Top 5 Family-Friendly Spring Break Vacation Ideas that is Not Florida

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It's time to start thinking and planning what you and your family is going to do for spring break.  With my family, we usually go all out for spring break taking a much-needed trip to escape our busy realities.

Spring break for a lot of families usually is traveling to Florida because it is known for being one of the biggest family destinations with so many things to do and see for everyone.

I love Florida, but don't get me wrong, always going there gets me a bit burned out from it, plus I hate dealing with all the crowds.  Florida is the perfect place to escape during the non-peak season when the weather is much milder and comfortable.

Today, I wanted to share with you spring break destinations I have been to with my family that I feel is worth the trip that everyone will enjoy that isn't in Florida, take a look...

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1. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee- Pigeon Forge is by far the best place my family and I love to visit; we go several times a year!  When you visit Pigeon Forge, it's like a big playground of family activities on every corner.  Trust me; there is never a dull moment in Pigeon Forge.

First of all, you got Dollywood, a family amusement park with more than 40 world class rides, high-energy entertainment, award-winning dining!  The staff at Dollywood are friendly making sure their guest have the time of their life!  And unlike Disney World in Florida, Dollywood is not all congested, so you spend more of your time enjoying all the things Dollywood have to offer instead of wasting your time in long lines.

And guess what!  Dollywood opened a new land called Dolly Parton Experience that you don't want to miss!  

Right next door to Dollywood is Dollywood's Splash Country Waterpark.  Cool down from the heat in their variety of water attractions for both the thrill-seekers and pool-loungers in your family.  There are delicious places to dine inside of Splash Country Waterpark as well.

Pigeon Forge, like Las Vegas, have a long strip of attractions, shops, and dining for the whole family.  Watch your eyes lit up with excitement seeing all the fun things happening around you while your coasting along the strip finding your next activity.  Search through all of my Pigeon Forge posts, and you'll see all the things my family and I got to do while there.

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2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina- When you think of Myrtle Beach you think it's just a beach town right?  Well, you're wrong, it's much more than that!  Yes, it has a 60-mile string of beaches but offers beachfront boardwalk of arcades, souvenir shops, and dining.  Also, Myrtle Beach has the SkyWheel, one of the country’s tallest Ferris wheels.

Near the boardwalk is an old-fashioned Family Kingdom amusement park that the kids will love!

If you're looking for more things to do with your family, nearby is Broadway at the Beach, an outdoor shopping center and entertainment complex.  And my favorite, Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach that you can check out and be up and close to many different sea creatures.  Also the electrifying Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show is quite the experience!

Not too far from Myrtle Beach, if you're not too scared I recommend going to Alligator Adventure. This large facility is filled with different species of reptiles, not just alligators.  And yes, you may even get a chance to touch an alligator during one of Alligator Adventure's live shows.

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3. Houston, Texas- Houston, there is no problem finding things to do for the whole family there!  When we were last in Houston, we enjoyed our time there so much that we almost packed up our stuff to move there!  As they say, everything is bigger and better in Texas, and that's no lie!

Houston was more of an educational trip for our family, so we went to Space Center Houston so the girls could learn about space travel.  There are a lot of history, artifacts, and memorabilia to dive into, also tours, so getting to the Space Center first thing in the morning is a must.

Houston has so many museums to choose from that you'll walk away with a wealth of knowledge.

Another thing is Houston has a great foodie scene that you can't wait to sink your teeth into tasty food dishes!  Huge portions, and an array of different cuisines, you'll be rolling out of Houston for sure!

If you're looking to soak up the sun and lay on the beach, just an hour away from Houston is family-friendly Galveston Beach.  Galveston Beach is more than just a quiet beach vacation; they offer a boardwalk with carnival rides, snack bars, and shops.

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4. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California- Are you looking for a peaceful trip for your family?  Carmel, California is the place to unwind and escape from all the noise of everyday life.

Carmel is a quaint little fairytale cottage town that is walkable but make sure to wear a good pair of walking shoes because the streets there are a bit inclined, but you still won't need a car to get around the small town.  There are galleries, shops, and museums to seek your fancy while enjoying a nice glass of wine.

Check out the breathtaking views at Carmel Beach while enjoying a picnic lunch with your family.  And don't leave your fur baby at home!  Carmel is a dog-friendly town, so your furry friend can enjoy vacationing with you as well!

Another thing that is a must is visiting Point Lobos State Natural Reserve Park where you can go whale watching, check out other sea creatures, and see all the different kinds of birds.  Nothing beats seeing wildlife up close in their natural habitat!  Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is outstanding for sightseeing, photography, painting, nature study, picnicking, SCUBA diving, and jogging.

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5. Staycation- Nothing beats a staycation!  While everyone is leaving town that will give you and your family a chance to explore your own city without the crowd.  Book a hotel room downtown near where all the activities and dining are, and check out places you have not visited yet.

If your city has a resort, that's even better since resorts have more to offer like a waterpark, more dining options, spa, and recreational activities all in one place.

If you're looking for hotel, flights, and rental car deals, make sure to use Priceline.

Have you started planning spring break yet?  If so, what places are in the running?

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  1. I don't know where we will go. I will do something within driving distance so I may do hilton head or something since the kids have never been there

    1. Where ever you all go, have fun! We haven't decided what we are going to do yet either since we have a trip 2 weeks before spring break. We may just do a staycation.

  2. Man, living in the South has it's perks. You have so many cool destinations close by. For us, everything is cold.

    1. Yep, that's why I love living in the south, we're surrounded by so many states!

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