The best spring destinations for families

Family friendly spring destinations Sicily Italy

Are you looking forward to spring yet?  Spring is my favourite time of the year and I think it’s the best time of the year to travel to many places as nature begins to wake up and the days warm and lengthen.   Now’s the time to start planning a last-minute spring trip, if you haven’t got anything booked already!

But where should you take your family in spring?  I asked fellow travel bloggers to tell me about their favourite spring destinations for families.  You don’t necessarily have to go far, but there are suggestions for the UK, USA and further afield on this list.

This post is all about the great outdoors – there will be another post coming later this week for those who prefer city breaks.  From favourite regions to beaches and parks, see where those in the know recommend you take your kids this spring.

The best spring destinations for families in the Americas

Aruba

Best family friendly spring destinations Aruba

Jen from Jen on a Jet Plane 

There’s never a bad time to visit Aruba, but March is an especially good month to travel to this little island off the coast of Venezuela.

With Dutch architecture, fluent English speakers and Caribbean party vibes, it’s the best of all worlds. There’s always a forecast of 85 degrees and sunny, so water activities reign supreme here. Visitors can explore shipwrecks and swim with sea turtles on an excursion with Seabob Aruba, a great activity for teenagers who’ve grown tired of catamaran cruises. Another option is to go cliff diving and snorkeling in Aruba’s natural pools on a Jeep tour of Arikok National Park. The off-roading experience and desert landscape will make you forget you’re in the tropics.

Guests of the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino get complimentary admission and transportation to the hotel’s private island, where you can feed flamingos. If you’re not a guest of the Renaissance you can still get a day pass depending on the current occupancy, but the price tag is hefty at $100 per person and the flamingos are not actually native to the island. Finally, if you’re feeling less adventurous, simply sit and soak up the cotton candy sunset at Palm Beach.

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Belize

Best family friendly destinations in spring Belize

Allison from Eternal Arrival

Belize is one of the best places to spend spring time as the weather there is simply perfect! Belize is a tropical country, which means it gets a rainy season, which runs from June to November. Visiting in spring time means that you’ll have pretty much daily sunshine — all the better to enjoy the beautiful beaches, explore the jungle, or go snorkeling or diving in the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world.

Kids who visit Belize will love snorkeling and observing the underwater life, visiting the world-class Belize Zoo (which only hosts species native to Belize who are in need of rehabilitation), or adventuring through the ruins in the jungles of San Ignacio.
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Maui, Hawaii, USA

Best spring destinations for families Maui Hawaii

Cat from For Two, Please

Spring is an extremely fun time to visit Maui, Hawaii. There are countless outdoor activities for you to enjoy during the months of March, April, and May. From ziplining, outrigger canoeing, to paddle boarding, this island paradise has a lot to offer. However, the most exciting reason to visit Maui in spring is to see the humpback whales!

With Maui’s whale watching season extends well into early April, you’ll have a good chance getting a glimpse of these magnificent creatures. Every December, around 12000 North Pacific humpback whales migrate from Alaska to mate, calve and nurse their young! This is a magical experience you’ve got to have at least once in your life, and there’s no better place than Maui for whale watching!

It’s true that you can spot the whales from the shore, but joining a whale watching boat tour would be a fantastic way to get a closer look!

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Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Best family friendly destinations in the spring Yucatan Peninsula Mexico

Alya from Stingy Nomads

The Yucatan peninsula in Mexico is the perfect place for a holiday in spring time. Dreamy white beaches, crystal clear water and amazing Mayan ruins to explore make this an excellent destination. There is a great variety of excellent food available, from eating ceviche at the sea and drinking a Margaritha on the beach to eating tacos, tortillas and quesadillas in the streets of Cancun.

Traveling here as a family is easy since many all-inclusive resorts and excellent hotels can be found all over the peninsula. For solo travellers on a budget many hostels are available. Transport, restaurants and other tourist services are well developed. Since it is dry season from November to April this is the best time to explore Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, or many other Mayan ruins in the area.

Spring is also the time for calm, predictable seas; creating perfect conditions for fishing, snorkelling and diving in Mexico. Do you want to avoid the spring break party? Make your way to Tulum, these parties are generally not catered for by the many small eco-conscience cabana hotels. Snorkel with turtles, explore ruins and swim or dive in the perfect, clear water in the underground caves known as cenotes all over the peninsula.

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Orange County, California, USA

Best family friendly destinations for spring Orange County USA

Terumi from An Emerald City Life

Orange County California is a perfect place to visit in the spring. With sunshine in abundance and activities ranging from farm visits in Irvine, to strolling the picturesque Huntington Beach Pier, there is no shortage of things to do.

There are interesting foods to try and world class shopping malls in Costa Mesa. And if you do a bit of travel by bike, train or car you can get beyond the usual touristy haunts and feel more like a local.

Disneyland might also be less crowded and hot in the spring than at other times of the year. So whether you are taking a trip with family in tow or you are on a solo adventure, you will find it easy to find a fun vacation in this part of the world.

Read more about Orange County on An Emerald City Life and follow Terumi on Instagram.

 

Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Best Spring destinations for families Yosemite National Park California USA

Jonathan from The Royal Tour

Yosemite National Park in Northern California is amazing to visit any time of year. The granite monoliths of Half Dome and El Capitan, the forests, and the valleys are always beautiful. But to visit in spring is to see Yosemite at its best. The reason? The waterfalls for which the Park is best known are full and thundering.

To see Yosemite Falls, just walk behind the lodge. It is the third highest falls in the United States, and the way it cascades into the Valley will take your breath away. Bridal Veil Falls is just a 1/4 mile paved walk off the main road. For a bit of a workout, hike to Vernal Falls (or even continue to Nevada Falls). The hike to the top of Vernal is wet with mist when the Falls are full, and will take about 3-4 hours round trip.

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Estes Park, Colorado, USA

Best family spring destinations Estes Park Colorado USA

Michelle from That Texas Couple

Colorado is super popular with Spring Breakers heading to the slopes, so to avoid the traffic gridlock, grab your family and go to beautiful Estes Park, Colorado instead. You’ll love visiting Estes in the spring as you will find great deals on lodging and fewer crowds than the summer months.

Estes is full of activities that are sure to please the whole family. During this time of year, you will notice there is an abundance of wildlife hanging out in the lower elevations, so take your kids animal spotting and see who can find the most elk. While hiking is limited to the lower elevation trails in the spring, this won’t stop you from exploring. Rent some snowshoes and sign up for a guided snowshoe hike, go tubing or sledding at Hidden Valley, or explore the historic (and supposedly haunted) Stanley Hotel. Your kids will love trying their hand at ice fishing and you will love that you won’t have to freeze your buns off to do it if you stop at Trout Haven Pond.

After a fun day out, treat the family to a great wood-fired pizzas at Antonio’s. All of this and more makes Estes Park a great spring destination for your family!

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Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

Best spring destinations for families Joshua Tree National Park

Melissa from The Family Voyage

We love visiting Joshua Tree National Park in the spring! It’s a great family-friendly destination and just a quick drive from Los Angeles. While the summer heat makes the desert region unmanageable and winter brings chilly temperatures, the spring days are mild. What’s even more special is seeing the desert in full-bloom, and sometimes it’s even a carpet of wildflowers!

There are many great options to keep kids busy at Joshua Tree, including hikes for all ability levels, rock scrambling and bouldering and an excellent Junior Ranger program. The surrounding area is loaded with even more great attractions for families, so three days is the perfect time to see it all. Our kids always love a visit and can’t wait to go back!

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Avila Beach, California, USA

Family friendly spring destinations Avila Beach California

Jill from Lets Travel Family

California may be known for Disneyland or sunny San Diego, but the lesser known central coast is a great destination for a family vacation. Avila Beach is a small coastal town in Central California that provides a family-friendly beach, great restaurants, and a nearby farmer’s market that is out-of-this-world amazing.

The large farmer’s market in San Lupis Obsipo, California runs every Thursday night from 6-10pm year-round. Our family really enjoyed purchasing fresh produce and prepared BBQ while listening to local musicians on a clear cool evening.

Spring in Avila Beach will allow for some comfortable weather for your family. The calm waters and long pier provide many opportunities for families to see dolphins, whales, and other wildlife. Our children especially enjoyed watching a pod of dolphins fishing together right before their eyes! The paved bike trail to the beach and the pirate-themed playground and bathrooms rounded out Avila Beach to being one of our favorite family vacation destinations. It really pays to travel to some of the lesser known cities such as Avila Beach.

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Family friendly spring destinations in Asia

Kerala, India

Best family friendly destinations in springtime Kerala India

Catherine from We Go With Kids

Our family’s Spring break trip to India was highlighted by three luxurious days in Kerala.  Spring is a lovely time to visit because it is at the end of the peak season and before the Summer monsoons.  The most popular tourist attraction of the area are houseboat tours through the backwaters, and our day on a houseboat in Alleppey was our favorite part of the trip.  Our three kids loved the chance to glimpse into the lives of some of the villagers who live on or near the water.  While every meal we had in Kerala was delicious, the lunch served on the houseboat was absolutely divine.  

We also enjoyed exploring Fort Cochin and especially the Chinese Fishing Nets.  My kids absolutely loved our hands-on experience helping local fishermen pull up the net.   While visiting Cochin beach in the evening, we were treated to a beautiful sunset as we wandered through the nearby fish market.  There was so much to see and do in Kerala that we did not have enough time to thoroughly enjoy our amazing Taj by Vivanta resorts and hope next time we have more time to just lounge by the pool in typical Spring Break fashion.

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Bir Billing Paragliding Retreat, India

Best spring destinations for families Himachal Pradesh India

Somnath from Travel Crusade

Bir and Billing are two spiritual destinations nestled in the lovely state of Himachal Pradesh in India. They are located in the Kangra district of Himachal and can be reached via Pathankot by traversing a distance of 5 hours in a safari jeep.

Spring is considered the best time to reach these awesome destinations as we can see lot of new and unique flowers glowing and blooming in propinquity. It is the perfect place for paragliding in India and experts gear up to provide the best services in the region.

It is worth planning a visit to the hamlet with family and kids to enjoy the fascination of the Dhauladhar Himalayan compass and enjoy the freshness of the mountains surrounding the region. We can see and feel the different species of flowers during this time of the year which cannot be felt anywhere else. Spring is the best season to experience the beauty prevailing in the region and experience the seasonal differences existing in these valleys.

Bir and Billing are unexplored destinations in India as they are situated in the upper extremities of the Kangra district. They are becoming slowly popular due to the paragliding and the winter sports opportunities available in the arcade and attracts tourists from around the world.

Read more about Somnath’s travels at Travel Crusade and follow him on Facebook.

 

Okinawa, Japan

Best spring destinations for families Okinawa Japan

Max from Dame Cacao

The islands of Okinawa stretch your preconceptions of a Japanese vacation. You’ve probably heard of Tokyo, maybe even Osaka and Kyoto, but have you heard of Naha? It’s the capital of Okinawa, a chain of islands just east of Taiwan.

The prefecture of Okinawa is known for fresh tropical fruits, pristine beaches, and the indigenous Ryukyu culture. Just like in mainland Japan, the area is very safe to travel in. From March to May, its famous orchids are in bloom, mangoes & pineapples are in season, and the water is just warm enough to cool off in.  Springtime crowds are still thin in Okinawa and prices are relatively low, but the weather is consistently sunny.

Visitors who love the water can go surfing, paddle boarding, and snorkeling, while others may be more interested in the land-based attractions. Beyond the coast line, some popular destinations include: Shuri Castle, Okinawa World, Churaumi Aquarium, and Pineapple Park. Off the coast are several smaller islands, each known for gorgeous beaches, and sometimes salt mines or sugar cane fields. Just a 3-hour flight from Tokyo, you could spend anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks exploring the southernmost islands of Japan.

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Koh Tao, Thailand

Best places for families in spring Koh Tao Thailand

Tom from Traveltomtom

The island of Koh Tao in Thailand is the most laid-back island to visit in Thailand. Everything is clustered around Sairee Beach were you will find the most action and everything is within walking distance. Beaches, hiking trails, dive centers, snorkel trips, bars and restaurants are right on your doorstep.

If you want to explore the rest of the island you can easily rent a scooter for a couple bucks a day and get away from all the tourists by making your way to one of the deserted bays on the other side of the island. Spring is the perfect time of the year to visit this lovely island as it is the end of the peak season but still in the dry season and a lot of sunshine is guaranteed. Prices are dropping and the island won’t be flooded with too many tourists anymore.

There are so many things to do in Koh Tao you and your kids won’t get bored here. And on top of all Koh Tao is the cheapest place in the world to learn how to scuba dive. Kids from 10 years old are accepted to get their Junior Open Water certificate.

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Spring destinations for families in Australia and Oceania

Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia

Best spring destinations for families Airlie Beach QLD Australia

Kell from Happy Go Travel

Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Feeling the soft white sand between your toes and splashing in crystal clear water is the preferred way to spend every day. The weather is spectacular all year round but in the spring time, it is just perfect! The atmosphere is relaxing, calm and laid back. This coastal town is filled with culinary delights and experiences you’ll never forget.

Kick back and take in the local culture or check out the views, they are breathtaking. The lagoon is a great way to spend an afternoon with the kids and it’s free to use! If you are feeling adventurous and in the mood for exploring, catch a cruise over to the Islands and take part in the water activities. The kids will have a fantastic time! The islands and the Great Barrier Reef are some of Australia’s most beautiful places to see and an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. If you are heading to Airlie Beach, plan a couple of extra days to cross this experience off your bucket list!

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Best spring destinations for families Queenstown New Zealand

Karen from Big Adventures for Little Feet

As the snow begins to melt and the temperatures start rising, spring in the southern hemisphere is a great time to consider visiting Queenstown in New Zealand. Families will particularly love Queenstown for the hiking, water sports, scenery and adventure sports. For younger families, the kids love simple outings like a ride up the Skyline Gondola behind town where you can have a lovely dining experience from the buffet restaurant looking back over town and Lake Wakatipu. If you are travelling with older children or teenagers then the adventure sports are sure to excite with ziplining, horse riding, jet boating or of course the bungee jumping and skydiving for those who are super keen.

Our kids were infants when we travelled to Queenstown but we still had a great time hiring bikes with baby seats to ride around Lake Wakatipu and doing some self-drive exploring and hiking down to Milford Sound and the Haast Pass. A truly beautiful spot in the world to travel with kids.

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Fraser Island, Australia

Best spring destinations for families Fraser Island Australia

Nicci from Travel with Boys

If you are after an adventure holiday, a visit to the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island on the coast of Queensland in Australia is where you need to go.

With over 100 kilometres of white sand beaches to drive along (yes you drive on the beach), ancient rainforests to explore, and over 100 freshwater lakes to wash away your worries, life on Fraser Island is pretty spectacular.

A place of immense beauty, you’ll need to spend at least a few days here to really appreciate what it has to offer families. Our kid’s favourite parts were swimming in the lakes, seeing dingos in the wild and driving along the sand.

When planning a trip to Fraser Island, you need to understand it will take far longer to get places, as there are no roads. This is four-wheel drive country and a 10km drive could easily take you 40 minutes. Luckily you are driving through some of the most picturesque landscape in Australia. Spring and autumn are the ideal time to take a trip to Fraser Island as the weather is generally warm enough to swim, but not so hot you’ll burn your feet on the sand.

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The best spring destinations for families in Europe

Jersey, Channel Islands, UK

Best spring destinations for families Jersey, Channel Islands, UK

Margherita from The Crowded Planet

When I told my friends I was going to Jersey, most assumed I was heading to the States – but no, I was heading to Jersey, Channel Islands, a tiny island located in the English Channel between Britain and France.

Jersey is a wonderful place to visit in spring because many of its sights and activities are nature-related, and in summer it gets really busy. There are parks, wonderful beaches with dramatic tidal movements, castles, hiking trails and many wartime fortifications, dating back to when the island was occupied by the Germans in WW2.

There are also lots of things to do in Jersey for kids – the little ones will love the botanical gardens at Samares Manor, or you can take them looking for seaweed at low tide, or even visit Jersey Zoo, founded by the great conservationist Gerald Durrell.

Jersey is amazing year round, but in spring it truly shows its best – that’s why we are planning to head back there next spring!

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West Coast of Scotland, UK

Best spring destinations for families West Coast Scotland

Clarissa from An Orcadian Abroad 

One destination that always “springs” to mind when I think of places to visit in the spring is Scotland. The west coast of Scotland is fantastic for a road trip, but in the winter it’s too cold and in the summer you get eaten alive by swarms of midges!

The best way to really get to know the area is by camping, so spring is an ideal time to visit and make the most of the improving weather, as well as experience it all without the summer crowds (people AND insects). There are tons of activities to pique your interest no matter what age you are, from a plethora of great mountain activities around Fort William to water-based antics on Loch Lomond, or walks and wildlife in the surrounding areas. Fort William isn’t called the outdoor capital of the UK for nothing!

I totally recommend Scotland for kids, too – you could end up feeding wild deer, riding the Harry Potter train or playing hide and seek in a fairy tale castle, and I can’t think of a better way to give them a break from technology than exploring the great outdoors of a magical country. To me, Scotland has something for everyone!

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Tuscany, Italy

Best spring destinations for families Tuscany Italy

Kate at Our Escape Clause

Blooming flowers, crisp temperatures, and a chance to beat the summer crowds: spring is an absolutely marvelous time to visit Tuscany.

This classic region of Italy is always ready to welcome visitors, but spring brings a special lightness to the air–plus plenty of color when the flowers start to bloom!

Be sure to use a sunny day to enjoy an outdoor wine tasting, take several drives through the countryside to see remarkable views as it comes to life again after winter, and stroll through plenty of Tuscan villages. If the weather has warmed up enough (or you’re feeling particularly brave!), consider taking a dip in Tuscany’s natural hot springs, as well.

Spring means that it’s time for food festivals in Tuscany–be sure to check which ones will be operating during your visit!

Farmers markets will also be hitting their stride as the spring crop comes in, and there’s nothing better than strolling through a market on the hunt for beautiful flowers, tasty fruits and vegetables, and incredible cheese (though that one isn’t spring specific!).

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Tulip Garden, Lisse, Netherlands

Best places for families to visit in spring Tulip Garden Netherlands

Varsha from Varsha’s Travel 360

Brightly colored tulips blooming on the vast area, astonishing display of orchids and beautiful fresh-green gardens make the Kuekenhof (tulip gardens) a perfect destination for Spring.  

Netherlands is a leading exporter of Tulips and their harvesting season attracts lots of visitors. The tulip garden is in the small town- Lisse which is easily accessible from Amsterdam. The important features of the garden are variety of flower decorations, displays and exhibitions, old style wooden windmills, handcraft workshops, live shows, fun activities and lots of foods in the restaurants.  This year’s (2018) theme is the ‘Romance in flowers’. A classical romantic music show will be arranged in the garden. Do not forget to check the timetable for various shows and for flowering season. The Tulip flowering season lasts only for few days and it’s tricky to plan ahead for the visit. Keep checking their website for regular updates and for flowering schedule. 

I would recommend this place for families with children of all age groups, couples, solo travelers, senior citizens, one and all. After all, who doesn’t like flowers? 

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Sicily, Italy

Family friendly spring destinations Sicily Italy

Kate from Untold Morsels

Sicily’s charms are in full bloom in Spring. The island is bursting with colourful flowers and sunshine and you don’t have to deal with the searing heat of summer. Temperatures are comfortably in the mid 20s and the crowds have not yet arrived.

These are the perfect conditions to explore the romantic Baroque towns of the Val di Noto or the Valley of Temples ancient ruins near Agrigento. You could even climb Mount Etna – Sicily’s smouldering volcano – or take a dip in the sea. Head to Cefalú or San Vito lo Capo for some of the best swimming in Europe and a relaxed Sicilian vibe.

If you arrive around Easter, there are many festivals and spectacular processions happening in celebration. Mix with the locals and try all the special treats made at this time.  Speaking of dessert, you must try the Sicilian version of gelato, called granite. It’s a little more icy and is often served with a brioche roll – delicious!

Read about Kate’s travels in Sicily on Untold Morsels and follow her on Instagram

 

Malta

Best spring destinations for families Malta

Kristina from Map Trotting

You just can’t beat Malta if you are thinking of a sunny spring destination in Europe. Especially if you are travelling with children. Hugged by the azure Mediterranean sea, this tiny island boasts 3000+ sunshine hours per year.

While the summers here can be blistering hot at over +40 C, spring brings balmy weather ideal for exploring the rocky coastline and taking part in outdoors activities without the danger of being sunburnt.

From wandering around the prehistoric temples of Malta, some of the oldest man made structures on earth, to snooping around the iconic Popeye Village, there are so many things to do in Malta all year round.

The ‘village’ is a complete film set remaining from the 1980’s live action film Popeye starring the late Robin Williams. Needless to say that this was the favourite part of our friends children’s holiday in Malta.

While Malta’s rocky beaches are better suited for adults due to deeper natural pools, sandy beaches can be a great play area for children. Many of them have shallow spots for swimming. There are also quite a few lovely playgrounds along the coastline.

The Maltese folks are very family orientated nation and you will find many child-friendly restaurants on the island too.

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Algarve, Portugal

Best places for families to visit in Spring Algarve Portugal

James from Worldwide Shopping Guide

Although most people visit the Algarve during the summer, spring is actually one of the best times to visit the Algarve.

Three hundred days of sunshine per year mean that you can usually expect good weather in spring. In the beginning of spring, temperatures are usually just below 20 °C and, by the end, are into the mid twenties and early thirties. This is more than hot enough for most people, especially families or anyone wanting to sightsee or take advantage of the Algarve’s many wonderful walking routes. July and August, in comparison, often see temperatures rise into the 40s, which can quickly become unbearable and mean there’s little you feel like doing other than lying by the pool.

Despite spring being one of the most accommodating times to visit the Algarve, it’s also unusually one of the cheapest. Accommodation prices are usually at least 50% cheaper than the equivalent summer rates, while car hire and flight costs are usually much cheaper as well. Family attractions like waterparks and the zoo are fairly non-crowded, and group sizes for surfing lessons or cookery classes are smaller too.

Having spent quite a lot of time in Portugal, this is one of my favourite times to visit the Algarve. If you’re looking for a place to escape this spring, the Algarve is a destination that’s definitely worth considering.

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World War I and II sites, Belgium

Best spring destinations for families World War sites Belgium

Rachel from Rachel’s Ruminations

World War I and II sites in Belgium and Normandy are particularly well-suited to travel with teenagers. We chose this trip because our son, then 14 years old, actually showed interest in something from school besides gym and lunch. While any time of year would work for this destination, in the spring it is scenic and green. Renting a car is the most efficient way to get around because of how scattered the sites are.

Belgium hosts many memorials, graveyards and museums relating to World War I. The In Flanders Field Museum in Ypres is wonderfully effective; again, even my son liked it. At a number of sites, trenches have been left in their destroyed state – an impressive way to get a sense of the pounding they took – or have been restored to allow visitors to walk through them. Interactive, immersive exhibits like these work well with teenagers more used to computer games than reality.

In northern France, museums and preserved or restored remnants of the 1944 D-Day invasion line the coast of Normandy. I highly recommend starting at the Arromanches 360, a circular movie containing original footage from the invasion. Depending on your children’s interests there are plenty of options; you could take them to a tank museum or a German bunker or a radar museum, to name a few.

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Transylvania, Romania

Spring destinations for families Transylvania Romania

Kaylie from Happiness Travels Here

Transylvania in Romania is a fantastic place to visit in Spring. When the cool weather lifts and the alpine snow melts, the rolling green landscape bursts into life. Pastel coloured houses and planter boxes bursting with spring blooms pop against the almost neon green of the countryside.

Sheep are still farmed the old fashion way in Romania. In the spring shepherds can be seen moving their flocks around the lowlands like something from a fairytale. Transylvania is a popular destination in the summer. Visiting in Spring is the perfect time to avoid crowds. Bram castle, popular with Dracula fans, with its small rooms and narrow staircases, is best visited at quieter times. Artisans painting the traditional eggs for easter can also be seen working here. The eggs are painted in reds, blues and greens with fine lacy details added in white.

Children will enjoy visiting the Liberty Bear Sanctuary, near Brasov. It was once common to keep bears as entertainment in Romania. Held in gas stations, restaurant, hotels, in tiny cages and often drugged. The Liberty Bear Sanctuary has helped to abolish this practice and now provides a space for the rescued bears to live out their retirement. Children can see the bears frolicking in the woods, climbing trees and swimming and learn an important lesson about conservation and animal treatment.

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Provence, France

Best spring destinations for families Provence France

Nadine from Le Long Weekend

Spring is most definitely a great time to visit Provence, France. From March until May you’ll get to experience the best of what the region has to offer – without having to compete for space! The landscape wakes up from a mild winter and the rugged fields become a patchwork of colour. Bright red poppies, delicate white almond blossoms and vibrant yellow rapeseed compete for attention. The villages are still sleepy and authentic, with only the first trickle of tourists, and the seaside is alluring under a warm Provençal sun. It’s the perfect time to indulge in local cuisine and visit the farmer’s markets brimming with fresh produce, and be sure to pop down to the Camargue to catch the pink flamingos that stop by in spring.

We’re lucky enough to live here, but it’s still our favourite time of year to go out exploring. From discovering the underground caves of ruined châteaux and watching medieval craftsmen at Les Baux-de-Provence, to family-friendly walks and kid-focused attractions – there’s plenty to keep little explorers happy. Kids will also love lazy days at the beach – the calm waters of the Mediterranean make the perfect playground for young swimmers.

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Fairytale Castles, Germany

Best spring destinations for families German Castles

Hannah and Adam from Getting Stamped

Europe in the springtime is one of the best times to visit. We suggest a good old fashioned road trip visiting some of the best castles in Germany. If you have any little princesses in the family they will be in heaven living out this fairytale is a dream come true for little girls. There are dedicated castle routes like the Romantic Road but don’t forget to also visit some of our personal favorite castles not on that route like Cochem, Eltz, and Liechtenstein.

During the spring the temperatures are great and there aren’t nearly as many tourists visiting so you’ll have more time to enjoy your visit. Make sure to check out Airbnb for castles you can actually stay in. There are over 20,000 castles in Germany and many have been converted into hotels or rooms for rent. We stayed in three castles on our last visit, beats a regular hotel any day.

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Andalusia, Spain

Visit the Alhambra at the last minute - Generalife

Emily from Kids and Compass (me!)

Spring is the perfect time to visit Andalusia, in southern Spain.  In the summer the heat can be unbearable, but if you visit in April and May you’ll get lovely hot days (around 30°C) and you’ll be able to see gardens at their best.

You can choose from visiting the smaller, white villages that dot the hillsides, or take in some of Spain’s most interesting cities.  Seville is full of jacaranda trees in bloom and the scent of orange blossoms hangs in the air.  Cordoba also makes for a fascinating stop – make sure you visit its Mezquita, a former mosque converted into a cathedral.  And up in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada is slightly cooler and shouldn’t be missed for its fabulously atmospheric Albaicin district and the World Heritage listed Alhambra palace complex.

Kids will love playing in the wonderful Spanish gardens and finding fountains to splash in, and the springtime heat is the perfect excuse for an ice cream or two.

 


I hope you’re feeling inspired to get booking a spring trip, whether it’s a staycation or somewhere a little further away!  Which of these destinations would be your first choice?

 

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Family travel inspiration for spring holidays! Top travel bloggers choose their favourite destinations to take the kids to in spring. Explore the great outdoors from beaches to national parks and everything in between. #family travel #travel inspiration | spring destinations | family travel inspiration | spring | spring destinations europe |

Family travel inspiration for spring holidays! Top travel bloggers choose their favourite destinations to take the kids to in spring. Explore the great outdoors from beaches to national parks and everything in between. #family travel #travel inspiration | spring destinations | family travel inspiration | spring | spring destinations europe |

3 thoughts on “The best spring destinations for families

  1. Roxanna says:

    This is a crazy long list!! For me, it is not traveling with my children, but with the grandchildren now. However, I am sure mom and dad are going to love some of these locations! Thank you!

  2. Roman says:

    Hi! Such a cool list!
    I wish I could visit every place.
    Most of all I am impressed by Andalusia, Spain – as for me – it is the most interesting spring destination.

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