13 Best Spring Break Locations in the United States

February 10, 2022

Whether you are seeking to shake off that icy winter chill, or take a break from the daily grind of school, work, or pandemic life, Spring Break is a universally welcome reprieve.

Escape to the 1880s for some wholesome fun at Silver Dollar City or jet ski your way through the canals of Miami. Or seek out the most boisterous beach parties in the panhandle.

Spring Breakers of all ages need not travel far to participate in all-day adventures, intoxicating nightlife, and nature-fueled wonder.

Spend an afternoon hiking the forested trails of the Great Smoky Mountains, marvel at nightly fireworks with Mickey. Or party to the break of dawn at Hollywood and Vine. 

Whatever type of Spring Break you are searching for, from family-friendly getaways to adults-only escapades. We have the breakdown of the 13 Best Spring Break Locations in the United States:

Family-Friendly Spring Break Locations

Florida Keys

Is it any wonder Hemingway chose to hole up in the Florida Keys? This veritable paradise on earth is the quintessential tropical getaway for any outdoor loving family.

Unwind in utopia as you sun and swim the hours away on the white sugar sand beaches that give way to crystal clear blue waters.

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Fuel up on Key Lime pie and get ready to snorkel, parasail, and sport fish everywhere from Islamorada to Key Largo. Keep the kids entertained with a thrilling Glass Bottom Boat Tour, and make sure to sneak in at least one epic sunset celebration at Mallory Square. 

View of the Sunset Key Cottages from the water in Miami, Florida, USA

photo credit: Sunset Key Cottages via Facebook

Pigeon Forge

Calling all country lovers! Those seeking a bite of that sweet Appalachian life will fall head over heels for the charm, down-home hospitality, and majestic mountain scenery of Pigeon Forge.

Break-in those hiking boots as you traverse miles of trails, waterfalls, and wildlife in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or take a peek at the historic homes and churches hidden in Cades Cove.

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Want to pay tribute to everyone's favorite platinum blonde? Head on over to Dollywood, or break bread at her theatrical Stampede Dinner Attraction, for a one-of-a-kind supper. 

Myrtle Beach

Mini golf, over 60 miles of coastline, and endless Broadway-caliber entertainment make the Grand Strand a desirable destination any time of year.

However, come Spring Break, intrepid families know crowds have waned, and it's the prime season to enjoy long leisurely walks down the boardwalk, jetski through the intercoastal, and savor sensational seafood.

Let the little ones burn off their energy on glow-in-the-dark ropes courses, or challenge your very own speed demon to a race at the Broadway Grand Prix Go-Kart Park.

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Need a bit of drama to go with your dinner? Then, settle in for an evening of entertainment and world-class feasting when you book a swashbuckling Pirates Voyage or Medieval Times Dinner show

Wide shot of a pirate ship in the water and the mini gold course surrounding it at Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

photo credit: Captain's Quarters Resort via Facebook

Branson

Outrageous Ozark mountain beauty, exhilarating ziplines, and plenty of award-winning festivals await families bold enough to spring break in Branson. This midwestern mecca of lakes and live entertainment beckons children of all ages.

Gather your courage to conquer the Copperhead Mountain coaster, fill up on Bluegrass and BBQ at Silver Dollar City, or wait out less than perfect weather while exploring the Titanic Museum.

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No visit to the 'live entertainment capital of the world' would be complete without some song and dance, so steal some time away when you book tickets to the incomparable Legends in Concert. Or dine on ooey gooey butter cake and the dulcet sounds of a four-piece band on the Showboat Branson Belle

San Diego

Fascinating naval history, marvelous marine life, and exquisite animal attractions come together to make America's Finest City a superior choice for any spring break vacation.

Animal lovers of all ages won't know where to begin as they ponder which renowned San Diego Zoo or Safari Park to visit first. Then, budding marine biologists will have a blast exploring the city's intricate tidal pool system.

Meanwhile, those more fixated on the past will relish the opportunity to learn all about the battle of Midway and how WWII sailors led their life at sea.

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Mom and dad can steal away for an evening of romance under the stars with a Flagship Dinner Cruise around the Bay or keep things spicy with a tornado of tequila and tacos

Close up of a family on the new Emperor rollercoaster at SeaWorld on a sunny day in San Diego, California, USAOrlando

Citrus, sun, and plenty of theme park fun. Is there anything more exciting for a tiny tyke than a trip to the amusement capital of the world? Revel in the comfort and luxury amenities of a full-service resort, pal around with Mickey & Minnie, or keep the good times (and beads) flowing at an authentic Mardi Gras Parade.

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Soar high in the sky on a Nimbus 2000 with Harry Potter, get drenched at Universal's Volcano Bay, or perfect your crane kick on Ninjago The Ride.

From brick-filled days at Legoland to long nights lingering over flowers and food at Epcot, the City beautiful sure knows how to step it up for Spring break.

Close up of children in clear LEGO tubes on the lazy river at LEGOLAND Waterpark in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: LEGOLAND Florida via Facebook

Virginia Beach

Virginia may be for lovers, but Virginia Beach was built for families! Staggeringly scenic, secluded beaches that boast estuaries, salt marshes, and sand dunes give way to nostalgically vintage boardwalks.

Stroll through the Oceanfront district and soak in the jaunty tunes of the street performers, or strap on some rollerblades and glide your way through a picturesque three-mile stretch of boardwalk.

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Take advantage of less than perfect weather days with stops at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, where kids can clap in delight over cute Harbor seals, frolicking River Otters, and fearsome Komodo Dragons.

Slurp up spoonfuls of amazing She-crab soup and bites of crab cake sandies as you watch the sunset. 

Aerial view looking over Virginia Beach with a purple sunset and no one on the beach in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

photo credit: Daniel Halseth via Facebook

Adults Only Spring Break Locations

Tampa & Clearwater

Stock up on SPF and prime yourself for days of sand and saltwater fun when you spend a week unwinding in Tampa and Clearwater. Admire next-level sunsets at Pier 60, test your luck on a sensational surf simulator, or work on that upper body strength when you kayak your way through Caladesi Island State Park.

Take a reprieve from pounding Coronas and pina Coladas at Coco's Crush Bar and Grill when you rollercoaster till your heart races at Busch Gardens Tampa.

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Or let your hair down with some tiki-inspired cocktails and fare at the neon-accented No Vacancy in St. Petersburg. Still, got the kids in tow? Meld education and entertainment when you witness Green Moray Eels, Giant Pacific Octopuses, and iridescent Moon Jellyfish at the Florida Aquarium

Close up of the Miami Vice drink with the blue pool water in the background at Postcard Inn St. Pete Beach near Tampa, Florida, USA

photo credit: Postcard Inn on the Beach via Facebook

Miami & Fort Lauderdale

Need a spring break with a splash of sizzle? Then, hightail it to Miami and Fort Lauderdale for a getaway brimming with sultry salsa, world-class beach clubs, and ocean adventures to spare.

Dancing divas will be living their best life out on the dance floor, while the culturally inclined will gravitate towards art tours.

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Channel your inner James Bond on a high-speed thrilling 60 minute Jet Ski in Biscayne Bay, or take a break from the city's nightlife nirvana when you book an Everglades Airboat Adventure Tour.

Once you've had your fill of the Magic City, be sure to indulge in some retail therapy and riverboat sightseeing in Fort Lauderdale. 

View of a colorful rooftop bar with lots of plants and different types of lounge seating with the bar towards the back and the city in the background at the Serena Rooftop Restaurant at the Moxy in Miami, Florida, USA

photo credit: Experience Miami Beach via Facebook

Cocoa Beach

Let the blissful sounds of crashing waves and seagulls lull you into a serene siesta when you choose to spring break at Cocoa Beach, Florida. This epicenter of surf and sun is ideal for sporty vacation-goers looking to eek out every last minute of outdoor and amusement park fun.

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Alternate between beach bumming at the infamous Cocoa Pier or collecting seashells at the Canaveral National Seashore.

Feisty coeds will have the spring fling of their dreams at Daytona Beach, while the space inclined will hopefully be lucky enough to witness a rocket launch and tour the Kennedy Space Center.

Don't forget that Orlando is only a short drive away, making magical trips to Walt Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando well within reach. 

Cocoa Beach Florida Pier

Cocoa Beach, Florida, the USA at the pier.

Panama City Beach Spring Break

Panama City Beach knows how to party! For decades this geographically blessed section of the Florida Panhandle has been entertaining the crowds of thirsty college students who flock to her shores each spring.

Brace yourself (and your liver) for tons of waterfront bars, music festivals, and theme parties. So pack up that beach cooler and kick back and relax on 27 miles of beaches that give way to sparkling waters.

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Groove out to Steve Aoki, Afroman, and Cooper Alan at the Beach Bash Music Fest. Or, prepare to get wet and wild at Hammerhead Fred's notorious Foam party. 

View looking down over Casa Loma and their pool and beach area on a sunny day with a bright blue ocean in Panama City, Florida, USA

photo credit: Casa Loma Panama City Beach, Florida via Facebook

Spring Break in Los Angeles

Can't choose between the city and the coast? With a Los Angeles spring break, you don't have to! Instead, fulfill your quota for Vitamin D with visits to Santa Monica and Malibu Beach, and soak in the colorful scenery at the pier before your big night out.

Embrace the electrifying energy and EDM dance beats at Academy LA. Or steal away a piece of LA history at Avalon Hollywood. Lean into your tropical vacation vibes with a Mai Tai at the Bamboo Club in Long Beach. Then play at being a kid for a day with a quick trip to Disneyland

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Wide view of Santa Monica Pier at sunset with the Ferris wheel in the center near Los Angeles, California, USASpring Break in Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas! Is there anywhere more steeped in decadence and debauchery than the City of the Sin? So throw caution to the wind when you roll the dice on a Las Vegas Spring Break. Instead, choose to bare it all at the Mirage Lounge, sip on pitchers of potent sangria at Tao Beach, or revel in carnival curiosities at Marquee.

Sneak away for an early morning of sublime scenery at the Grand Canyon. Or take in the sparkling lights of the strip from the Stratosphere. Then, get ready to feel the temperature rise as the chiseled cuties of Magic Mike Live strip it off. Or bury yourself in the bloody birth of Nevada organized crime at the Mob Museum

View of the pool and lounge area on a sunny day with lots of chairs and cabanas at Tao Beach at the Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

photo credit: The Venetian Resort Las Vegas via Facebook

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Ozark Mountains, Gulf of Mexico views, and Pacific Ocean excitement await those who spring break in the United States. 

Whether your getaway requires a bikini or hiking boots, there are countless ways to spend a week come spring.

Hit up some gnarly surf at Cocoa Beach then dive into a world of under the sea adventure at SeaWorld. Or sip champagne and lather on that tanning oil at a world-famous Las Vegas pool party.

From late nights in Panama City Beach to fun-filled family dinners with Dolly at Pigeon Forge. There are so many ways to score a sensational Spring Break this year!

Where is Your Favorite Place to go for Spring Break?

Let us know in the comments below!


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Written By Isis Maya

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central America and her love o ...

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