The weather is cold (well sort of at least) and summer vacation still seems far off. All that means is it’s time for March Break! Now that university students have already had their time in the sun, we’ll take a look at the best March Break vacations for families!
1. Disney World
Disney World isn’t called the most magical place on earth for nothing. Full of rides, shows and all your favourite characters, the world’s most visited vacation resort has something for the whole family – even mom and dad! Plus, its location near Orlando, Florida means you’ll enjoy warm temperatures and clear skies, or if Mickey and Minnie tire you out you can always hit the (relatively)nearby beaches that the rest of the state is known for!
2. Skiing or Snowboarding
Just because you have a vacation in winter, it doesn’t mean you have to spend it somewhere warm! A ski trip can be a fun, active getaway for the entire family. While Eastern Canada offers some great mountains such as Blue Mountain or Tremblant – the best powder lies south of the border. For great skiing and snowboarding nearby, Vermont has the best resorts in the east – including Killington, Jay Peak, Okemo, and many more. If you don’t mind a bit of a trip (or you’re already out west), Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and many other ‘frontier’ states have tons of options – all on considerably larger mountains!
3. The Caribbean and Central America
It may not be the only option, but the Caribbean and Central America remains one of the most popular March Break vacations for families. Whether you want to take the kids to one of the many resorts across countries like Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico or get a taste for the cities or even a more private escape, you can’t go wrong. Be warned that many American schools have Spring Break staggered throughout March (with many starting on the 12th), so you may want to avoid some of the better-known spots (like Cancún) if you plan on staying at a popular resort.
4. Go on a Cruise
Another way to see the Caribbean and have a great, laid back time with the family is a cruise. With so many options, you can even combine #1 and #3 by taking a Disney Cruise! It may not be the best way to experience the cities and beaches of the Caribbean (largely due to the limited time spent ashore), but the entertainments on board will keep you and your kids occupied during the long stretches at sea. Everything from magic shows to gambling (when mom or dad needs a break) can be found depending on which line you choose. Best of all, you don’t have the worry about finding food – with dinner every night serving up delicious and healthy (well, sometimes) cuisine.
5. New York City
While the Big Apple might offer similar weather to what we’re currently experiencing in Canada, the biggest city in the United States offers a ton to do and see for families anytime of the year. Catch a show (from personal experience, I can say the Lion King would be a good choice), visit the world famous landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Central Park, sample food from around the world, and make your own adventure. There’s also a great collection of museums to keep the kids break from school exciting and educational!
So Much More!
Once again, we just don’t have the time or space to explore all the options for a March Break getaway. Sometimes, the best memories simply come from a relaxing week at home without classes. On the flipside, you can fly across the Atlantic (or Pacific) and experience something completely different – whether it’s a European capital or a beach in Thailand!
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