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Best Family Spring Break Destinations

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Though spring break is commonly associated with beachbound college coeds, there are plenty of getaways that provide a kid-oriented atmosphere. From theme parks to jaw-dropping natural wonders, U.S. News considered entertainment options and the abundance of family-friendly dining and lodging choices along with user votes to determine the best family spring break spots. Vote below for your favorite destinations to keep them on next year's list.

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#1 San Diego

#1 in Best Family Spring Break Destinations

Beaches, museums and a SeaWorld theme park are just some of the kid-friendly offerings found in San Diego. But no visit to America's Finest City would be complete without checking out the world-famous San Diego Zoo and its affiliated safari park in nearby Escondido. Read More »

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#2 Yosemite

#2 in Best Family Spring Break Destinations

With its millennia-old Sequoia trees, formidable waterfalls and unique rock formations, Yosemite wows visitors of all ages. For hikes with your little ones, consider the Lower Yosemite Fall Trail or drive up to Glacier Point lookout. When your legs need a rest, head to the Happy Isles Art and Nature Center for Yosemite-themed crafts and activities. Read More »

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#3 Grand Canyon

#3 in Best Family Spring Break Destinations

A plethora of adventure activities and breathtaking landscapes make this national park an easy sell to families. For an extra memorable vacation, consider rafting on the Colorado River, hiking along the popular Rim Trail or traversing the challenging Bright Angel Trail by mule. Read More »

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#4 Outer Banks

#4 in Best Family Spring Break Destinations

For a dose of American history and the great outdoors, visit the Outer Banks. This chain of barrier islands was made famous by the Wright brothers' first flight at Kill Devil Hills but also features numerous mini-golf courses and beaches, plus a highly regarded aquarium. You'll find a variety of vacation rentals can suit any family's needs. Read More »

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#5 Honolulu - Oahu

#5 in Best Family Spring Break Destinations

Honolulu's array of beaches and cultural and historic attractions regularly woo families. If you're craving a local experience, learn to surf Waikiki Beach's calm waves or dine on regional fare during a traditional Hawaiian luau. If you need a break from the sand, head to the Honolulu Zoo, or hop in the car for a tour of the North Shore. Read More »

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#6 Bahamas

#6 in Best Family Spring Break Destinations

A stay in the Bahamas is all about relaxing and reconnecting with your family. Kids will love spotting rays at the Marine Habitat at Atlantis or swimming with dolphins at Blue Lagoon Island, while adults will enjoy lounging on pristine white sand beaches or sampling rum at John Watling's Distillery. Read More »

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#7 Orlando-Walt Disney World

#7 in Best Family Spring Break Destinations

Where else can you and the kiddos ride the Hogwarts Express, meet an astronaut, hug Mickey and spot alligators within one vacation? Plus, Orlando's hotels boast tons of suite-style accommodations, including rooms with fun "Jurassic Park" and "Despicable Me" themes. Read More »

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#8 Anaheim-Disneyland

#8 in Best Family Spring Break Destinations

Although Anaheim doesn't boast as many family-friendly resorts as its central Florida counterpart, this California city offers plenty of pursuits geared toward young ones, including Knott's Berry Farm, Adventure City and, of course, Disneyland. Read More »

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#9 Sanibel Island

#9 in Best Family Spring Break Destinations

Families love Sanibel Island's calm waters and affordable hotels. Catching sight of animals like crocodiles and alligators at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is one of the city's best activities. Another must: hunting for seashells on Bowman's Beach or Captiva Island. Read More »

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#10 Jamaica

#10 in Best Family Spring Break Destinations

Jamaica's all-inclusive resorts are equipped with all the amenities you'll need to keep your family entertained for days, including water parks, supervised kids camps, mini-golf courses and playgrounds. When you need a break from the resort, head to Rhodes Hall Plantation for a horseback ride along the shore or Mystic Mountain for a bobsled ride through the rainforest. Read More »

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