota County, venture out to Myakka River State Park , the oldest and one of the largest state parks in Florida. If you’re lucky, you might find an available campsite here.

Hot Tip: Red tide has been an issue during Spring Break in Sarasota for the past two years, but the problem seems to have eased this year. Still, it’s worth monitoring. See our red tide forecast , which we update every week.

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Another rising star for spending Spring Break in Florida is Key Largo, the northernmost island in the Florida Keys and “snorkeling and diving capitol of the world.”

To suggest you can have fun here is an understatement, and the sun is always shining.

Our Visitors’ Guide to Key Largo details hundreds of things to do, including dive and snorkel tours, kayak trails and rental locations, parks and beaches on Key Largo, restaurants and bars, places to stay, places to camp, RV services and where to find groceries.

You can mosey on down to Islamorada for some of the best fishing you’ll find anywhere in the world, or take a side trip back to the mainland and visit Everglades National Park .

Hot tip: One of the first things you should do on arrival in Key Largo is book a 90-minute cruise on the “African Queen,” steamboat from the 1951 movie classic starring Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart.

Florida Beach Cams

These links will take you to live beach cameras at popular Florida beaches.

Atlantic Beaches (North to South)

  • Jacksonville Beach (surfguru.com)
  • St. Augustine Beach (surfstationcam)
  • Flagler Beach Pier
  • Ormond by the Sea
  • New Smyrna Beach
  • Cocoa Beach (Jetty Park)
  • Melbourne Beach (surfguru.com)
  • Sebastian Inlet (surfguru.com)
  • Deerfield Beach
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach
  • Dania Beach
  • Hollywood Beach
  • Key Biscayne
  • Islamorada (Beach at Amara Cay)
  • Marathon (Beach at Tranquility Bay)
  • Key West (Fort Zachary Taylor Beach)

Gulf Beaches (Panhandle to South)

  • Pensacola Beach (visit pensacola)
  • Destin (surfguru.com)
  • South Walton / 30a Beach Webcams
  • Indian Shores (surfguru.com)
  • Treasure Island (surfguru.com)
  • Venice Beach (Sharkey’s on the Pier)
  • Fort Myers Beach
  • Naples Beach

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Bob Rountree is a beach bum, angler and camper who has explored Florida for decades. A retired print and online editor for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Bob co-founded FloridaRambler.com with fellow journalist Bonnie Gross in 2010.

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25 Best Spring Break Destinations in Florida

Last Updated By VI on June 7, 2024

25 Best Spring Break Destinations in Florida

Jacksonville

Jacksonville

Activities and attractions in and around the city include art galleries, museums, and other cultural offerings, surfing and swimming at the barrier island beaches of Neptune and Jacksonville Beaches, and world-class golf at the Ponte Vedra Beach's TPC Sawgrass.

Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach

The hard-packed sand on the beach is ideal for 4x4 beach driving, and just a few meters back from the beach, Daytona Lagoon water park offers a variety of entertainment, including water slides, laser tags, and go-karting.

Key West

Key West is also famed for its beautiful beaches, historic sites, plethora of watersports, and lively nightlife, with top attractions like the dynamic and energetic Duval Street, which is packed with restaurants, bars, cafés, and nightclub, the world-renowned Sloppy Joe's bar, and the Key West City Cemetery, with its offbeat sense of humor.

South Beach

South Beach

Haulover Park is excellent for cycling, tennis, golf, and fishing and the Wolfsonian-FIU has an outstanding collection of modern art. Browse beaches in Miami

Caladesi Island

Caladesi Island

The park is also home to a 108-slip marina, a casual café with a snack bar and gift shop, and a ferry service to and from nearby Honeymoon Island State Park. Browse beaches and other things to explore nearby .

Fort De Soto Park

Fort De Soto Park

The park is home to the Fort De Soto Park's Historic Fort and Museum, which documents the history of the region and features old artillery holds, firing galleys, and spectacular views of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Honeymoon Island

Honeymoon Island

The Pinellas Trail runs the length of the Dunedin Causeway and offers a lovely way to experience the beauty of the island on foot or by bicycle, and other activities that can be enjoyed on the island include boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and fly-fishing. Honeymoon Island is a great place to visit in the spring .

Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach

There are also plenty of options for good food and entertainment, including Frenchy's Rockaway Grill, Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar, and Shepard's Tiki Beach Bar and Grill.

Egmont Key

Other activities on the island include picnicking, fishing, shelling, swimming, and wildlife watching - the island is home to a population of nesting turtles and a diverse variety of migratory nesting birds. Explore beautiful Tampa Bay beaches .

Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach

Don't miss seeing a launch from the center and trying one of the spaceflight simulators at the Kennedy Space Center or visit the historical and nostalgic riverside community of Cocoa Village of Cocoa Beach, which features an array of artist studios, galleries, restaurants, and shops. More beaches in Florida

Flagler Beach

Flagler Beach

Hailed as a "retro town with salty style," Flagler Beach has a warm and welcoming community and has been attracting visitors to enjoy the sun, sea, and relaxing beach vibe for years.

New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach

Steeped in an intriguing history, the beach community offers plenty of things to see and do, ranging from Smyrna Dunes Park with its historic lighthouse and stunning views of the Ponce Inlet to the Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum and New Smyrna Museum of History, which document the history of the region with excellent exhibits and displays.

St. Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach

Outdoor activities range from swimming, beachcombing, and paddleboarding to surfing, kitesurfing, and windsurfing, and cultural attractions include the lively Corey Avenue district, which is packed with museums, art galleries, trendy specialty shops, restaurants, cafés, and bars.

Key Largo

Must-see and do attractions and activities on Key Largo include diving, snorkeling and glass-bottom boating, fishing, kayaking and swimming with dolphins, visiting Everglades National Park , which is just a short trip away, and watch breathtaking sunsets with colorful cocktails.

Naples

The Naples Pier dates back to 1888 and is a favorite spot for fishing and dolphin spotting, and the miles of white sandy beaches are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and beachcombing.

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale

Other attractions include world-class shopping on Las Olas Boulevard, the International Swimming Hall of Fame, gondola rides on the canals, and Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.

Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach

The friendly seaside city is home to family-friendly resorts and attractions such as Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, the Indian Temple Mound Museum, the Air Force Armament Museum, and the adjacent Okaloosa Island. A quaint seaside downtown area is packed with interesting shops and museums and an array of restaurants and bars that come alive when the sun goes down.

Siesta Key

The nearby Crescent Beach and the Point of Rocks boast colorful coral reefs and tidal pools for snorkelers and divers to explore, while Turtle Beach has several pretty picnic areas and boat ramps.

Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers Beach

Attractions in and around Fort Myers Beach include the Ostego Bay Marine Science Center, which displays local marine life, and the Matanzas Pass Preserve nature sanctuary. Also worth visiting is the 1900s Mound House, which is built on an ancient Calusa Indian shell mound and boasts many archaeological exhibits. Things to do in Fort Myers Beach

Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach

The beach is also home to many excellent waterfront restaurants that serve fresh local seafood, and plenty of attractions and the waters off the coast feature dozens of artificial reefs, which are ideal for snorkeling, scuba diving, and deep-sea fishing.

Merritt Island

Merritt Island

Located on Florida's largest island, Merritt Island is actually a town by the same name that is home to NASA's Kennedy Space Center. While manned rockets are no longer launched from the island, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is a major tourist attraction and offers visitors the opportunity to meet astronauts, experience the thrills of a simulated Shuttle Launch Experience, and learn more about the space program. Merritt Island is also home to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, a 140,000-acre nature sanctuary, which is home to a diverse range of fauna and flora. Browse beaches near Orlando

Bahia Honda State Park

Bahia Honda State Park

One of Florida's southernmost state parks, Bahia Honda State Park is a large park on the island of Bahia Honda Key, which was transformed from a remote island into a tropical paradise by railroad mogul and oil tycoon Henry Flagler. Bahia Honda State Park features terrific white sandy beaches gently lapped by the crystal blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, year-round balmy sea breezes, and excellent snorkeling. Other activities to enjoy in the park include kayaking, canoeing, fishing, boating, and scuba-diving as well as birdwatching for both wading and seabirds. The Sand and Sea Nature Center explore some of the island's most diverse fauna and flora with an array of interactive exhibits and displays.

Hollywood Beach

Hollywood Beach

Nestled between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Hollywood Beach is one of the region's most spectacular stretches of sand. Bordering the classic beach town of Hollywood, which has been attracting visitors since 1920, Hollywood Beach boasts a one-of-a-kind oceanfront promenade known as the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk, which stretches nearly 2.5 miles along the Atlantic. The famous brick-paved promenade thoroughfare is a paradise for walkers, joggers, rollerbladers, and people watchers, who gather at one of the many cafés and restaurants along the way to sip colorful cocktails when the sun goes down. Hollywood Beach also features the historic Garfield Street paddleball courts, a whimsical dolphin play fountain, three luxury oceanfront resorts, and free live music concerts every week. Things to do in Hollywood

  • 1. Jacksonville
  • 2. Daytona Beach
  • 3. Key West
  • 4. South Beach
  • 5. Caladesi Island
  • 6. Fort De Soto Park
  • 7. Honeymoon Island
  • 8. Clearwater Beach
  • 9. Egmont Key
  • 10. Cocoa Beach
  • 11. Flagler Beach
  • 12. New Smyrna Beach
  • 13. St. Pete Beach
  • 14. Key Largo
  • 16. Fort Lauderdale
  • 17. Fort Walton Beach
  • 18. Siesta Key
  • 19. Fort Myers Beach
  • 20. Panama City Beach
  • 21. Merritt Island
  • 22. Bahia Honda State Park
  • 23. Hollywood Beach

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Best Spring Break Beach Destinations in Florida

Spring Break and Florida go hand-in-hand. For as long as anyone can remember, going to Florida for Spring Break -which starts at the end of February and runs through mid-April with a peak in the middle of March- has been a tradition for college and university students, couples, but also for families. Finding the best destination is all about knowing what you want from the area you are visiting. To help you with your decision, find here the top 15 Spring Break beaches in Florida!

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Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is the “World’s Most Famous Beach.” It has been one of the most popular destinations for spring breakers for as long as anyone can remember. What makes this place unique is that Daytona has a large beach area that allows you to drive and park on the sand. You can also walk onto the beach from many access points or from the different resorts nearby.

Beach shore line Daytona Beach - Florida

It is one of the favorite beaches to go to for Spring Break when the boardwalk and Main Street Pier turn into a big party scene. Moreover, the barrier island part of Daytona Beach has many shops, stores, and eateries to enjoy. If you cross over to the mainland, you will find even more places to visit, including the mall and the NASCAR racetrack.

Canaveral National Seashore

Those who look for a relaxing beach experience in Florida should visit the Canaveral National Seashore which is one of the least crowded Spring Break destinations. This pristine undeveloped shoreline features a lot of protected areas with dunes and lagoon habitats providing a home for many endangered species. It is a great place to explore nature and wildlife and also to watch rockets launch.

Sand dunes at Canaveral National Seashore

This spacious area has different parking sections. From 1 through 10 are the regular beach areas, while parking 12 and 13 are for naturists with access to Apollo Beach, one of the very few official clothing optional beaches in Florida . All in all, this is an excellent place to experience Florida’s wetland ecosystem and enjoy a great day at the beach!

Cape San Blas

Cape San Blas is a small barrier island located just off the coast of St. Joe in the Big Bend area of Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. The white sand beach and the calm Gulf waters make this one of the best Florida beach vacation destinations especially if you want to avoid Spring Break crowds.

White sandy beach at Cape San Blas FL

This secluded beach in the Florida Panhandle provides a relaxed experience making it a paradise for families with kids. You will love the quiet beach with white sand, warm water and low waves, but since there are no amenities out here make sure that you bring everything you need. If you want to visit restaurants, hotels, and attractions, they are all located on the mainland at St. Joe’s.

Amelia Island

Amelia Island is the northernmost barrier island in Florida on the Atlantic coast. I may be one of the quiet beaches in Florida during Spring Break, but it is not boring at all. If you love a wide beach area with lots of wave action, then you will love Amelia Island which offers 13 miles of shoreline.

Sunrise over the pier Amelia Island

This location is famous for its luxury resorts, golf courses, and festivals. There are many attractions to visit, including various exceptional historical sites, fun family activities, and quiet romantic venues. For a tranquil, activity-filled spring break getaway, this is a perfect choice!

SeaSpiration Tip: To make everyone feel comfortable here, Amelia Island’s Fernandina Beach is wheelchair accessible , equipped with MobiMat and offers beach wheelchairs and even floating Mobi Chairs.

Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach has become one of the top Spring Break destinations on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Located between Pensacola and Panama City Beach, Fort Walton offers crystal white sugar sand beaches and lots of fun things to do off of the beach area. With multiple park tours available, this affordable Florida beach town awaits nature lovers.

The Pier at Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach is also one of the Spring Break hot spots for families with kids because there are so many activities to enjoy. One finds here water park, museums, and many other attractions to spend the Spring Break adventure-filled.

St Pete Beach

Located on the Gulf Coast of Central Florida, St. Pete offers 35 miles of white sand beaches and is one of the nicest beaches to go during to Spring Break. Because of its size, this area is also considered one of the best Florida beaches that are not crowded during Spring Break.

Woman walking on pass a grille beach in St Pete Beach Florida

St. Pete Beach is considered a resort island sprinkled with classic Old Florida hotels and inns. If you look for a resort-style vacation experience, consider visiting these destinations. It is perfect for couples to enjoy some quiet time and due to the area’s nostalgic vibes, also for older people to have some beach fun.

Those who like cultural attractions will find art galleries, museum and many cafes, restaurants and shops in the nearby Corey Avenue district . If you want to bring Fido too, we have good news for you! Located at the southernmost end of the island there is Pass a Grille Dog Beach, one of the most beautiful pet-friendly beaches in the Gulf Coast !

Marco Island

If you want to know what the best Spring Break destination in Florida that is fun, beautiful, and is great for kayaking and canoeing, you must go to Marco Island. This barrier island is located near Naples in Southwest Florida. It is connected to the mainland by a bridge and offers a great opportunity to enjoy water sports between the mainland and the island.

The beach at Collier Blvd Marco Island

The white sandy beaches are just one of the benefits of visiting this area. Marco Island is close to the Florida Everglades and Collier Seminole State Park. You can enjoy going on nature walks at the beach or shelling expeditions. Marco Island is also a very popular destination for people who live in Florida and want to have a nice beach vacation but is also popular among tourists who wish to explore the area’s unique fauna and flora.

Fort Lauderdale

Ft. Lauderdale is known as one of the best Spring Break destinations in Florida for college students. The city itself loves Spring Break, and many of the festivals and events are timed for this time of year to make this period more fun.

Lifeguard tower at Fort Lauderdale Beach - FL USA

You will find a large beach on the Atlantic Ocean and many different amenities to enjoy including restaurants, shops, and attractions close to the beach. There are hotels of all sizes and costs throughout the area and many options for camping if you go outside the city towards the Everglades. If you are looking for the best place for Spring in Florida where the activities are endless and the attractions are numerous, you need to go to Ft. Lauderdale.

Miami South Beach

Visited by millions of tourists every year, the famous Miami South Beach is considered the best of all the party beaches in Florida . You will love the tropical air and warm waters here. Bars and restaurants are just steps away from the beach area along with many clubs where the parties start in the late afternoon and continue until the early morning hours.

People chilling on Miami South beach

If you want to enjoy the finest beaches and the most vibrant nightlife of the state, then South Beach is one of the best Spring Break beaches in Florida. The period’s most famous event is the Ultra Music Festival held at Bayfront Park at the end of March. Moreover, the area is a very popular destination for famous athletes, Hollywood stars and rap stars, so while you are enjoying the beach, you can also people watch and see who is visiting when you are there!

Clearwater Beach

Gorgeous white sand and clear warm water make Clearwater Beach is the best Spring Break destination for families. Kids can walk the beach and collect beautiful shells, play beach volleyball or rollerblade down the large boardwalk. The area is also perfect for kayaking and parasailing.

Rainbow over Clerwater Beach FL

When you are done with the beach for the day, come up to the pier area. Pier 60 hosts a small festival each night with street vendors and performers. You will also find some of the best seafood restaurants of the state along this beach.

This beautiful barrier island located off of the coast of Sarasota in the Gulf of Mexico is one of the best places in Florida to visit on Spring Break for couples. Siesta Key has many resorts on the island that target romantic getaways and a most popular choice even for Florida beach weddings .

Ocean view at sunset on Siesta Key

The sugar-white sands against the clear blue water make the coast absolutely beautiful. There are rock formations you can explore, tidal pools, and a reef area at Crescent Beach. You will also find many beautiful shells and see different sea creatures here, such as starfish, dollar fish, and horseshoe crabs.

Smathers Beach – Key West

Key West is one of the most popular Florida beach towns for Spring Break for many reasons. It has a very vivid culture, amazing food, and great nightlife so all types of beachgoers will enjoy themselves here. At this unique location, you can watch the sunrise over the Atlantic and go to the other side of the island and watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. It is a city that likes to celebrate and is well worth a visit, even if it is not Spring Break.

Key West Florida Smathers Beach

To enjoy the sun and sea, go to the half-mile-long white sandy Smather’s Beach! It is one of the southernmost beaches in the United States and is located on the south Atlantic side of Key West at mile marker 0 (zero). It is also one of the warmest beaches in Florida in March with comfortable temperatures for swimming, so you don’t have to worry about enjoying the water.

New Smyrna Beach

Located about 20 miles south of Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach is a great place to enjoy Spring Break, especially if you like late nights on the beach. New Smyrna Beach is one of the few beaches that allow bonfires in Florida . Most beach areas have outlawed this popular Spring Break event.

Beach boardwalk New Smyrna Beach FL-U.S.

The beach has many shops, restaurants, and clubs for you to enjoy. If you go back to the mainland area of New Smyrna Beach, you will find a gorgeous walkable beach town filled with antique stores, art galleries, and cafes to enjoy.

Bowman’s Beach – Sanibel

If hunting for seashells is your favorite beach activity, then Bowman’s Beach is one of the best Spring Break destinations on Florida’s Gulf Coast for you to choose! The location of Bowman’s Beach on Sanibel Island makes it the perfect location for shells to wash up on the beach from the Gulf. You can find amazing shells there at any time of the day.

Shell on Bowman's beach in Sanibel-FL

The beautiful white beach contrasts the shallow blue water. You can walk a long way out into the Gulf of Mexico before it starts to get deep. This makes it a nice place to take your children so that they can play in the water. If you are lucky, you can also find shark teeth here!

Perdido Key

For families with kids, Perdido Key offers the best Spring Break beaches in Florida! Located near Pensacola, this beautiful sugar sand beach is considered a hidden gem and features the Florida Panhandles’ top family-friendly beaches .

White sand and blue water at Perdido key beach US

Perdido Key is a perfect choice for those who look for a relaxing, yet adventure-filled getaway. As a warm Spring Break destination, you can also enjoy kayaking, canoeing, and other water sports at this beach area. Moreover, Perdido Key offers a lot of wildlife areas to explore.

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Are you looking for a place to escape the cold weather? Why not head to Florida for some fun in the sun? The Sunshine State is home to dozens of great Florida spring break destinations, so you’re sure to find something that suits your interests.

Whether you’re into shopping, history, nature, or just relaxing on the beach,  Florida is the one-stop destination . And if you’re traveling with kids, don’t worry – there are plenty of activities to keep them entertained, too.

Florida Spring Break Destinations

What people think is Florida is a tourist trap, but it is more than that. This Sunshine state offers more than visiting some beaches or theme parks. Overall, it can be the best destination to spend your spring break. I’ll be sharing my experience of what it was for me to visit Florida during my spring break.

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When is Spring Break season in Florida?

Spring Break season in Florida runs from mid march to early April. However, exact dates can vary depending on the school district.

Some popular Florida Spring Break destinations include Hernando Beach, Daytona Beach, Panama City Beach, and Fort Lauderdale.

Each of these destinations offers a unique experience, so be sure to research to see which one is right for you. Keeping in your mind, expect a huge spring break crowds during this time.

Related:  15 Best Things to do in Lake Placid, Florida [Ultimate Travel Guide]

20 Best Florida Spring Destinations

There’s no place like Florida for a spring break getaway. With its sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and year-round sunshine, the Sunshine State is a top pick for students looking to escape the cold weather up north.

The question is – where should you go? I have visited some of the listed places, but there are more than 20 places to visit during your spring break.

I’ll be sharing my experiences alongside the other destinations.

Here are 20 of the best destinations to consider.

Daytona Beach Florida

Daytona Beach is a beautiful destination on Florida’s Atlantic coast. The white sandy beaches and warm waters are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying the outdoors.

Daytona Beach Florida

There is also plenty of things to do in Daytona Beach, from NASCAR racing to visiting the Boardwalk and Pier. It is a perfect fit for a relaxing vacation or an action-packed getaway on Daytona Lagoon water park during the spring break in Florida.

South Beach

South Beach is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Magic City. Its beautiful sandy beaches and turquoise waters are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying the Miami Beach weather.

South Beach Florida

South Beach is home to some of the best nightlife in the city, with its many bars, clubs, and restaurants.

I tried exploring the nightlife in this city, and the experience was beautiful. Hopefully, I will revisit South Beach during my next spring break in Florida.

Lastly, It is one of Florida’s most iconic beach towns. South Beach is an excellent choice for spring breakers.

Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach is a renowned seaside town and vacation destination in northwest Florida. The town is home to two protected state parks, St. Andrews State Park and Panama City Beach Conservation Park.

Panama City Beach

The white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico are a significant draw for visitors to Panama City Beach.

There are plenty of beach activities, from swimming and sunbathing to fishing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding.

I recommend this place for the best spring break in Florida to people looking for a little more excitement.

The town is also home to several amusement parks and water parks, including Gulf World Marine Park, Shipwreck Island Waterpark, and Miracle Strip Amusement Park .

Key West, Florida Keys

The southernmost point in the continental U.S., Key West, is a laid-back island town with a vibrant nightlife scene. Key West is located approximately 90 miles north of Cuba, forming part of the Florida Keys archipelago.

Key West in Florida

The island is renowned for its conch-style homes and lavish lifestyle.

A popular cruise stop for travelers, Key West, is home to an array of pristine coral reefs, which attract snorkelers and scuba divers from around the world.

Visitors can enjoy various activities on the Florida Keys, including swimming, sunbathing, fishing, and exploring the many shops and restaurants.

Ultimately, it can be the best destination for your spring break trip in Florida.

If you’re looking for a beautiful beach to relax on, look no further than St. Pete Beach. With its white sand beaches and clear blue waters, it’s no wonder this Florida resort city is such a popular vacation destination.

Blue Ocean Waters of St. Pete Beach

And there’s plenty to do here beyond just lounging on the beach – from exploring the numerous shops and restaurants to participating in the many activities and attractions.

It is the best destination for spring breakers to soak up some sun or have fun. Ensure to add St. Pete Beach to your list of must-visit places.

Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers Beach is located on Estero Island off the southwest Florida coast in the Gulf of Mexico.

Sunrise at Fort Myers Beach

This small seaside town is known for its long white sandy and clear water beach, which are perfect for various water sports such as kayaking and parasailing.

Fort Myers Beach is also home to some restaurants and shops, making it the perfect place to spend a day or two exploring’s.

During my visit to this beach, I have captured some special moments that I have clicked on my phone.

Overall, I loved this beach as part of my day trip in the spring break in Florida.

Cocoa Beach

A beautiful beachside city located south of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station along Florida’s Space Coast! Cocoa Beach is known for its excellent surf breaks and beautiful beaches and is also the gateway to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex .

Cocoa Beach

The town offers a variety of fun attractions and activities, including strolling along the world-famous pier, hiking through several beautiful parks, and much more.

Cocoa Beach offers a variety of fun activities for visitors, including strolling along the world-famous pier, hiking through several beautiful parks, and enjoying the many shops and restaurants lining the streets.

Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach is a small city in the Florida Panhandle that boasts powdery-white Sandy beach, glistening emerald waters, world-class golf courses, and an array of outdoor recreation making it a popular spring break destination.

Sunset at Fort Walton Beach

Located between Pensacola and Panama City along North Florida’s shimmering Gulf Coast, Fort Walton Beach is a popular destination for tourists and residents alike.

I found it the best spring break destination to relax on the beach, enjoy some of the best fishing in the country, or tee off on one of the many championship golf courses. And with a variety of hotels, restaurants, and shopping opportunities this place becomes heaven for spring breakers.

Honestly, I was not getting tired of this place, and I loved staying around at one of the best Florida beaches, including my visit to Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park.

Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island is a barrier island off the southwest coast of Florida. The island is known for its beautiful beaches and shelling opportunities. Sanibel is also home to several wildlife sanctuaries, making it a popular destination for nature lovers.

Sanibel Island

The island’s location and shape make it a prime spot for shells to wash up on shore. Over 200 different kinds of shells can be found on Sanibel beaches.

Again, the best spring destination for spring breakers to relax on the beach. They can explore the natural wonders of the island in South Florida.

Marco Island

Marco Island is a beautiful Gulf Coast retreat with luxury resorts, stunning sandy beaches, and unspoiled nature reserves and parks. Located close to Naples and the Florida Everglades, Marco Island is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and relax in paradise.

Show at Marco Island

If you’re looking for a luxurious vacation, this is the place for you. The island is home to several upscale resorts, including the  JW Marriott  Marco Island famous Beach Resort and the Hilton Marco Island Resort and Spa.

These resorts offer world-class amenities, such as fine dining, state-of-the-art fitness centers, and full-service spas.

That is why it is famous among the best Florida Spring Break Destinations.

Fort De Soto Park

Fort De Soto Park is a beautiful park located south-southwest of St. Petersburg in Florida. The park spans 1,136 acres on the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay and covers five islands, namely Bonne Fortune Key, Madelaine Key, St. Christopher Key, St. Jean Key, and the main island of Mullet Key.

Ocean in Fort De Soto Park

The park is a great place to enjoy the outdoors, with plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, and picnicking.

There are also several historical sites to explore, including the Fort De Soto Museum and the Confederate Memorial Day Monument.

Whether you’re looking to relax in nature or learn about Florida’s history, Fort De Soto Park can be your best Florida Spring Break.

Welcome to Key Largo, the “Dive Capital of the World”! This magical island is located in the upper Florida Keys and is a true slice of paradise. Named from the Spanish word cayo largo, or “long key.”

Key Largo

Key Largo is home to various spectacular underwater attractions, including John Pennekamp Coral Reef Underwater State Park, the 510-foot USS Spiegel Grove, and the world’s largest artificial reef.

There are plenty of must-sees and attractions on Key Largo, including scuba diving, snorkeling, glass-bottom boating, fishing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins, visiting the Everglades National Park, and more.

Overall, the perfect spring break destination in Florida.

Clearwater Beach, Florida

When  planning your next beach vacation , do not forget to put Clearwater Beach, Florida, at the top of your list! This beautiful beach boasts white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a small-town atmosphere perfect for a relaxing getaway.

Clearwater Beach in Florida

Clearwater Beach is located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, just north of St. Petersburg. The beach is easily accessible by car, and plenty of public parking options are available.

Once you arrive, spend a lazy day lounging on the beach, build sandcastles with the kids, or take a dip in the Gulf of Mexico. There is no doubt why it becomes the favorite destination for the college students.

Hollywood Beach

Hollywood Beach is one of the most popular Spring Break destinations in Florida. Hollywood Beach is the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun with its white-sand beaches and turquoise waters.

Sunset in Hollywood Beach

Plenty of activities and attractions keep you busy, including swimming, sunbathing, fishing, shopping, and more. It is also home to many restaurants, beach bars, and clubs so that you can enjoy the nightlife.

Lastly, Hollywood Beach is the perfect destination if you’re looking for a relaxing vacation or a fun-filled Spring Break.

Honeymoon Island

Honeymoon Island – A beautiful sandy beach to spend your spring break. This state park boasts 4 miles of pristine beaches, several nature trails, and an abundance of diverse wildlife.

Honeymoon Island

Spring break is the perfect time to relax on the beach, so make sure to add Honeymoon Island to your list of destinations.

I haven’t visited this place as I was having a day to explore the destinations, but it would be great to cover this place the next time I visit Florida.

If you’re looking for a stylish and sophisticated spring break destination, look no further than Naples, Florida.

Naples Beach Pier

This city overlooking the Gulf of Mexico is renowned for its world-class shopping, high-end culture, award-winning dining, and championship golf courses.

Trust me. You are sure to get a memorable and enjoyable experience.

Caladesi Island

Caladesi Island is the perfect Spring Break Destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. This beautiful island, located in the Gulf of Mexico, across St. Joseph Sound, offers stunning white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and ample opportunities for outdoor activities.

Caladesi Island beach

Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach or explore the island’s hiking trails, Caladesi Island State Park has something for everyone.

I am sure this place will give you an unforgettable spring break experience on your day trips to Florida.

Jacksonville

Jacksonville is a city located in the northeastern corner of Florida. At the mouth of the St. John’s River, Jacksonville is a large city and regional business center. The city is also a popular vacation destination due to its many beaches and proximity to nature.

Jacksonville

Jacksonville has over 20 miles of sandy, uncrowded beaches. The city also has almost 40 miles of the meandering Intracoastal Waterway, which makes for beautiful scenery and excellent opportunities for fishing charters, boating, and other water sports.

In addition, Jacksonville is home to many parks and nature reserves, making it a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Overall, a one-stop destination for your all spring break needs.

Bahia Honda State Park

Located in the southernmost part of Florida, Bahia Honda State Park is a large park covering the entire island of Bahia Honda Key. The park was created by railroad mogul and oil tycoon Henry Flagler as a tropical paradise for his guests.

Bahia Honda State Park

Today, the park is open to the public and features a variety of amenities for visitors to enjoy.

The park includes two beaches, Sandspur Beach and Calusa Beach, which are both popular destinations for swimming, sunbathing, and fishing.

Several hiking trails wind through the park’s jungle-like interior, providing views of the island’s wildlife and vegetation. Honestly, I found this place amazing to spend my spring break.

Siesta Key is a paradise-like escape from the busy city life. This beautiful barrier island is located in the Gulf of Mexico and is only a short drive from downtown Sarasota.

men on boat in Siesta Key FL

Siesta Key offers stunning white sand beaches, crystal clear blue waters, and plenty of activities to keep you busy during your stay in central Florida. It was the last destination I visited during my trip, and so does it gets added to 20th place.

How to Plan a Trip for Spring Break in Florida

Florida is the perfect destination if you’re looking for a sunny getaway this spring. Here are a few tips to help you plan your trip:

Choose your dates carefully.

Spring break in Florida falls at different times for different schools, so check the calendar before booking your travel.

Decide what kind of vacation you want.

Whether you’re looking for a party scene or a more family-friendly atmosphere, a Florida spring break destination is right for you.

Start planning early

The sooner you start planning, the better your chance of getting the accommodations and activities you want.

So start researching and book those plane tickets today. Do not forget to check the recent blog posts about  Frontier  &  Spirit Airlines .

The Bottom Line

There’s no doubt that Florida is a great place to spend your spring break. With so many different destinations to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect spot for your vacation.

I have added my personal experience and what they are about in this post. It is to help my readers decide where they want to go and spend their amazing time. You can put your thoughts in the comments and see how amazing the conversation gets.

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By Lauren Tjaden

Looking for a spring break family vacation destination? Want to avoid the crazy college crowds? Check out these family friendly getaways in Florida that are sure to leave your whole gang smiling.

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Destin and Fort Walton Beaches in 60 Seconds

Sandestin / south walton.

With 26 miles of glistening sugar-sand beaches stretched against 16 unique neighborhoods , South Walton offers a family spring break vacation that’s set apart by stunning, pristine beauty.

In this wonderland of unique landscapes , eclectic shops , luxe accommodations and award-winning dining , the resort community of  Sandestin  is a family favorite. A visit there reveals glorious beaches; golf courses ; world-class tennis ; pools; and the only marina in the area. The Resort’s Village of Baytowne Wharf delivers a jam-packed calendar of family-geared events , plus kid-centric pleasures that include Adventure Landing Playground, where your tots can safely climb, swing, run and play; the Baytowne Adventure Zone , packed with a zipline, ropes course, tower climb and even a bungy; the Baytowne Carousel, populated with race cars, dragons and reindeer; the Blast Arcade and Laser Maze ; and the Cloak and Dagger Escape Room .

Your posse can enjoy water-centric adventures , like paddleboarding, fishing, and exploring South Walton’s 15 rare coastal dune lakes; or try other outdoor activities that include hiking and biking. Don’t miss Grayton Beach State Park , offering all of these adventures against a backdrop of emerald-hued waters and a coastal forest where the salt winds twist scrub oaks and magnolias into works of art.

Where to refuel? Bijoux , situated in The Market Shops at the entrance of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, dishes up fresh Gulf seafood, prime steaks and an extensive, award-winning wine list; while Tommy Bahama Restaurant , also in Sandestin on Grand Boulevard, features concoctions like filet-mignon tacos, truffle burgers (or all-American burgers for the kids), and coconut-crusted crab cakes; and Sunset Bay Cafe garners high marks for its breakfasts, with a creative take on the classics, like the Hillbilly Benedict,  and unlikely masterpiece employing crispy fried chicken, smoked gouda, fried grit cakes and poached eggs smothered in hollandaise sauce.

Places to stay in Sandestin Golf and Beach resort promise to please every taste, with vacation rentals, cottages, and a hotel; while other places to stay include the designed-to-spoil-you Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa and its kids programs .

For the teens: In Destin, just a splash west of Sandestin, The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park offers once-in-a-lifetime fun like snorkeling with stingrays and meeting penguins and dolphins .

Tallahassee in 60 seconds

Tallahassee.

During spring break, the college kids go home, which leaves Florida’s state capital – a genteel, hilly city with tree-lined streets-- all yours to explore. Family friendly things to do in Tallahassee include a visit to the anything-but-typical Tallahassee Museum , encompassing 52 lush acres that include living exhibits of native wildlife, nature trails, and historic exhibits as well as zip line and aerial adventure courses — bound to be the highlight of your kids’ spring break getaway. Mission San Luis  is another hands-on experience, inviting all ages to meet a blacksmith, discover an Apalachee village and venture inside a Spanish Fort. 

You can find tours to fit any family, including pedicab tours , tours aboard a minivan or trolley , or for something different, a helicopter tour or an airboat adventure on Tally’s lakes and waterways . Indoor activity centers include Fun Station , Hangar 38 , District 850 or Flippin’ Great Pinball .

The dining options are abundant and varied: Tallahassee eateries include much beloved southern fare at Olean’s Café ; crab trays, wings and golden-fried seafood at Leola’s Crab Shack ; Il Lusso , serving up hand-crafted pasta and prime steaks (mom-and-dad date night?); and Au Péché Mignon , where the pastries are sinful works of art.

Places to stay are likewise abundant and varied, with boutique properties; hotels; and vacation rentals .

For the teens: Wakulla Springs , one of the world’s largest and deepest freshwater springs, is a close drive, inviting daredevils to leap from its 22-foot dive/observation tower into 69-degree fresh spring waters, a rite of passage that has been enjoyed by generations of visitors.

St. Augustine in 60 seconds

St. augustine.

Hugged against the Atlantic on Florida’s Historic Coast , the ‘Nation’s Oldest City’ welcomes your family with historic landmarks and family-geared activities .

Tours of all sorts invite you to explore the city, on foot, via a trolley, or even aboard a yacht .

Things to do include playing in the waves or just kicking back on the generous beaches ; helping your kids complete the scavenger hunt at the Lightner Museum ; climbing to the top of the famous spiral-painted lighthouse ; and touring the old jail . The imposing Castillo de San Marcos , the oldest masonry Fort in the United States, is another must do; as is The Fountain of Youth , offering exhibits, reenactments, and activities atop the very spot of America’s first colony.

The shopping is abundant, with art galleries, antique stores, boutiques and two premium outlet malls.

Forget-the-diet dining is a city highlight, with eateries like the Columbia Restaurant , serving up Spanish-Cuban fare to Floridians since 1905; a slew of famed burger joints ; and quirky treats like Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops , with 450 flavors and counting.

Where to stay ? Choose from historic inns, beachside resorts and vacation rentals.

For the teens: On a Dead-walk with GhoSt  Augustine , take a stroll to St. Augustine’s creepiest spots to hear their dark, forgotten stories—with your own K2 meter in hand, a paranormal instrument that detects changes in electromagnetic fields, favored by ghost hunters on hit TV shows.

Florida Travel: Experience Jacksonville in 60 Seconds

Jacksonville.

Outdoor fun is a big reason Jax makes for a great family spring break destination. It delivers 22 miles of golden sand beaches where you can paddleboard ; rent a beach cruiser; and hook into world-class fishing .

It’s a top Florida surf spot, too-- whether you’re a grom just getting your board wet or a master of the waves. It’s home to the largest  urban park system  in the nation, including three National Parks , seven State Parks and more than 400 City Parks; offering hiking, paddling, birding, geo-seeking and wildlife viewing. The biking is legendary, from make-your-palms-sweat mountain biking to peaceful paths through the forest.

But it’s not all about fun in the sun. Jax encompasses historic, diverse neighborhoods that include hip urban spots as well as off-the-beaten path destinations; a lively arts and cultural scene ; and, if you’re in need of some retail therapy , malls, antique stores, flea markets and quirky shopping districts.

Popular family experiences include taking a guided eco-tour with Kayak Amelia , light on the paddling and heavy on the exploring; checking out the astounding visuals at the Bryan Gooding Planetarium at the Museum of Science & History (MOSH) ; and horseback riding on the beach on Amelia Island , just 45 minutes from downtown Jax. Want more? Check out more Jacksonville activities, divided by age .

Dining options and wide variety of fresh-off-the-boats coastal cuisine will satisfy the fussiest little ones to the most sophisticated foodies. The 47 Best Bites in the City According to Word of Mouth will help you narrow down the choices. 

And as Visit Jacksonville vows, you can ‘rest assured’ that you’ll find the perfect place to stay . With over 19,000 guest rooms in the area, it’s a sure bet that they’re right.

For the teens: Voted the top escape room in America, The Great Escape Room Orange Park invites you to test your code-breaking, problem-solving, combination-cracking skills.

Florida Travel: Experience Lakeland & Winter Haven in 60 Seconds

Ideally sited along I-4 between  Tampa  and  Orlando ,  Lakeland is a model spring break destination for families, delivering activities like Major League Baseball during the Detroit Tigers’ spring training season; events like the annual springtime  SUN 'n FUN Fly-in ; showcasing the magic of flight and offering blockbuster airshows; and cultural offerings that include the largest on-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College .

Things to do include visiting the largest LEGOLAND in the world in nearby Winter Haven , encompassing LEGOLAND Theme Park , LEGOLAND Water Park , and Peppa Pig Theme Park . Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales is a sure bet for a day trip, with its enchanting singing tower of Carillon bells and breathtaking Olmsted Gardens .

Florida Children’s Museum is where to go on a rainy day, delivering 47,800 square feet of hands-on exploration.

To step back in time, load your posse into the car and enjoy a first-run movie at the Silver Moon Drive-In Theatre —or gallop over to Westgate River Ranch Resort , a Florida dude ranch and luxury glamping resort, for its award-winning Saturday night rodeo.

Places to eat are abundant: start the day at the acclaimed Born & Bread Bakehouse , and check out local favorites like Café Zuppina , Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille and Abuelos Mexican Restaurant . Over-21 family members can raise a glass to the craft beer at Brew Hub , Cob & Pen , Craft + Kitchen , Swan Brewing and Red Door Lakeland .

Places to stay not only include hotels, campgrounds and vacation rentals, but utterly unique experiences at resorts like LEGOLAND® Pirate Island Hotel , Westgate River Ranch Resort , and Streamsong® Resort .

For the teens: Embark on a wildlife safari atop a camel at Safari Wilderness , and don’t miss hand feeding grapes to the adorable lemurs.

Experience Clearwater Area Beaches in 60 Seconds

Tampa / clearwater.

A Tampa/Clearwater spring break getaway beckons families with nightly sunset celebrations over the Gulf of Mexico at  Pier 60 ; famed white-sand beaches ; historic destinations like Ybor City , celebrated as the Cigar Capital of the World; and experiences that include Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise , a two-hour, swashbuckling boat ride boasting a treasure hunt, face painting and water gun games.

No visit is complete without meeting Clearwater Marine Aquarium ’s beloved dolphins, or checking out Tampa’s Riverwalk , the epicenter of the city’s downtown, linking cultural attractions, eateries and parks. And a Grapefruit League Spring Training baseball game—starring the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees or Toronto Blue Jays—is sure to be a homerun with everyone.

When it’s time to refuel, First Watch , sited on Riverwalk, is ideal for breakfast or brunch: try the Biscuits and Turkey Sausage Gravy or the Smoked Salmon Benedict. If you’re enjoying a beach day, you can’t go wrong with Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill , pairing open-air beachfront dining with fresh-caught seafood and generous sandwiches. For an unforgettable dining experience, choose one of the Tampa Michelin Recipients : Rooster & the Till , or  Rocca .

And mom and dad, did you know Tampa Bay has the region has the greatest concentration of craft breweries in Florida?

Places to stay in Tampa suit every mood, with hotels, resorts, campgrounds and inns; likewise, places to stay in Clearwater and Clearwater Beach range from Gulf-side cottages and low-key inns to family resorts with every amenity imaginable.

For the teens: Busch Gardens , packed with roller coasters, thrill rides , and more than 200 species of animals , dares you to tackle the Iron Gwazi , North America's tallest and the world's fastest and steepest hybrid coaster.

Florida Travel: The Space Coast in 60 Seconds

Titusville / florida’s space coast                 .

Located on Florida's Space Coast, Titusville is the place to go on your family spring break vacation if you like sunrises over the surf and want to visit the one and only Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex . At the Complex, you can get a hands-on feel for the story of humans in space, with attractions the Astronaut Hall of Fame , The Rocket Garden and Meet an Astronaut .

The area’s crown jewels are the rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center , with companies that include SpaceX, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, and Blue Origin launching rockets on a monthly basis. And then there’s Artemis 1 , the initial step in the coming era of human exploration. (For more info, check out How to Watch a Rocket Launch in Florida .)

Outdoor and nature-centric adventures include visiting Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge for bird watching, wildlife viewing and fishing; Canaveral National Seashore with its miles of pristine beaches and historic sites; and kayaking tours of all sorts. Three major bicycle trails converge here: Coast to Coast Trail , St Johns River-to-Sea Loop , and East Coast Greenway .

Special places to see include the Warbird Air Museum , the American Space Museum , the Harry T. & Harriett V. Moore Cultural Center , and the American Police Hall of Fame .

When you’re nibbling through the dining options , make sure to sample the local delicacy called rock shrimp at Dixie Crossroads Seafood Restaurant ; and check out The Heroes Grill , which gets rave reviews for its service and all-American fare.

Pull up the covers at a hotel, bed and breakfast, vacation rental, or campground.

For the teens: Take a moonlight tour or even a bioluminescent tour with A Day Away Kayak Tours .

Florida Travel: What to See and Do at Florida's Theme Parks

For an enchanted family spring break vacation, you can’t beat Orlando , the undisputed theme park capital of the world .

Walt Disney World Resort is home to the legendary Magic Kingdom Park , where your wee ones can soar high on a playful flight aboard Dumbo the Flying Elephant and meet their favorite Disney Princess . And all ages are apt to fall under the potent spell of the Cinderella Castle during a fireworks spectacular . Disney also is home to EPCOT ; Disney’s Hollywood Studios ; and Animal Kingdom Theme Parks; plus Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks.

Head to Universal Orlando Resort to find attractions like Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure , careening deep into the Forbidden Forest, where you’ll encounter a menagerie of mind-blowing beasts. Universal’s Volcano Bay , a waterpark anchored by the towering, 200-foot-tall Krakatau volcano, offers beachside tranquility and scream-out loud thrills, while Universal CityWalk serves up dining, entertainment and shopping.       

SeaWorld Orlando boasts white-knuckle-worthy coasters like Ice Breaker , with the steepest beyond-vertical drop in Florida. But it also contains tamer attractions geared towards smaller kids, starting with Sesame Street Land , where you can play with Elmo, Cookie Monster and Abby. You’ll also have the chance to get up close to an ocean of aquatic creatures , including dolphins, manta rays and sharks.

SeaWorld’s Aquatica Orlando recipe for fun blends animal encounters, spine-tingling rides, sandy beaches and a serene lazy river. Also from SeaWorld, Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day resort, where your family can have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to swim with dolphins, snorkel with tropical fish and rays, and hand-feed exotic birds.

In the  International Drive Entertainment District, sited close to the parks, you can take in unprecedented views of Orlando aboard  The Orlando Eye at ICON Park .

And check out even more things to do , including shopping, arts and culture, and outdoor adventures -- if you can find time, that is.

No matter your budget or tastes, with MICHELIN Guide restaurants ,  celebrity chefs, local James Beard honorees and family-friendly eateries, the City Beautiful has what it takes to satisfy your appetite .

Finding the perfect place to stay is as easy as waving a wand, since Orlando has more than 480 hotels and resorts -- including affordable rental homes, hotels in every variety, and luxe resorts with every amenity imaginable.

For the teens: Abandon your Muggle reputation and hang with witches and wizards in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure .

Florida Travel: Visit a Working Sea Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys

Stretched across 13 islands in the middle Florida Keys , Marathon promises a laid-back destination for families, with an emphasis on outdoor recreation and fun on the water.

The fishing is legendary, and in the springtime, tarpon – heralded as the ultimate sports fish, and up to eight-feet-long and 280 pounds -- are thick around the bridge.

Things to do include exploring  Crane Point Museum and Nature Center , complete with walking trails, a museum with a children’s pirate ship, and four butterfly gardens; visiting Marathon Wild Bird Center , a rescue center where you can meet permanent residents like Betsy , a mostly-blind pelican, as well as other winged creatures that are in rehabilitation; Dolphin Research Center , offering dolphin encounters and dolphin swims; and The Turtle Hospital , delivering unique educational tours.

Sombrero Beach is always a hit, with calm, crystalline waters perfect for snorkeling , swimming, or splashing with the little ones.

Places to stay include waterfront vacation homes ; mom-and-pop hotels; beachside inns; and indulgent, family-style resorts .

When it’s time to refuel, restaurants like the acclaimed Butterfly Café at Tranquility Bay celebrate fresh fish, lobster and stone crab claws harvested from local waters.

For the teens : Aquarium Encounters , voted the best place to take the kids five years running, invites you to snorkel in their remarkable Coral Reef tank, hand feeding stingrays, fish and even sharks.

Florida Travel: Discover the Palm Beaches in 60 Seconds

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Escape the crowds in this water-centric playground, with things to do for all ages, interests and budgets. Thirty tropical beach parks , stretching for 47 miles along the Atlantic, offer relaxation as well as high adventure.

Carlin Park in Jupiter is renowned for its clear, gentle waters, perfect for the little ones; and Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton, encompassing a Children’s Science Explorium, playgrounds, a carousel and a 155-seat theater, is a family must-do. Fun-seekers will appreciate paddleboarding, sailing and snorkeling in Delray Beach . Or take it up a notch on a Florida Everglades airboat tour with  Airboat Rides West Palm Beach .

In Jupiter, history and panoramic scenery are the stars of the show at  Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum ; while eateries, specialty stores and a waterfront amphitheater highlight Harbourside Place . Talk to the animals with a trip to Busch Wildlife Sanctuary , where you can meet wildlife ambassadors; Lion Country Safari , a drive-through expedition that gets you close to 1,000-plus animals; and the  Palm Beach Zoo , where you can see Malayan tigers, Mexican spider monkeys and jaguars.

Want more? Check out things to do for teens and things to do for families from The Palm Beaches visitors services.

It’s not all about the youngsters. Mom and dad can escape for a romantic date night to West Palm Beach , checking out the boutiques and eateries at  The Square  before climbing aboard the free trolley to Clematis Street, where the The Palm Beaches’ best nightspots  invite adults to sip craft cocktails and dance.

Places to eat include restaurants celebrating locally-sourced seafood, like Guanabanas in  Jupiter , featuring a lush tropical vibe complete with a thatched tiki bar, live music and Intracoastal Waterway view; fine dining hotspots like one of celebrity  Chef Clay Conley ’s creations — Grato , Imoto , or Buccan ; and the Royal Cafe Family Restaurant , which gets rave reviews for its breakfasts, generous portions and affordability.

The Palm Beaches is heralded as “America’s First Resort Destination” for reasons like The Breakers Palm Beach , an unapologetically luxe, oceanfront property; PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, an oasis for golfers and spa-lovers; and the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa , with their Aquanuts kid's club, giving parents the opportunity to kick back and sip a tropical cocktail while the little ones stay entertained. Numerous hotels, campgrounds, and vacation rentals round out the offerings.

For the teens: Scream like a little girl when you race your friends down the Mega Mayhem Dueling Water Coasters at Rapids Water Park in Riveria Beach .

Florida Travel: Visit Miami's Little Havana

Spring Break and The Magic City make a perfect concoction for family fun. 20 miles of beaches in every variety invite you to ditch your sandals and play in the waves.

Choose South Beach for people-watching, volleyball, and easily accessible snorkeling (just opposite the 2nd Street lifeguard tower, where the Jose Cuervo reef shelters corals, sponges and colorful fish); North Beach Oceanside Park for tranquility, playgrounds and picnic tables; and the Mid-Beach neighborhood for convenient accommodations smack-dab on the Atlantic. Other outdoor activities include taking a walking tour, sailing or snorkeling at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne; kayaking, hiking or mountain biking at Oleta River State Park ; and exploring Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, lush with a world-class collection of rare palms, tropical fruit and flowering trees.

Top family choices for things to do include the Frost Museum of Science , host to an aquarium spanning three floors as well as a cutting edge planetarium; Zoo Miami , home to more than 3,000 creatures, where you can feed animals, watch a wildlife show, and take a monorail or tram tour; and Everglades National Park , the storied ‘"iver of grass," that you can explore on foot or aboard a bike, kayak, or on an exhilarating airboat tour .

Of course there’s more: it’s Miami, with fabled shopping ; diverse arts and culture ; paddleboarding and windsurfing ; and tours of every sort .

The eateries don’t come any finer than those in Miami, with waterfront restaurants like Boater’s Grill and the Lighthouse Cafe  at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park , dishing out traditional Cuban fare; and Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish Market , where you can watch fishing boats dock at the restaurant while you nosh on conch fritters or stone crabs. Your family can choose from international cuisine , delectable brunch spots , and sweet points like Azucar Ice Cream Company , promising a different take on the scoop. For a special mom and dad’s night out, choose one of the 10 area restaurants with one-star MICHELIN ratings. Or, for an epic indulgence, pick the L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon , with the only two-star rating in the state of Florida.

Places to stay could fill a book; choose from hip boutiques; luxe resorts and historic hotels.

For the teens: Discover culture through cuisine when you join Miami Culinary Tours for a 2.5 hour walking and eating tour exploring Little Havana’s famed Calle Ocho .

Florida Travel: Experience Greater Fort Lauderdale in 60 Seconds

Fort lauderdale.

Once known as a party-hearty Spring Break city, Fort Lauderdale has abandoned its “ Where the Boys Are ” past in favor of a “ Where the Families Are ” vibe, but the beach is still one of the most popular things to do. Family favs include the South Beach Picnic Area to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park , offering staffed lifeguard towers. Plus, a pedestrian tunnel under AIA connects Hugh Taylor Birch State Park to a peaceful, secluded beach.

For a fun beach day that includes more than the beach, make waves to Hollywood Beach to stroll or rent bikes and explore the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk , bordered by the Ocean on one side and shops, outdoor cafes, and hotels on the other.

Nicknamed “Venice of America,” Fort Lauderdale’s extensive canal system provides a fun, easy way to explore. Hop on the affordable, narrated water taxi for sightseeing; with 11 stops where you can find beaches, eateries, the Museum of Discovery and Science and Las Olas Boulevard shops .

Little rapscallions will have a swashbuckling time on the Bluefoot Pirate Family Adventure , an excursion on the “high seas” of the Intracoastal Waterway that includes pirate costumes, a treasure hunt, face painting and water cannon fights.

West of the city, Everglades Holiday Park , offers 60-minute airboat rides, gator shows, animal encounters and fishing. To the north, Butterfly World contains  tropical gardens, waterfalls and 20,000 butterflies.

For after-dark fun, check out Monster Mini Golf , an indoor, glow-in-the-dark, 18-hole miniature golf course where you’ll encounter the grim reaper, Frankenstein and other creepy creatures.

Area restaurants are diverse and plentiful, whether you want grab-and-go grub or fine dining. Places with fun on the menu include Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor , a Dania Beach institution, serving up kid-centric classics like burgers, chicken fingers and hand-dipped ice cream cones; and the Jet Runway Café , where you can watch planes take off and land as you nosh on American fare.

Places to stay include beach hotels , luxury resorts , and boutique properties .

For the teens: A Fort Lauderdale Segway Tour invites you to roll through Riverwalk, with views of canals, yachts, and the sumptuous homes of the rich and famous.

PLACES TO REMEMBER

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Florida Keys

A tranquil moment amongst the trees at Lovers Key State Park

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Florida Spring Break Destinations for Families

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I want to start off Spring Break month at Kids Travel Books with a bang – or at least with a place I’m very familiar with. Florida. Florida makes a great spring break destination because the state offers a ton of variety to appeal to any family’s specific wants. I asked some bloggers to share some of their favorite Florida spots, and you’ll find their recommended Florida spring break destinations for families below.

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Since spring break around the U.S. can range from weeks within February, March, or April – the earlier your spring break is, the farther south you’ll need to go to get the best warm weather. However, don’t worry – even the beach destinations are close to indoor family-fun activities if the weather isn’t cooperating.

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North Florida Spring Break Destinations for Families

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Amelia Island is a barrier island on Florida’s Atlantic coast, and is a fantastic spring break destination for families. There are 13 miles of white sandy beaches, perfect for building sandcastles, collecting shells or hunting for shark teeth. Historic downtown is full of quaint shops and fantastic restaurants with plenty of fresh seafood, and there are public playgrounds for kids to play. Weather in Florida is almost guaranteed to be warm and sunny, and the laid back atmosphere of Amelia Island will make for a perfect spring break vacation.

In addition to playing on the gorgeous beach and swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, kids can learn about sharks and sea turtles, visit a butterfly house and explore undeveloped Florida at Gulf Islands National Seashore in Navarre Beach, Florida .

Perdido Key, Florida : This 16-mile-long barrier island is all wildlife at one end, honkey-tonk at the other, with a gloriously long, serene sandy beach running its entire length. Head east towards the lusher lagoon side of the island, where dolphins, eagle rays, pelicans and ospreys are seen daily.  Or go the other direction to the western edge, where you’ll find the South’s most infamous beach bar, the Flora-bama. A sprawling, ramshackle place on the Alabama state line, come for rum-Kahlua Bushwacker cocktails and country grooves in the daytime when kids are welcome.

St. Augustine in spring is tons of fun. Kids loved the beach, the trolley tour and firing cannonballs from the old fortress. But the best was seeing huge alligators at a local zoo.

I lived in Panama City for a bit and have to recommend Panama City Beach and Destin. While PCB used to be a huge college spring break destination, things have changed. When I think of these places all I can think of is the beautiful sand and tons of mini-golf places.

Related: Children’s books set in St. Augustine

Central Florida Spring Break Destinations for Families

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Cape Canaveral, Florida is a fun and educational Spring Break destination due to its nearby beaches and the famous John F Kennedy Space Center. Families will love being able to soak up the Florida sun while enjoying the all-ages activities and tours at the Space Center, including flight simulators and the chance to meet an astronaut.

Related: Children’s books for a trip to Cape Canaveral, FL

Bradenton Beach is one of Florida’s best-kept secrets. Miles of unspoiled beaches give this natural paradise old-world charm in spades, but don’t worry, there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained from dolphin kayaks and tours to seafood shacks and ice cream aplenty.

I have a lot of family in Central Florida. One of our favorite small beach towns in New Smyrna, just south of Daytona. My favorite Cape Canaveral-area beach is Jetty Park. There’s a small fee to enter, but I think it’s worth it. We also spent a lot of time in Clearwater Beach. Salvadore Dali fans – don’t forget to check out his museum in St. Petersburg.

Orlando-area theme park spring break destinations for families

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Universal Studios in Florida has stood the test of time as a wonderful theme park for a Spring break. Its Harry Potter activities and rides are as exciting for eighty-year-olds as they are for eight-year-olds. The attractions remain fresh and exciting and the queues are manageable. For those interested in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter this theme park really is magical. 

Walt Disney World is a place I can make memories with my family and escape the real world for a short time. They are constantly changing and innovating so there is always something new to enjoy

Related: Children’s books for a trip to Epcot Center

Magic Kingdom is truly an iconic theme park in the Orlando area. It’s also the perfect spot for Spring Break as it has something for all the family. From rides straight out of your favourite Disney movies, sing-along parades and meet and greets with your favourite characters; time will fly here while you make memories for a lifetime. 

I lived in Orlando for years so I have plenty of recommendations. If you need a break from the big theme parks – check out the Orlando Science Center or Orlando Regional History Center. We also love taking a stroll down Park Avenue in Winter Park, or enjoying the freshwater at Wekiva Springs. Or take a break at the Florida Mall for shopping – or enjoy the awesome Crayola Experience.

South Florida and the Keys spring break destinations for families

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Fort Myers has amazing beaches with nearby Sanibel Island being a hot spot for shell enthusiasts. Spring is the ideal time to visit as temperatures are warm, wildlife is abundant and there are plenty of family-friendly events.

Naples, Florida is a great spring break spot for families. You can rent a house near the beach, visit the gorgeous Naples Botanical Garden, and see all of the animals at the Naples Zoo. 

Related: Children’s books set in Southwest Florida

The Florida Keys are a perfect Spring Break destination for families because it is not as hot as the summer, yet the water is still warm enough to enjoy. There are also many accommodation options for families (hotels or homes) with water access as well as snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, and other water activities. If families base themselves in Islamorada, they can take day trips to Key Largo, Marathon, and even Key West.

My husband and I both spent a significant amount of our childhoods in South Florida. On a recent trip, I was reminded how great Miami is. One thing I love is that many large resorts on the beach offer kid’s clubs. For SW Florida, Sanibel Island is a fun family getaway, especially for seashell collectors.

Thank you to all the bloggers who shared their favorites with us.

Be sure to check back later this week for Florida book recommendations and more . And be sure to come back throughout February for tips for the Caribbean Islands, National Parks in U.S. and Canada, and Western Europe for Spring Break.

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The Best Time to Visit Florida for Fewer Crowds, Better Weather, and Travel Deals

Whether you want to lounge on the beach, hit the theme parks, or explore the Sunshine State's cities and small towns, these are the best times to visit Florida.

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Aside from beaches, theme parks, and nonstop sunshine, one of Florida's biggest draws is that there's never a bad time to visit. The weather is warm all year round, so you'll never have your plans dashed by a snowstorm or need to pack a winter coat.

Florida does, however, have weather concerns of other types, from blazingly hot summers to the dreaded hurricane season. There are also crowds to account for, as well as fluctuating prices on travel essentials like hotels and flights. The tourist seasons in Florida vary by destination, but in general, North Florida's popularity peaks in summer and tapers off in winter, while South Florida hits its peak in winter and is less popular during the summer months. Throughout the state, the fall and late spring (once spring break ends) are typically known as shoulder seasons.

The best time to visit Florida depends on your specific needs — the purpose of your trip, plus your itinerary, budget, and more — but the bottom line is that the Florida vacation of your dreams is within reach, as long as you plan accordingly.

Best Times to Visit Florida for Smaller Crowds

Avoiding the crowds in Florida is a tall order. It's a desirable place to be, and visitors flock to the state all year round. However, some months are quieter than others. In South Florida, for example, high temperatures and storm risk make the summer months the least busy. At Orlando's theme parks and many of the state's best beaches , though, you'll find thousands of families out and about in the summer. For these family-friendly destinations, a visit when school is in session will likely offer the smallest crowds.

You may not be able to avoid all other tourists on your visit to Florida, but you can do yourself a favor by traveling outside the peak periods. Panama City Beach at spring break, the Florida Keys during lobster-hunting "mini season," and St. Augustine around Christmastime are all hyper-popular itineraries that the crowd-averse may want to skip.

Visitors can also find thinner crowds at any time by visiting under-the-radar destinations instead of the state's well-known spots. Swapping the Everglades for a state park or South Beach for Santa Rosa Island can help you enjoy Florida's famous sun and sights with plenty of elbow room.

Best Times to Visit Florida for Good Weather

Sunny skies and warm weather are two of the main factors that draw tourists to Florida, and no matter when you visit, you're likely to find at least a bit of each. Conditions do vary, though, depending on the time of year and the destination. In Florida's subtropical south, winter — roughly November to April — offers the best weather, with temperatures generally topping out at around 80 degrees. Further north, spring and fall can be the nicest seasons. (In the Panhandle's Walton County , for instance, temperatures in these months tend to hover in the 70s, making for pleasant conditions on land and in the water.)

Florida's summers, on the other hand, are notoriously hot — especially inland, where there's no sea breeze to keep things cool(ish). Most of the state sees both high temperatures and high humidity at this time of year, and with even ocean temperatures passing 90 degrees in recent summers, there's no guarantee that a swim will cool you down. Summer also overlaps with Atlantic hurricane season, which stretches from June to November, and it's known for near-daily pop-up storms, too. If you do choose to visit Florida in the summer, be sure to pack both an umbrella and plenty of sunscreen and drinking water.

Best Times to Visit Florida for Lower Prices

The best time to visit Florida for travel deals and lower prices depends on your destination. If you're heading to the beaches or theme parks, summer is a peak season and you might be hard-pressed to find available rooms, much less a good deal.

But some places in Florida simmer down during the summer months. Take Palm Beach , for example: The island is booming from November through April, but during the off-season (May through October, when the snowbirds head home and the social set jets to the Hamptons), you'll find a glimmer of the quiet town it once was. This is also when nightly hotel rates are usually slashed to a fraction of their extravagant high-season prices. Overall, off-season is the best time to score great deals at Florida's best resorts no matter the destination.

The cheapest months to fly to Florida are typically May (except for Memorial Day weekend) and September. You can score great deals if you plan ahead and aim for just outside your destination's peak season.

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Best Times to Visit Miami

What fun-loving person can resist a visit to Miami ? The Magic City is buzzy, sultry, and unapologetically vibrant. Go in the spring to find fewer crowds, more pleasant temperatures, and plenty of events (like Ultra Music Festival and Formula 1's Miami Grand Prix ), or plan a summer trip if you want to experience Miami at its least crowded — and, yes, sizzle on South Beach like a fresh-cooked tostón.

Winter is a fabulous time to visit Miami — temperatures are mild and humidity is lower — but lots of other people think so, too, so you'll have crowds and peak hotel pricing to contend with. Still, it's arguably worth it to attend Art Basel or a Miami Heat game.

If you like living the high life, we'll let you in on an insider secret: Despite its sweltering weather, August is arguably the best month to visit Miami. August is the only time when Miami's Spa Months , Restaurant Months , and Hotel Months all overlap, so you can treat yourself to the city's best dining, lodging, and pampering at a fraction of the usual cost.

Best Time to Visit the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are one of the best places to visit in Florida, a subtropical delight with nice weather year round. But beware of peak tourist season, which begins right after Christmas and lasts until about May. It's beautiful this time of year — there's very little rain, and temperatures are usually in the 70s — but that pleasant environment comes with high prices and large crowds.

Those crowds and prices taper off from May through September, and temperatures typically remain manageable, with summer highs of around 90 degrees. Hurricane season, though, can put a damper on an off-season visit — storms are most common in the Keys in August, September, and October. That said, if you're willing to accept some storm risk and humidity, summer can yield excellent deals.

For extra fun in the Keys, plan your visit to coincide with a festival like the Original Marathon Seafood Festival (March), the 7 Mile Bridge Run (April), the Key Lime Festival (June/July), Hemingway Days (July), the Key West Brewfest (September), or Fantasy Fest (October).

Best Times to Visit Florida's Theme Parks

Summer is the off-season for most of Florida, due to the extra-hot weather and potential for storms, but beach towns and theme parks are the exception to the rule.

Disney World is a popular destination year round; there's nary a day when you won't encounter crowds and long lines at this beloved resort. But if you want a month that's slightly less crowded than the others, try January (after the holiday rush), February, or September (when kids are back in school and Halloween festivities haven't quite kicked off).

It may be convenient for families, but visiting the theme parks during summer break guarantees super-long lines in super-hot weather. Visiting around any holiday is fun thanks to seasonal park decor, but it also means dense crowds — you're not the only one who'll be clamoring for a taste of the holiday spirit. Once Christmas and New Year crowds dissipate, though, a Goldilocks window begins, since winter is the best time to visit Disney World for good weather.

Worst Times to Visit Florida

The Sunshine State contains such a wide variety of destinations that it's almost impossible to declare one season as Florida's worst. But, unless you're a party-hopping college student, there is one time that you'll likely want to avoid: spring break.

A whopping 7.3 million travelers passed through the Orlando airport during the 2023 spring break season — that's early March through the middle of April — and countless more arrive in the state each spring through other airports and by car. Florida boasts beautiful weather in the springtime, and many families, of course, have no option but to travel when their school schedules allow. If you are flexible, though, choosing a different window will likely help you save money and avoid wall-to-wall crowds.

Summer is a risky time to visit, since the weather tends to be muggy at best. Traveling during this off-season can net you good deals, but you'll want to come prepared for the heat and the storms that a Florida summer can bring.

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The Ultimate Florida Packing List for 2024

Amy

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Whether you are taking a quick weekend trip or a long vacation to Florida, it can be a challenge to know what to pack. Though it is likely to be warm, the weather can be very unpredictable in the not-always-Sunshine State.

I am a Florida resident and still find myself obsessively checking the weather and making lists before packing for travels within the state. That is why I finally made this ultimate Florida packing list to have on hand for Florida vacations !

This packing guide walks through everything you could want to pack for a trip to Florida. I will start with clothes and accessories and then move on to toiletries and other necessities that come in handy to bring to Florida.

I even have a Florida Packing List printable for you to keep handy and check things off! If you need help packing for Florida, you have come to the right place, so read on to find out my essentials!

The Ultimate Florida Packing List Guide

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Table of Contents

1. Florida Travel Essentials to Pack

This next category looks at some items that most Florida vacations require. Though these are not all necessary, I have covered any kind of resource you may want on your vacation. Here are some travel essentials to add to your Florida packing list.

  • Waterproof Phone Holder: This is a must for me when I travel. If you plan to take any water excursions, a waterproof phone holder , makes it so you do not have to worry about your phone getting wet. I also like bringing this to the beach, so I can bring my phone in the water with me and not worry about it getting stolen.

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  • A Turkish Towel: A lot of people don’t pack beach towels and just use them from the hotel. However, I find hotel towels to be small and uncomfortable. I recommend bringing a Turkish Towel , as these can fold up small and also repel sand.
  • Sunscreen: I can’t emphasize sun protection and the need for sunscreen enough on this Florida packing list! I always bring spray and lotion of varying SPF’s so I am ready for any activity.
  • Portable Fan: If you are going to a theme park or on a boat, a portable fan can be a lifesaver. These will generate airflow and give you a refreshing breeze during Florida summers.
  • Refillable Water Bottle: You will definitely want to stay hydrated in the Florida heat, so bringing a water bottle is a must. Most hotels have places to fill up your water bottles, so you will always have some water for the beach or theme parks.

Hydro Flask 32 oz. Water Bottle with Straw Lid - Stainless Steel, Reusable, Vacuum Insulated- Wide Mouth

  • Book/Entertainment: If you plan to spend some time by the pool, I always love bringing a good book to read. Any type of entertainment like an iPad o r a Switch , can be good for travel time or downtime.
  • Underwater Camera: The waterproof phone holder can help get decent pictures in the water, but an underwater camera works 100 times better. I recommend getting a GoPro and a GoPro pole if you want to get awesome action shots.
  • DSLR Camera: If you are a serious photographer, you may want to bring along a high-performing camera like a DSLR. We have a Canon Rebel that you can get here .
  • Phone or Camera Tripod: Another photography essential I always pack is a tripod! We have one for our phone that is easy to carry around and one for our camera . This way you can take pictures without having to use selfie mode!

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  • Neck Pillow: This is a personal preference, but I like having a neck pillow for air travel! This one is comfortable and easy to transport.
  • Packing Cubes: Another travel helper is packing cubes , w hich always make packing easier for me. By getting some of these for your suitcases, you can stay organized and fit more stuff!
  • Umbrella: For rainy days, I prefer a raincoat, but it can be convenient to bring a small travel umbrella as well. This is good to use for quick bursts of rain, or even to protect you from the sun!
  • Headphones: Whether you are working out or want to listen to music on your travels, headphones are always smart to bring. I love the Apple AirPod Pros , but if you are worried about losing them, this is a good brand for a cheap pair .
  • Portable Speaker: On a similar note, if you want to listen to music at the beach or in your room, bring a portable speaker! We love bringing our UE Boom , especially for Airbnb stays.

UE Boom Portable Speaker

  • Cellphone: I am sure this goes without saying for most people, but do not forget your cellphone ! Whether you use it for calls, photos, maps, or internet browsing, a smartphone really does come in handy.
  • Chargers: Don’t forget your phone charger! Or for that matter, your watch, headphones, camera, laptop, or any other technology chargers you made need for the trip!

2. Clothes to Pack for Florida

What clothes you will need does depend on what time of year you are visiting in Florida. Personally, I am comfortable in shorts year-round, with the exception of cold snaps that can occur from November – to February.

If you are coming during the winter months, you will definitely want to bring some warmer clothes in the case of that occurring, especially if you plan to be out at night.

However, in the summer, bring as many lightweight items as possible, as it does get really hot here, especially from June through September! This first part of the Florida packing list will walk through exactly what clothes to bring.

  • T-Shirts and Tank Tops: Pack at least one top per day, especially for in the summer if you get too sweaty. I like lightweight shirts like these tops or this tank , and I can always layer them with a cardigan if I get chilly. My husband likes to wear t-shirts like these or button-up wovens like this
  • Shorts: I usually pack one pair of shorts per day as well, but you can pack less if you prefer pants or dresses. I tend to pack a mix of denim shorts , linen shorts, and chino shorts like these in the links. Andrew gets most of his shorts from J. Crew, but here are some similar chino shorts on Amazon that would be good.
  • Sundresses or Skirts: I usually bring 2 casual sundress or skirt outfits and then one fancier outfit for going out to a nice dinner. Florida is very casual, so you can get away with a sundress at most places. A lot of people prefer dresses to shorts on hot days, so keep this in mind if you are in that camp!

White Roxy Sundress

  • Jeans: When I pack, I bring one pair of jeans, like these , and only wear them if it gets cold at night. If you prefer jeans in 70–80-degree weather, then you may want to bring a couple of pairs if it is not the summer. Andrew usually brings a couple of pairs, similar to these .
  • Light Pants: I almost always pack a pair of white pants to wear out to dinner, as Florida travels are a great excuse to wear white pants all year! Andrew brings at least one pair of chinos, similar to these , for a nice dinner out.
  • Leggings or Yoga Pants: If you are flying to Florida, I definitely recommend packing comfy pants for the plane! I love leggings like these . This comes in handy if you plan to do yoga or be comfy during your trip.
  • Swimsuits: This wouldn’t be a Florida packing list if it didn’t include a swimsuit of some kind! I usually bring two bikinis , so I always have one dry to wear. Andrew packs a couple of pairs of board shorts and can often wear them around even not on the beach.
  • A Cover-Up: This is not a mandatory item, but I often like to wear a cover-up to the beach or pool, instead of worrying about getting my clothes sandy or wet. There are some great options online like this one .
  • Workout Clothes: If you plan to work out on your trip, don’t forget workout bottoms , tops, sports bras, extra underwear, and socks! Most hotels have a gym and Florida has lots of running trails, so packing the right gear can be good motivation for your trip.
  • Raincoat: A raincoat is essential for Florida packing! It rains frequently here from June through October and still, there is always a chance for the rest of the year. Andrew and I both have Northface raincoats we love, similar to this .
  • Sweater: Even during the summer months, it is smart to pack a sweater for your Florida vacation. This is because most restaurants and indoor areas have the AC cranking all year! I like to bring a cardigan and a zip-up hoodie , so I always have the option to layer. Andrew brings this trusty Patagonia pullover most places.
  • Jacket: A sweater may cover you for this, but if you are visiting in the winter, it does not hurt to bring a light jacket. If you are going to theme parks at night, definitely bring a comfortable jacket for if the temperature drops! I love my jean jacket like this one and Andrew has a cargo jacket like this.

JUDYBRIDAL Oversize Denim Jacket for Women Ripped Jean Jacket Boyfriend Long Sleeve Coat

  • Pajamas: Make sure to bring whatever you like to sleep in on your trip! Pretty much everywhere in Florida has AC, so you do not have to worry about being too hot at night. I get most of my PJ’s from Aerie and Andrew likes these PJ pants .
  • Underwear, Bras, and Socks: You can never pack enough underwater and socks for a trip! I bring at least one pair per day, again I prefer Aerie .
  • A Belt: If you always wear a belt with your pants or shorts like Andrew does, don’t forget this one! Andrew likes this style and has struggled to find a good one if he forgets to pack it. We may or may not have used some twine once 😛
  • A Tie: If you are getting dressed up for a dinner or an event, make sure you bring a cute tie to wear!
  • Laundry Bag: This is one item I have learned to always bring after too many times forgetting it. Definitely bring a bag like this one , to keep dirty clothes in and away from any clean clothes.

Miamica Foldable Travel Laundry Bag, Grey & Gold – Measures 21” x 22” When Fully Opened – Foldable Laundry Bag with Drawstring Closure – Durable, Lightweight Travel Accessories

3. Florida Packing List Accessories

Now that we have covered the clothes portion of this Florida packing list, I want to mention some of the accessories you will want to bring! A lot of these are common, but others are Florida-centric items you may not think of.

This should cover any items that you may want to wear or bring with you during the day. Here are all the accessories I recommend packing for Florida!

  • Shoes: Obviously comfortable shoes are an essential packing item, and I often struggle with minimizing the amount I bring. At a minimum, you should bring walking shoes and sandals . I also like flip-flops for going to the beach or pool, but also heels or wedges for going out. It is not hard to overpack in this category! Andrew usually just brings sneakers , Sperry’s , and flip flops and that covers him.
  • Hat: It is smart to pack a hat for going to Florida, as the sun is intense here! Whether you pack a baseball hat or a sun hat for the beach, this is one of the best ways to protect your face from getting sunburnt.

Sun Hat for the beach

  • Sunglasses: Another must-have for Florida packing is sunglasses . I never leave anywhere without mine! I often bring two pairs, so I have a less nice pair to wear to the beach and not worry about losing. Our absolute favorite brand of sunglasses is Knockaround and I cannot recommend them enough!
  • Jewelry: Though things are casual here, I like to wear some cute necklaces and earrings to accessorize my outfits. I never bring anything too expensive when traveling because I do not want to worry about losing it somewhere! Andrew and I both wear our Apple watches daily while traveling too, so we can see how many steps we walk!
  • Beach Bag: Whenever I forget to pack a beach bag on a trip, I always regret it! Even if you don’t plan to go to the beach for long, it is wise to bring a bag you don’t mind getting sandy to put your beach stuff in. This is also good for using the hotel pool too. I have many totes to choose from and like ones similar to this .
  • Backpack: Andrew is into photography, so he almost always brings a backpack to carry his camera and other gear. If you are going to the theme parks, I recommend bringing a small backpack , like this, for the day. It is much easier than having to lug a tote bag around and usually keeps things more organized..

florida packing essentials

4. Toiletries to Pack

Last, but not least on this Florida packing list are toiletries that I recommend bringing. Though hotels often provide some of these, I prefer to bring my own brands.

You can always get most of these things at a drug store, so do not fret about them too much! It is convenient to have them on hand though.

  • Shampoo and Conditioner: Hotels usually have these, but I always pack my favorite brand of shampoo and conditioner in travel-sized bottles .
  • Soap – I am less picky about soap and will just use whatever the hotel has for body wash . But if you are staying in an AirBnb or camping, you may need to pack this.
  • Face Wash: A lot of hotels offer a bar of face soap, but I have a travel-size version I usually bring.
  • Brush and/or Comb: Whether you use a brush or a comb or both for your hair, you will not want to forget it.
  • Deodorant: Definitely do not forget deodorant when packing for Florida! Most people get sweaty in the heat here and those traveling with you will notice if you do not wear it!
  • Razor and Shaving Cream: If you plan to shave your face or body while traveling, do not forget your razor and shaving cream to do so.
  • Toothbrush/Tooth Paste/Floss/Mouthwash: Make sure to bring all the necessary dental hygiene items you use on your trip! I love the Quip Toothbrush and Floss.
  • Makeup: If you plan to wear makeup on your trip, pack your mascara, eyeliner, foundation, blush, eye shadow, lipstick, makeup brushes, makeup remover or whatever else you need!
  • Tweezers: I have found myself needing tweezers a few times when traveling and always regret not bringing them. They are small enough to pack so might as well!
  • Feminine Hygiene Products: For those getting their time of the month during the trip, don’t forget to bring pads and tampons . You never want to get caught without these on a trip!
  • Contact Lens Solution: Neither Andrew nor I wear contacts, but my sister does and always hates when she forgets contact lens solution . Definitely don’t forget this if you wear contacts!
  • Hairstyling Tools: Most hotels have hair dryers, but they can often be weak and of low quality. If I have room in my suitcase, I pack my own hair dryer . If you need a straightener or a curling iron , make sure to pack these too.

Conair Travel Hair Dryer with Dual Voltage, 1600W Compact Hair Dryer with Folding Handle, Travel Blow Dryer

  • Hair Spray: The humidity down here can be a challenge, so bring some hair spray if you are worried about your hairstyle holding up!
  • Hair Gel: Andrew always packs hair gel, especially if we are going to a nice dinner. This is his go-to brand .
  • Lip Balm: On a similar note, I like to bring a lip balm with SPF to keep my lips from getting burnt. If you have chapped lips, you may want to bring some as well.
  • Bug Spray: Not every Florida destination requires insect repellent, but may do. If you plan to be in nature, I would bring these bug spray wipes to keep the mosquitoes away.
  • Aloe Vera: Hopefully, you pack enough sunscreen so you do not need any aloe vera ! However, sunburns are common on vacation, so bring some to be safe!
  • Hand Sanitizer: I used to pack hand sanitizer to use for staying clean on flights, but now I use it everywhere! With traveling, you can never have too much hand sanitizer for keeping yourself germ-free.
  • Anti-Chafe Stick: This may seem odd, but on hot, humid days, chafing can be an issue. If you aren’t used to walking around in this weather, I recommend packing an anti-chafe balm to prevent it.

Body Glide Original Anti Chafe Balm | Anti Chafing Stick | Prevent Arm, Chest, Butt, Thigh, Ball Chafing & Irritation | Trusted Skin Protection Since 1996 |1.5oz

  • Medication: If you take any medication, do not forget to pack this! I also pack Advil, Tums, Pepto-Bismol, and allergy medication just to be safe!

Know Before You Go: Florida Packing List

I hope this Florida packing list covers all of your travel needs! I have taken trips all over Florida and am used to packing, so this should include everything.

Many of these items I have learned to bring over past experiences! I am sure we all remember a trip where we forgot a very necessary item. Here are a few other things in mind to know before you finish your Florida packing.

  • Plan for hot weather if you are traveling between April-October. It is almost always over 80 degrees this time of year.
  • The rainy/hurricane season is July through October. Definitely make sure to have rain protection when traveling during this time! This includes shoes and accessories you do not mind getting wet.
  • The weather can vary greatly from November through March, so make sure to check the weather in advance. Things can change frequently though, so be prepared for whatever Florida throws your way!
  • If you are traveling to Disney World or other theme parks, you may want to pack extra clothes. Walking around in the heat and humidity all day can get sweaty and I often go back to the hotel and change before dinner.
  • Conversely, it can get very chilly in the winter in Orlando, so make sure you have a sufficient jacket for the theme parks! There are some nights that get into the 30’s and with the humidity, it is not pleasant to walk around theme parks in the evening without a coat.
  • If you are traveling to Florida from another country, make sure to bring some US dollars for cash on hand. However, for most of your spending, I recommend using one of my favorite travel credit cards with no foreign transaction fees!
  • For those bringing their dog with them on this trip, I have a dog packing list as well, with all sorts of Florida dog essentials!

Did I miss any of your Florida packing list essentials? Let me know in the comments if I did! If you are looking for things to do on your Florida vacation, make sure to check out my 101 Things to Do in Florida guide!   And for ideas of where to travel to, check out my top places to spend a Florida Spring Break!

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What is the best place for summer vacation? 3 Florida cities rank high on this list

It’s no secret that Florida is one of the biggest hotspots in the U.S. for anyone looking for a fun summer vacation. 

From the 825 miles of sandy beach that line the state, to a hub of world-class theme parks, to the freshwater springs and the Everglades, there’s something for everyone in the Sunshine State.

Because of this, Florida and cities in Florida often land on “best beaches,” “best theme parks” and “best destinations” lists.

A recent list from personal finance company WalletHub ranked the best summer travel destinations in the U.S. for 2024 , based on which places offer the most bang for your buck.

Here’s which three Florida cities made the top 20 list and where they ranked.

What is the best place to go on summer vacation in the U.S.?

“Compared with other rankings that focus on each destination’s scenic quality, this report focuses primarily on the cost and convenience of traveling to each location as well as its affordability,” WalletHub’s rankings list said. 

“However, it does take into account the number of attractions and variety of activities in each destination to ensure visitors will stay busy and entertained throughout the trip.”

To find its rankings list, WalletHub compared the 100 most-populated metropolitan areas in the U.S. across more than 40 metrics in these categories: travel costs and hassles, local costs, attractions, weather and activities and safety.

By the metrics WalletHub used, the best place for a summer vacation in the U.S. is the Atlanta metropolitan area.

“The Atlanta metro area is the best summer travel destination, in part because the cheapest flights from major cities don’t require any connections and can cost as little as $278,” the study says.

“The city also ranks very well when it comes to the prevalence of amusement parks, shopping centers, ice cream shops and swimming pools, so there are plenty of places to have fun and cool off.”

The metropolitan area around Washington D.C. took second place and Orlando’s metro area slid into third place. Tampa and Miami’s metro areas ranked in fifth and fourteenth places, respectively.

Here’s WalletHub’s list of the top 20 best summer vacation destinations in the U.S.:

  • Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, Georgia Metro Area
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-Virginia-Maryland-West Virginia Metro Area
  • Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida Metro Area
  • Urban Honolulu, Hawaii Metro Area
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Metro Area
  • Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, Texas Metro Area
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware-Maryland Metro Area
  • Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois-Indiana-Wisconsin Metro Area
  • El Paso, Texas Metro Area
  • Cincinnati, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Metro Area
  • Salt Lake City, Utah Metro Area
  • New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania Metro Area
  • Richmond, Virginia Metro Area
  • Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida Metro Area
  • Springfield, Missouri Metro Area
  • Knoxville, Tennessee Metro Area
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma Metro Area
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Metro Area
  • San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas Metro Area
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California Metro Area

Why is Orlando a popular tourist destination?

Orlando is a hub for theme parks, home to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, but it also has a variety of other attractions and activities throughout its metropolitan area.

“Orlando, Florida is the third-best metro area for summer travel, known for attractions like its huge theme parks. The cheapest flights to Orlando from other major cities have zero connections and cost as little as $308,” the study says.

“It also ranks highly when it comes to the prevalence of water parks, boat tours, ice cream shops, coffee shops, shopping centers and spas, providing venues to both get thrills and relax.”

Orlando’s high “fun score” probably helped propel it to the top of this list, as it took second place on WalletHub’s December list of the “most fun” cities in the U.S.

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College students go viral with wild confession to craziest thing they've done on Spring Break

College students go viral with wild confession to craziest thing they've done on Spring Break

The two women made a shocking admission about the craziest thing they had done on spring break.

Kit Roberts

Many people have done some wild and crazy things on their Spring Break, but two women claim to have done something which takes things to a whole different level.

Spring Break is known as a time where people can cut loose, but while many people content themselves with partying and dancing, others take things too far.

At least that's the impression that two women gave when questioned about what was the wildest thing that they had done while on Spring Break.

Let's just say we're not talking about just drinking too much tequila and doing something embarrassing.

The pair, who were not named, were interviewed by YouTuber Travaine Barnett in Los Cabos in Mexico .

But while most people would detail their drunken shenanigans, the story this pair told could quite literally be the the opening of a movie .

In fact, anyone who has seen No Country for Old Men will be all too familiar with the story that the two bikini-clad partygoers told.

The two women made a shocking admission. (travjbarnett/TikTok)

And let's just hope that they were spinning some Spring Break tall tales.

Barnett asked them: "What's the craziest experience you've had on Spring Break?"

One of the women then replied: "We were in Miami last Spring Break and a huge... like eight pounds of cocaine flew in, and we stuffed it in our bikinis."

Her friend chimed in, saying: "We took it."

The other added: "And sold it, we're like almost millionaires now."

Taking and selling a big bag of drugs you find randomly on the beach certainly doesn't seem like the wisest move, to put it mildly.

They explained: "It was last year in Miami from Cuba. It came in like seaweed and floated onto the beach."

Of course the one question howling through anyone's mind like a hurricane after hearing such a story would be 'why would you ever tell anyone that?'

Cocaine seized by the US Border Patrol after being spotted by Tampa Mayor Jane Castor. (US Border Patrol)

One of the women said: "I feel like I shouldn't be telling anyone but it's fine now because it's like a year later but at the time no one was supposed to be on the beaches.

"But we'd go at night and shove it in our bikinis."

While there's no way of knowing whether the women were simply spinning a yarn, large packages of drugs are known to wash up in Florida .

A consignment worth around $1.1 million was reported by Tampa Mayor and former police officer Jane Castor after she spotted it while out on a family fishing trip.

In April 2023 it was reported that packages of cocaine worth in excess of $100,000 were were discovered on three separate beaches in Florida.

Topics:  News , US News , Drugs , Crime

Kit joined UNILAD in 2023 as a community journalist. They have previously worked for StokeonTrentLive, the Daily Mirror, and the Daily Star.

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Santa Rosa giant flag proposal hits a potential spring break snag

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Update, 3:30 p.m., March 27:

Santa Rosa County officials announced early Wednesday afternoon that a special Tourist Development Council meeting planned for Thursday was canceled because the TDC board could not muster the numbers during the week of local spring break to assemble a quorum.

County Administrator DeVann Cook said the meeting will be rescheduled for a later date.

The meeting, requested by District 3 County Commissioner James Calkins, had been scheduled to discuss Calkins' proposal to erect a 207-foot flag, which would make it the state's tallest. Bids of between $291,000 and just over $300,000 had been considered by the County Commission.

Original story:

If Santa Rosa County Commissioner James Calkins wants to get his 207-foot American flag off the ground he's going to have to work with the county's Tourist Development Council and Clerk of Court's Office to make it happen.

But he may not be able to convince the TDC to support his proposal as soon as he would like. A special meeting of that body he arranged to have called for Thursday might have to be cancelled due to there not being enough members present to hold it.

Calkins  has championed the idea of raising the tallest flag in the state, and to do so would require a flagpole extending more than 200 feet in the air. Bert's Barracuda Harley Davidson dealership, in Pinellas Park close to the city of Clearwater, presently boasts the state's highest flag at 200 feet.

Calkins originally went to his fellow commissioners with a proposal to put the 207-foot flag in the parking lot in front of the county's Administrative Building and use bed taxes to pay for it.

During the commission's March 14 regular meeting, County Clerk of Courts Donald Spencer said he did not agree a huge flag in the middle of the Milton business district would draw visitors from out of town and told commissioners he would not sign off on the expenditure of $291,000 to erect it at the administrative center. His signature, along with that of Commission Chairman Sam Parker, is required on every commission expenditure.

"I can be held criminally responsible for the improper spending of county tourist funds, not the board," he told commissioners. "The statutes are very restrictive on what tourist development tax funds can be spent on."

In the same meeting, Calkins met opposition to his plan from commissioners Colten Wright, Ray Eddington and Kerry Smith. The three said they might support the giant flag concept, but called for a better location and more organized planning.

Wright said he would be more supportive of a public, private partnership being established to plan and fund the flag, and after a lengthy discussion the idea of turning to the TDC for logistical, and possibly financial support for the project, was hatched. He offered to put up $1,000 from his business to help jump start fund raising.

Spencer said he would consider revisiting his opposition to signing off on TDC expenditures if a suitable location at which to put the flag can be found.

But in Calkins' apparent rush to get his idea before the TDC, he went to Santa Rosa County Administrator DeVann Cook to set up a special called meeting to be held during the week of spring break.

TDC Chairperson Michelle Guilbeau agreed to arrange the Thursday meeting, but made it clear she would not be available to attend due to plans she had already made. Wright, the County Commission's representative to the tourism board, said his family also had made plans to travel this week.

Wright said he didn't understand the rationale behind calling the meeting. The commission itself had several months ago cancelled scheduled Monday and Thursday commission meetings along with a Thursday rezoning hearing in anticipation of spring break.

"I think it's unreasonable to expect that during spring break the TDC can be expected to convene," Wright said.

The nine member TDC board is presently down to six members. Two seats were already vacant when Gulf Breeze City Councilman Todd Torgersen , the city's TDC representative, vacated his council seat rather than comply with controversial new financial reporting criteria required by the state.

So with Wright out and Guilbeau out, TDC President Julie White was waiting to hear from two members who had also announced potential conflicts with the Thursday meeting time.

Milton City Councilman Jeff Snow, who represents that city on the TDC board, did say he would be present at the meeting. The city has passed a resolution in support of the big flag proposal.

Calkins, however, said he had no plans to attend.

"I'll be interested in seeing what happens," he said. "It's a pretty big project that I think the county will absolutely love when it's complete. I think it will happen, maybe not as quick as we'd like. The other commissioners didn't want it to be rushed."

If the special called TDC meeting is held it will convene at 1 p.m., Thursday at the Board of County Commission chambers in Milton.

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16+ Best Spring Break Destinations For Families (2024)

W ith winter coming to an end, families are ready to enjoy some warm weather on their spring break family vacation. Now is the best time to get started on researching destinations, finding prices, and booking your trip.

Wondering where to go on vacation with your kids during spring break? Here are some of the best spring break destinations for families.

Whether your spring break is in March or April, we’ve got you covered. This list offers European, Caribbean, and US destinations. If you are planning a last-minute trip, you’ll find some options that can be a great road trip so you can save money on flights and rental cars.

Did we miss any of your favorite spring break destinations for families? Leave us a comment and we’ll update this post.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. A purchase/click through one of these links may result in a commission paid to us at no cost to you. All opinions are my own. Note that we experienced some of these top spring break destinations as part of media trips or comped stays.

This post has been updated for the 2024 spring break.

Best Spring Break Destinations for Families

Grand cayman.

I’ve visited the Cayman Islands (on complimentary press trips twice) three times now, and I always love it. Our hotel picks are the Ritz-Carlton or the Westin Grand Cayman Resort – both located on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman.

We’ve traveled there with JetBlue Vacations , which is a great option, and also on a cruise excursion. There’s so much to do – but you’ll also want to spend some time on the gorgeous beach. Spring would be a great time to visit.

Keep in mind that these two resorts aren’t all-inclusive vacations, so you’ll want to budget for food and drinks. They are beach resorts though, so you’ll be able to have a family-friendly spring break even if you don’t want to do any activities.

However, if you have the budget, you may want to visit a few local attractions while you are there. We recommend visiting Stingray City, the Cayman Turtle Farm, and Rum Point Beach.

See reviews of hotels in Grand Cayman here .

Turks and Caicos

Another one of my favorite spring break family destinations is Turks and Caicos. It was on my family travel bucket list for years, before I finally had the opportunity to visit. We loved our press trip stay at the West Bay Club, and found that there was so much to do in Turks and Caicos with kids. I have since returned four additional times and would go annually if possible.

It’s a relaxing place to visit, so you’ll want to spend plenty of time at the beach. If you are looking for an all-inclusive resort, one of our all-time favorite places to stay is Beaches Turks and Caicos , which offers 22 restaurants and over 700 rooms.

It’s one of the best places to stay with kids and would be a great family spring break trip.

Read reviews of Turks and Caicos resorts here .

San Antonio – one of our favorite spring break ideas

San Antonio, Texas is a great family travel destination, with lots of things to do with kids. We recently visited San Antonio for a spring break vacation and loved our stay. There’s so much to do with families, and it’s a bit of a hidden gem when it comes to spring break.

The San Antonio River Walk is a must-visit, with things for everyone to enjoy. Of course, I also recommend a visit to the Alamo – here are 4 surprising things when visiting the Alamo.  

You can also visit SeaWorld San Antonio , which is open at select times in the early spring. If possible, I’d recommend staying on the River Walk – there’s so much to do there, and it’s easy to walk around for dinner and shopping.

See hotel reviews on TripAdvisor.

Orlando, Florida

Orlando is one of the most popular family vacation spring break destinations, and right now, there is so much going on at Walt Disney World. You can stay on or off-property, and we have recommendations for the best hotels for your Walt Disney World vacation. Remember to book early, so that you can make your dining reservations well in advance.

There are lots of other great things to do in Orlando as well, including other theme parks, nature activities, the Orlando ICON Park, and so much more.

If you’d rather stick with a more relaxing beach vacation in Florida , the Fort Myers area may be the best destination for you.  If you fly into Fort Myers, there are lots of places you can stay just a short drive away. Consider visiting Marco Island , which is a relaxing and fun place to stay. 

While I just enjoy staying on the beach, the Dolphin Study Eco-Tour and Cruise is a must-do. If you are visiting during March, you may be able to catch a spring training baseball game in the area. Find hotels in the Fort Myers area on TripAdvisor .

Other Destinations for a Florida Spring Break for Families

Florida is one of the most popular 2024 family spring break destinations in the United States. It is filled with other great spring break destinations for families, including Amelia Island , Miami Beach, Sarasota, Clearwater Beach , Tampa , and Destin/Fort Walton.

Whether you want to relax on the beach, experience nature, or explore the local area, there are lots of options. We especially love the beaches on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The best Florida spring break destinations for families offer waterfront activities, museums, and other fun activities.

San Diego, California is a great option if you are looking for a relaxing beach vacation combined with some family activities. Attractions like the San Diego Zoo, Disneyland , and Legoland are just a short drive away. During our stay last year, we stayed at the Bahia Resort Hotel on Mission Bay and loved both the location and the hotel.

The weather in San Diego is fairly consistent throughout the year, so there’s never a bad time to visit. You could easily spend a whole week there. Check out other hotels in San Diego here .

Save on a Southern California trip from Get Away Today by using the code  FTM10. 

Spring break is also a fantastic time to enjoy a vacation in the Los Angeles/Anaheim area. In addition to Disneyland Resort (the very first Disney park), you’ll also find Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Hollywood (with the brand new Super Nintendo World).

Save money on your theme park tickets by booking through  Get Away Today . They offer vacation packages as well as individual ticket sales. Disney travel agents don’t charge guests an extra commission and can help you find deals.

Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix is one of our favorite warm-weather destinations. There are so many fantastic, kid-friendly resorts. Although you may want to spend much of your time at the resort, there are so many other things to do in the area. This includes botanical gardens, zoos, aquariums, hiking trails, and so much more.

If you visit the greater Phoenix area in March, you have the opportunity to check out a variety of spring training baseball games. The Cactus League teams all play within a relatively small radius, making it easy to see multiple teams, regardless of where you are staying in the area. Find the best hotels in Phoenix at TripAdvisor.

The Azores, the closest and one of the most affordable European destinations is a temperate 65-70 degrees in April.  With family activities like whale watching, hiking, biking, gardens, forts, and museums, you’ll find plenty of things to do. 

Azores Airlines has traditionally offered great deals in the spring from many US destinations. You could also visit the Azores on the way to mainland Portugal, or just choose to visit the Azores.

Washington DC

We visited Washington DC on a family spring break getaway a few years ago. It’s perfect for kids who are old enough to appreciate the history and culture of our nation’s capital.

Of course, my kids’ favorite spot was the International Spy Museum, which moved to a new facility. You can stay right in the city or in one of the many nearby suburbs. We chose to stay in National Harbor, MD and enjoyed our stay. Read more about things to do in Washington DC here.

Family Cruise

Would you rather visit several Caribbean destinations?  Then choose a cruise – perhaps a Disney cruise leaving from Florida and stopping in the Bahamas? 

I love Castaway Cay – Disney’s private island in the Bahamas – and think it’s great for families. We’ve done both the Western Caribbean Itinerary and the Eastern Caribbean Itineraries on the Disney Fantasy – both are fabulous.

You could also choose to take a shorter cruise as well. We enjoy the 3 or 4 day trip on the Disney Dream, which leaves from Port Canaveral and goes to Nassau and Castaway Cay.

Puerto Rico

You won’t need a passport to travel to Puerto Rico, yet it’ll feel like a world away. Spring is a great time to visit because it falls in between the winter busy season and the rainy season. We visited a few years ago in February, and the weather was absolutely beautiful. I’ve since returned in March and also found perfect weather.

It’s so easy to go from the airport to your resort since you don’t have to go through customs. Since it’s a domestic flight, you also won’t have to arrive at the airport too early or bring a US passport. It’s also a beautiful island with many fun activities beyond the pool and beach.

I recently visited Bermuda and was so impressed with this beautiful island. Located just a 2-hour flight from Boston, Bermuda is a small island with lots of great restaurants, shops, and resorts.

Kids will love touring Crystal and Fantasy caves , located near the airport. There’s also an aquarium, a fort, and so much more. Be sure to save some time to visit the beautiful beaches. We especially enjoyed Horseshoe Bay, a public beach located in the Southampton area of the island.

Just keep in mind that the weather in Bermuda is more similar to the Carolinas than to the Caribbean. So it won’t necessarily be hot in the spring.

New York City

I love visiting New York City every time of year, but April is a great time to visit. There’s so much to do in New York, regardless of the ages of your kids. My kids love the Central Park Zoo, and we always try to see a Broadway show during our trips.

There are also countless museums, the Empire State Building, Circle Line boat tours, and so much more. You’ll want to check out these kid-friendly restaurants in NYC as well.

Music City has become a popular family vacation destination in recent years. Want to learn more about music? There’s the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Museum Hall of Fame, and the Ryman Auditorium – all of which are fun to visit. I love staying at the Gaylord Opryland , a huge resort with atriums, restaurants, and so much more.

This beautiful, historic city offers so much for families. From museums (including the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace Museum) to the nearby beaches ( Tybee Island ), Savannah is a great destination.

In your opinion, what are the best places to go for spring break? Do you prefer to hang out at the beach, or stay active?

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“Ridership was 20% higher in the first seven months of Amtrak's budget year that began Oct. 1, and ticket revenue was up 10% versus the same period in 2023, according to written testimony by Amtrak CEO Stephen Gardner to be presented at a hearing of a U.S. House of Representative subcommittee on Wednesday.” Ridership in 2019 was 32.9 million passengers.

The agency says its revenue, while higher, has also been impacted by a reduction in business travel, as well as by closures and delays on some of its lines. “Amtrak in March said it was boosting passenger services on the East Coast as it aims to double ridership nationwide by 2040. It will boost service between Boston and Washington by as much as 20% on weekdays and will add 1 million additional seats over the next year.”

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