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Best Family-Friendly Spring Break Destinations on a Budget

It’s time to dust off your luggage and pack up the family for a spring break getaway. Luckily, making great memories doesn’t need to break the bank. We’ve hunted down six of the best family-friendly spring break destinations to visit on a budget.
We focused on locations boasting:

  • availability of flights
  • high-value lodging, and
  • plenty of inexpensive family activities.

Here are our top six picks for the best family-friendly spring break destinations to visit on a budget.

Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona checks all the boxes of a great family-friendly spring break destination. Warm weather and outdoor activities, including plenty of free hiking, will help the kids run off some energy. For a little education mixed into the fun, visit The Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Gardens. Or, simply hang out poolside and relax. Phoenix has several family-friendly hotel chains across the valley. Or rent a condo or house and save money on meals by cooking in instead of dining out. A tip that holds true for all of the destinations on our list.

Miami, Florida

Miami might not be the first place you think of for a family vacation. So, what makes Miami a great family-friendly spring break destination on a budget? There’s no shortage of free and low-cost activities in town. Its plethora of free parks and beaches mean you can spend more time soaking up the sun and less time worrying about your budget. For the animal lovers in the family Zoo Miami, Monkey Jungle, Jungle Island, and Sawgrass Recreation Park offer tons of adventure. Check out Miami Curbed for more family-friendly activities in Miami and SkyScanner for help finding cheap flights.

Keystone, Colorado

If you’re looking to enjoy cold weather sports, consider Keystone, Colorado. Ski.com calls it one of the best budget ski destinations. With affordable lodging and restaurants, your family can spend the day on the slopes before heading in for a hearty meal. Keystone also offers learning areas for beginning skiers young and old, making it a great location for those just learning.

Kansas City, Missouri

Located in the heart of the country, Kansas City is easily accessible. With plenty of indoor and outdoor activities, no matter the weather, Kansas City has you covered. Choose from a variety of options. Crown Center features a rotating children’s exhibit, the Coterie Theatre and Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant. Union Station includes Science City and an IMAX for the little ones. And, The Kansas City Zoo is always a family favorite.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach consistently surfaces in recommendations for family-friendly spring break destinations on a budget. With 60 miles of beaches and plenty of budget-friendly beachside housing options, it’s a great choice for family fun. Julie Henry at Myrtle Beach On the Cheap provides an extensive list of free or cheap things to do with your kids at Myrtle Beach. Among them, T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station, miniature golf and Pelicans baseball. Oh, and of course the surf and sand.

Palms Springs, California

No longer just a vacation destination for sun-seeking seniors, Palm Springs offers plenty for families to do on a budget. Hike at Indian Canyons or Tahquitz Canyon. The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, Palm Springs Air Museum and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway offer indoor activities. Or cool off at your hotel pool. Palm Springs gives families a wide choice of activities to keep kiddos entertained and parents happy.
Whether you are looking for the beach or mountains, a city or beach town, this year’s list of best family-friendly spring break destinations on a budget has something for you. Enjoy the time spent with your family and the memories made while keeping your budget intact. Happy vacationing!
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