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Last-Minute Spring Break Destinations For Families

Forgot to plan ahead? Here’s where to go.

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If planning an epic Disney trip or tropical escape for Spring Break slipped your mind (it happens), it’s not too late to plan a fun-filled family getaway. From the beach to the mountains and everywhere in between, these last-minute destinations are great for families.

In Round Rock, TX, slip and slide at America’s largest indoor waterpark at Kalahari Resorts. An on-site arcade, bowling alley, and multiple dining options gives you plenty of family fun to choose from. Or, head outdoors to explore hiking trails in the scenic Texas hill country.Kalahari Resorts

Whether you camp in the Smoky Mountains or enjoy a resort-style vacation, Gatlinburg, TN has so much to offer outdoor-loving families. You'll find a theme park, mountain coaster, hiking trails, river rides, shopping, dining, and more in this family-friendly mountain town.

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Head to Gulf Shores, AL, and rent a beach house on the Gulf of Mexico for fun in the sun this spring break. Ride the largest Ferris wheel on the gulf coast, play some mini golf, go paddle boarding, and go pier fishing with your kids.

Think New Orleans, LA, is just for adults? Think again. The historic city is filled with culture and many great options for families. The National WWII Museum, Audubon Park and Zoo, Mardi Gras Museum, riverboat rides, street parades, and a children's museum are top attractions. Getty
Spend spring break in the sunshine state at Siesta Key, FL, where you can enjoy a laid-back family beach trip. Build sandcastles, explore coastal shops, and dine by the sea. Take a short drive to Sarasota for an aquarium, big cat sanctuary, and botanical gardens.Getty

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In Branson, MO, your family can take a step back in time with a visit to Silver Dollar City amusement park. Also in Branson, take a zip line through the Ozarks or see award-winning shows like Dolly Parton’s Stampede.

If you’re looking for a last-minute beach getaway this spring break, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has plenty of family-friendly beachfront resorts and vacation home rentals to choose from. Plus there’s tons to do on the boardwalk.Robert Loe/Moment/Getty Images

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San Diego, California may be just the perfect family spot. You’re not too far from Legoland or Disneyland, but if you’re looking for a last-minute Cali trip, Omni La Costa Resort has a great kids club, and Hotel del Coronado offers surf and paddle-board lessons.

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If your family loves being active, Glenwood Springs, Colorado might be the perfect destination. Hit up Sunlight Mountain Resort where kids under 12 can ski for free and there’s also free parking and less crowding than other ski resorts.