The best towns and cities for families to visit in spring

Best spring destinations for families Hong Kong

As much as we enjoy beaches and days out in the countryside, we also love city breaks – and spring is a great time to make a getaway with mild temperatures and plenty to do outside to keep the kids busy.

I asked top travel bloggers about the best towns and cities for families to visit in spring, and they came up with some fantastic choices.  There are suggestions from all over the world, from large famous cities to smaller towns that you may not have considered for a spring break before.  All are tried and tested and come with plenty of kid-friendly activity recommendations.

Read on to see which cities travel bloggers recommend you take your family this spring!

 

The best cities in Africa to visit in spring

Essaouira, Morocco

Best spring destinations for families Essaouira Morocco

Jenny from TraveLynn Family

Essaouira is a bustling port city, with a beautiful windswept beach on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. With temperatures hovering around 20 degrees, 9 hours of sunshine and a warm sea to paddle in, Spring is the perfect time to visit with kids; winter can get surprisingly chilly and in summer, temperatures can soar along with visitor numbers.

We visited from the UK when our boys were just 2 and 1 years old. In fact, we went to celebrate our youngest’s 1st birthday! It can get rather windy, but with our visit in May we were welcomed with a gentle breeze, which was rather nice.

There is so much to keep the kids entertained; sandy beach with safe, shallow waters, camels to meet and ride, the medina, souqs, fishing port and ramparts to explore. Essaouira is the perfect sensory playground for your little ones, and so many of these activities are FREE!

There’s a direct flight from London Luton with EasyJet, just 3.5 hours, which is very doable with young kids. Plus, there’s no dreaded jetlag for UK visitors as Morocco is the in the same zone. 

Read more about visiting Essaouira with kids on Jenny’s blog and follow TraveLynn Family on Facebook

 

Cape Town, South Africa

Family friendly spring destinations Cape Town South Africa

Nicky from Go Live Young
Cape Town is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, overlooked by flat-topped Table Mountain. Spring time is the perfect time to visit as temperatures are warm, visitors are fewer and nature is at its showiest. You can’t miss the beautiful wild flowers and scent of jasmine in the air.

Cape Town is an excellent destination for families. There is the perfect blend of adventurous activities, history, and culinary experiences to keep everybody happy. Hiking Table Mountain, visiting Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for eighteen years, wandering around Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and visiting the Cape of Good Hope are all great things to do while visiting Cape Town.

Read more about visiting Cape Town with kids on Go Live Young and follow the family adventures on Facebook.

 

Family friendly spring cities in Australia and Oceania

Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Spring destinations for families Newcastle Beach NSW Australia

David from Delve into Australia

Newcastle, Australia is such a great city for kids to visit because it has so much to see and do outdoors. It’s the second largest and oldest city in New South Wales, a two-hour drive north of state capital Sydney, and has an outstanding coastal setting.

The best thing about Newcastle is undoubtedly its beaches. There are six of them within the city proper, from Nobbys, which stretches away to a headland at the mouth of the Hunter River, to Merewether, which has just been voted the best city beach in Australia. Toddlers and young swimmers also have the option of the Canoee Pool next to Newcastle Beach and Merewether Ocean Baths.

A few miles inland, Blackbutt Reserve is a great place to take the kids to see Australian animal icons like the koala, emu and kangaroo up close.

It’s also worth taking the time to show them some of the city attractions, including the excellent Newcastle Museum, and the nearby Stockton Ferry, which runs across the river from Queens Wharf.

Read more about Newcastle and its beaches on Delve into Australia and follow David on Facebook.

 

Auckland,  New Zealand

Best spring destinations for families Auckland New Zealand

Thais from World Trip Diaries

Auckland (NZ) is a great place to be throughout the year, but in spring, it’s especially nice.  There are many reasons for it. For instance, it’s not as expensive nor as crowded as during summer. The weather is usually becoming better and better, while still not being the holiday season. Plus, there are fewer flies and mosquitoes.
It’s beautiful, flowery, and cheerful. A visit to any park can make your day cheerful. My kids’ favorite park is the amazing Domain. It’s huge and the ducklings are adorable and noisy. Bring up a mat, a picnic, a hat, and enjoy a sunny day there.
For those who enjoy zoos, they often have newborn babies there during spring and Auckland Zoo is a very nice one. My kids were super excited when they saw the baby giraffe and the tiny red panda cubs.
The only downside of it is that people allergic to pollen may get a little bit sick then. Maybe a dose of the delicious Manuka honey can help out.
Read more about visiting Auckland on World Trip Diaries and follow them on Instagram.

 

The best spring cities in the Americas for families

Cartagena, Colombia

Best spring destinations for families Cartagena Colombia

Tom from Tomplanmytrip

Colombia is close to the Equator in the Southern Hemisphere. For us – Western people -, it’s complicated to understand how the seasons work there.  Don’t worry. I’m not here to play the Forecast Man. But I have a great tip to deliver.

The beginning of Spring is a fantastic period to visit Cartagena de Indias and around.  In South America, the summer holidays are from December to January. And a majority of the travelers are going to the Caribbean Coast. Hence, prices are exploding, there are people everywhere, and local are stressed.

By going to Cartagena around March/April, you arrive after the tourist tsunami. Prices are divided by 2 or even 4! It means more cocktails for you and more ice creams for the kids.

Enjoy two nights in the old town, wander down the colorful streets and eat a ceviche on the city walls. Then, become a pirate and explore the islands around. Take a speed-boat and chill on Isla Grande or be more adventurous and conquer the unknown San Bernardo Islands. White sands, clear water, palm trees, and coconut juice. The contrast with Cartagena is striking, and I’m sure you will love the quietness of the place.

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Cusco, Peru

Best towns and cities for families to visit in spring

Stephanie from 8 Duffels & 2 Mutts

Grab your kids and wander through the oldest city in the Americas! Cusco is estimated to be nearly 3,000 year old.It is the famous starting point for a visit to numerous Inca Ruin site including Machu Picchu.

You will hardly believe that the city is home to nearly 1/2 a million residents. The city is full of walking districts, quiet brick-paved streets, stunning historical buildings, and awe-inspiring scenery. The Plaza de Armas is an impressive park filled with gardens, green space, and towering water fountains.

There is also a brand new Qolcanpata Inka Park, where families can watch live demonstrations of indigenous farm life, textile making from animal wool, and take ceramic and music lessons.Inside, you can also find museums, an aquarium, an orchid garden, and a butterfly exhibit.

Spring time in Cusco is low season, as it associated with the rainy season. But, the low season is ideal for families. There are less tourist crowds, more hotel accommodations, and decreased demand for tours to the ruins and miraculous natural wonders of the area. The rain is not constant but occasional, and many days warm up to nearly 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Best places to visit in spring for families Boston USA

Yulia from The Foodie Miles

After a harsh New England winter, spring in Boston feels especially warm and wonderful. No more running through the streets in blizzard, hiding from wind in coffee shops every 10 minutes, or missing out on events because it’s too cold to go outside.

Spring brings beautiful weather, blossoming cherry trees, and warm breeze from the harbor. You can go boating on Charles River, wander around the Boston Common and Boston Public Garden, marvel at the beautiful courtyard at Isabella Steward Gardener Museum, or visit one of the many farmers’ markets. Spring is also the time when Fenway Park opens for games, so you can see Boston Red Socks in action!

The best of all, though, is that you can walk everywhere. Boston was named the third most walkable city in the U.S. after New York and San Francisco. And wandering around town in spring weather is pure pleasure!

See Yulia’s Boston itinerary on The Foodie Miles and follow her on Instagram.

 

Bozeman, Montana, USA

Best places for families in spring Bozeman Montana

Jen and Ryan from Passions and Places

The best way to enjoy this outdoors-loving town is to get outside, and spring offers some of the best conditions for it. After the long, cold winters Montana is known for, springtime in Bozeman brings the chance to finally go hiking without snowshoes or cycling without fat tires. There are plenty of trails to choose from, but Bozeman Creek Trail is one of the most accessible and is popular with both hikers and mountain bikers (as well as horseback riders!).

Just an hour and a half from Bozeman, Yellowstone National Park can still be quite cold during the spring, but it will be free of crowds – and this is the best time to spot baby wildlife, including sheep, elk, and even bear cubs. If you happen to be in Bozeman in mid-April, make sure you head up to Big Sky Resort an hour away to catch the Big Sky Pond Skim, held on the final day of ski season. No matter what you do in Bozeman, make sure you save some time at the end of the day to soak your muscles in one of the twelve indoor and outdoor pools at Bozeman Hot Springs.

See a 3 day itinerary for Bozeman on Passions and Places, and follow their adventures on Facebook.

 

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Best family friendly spring destinations Charleston SC USA

Gretchen from Boxy Colonial on the Road

While the masses head to the beaches of Florida for their spring vacations, people who are willing to chance a bit of cool weather can find lower crowds, lots of fascinating history, and great restaurants in Charleston, South Carolina.

Charleston has some wonderful beaches, and a spring trip will give you a good shot at swimming weather. But even if it’s a little cold to get in the ocean and you have to settle for walks along the shore, you can stay plenty busy with Charleston’s many year round attractions before the summer heat sets in.

Our kids loved Charleston’s historical sites, especially the recreated colonial settlement (and small zoo with native animals) at Charles Towne Landing and the enormous World War II aircraft carrier, the USS Yorktown (check out the giant mixer used to make 10,000 chocolate chip cookies a day). Fort Sumter, site of the first shots fired in the Civil War, was another big hit–especially the boat ride to the fort complete with numerous dolphin sightings.

Read more about Charleston’s historical sights on Boxy Colonial on the Road and follow on Facebook.

 

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Spring destinations for all the family Chicago Illinois USA

Sandy from Sleeps5

Spring is an ideal time to visit Chicago! Like many large cities, Chicago offers tourists towering sky scrapers, specialty food (pizza, hot-dogs), high-quality museums of all kinds, comedy and theater, and a great transportation system.

But spring time offers a unique exuberance for visitors to enjoy, particularly in three ways: 1.) It’s now comfortable. Though some days can be rainy, the severe cold of winter is over, and average daytime temperatures rise to the upper 50s. Plus, the heat and humidity of summer haven’t yet started. 2.) It’s beautiful: Chicago’s downtown shops, hotels, and businesses put a ton of effort into spectacular flower displays. Planters overflow with lush greenery, and masses of tulips abound, with coordinating painted willow branches highlighting the colors. 3.) It’s fun: Spring brings the baseball season, and this city has two Major League Baseball teams! It’s easy to get tickets online and join the fans in the stands, try some stadium food, and feel the excitement of rooting on the teams.

There is a lot to enjoy in experiencing spring’s new beginnings in Chicago!

Find out more about Chicago with kids on Sleeps5 and take a look at their Pinterest page here.

 

Fredericksburg, Texas, USA

Best family friendly spring destinations Frederiksburg Texas

Umiko from Two Worlds Treasures

I don’t recall how many times we’ve been to Fredericksburg. However, springtime in this German-influenced town is my favorite. The weather is nice and bluebonnets blossom everywhere. This beautiful wildflower is the state of Texas official flower that normally blossom between mid-March to mid-April.

When you go, climbing Enchanted Rock, the pink granite dome located around 20-minute drive from the city, is a must-do as well as visiting the National Museum of the Pacific War. This museum is like the Smithsonian. Then stop at Texas White House, where President Lyndon B. Johnson did his political activity during his presidential. If you like flowers, Wildseed Farms is your place. Over 200-acres wildflower fields and a beautiful butterfly garden awaits you there. And, with over 30 vineyards and wineries stretch along highway 290, what’s better than wine-testing from one winery to the others by taking a shuttle?

Lastly, a visit to Fredericksburg is not complete without strolling through the Main Street. It’s a shopping heaven with various stores for everyone in the family, including Fido. Then satisfy your appetite at one of the restaurants or enjoy the homemade ice cream from one of the ice cream shop there like my family did every time we went to Fredericksburg.

Read more about what to do in and around Frederiksburg on Two Worlds Treasures and follow Umiko on Instagram.

 

Galveston, Texas, USA

Best spring destinations for families Galveston Texas

Tilly from Travel Junkie Girl

Spring is the perfect time to visit Galveston as longer daylight hours brings excellent sunbathing weather while avoiding the uncomfortable summer heat. And with that comes so many cool things to do, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Great family adventures are in high supply in Galveston. Climb aboard the 1877 tall ship ‘ELISSA’ and explore the high seas at the Texas Seaport Museum; stroll through history in Downtown Galveston, rich in Victorian era architecture; or get down with the local wildlife at Galveston Island State Park or on a Dolphin cruise in the bay. There are thrills to be had at Galveston’s Historic Pier or the Schlitterbahn water park where you can ride the World’s tallest water coaster, or head to my personal favourite: Moody Gardens, with its impressive pyramids containing a huge aquarium and rainforest.

Add mile after mile of excellent beaches into the mix as well as family favourite restaurants like The Rainforest Cafe and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co and Galveston will not disappoint young or old alike!

Don’t miss this year’s Tall Ships Galveston event from the 5-8th April, or the annual FeatherFest from the 17-22 April. Now, you just need to decide where to go first!

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Jackson, Mississippi, USA

Best spring destinations for families Jackson MS USA

Erin from Bambini Travel

I never truly understood the words “I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day, when it’s cold outside I’ve got the month of May” until we lived in the South. In the North, Spring means hope and renewal, but it often also means uneven weather, rainy dreary days, and a lot of brown. Spring in Mississippi is an entirely different experience. The weather is consistently warm. The sun shines bright. And everyone and everything head outdoors. This is the best time of year to visit the South.

In the Jackson area we loved the garden at the Art Museum, the outside play space at the Children’s Museum and the trails at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. This is also the time of year to hit the playgrounds and parks before it starts to really heat up. And if you’re feeling really adventurous, take a day trip down to the coast near Biloxi.

Read more about visiting Jackson with kids on Bambini Travel and follow along on Instagram.

 

Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Family friendly spring destinations Kansas City USA

Sage from Everyday Wanderer

With more fountains than Rome, more boulevards than Paris, and two million of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, Kansas City is an amazing family travel destination. Located in America’s heartland, Kansas City straddles the states of Kansas and Missouri. And, as the winter melts into spring, there’s no better time to visit!

Here are three family-friendly activities that are especially wonderful in the spring:

City of Fountains . There are more than 200 officially registered fountains in Kansas City. Get a complete list of fountains here or follow this self-guided fountain tour to visit 32 of the more popular fountains. Mix in some of Kansas City’s sculptures and murals for even more fun!

Green Space Galore . With more than 200 urban parks plus many gardens, arboretums, and walking trails, Kansas City has green space galore that is never more lush and beautiful than it is in the spring. Get a complete list here.

Stroll the Country Club Plaza . Inspired by the architecture of Seville, Spain, the Plaza was the first shopping center in the world designed to accommodate shoppers arriving by automobile. Springtime brings flowing fountains, flowering trees, and blooming flowers to the Plaza.

Everyday Wanderer has a detailed post on Kansas City here.  Follow Sage on Instagram.

 

New York City, New York, USA

Best family friendly destinations in spring New York City

Erin from Bambini Travel

New York City is one of those cities that is teeming with so many things to do that it is always a good time to visit, however Spring is one of my favorite times to be in the city.

Our family’s favorite thing to do in the Spring was to hunt for flowers. We love the annual flower show in Macy’s, the boxes of colorful blooms filling the Manhattan medians, and the freshly green parks. Our two favorite flower spotting spots are Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Central Park. Both are full of different blooms and are fun places to roam and play in the newly warm Spring weather. I highly recommend spending an afternoon or even a day in each, searching for the perfect Orchids, climbing rocks, and watching the city come alive again after a long cold Winter.

Read more about New York with kids on Bambini Travel and follow the family adventures on Instagram.

 

Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Family friendly spring destinations Norfolk Virginia USA

Bella from Whisper Wanderlust

Norfolk is a city in Virginia, the state with the romantic slogan “Virginia is for lovers”. Therefore, the name already makes us imagine walks in nature with our partner or children, preferably on sunny days and pleasant temperatures.
This is how Spring looks in this charming town located on the East Coast of the United States. In the Spring, temperatures are perfect for going out in Norfolk and everything gets green. I could say that the main attraction is the trees blooming in all colors and spread on every single street of the city. You can also see them at the gorgeous Botanical Garden of Norfolk or at the Virginia Zoo.
Norfolk has no shortage of stunning architecture either. I recommend you take a boat ride on Elizabeth River and walk the streets of the historic Ghent District to admire the gorgeous Victorian houses.
If you love the ocean, go to Ocean View and dive into the blue waves. Then relax on the beach, which is usually not so crowded. Norfolk has the largest naval base in the world, so you can not miss a visit to the Nauticus National Maritime Center.
At the end of the day, retire for a tea at the famous Pagoda, which is located very close. The building was a gift from the Government of Taiwan.
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San Francisco, California, USA

Family friendly spring destinations San Francisco California

Carol from Wayfaring Views

Mark Twain is alleged to have said “”The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco.” There is some doubt among scholars that Twain actually said this, however, the sentiment stands. Summertime is cold and foggy in San Francisco and you will be far better off visiting in the spring.

Late spring in SF will give you perfect mild weather from which to launch all sorts of outdoor activities such as: hanging out at ocean beach, spending a Saturday chillin’ at Dolores Park, strolling the Embarcadero and walking across the Golden Gate Bridge.

The nearby farms kick into high gear in April and the SF farmer’s markets come alive with fresh strawberries, squash, peaches, spring garlic, asparagus and artichokes. You’ll also find these foods featured in the farm-to-table restaurants that sprinkle throughout the city.

Not only that, but the city has a lot of fun festivals in the spring including: Bay Area Brews (March), Cherry Blossom Festival (April), International Beer Festival (April), International Film Festival (April) and the Mission Carnaval Festival (May). Get some ideas for your trip with this list of cool things to do in San Francisco.

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Family friendly cities in Asia and Middle East

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Best spring destinations for families Abu Dhabi UAE

Arzo from Arzo Travels

Let´s face it: the United Arab Emirates are hot most of the time. Seriously hot hot hot. However, it gets better in spring and actually it is a great time to visit Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
It is still warm (or slightly hottish) but you can do many activities – and kids will love to enjoy some time in the sun.
While it is not as famous or busy as Dubai there are still many great things to do – kids will love the time at the beach. Abu Dhabi has some beautiful beaches – relaxing at the public beaches at Corniche or Saadiyat Island will be a fun thing but they will definitely enjoy the desert safari tour as well. Though this is something for the whole family, kids totally enjoy it.
But there are even more things to do with kids: Ferrari World is a huge theme park – don’t kids just enjoy rollercoasters and cars?  If the adults enjoy some fancy time at the luxurious Emirates Palace – may it be a dinner or coffee, the kids can play outside with the water fountains.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your kids and enjoy a great family vacation in Abu Dhabi.
Read about Abu Dhabi on Arzo Travels and follow Arzo’s adventures on Instagram.
 

Beijing, China

Family friendly spring destinations Beijing China

Clemens from Travellers Archive

Beijing has a lot to offer for the young as well as the older ones: from classics like the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven, to Tiananmen Square, or trips to the lakes near the Summer Palace, to the Ming Tombs, or, of course, to the Great Wall of China.

Above all, the city impresses by its variety and sheer size. Especially in spring, Beijing is worth a visit. It this time of the year that the city slowly wakes up and the many green areas gradually begin to bloom. In contrast to the very cold winters and summers, that can get extremely hot, spring is usually very pleasant. Perfect for exploring the city.

A great idea is to discover the many parks, especially Beihai Park, where you can stroll around, sit on the shore and recover from the hustle and bustle of Beijing.

Read more about China on Travellers Archive and follow along on Facebook.

 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Best places for families to visit in spring Dubai UAE

Keri from Our Globetrotters

Spring is the perfect time to visit Dubai as the chill comes off the winter air but before the intense heat of summer hits. From the beaches to the desert its pleasant to be outside during the day – albeit it things rapidly warm over April and May! 

Although the city is well-built for year round indoor lifestyle to tackle desert conditions, visiting in Spring means you can get the best of both Dubai’s indoor and outdoor worlds.  For families, some favourite seasonal attractions remain open until roughly the end of April, including Global Village, the World’s largest flower garden – Dubai Miracle Garden and Dubai Garden Glow & Dinosaur Park.  

 By the end of Spring you’ll definitely want to be cooling off in one of the city’s numerous public beaches, private resorts or water parks.  Kids won’t want to miss the relatively newly opened Dubai Parks & Resorts which includes Legoland Dubai & Motiongate.  But please make sure you get beyond the city too – head to the mountains of Ras Al Khaimah, the Fjords of Musandam (Oman) and take in a desert safari experience.

Check out Keri’s guide to the UAE with kids here, and follow Our Globetrotters on Facebook

 

Hong Kong

Best spring destinations for families Hong Kong

Ryan from Treksplorer

Seeking a spring break without fighting for pool time among obnoxious frat boys? Hong Kong could be the escape you’ve been looking for.

I’ll admit that wandering through the chaotic streets of Hong Kong isn’t exactly as relaxing as chillin’ on a palm-fringed beach with a piña colada while your kids build sand castles. But Hong Kong has a way of grabbing your attention and holding onto it like no other city.

Throughout much of the year, Hong Kong’s heat and humidity can drive unsuspecting tourists (especially warm-blooded Canadians like me!) into a total frenzy. Early spring, however, is the best time to visit Hong Kong without the usual discomforts of heavy rainfall and an extra-balmy humidex.

Undertaking unforgettable activities like hiking up Victoria Peak for epic city views, lacing up and down the Dragon’s Back Trail on Lantau Island, weaving in and out of the restaurants & street markets of Kowloon, or even spending a day frolicking at Hong Kong Disneyland is far easier in the cooler temperatures of spring. You’ll feel more energetic and get to explore more of Hong Kong than would be possible in the dead heat and incessant showers of summer.

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Kyoto, Japan

Best spring destinations for kids Kyoto Japan

Matilda from The Travel Sisters

Although I think any season is a great time to visit Kyoto, spring is a little extra special thanks to Japan’s celebrated cherry blossoms (sakura) when parks, gardens and riverbanks are overtaken by delicate pink flowers.

Although I visited Kyoto before I had a child, it is one of the cities at the top of my list to visit with my son. Full of Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, traditional Japanese homes and gardens to the famous Arashiyama bamboo forest, Kyoto has something for everyone.  One of the best things to do in the spring is to walk along the Philosopher’s Path and enjoy the cherry tree lined canal.

In addition to hanging out, having a picnic and cherry blossom viewing at one of Kyoto’s many parks and green spaces, other fun activities for children include catching a glimpse of an elusive geisha in the Gion district, staying at a ryokan and visiting the Kyoto Railway Museum.

Find out how to spend 3 days in Kyoto on The Travel Sisters and follow Matilda on Facebook.

 

Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Best places to visit in spring Nuwara Elia Sri Lanka

Zinara from NatnZin

Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka is a great spring destination, particularly because of the pleasant weather during spring months. It’s warmer during the daytime and has pleasant, cold nights. Flowers bloom all around Nuwara Eliya during the period of March-May, and it makes this sleepy hill town a little more gorgeous.

We love roaming around this little town, looking for best street food. You can relax in an old colonial bungalow with a cup of Ceylon tea, or hunt down waterfalls of Sri Lanka’s central highlands. Bomburu Falls, St. Clair’s Falls, and Lover’s Leap are some of the most popular waterfalls in and around Nuwara Eliya. Gregory Lake in Nuwara Eliya has a festive atmosphere. There are makeshift stalls selling snacks and Sri Lankan food. If you love flora, Haggala Botanical Garden offers the best experience. At Pedro Tea Estate, you can go on a guided tour to see how Ceylon tea is produced.

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Phuket, Thailand

Best spring destinations for families Phuket Thailand

Emma from Wanderlust and Wet Wipes

We went to Phuket in Thailand over Easter a few years ago. It’s a good one from the UK if you can take a full 2 weeks off. We could only take a week but living closer it’s not a bad journey.

Phuket’s a great destination because there’s something for everyone. It’s really chilled out and laid back – there’s no rush to do lots of things but it’s not a lie on the beach holiday either (not our style of holiday!). We had a great hotel with a kids club and 2 great pools. The kids loved just hanging out there with us.

We were a short bus ride from the beach (free from our hotel) and spent a couple of days just hanging out down there. On one of the days we even got a pass to one of the hotels on the beachfront. The swimming pool had a water slide so the kids were happy as clams!

We took a couple of days to tour around Phuket – going south to dinosaur mini golf (a classic Thai experience lol) and to an elephant sanctuary (please do your research before you go). We explored Patong and Phuket Old Town and had dinner on a couple of beautiful beaches on the West Coast. There’s so much we didn’t do like visiting the Big Buddha monument or taking a day trip to Phi Phi Islands (kids were young and still napping). I’d definitely go back!

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Singapore

Best springtime destinations for families Singapore

Callan from Singapore n Beyond

Singapore is a city-state with Malaysia to the north and Indonesia elsewhere else. Similar to other Southeast Asian countries, it’s characterized not by four seasons, but rather wet and dry months. It’s only degree north of the equator, so you can expect equatorial tropical climates. Even though Singapore is hot and rainy during the Spring months, it is neither the hottest, driest or wettest time of year which is reason enough to head there.
There is also so much to do for all ages, both in and outdoor. When the sun is out, families will love the three beaches on Sentosa island, the river safari through 10 different freshwater habitats or taking a stroll through MacRitchie Reservoir, the treetop walk or the Botanic Gardens. When I visited with my 2-year-old niece, she was besotted with the feathered friends at Jurong Bird Park and blown away with the marine life at SEA Aquarium.
The older kids will love the night safari managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore (and so will the parents). Family activities abound from the Trick Eye and ArtScience Museum to Universal Studios and Gardens by the Bay. Adventurous tykes can even try a simulated skydiving experience at iFly Singapore (age limit from 3+). There are also some free activities to keep you occupied like the Lights Show by the Bay.
It is a safe, convenient and clean country that welcomes visitors at every turn.
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The best cities in Europe to visit in spring

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Best spring destinations for families Amsterdam Netherlands

Shweta from Zest in a Tote

Art, history, parks, activities for kids, fine dining, cafe culture….Amsterdam has something to offer for everyone. Here is why I think this urbane destination is great for families for a spring break. And take your kids with you for sure!

The heart of the city is best explored on foot. The city’s historic canals can be admired via a morning spent strolling by or you can take a cruise. A cruise might be the preferred option for younger kids. With older kids, a Segway or a bike tour can also be considered.

The city is a treasure trove for art. Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum, Stedelijk Museum – all 3 museums are within easy walking distance, so the serious art lover doesn’t have to choose! The city has some good museums for kids as well. My 6-year old daughter loved the time we spent at NEMO Science Center.

Spring is a good time to relax outside in the sun. Vondelpark – the most famous park in Amsterdam has a lot to offer for families and kids.

And if this convinced you, trust me, the Dutch cheese would. Take a food tour or just a cheese tasting session and buys loads of cheese for home.

Read more about Amsterdam with families on Zest in a Tote and follow Shweta on Facebook.

 

Barcelona, Spain

Best spring destinations for families Barcelona Spain

Justine from Latitude 41

Barcelona’s warm Mediterranean climate is moderate all year long, but the city experiences a rebirth in the spring. Locals and tourists shed their heavy jackets and enjoy more outdoor activity – like riding bikes around Ciutadella Park or strolling around Montjuic, a hilly part of the city with sweeping views of the city and sea. They may also enjoy a meal on the outdoor terraces of the Gothic quarter or the medieval streets of El Born.

As a Barcelona expat of 10 years, I’ve walked the same places numerous times, but I never get bored! My 3 kids and I can easily spend the whole day exploring the coastline boardwalk around Port Olimpic with its parks, shops, restaurants, and sand. My favorite thing to do during spring is to celebrate the beloved holiday, Diada de Sant Jordi (St. George’s Day), a holiday when locals exchange books and roses with their loved ones. Vendors set up booths in all the major plazas and avenues and create a unique and fun ambiance celebrating books and literature. IMHO, with its sun, sand, mountains and city life, Barcelona is quintessentially one of the most liveable and kid-friendly cities in Spain.

Read more about what to do in Barcelona with kids on Latitude 41 and follow Justine on Instagram.

 

 Eger, Hungary

Best family friendly destinations in spring Eger Hungary

Cris at LooknWalk

Famous for being the last city to fall to the Turks and home to an amazing red wine, Eger, Hungary, is an amazing place to visit any time of the year. We have included it in one of our wedding anniversary trips, in late May: perfect late spring weather. And while we are a couple without kids, there are enough activities for families with kids.

The Eger Museum of Fire Fighting, although small, is perfect for families. Although I must admit, we also loved it.

For the adults and kids alike, visiting the Eger Castle is a must. We spent more than 4 hours checking out all exhibits, but you can pick and choose what you like. The wax figurines are a highlight among the younger visitors.

Adults will love the Town under the Town Tour which visits the old church’s wine cellars. The tour is in Hungarian but they give out booklets in English (and the text follows exactly the presentation).

Hungary is an incredible country to visit during spring, as  nature comes to life, the weather is nice and the prices affordable.

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Hallstatt, Austria

Best family friendly spring destinations Hallstadt Austria

Ridima from Little Joys and More

Hallstatt is an ideal spring destination if you enjoy good view with a good journey. Very close to Salzburg, Hallstatt boasts of a panoramic sight with a perfect background of mountains, a lake to compliment the whole setting and an unstructured village over a hill top with colourful terraces and green trees. The journey to this UNESCO World Heritage site leaves a trail of scenic memories behind, with a hope of enduring the remembrance of a vision worth no words.

Narrow lanes, cathedrals, museums and restaurants near the lake side, add to the beauty and the charm of the village. The highlight still remains a vantage point from where the view of the village is spectacular. To complement the joy of the family, Hallstatt also has Dachstein Ice Caves and Salzwelten Salt Mine. Bring the world of fairytale to life and get ready to be surprised as you take a magical tour of Dachstein Ice Caves. Visit world’s oldest salt mine, dive into the caves and slide across the levels as you learn more about salt-mining at Salzwelten.

Promising a fun-filled experience for the whole family, Hallstatt should definitely score high in the bucket list for spring travel.

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Valencia, Spain

Best places for families in the spring Valencia Spain

Tom from The Travelling Tom

Valencia is a destination that is often overlooked when it comes to visiting Spain, but it’s certainly worth visiting during the Spring.
There are a lot of things to do in the city, such as visit the City of Arts and Sciences. These massive buildings are architecturally stunning, and house some interseting exhibits. There is also the numerous Roman and Moorish buildings dotted around the city, which offer an insight into the city’s past.
Valencia is the home of paella. You can’t visit the city without sampling some. Most of the local bars serve paella, or you could take a food tour to learn more about it’s origins and how it’s made.
Spring is an ideal time to visit Valencia, as the weather is not too cold and not too hot. Summer time in Spain can be intense. Temperatures will rarely exceed 25 degrees during Spring, which is much more comfortable!
Read about Valencia on The Travelling Tom here, and follow Tom on Instagram

 

Wells, UK

Wells Cathedral

Emily from Kids and Compass (me!)

Wells is the smallest city in England and makes for a perfect city break.  We stumbled across it almost by accident last spring and it’s now one of our favourite places in the UK.  Wells is easily walkable and has plenty to look at.  Its cathedral is stunning, with beautiful gothic architecture.  You can explore the most complete medieval street in England just behind the cathedral, and the gardens of the Bishops Palace are in full bloom – perfect for kids to run around in.

Around Wells you’ll be kept busy as there’s lots to see and do outdoors.  We visited the enormous caves at Wookey Hole which are great for kids, and learned about prehistoric life at Cheddar Gorge.  You can also visit the spiritual town of Glastonbury nearby and climb up to Glastonbury Tor for incredible views over Somerset.

 


So there you are – travel bloggers’ favourite cities around the world in spring.  I hope you’ve been inspired by some of these spring destinations for families.  I know I’ve got several new cities added to my bucket list!
If you prefer more outdoorsy suggestions then take a look at last week’s post which covers favourite family friendly spring destinations.
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15 thoughts on “The best towns and cities for families to visit in spring

  1. Stephanie Frias says:

    Emily, what a fantastic collaborative post! It’s been such a long time since I have been on your blog. I am SOO happy to see it again 🙂 Last year I upgraded to a new website and lost my connection with my WordPress community. Thank goodness, I just got back in. Lesson learned, and subscribing by email to everyone I want to see now! So happy to reconnect. xxx

    • Emily Cole says:

      Lovely to hear from you again Stephanie! I wondered why I hadn’t seen any updates from you for ages, but your posts are being sent to my inbox again – I will sit down today and read through them! And thanks so much for your contribution to the post!

  2. Josephine Scott says:

    Great to find a blog about travelling with young kids – ours are nearly 4 and 6 and I’m writing this from Seville, helped by your blog post on it! I couldn’t comment on your 2017 round up but wanted to recommend Lisbon as a fantastic destination with kids. We went last Easter and stayed in the campo del ourique in an Airbnb; there was a park at the bottom of the hill and the basilica was also amazing – definitely worth the trip to the roof! The mercado del ourique is great value for family eating, and a short train ride gets you to Belem, and then onto the coast at cascais. The trams are great fun and the kids want to go back. The highest accolade of all!

    Happy travelling in 2018 🙂

    • Emily Cole says:

      I’m glad you found my Seville post helpful! I hear Seville is lovely at this time of year – hope you’re enjoying yourselves.
      Lisbon is definitely somewhere we want to get to sooner rather than later, especially as kids have recommended it – so thank you for those tips! Happy travelling to you too!

  3. Jen Ambrose says:

    Thanks so much for including our contribution – there are so many great spots on here! I visited Morocco awhile back and Essaouira was one of my big oversights. Hopefully I’ll make it back one day!

    • Emily Cole says:

      No problem – thanks for your contribution! Essaouira is a great place, very different to the usual chaos of Morocco. I went years and years ago and would love to take my kids one day!

  4. Tilly Horseman says:

    Great list Emily! It’s opened my eyes as to a few extra places to check out particularly in the States. After falling for Galveston and generally loving Texas all over, I’d now love to head to Fredericksburg after reading this. And Kansas City really appeals too! Glad to see Wells has made the list for the UK. Love it there! 🙂

    • Emily Cole says:

      Thanks Tilly! Glad you like the list. I also really liked reading about smaller towns and cities in the States – they’re all on my bucket list now! And Wells is definitely one of our favourites in the UK – such an unexpectedly lovely place.

  5. Kate S says:

    Thanks for this list! I am always looking for places to visit by season. I love all of these ideas. I would love to get to New York City this spring. Checking out all the flowers in bloom in Central Park sounds wonderful. It’s great to visit when it’s not too hot.

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