Leave the planning to someone else when it comes to spring break this year. Hotels from Seattle to Santa Rosa Beach are geared up to welcome families with special vacation packages that offer all sorts of kid and family activities, and we found the best ones. Scroll down and book now!
Sunriver Resort—Bend, OR
Bend is a nature lover’s paradise—if you can dream up an out-of-doors activity, chances are you’ll find it here. And, there’s no better place to stay than the Sunriver Resort. Through the end of March, Sunriver Resort offers the Kids Rule package where kids 12 & under can enjoy these free amenities when accompanied by a paying adult: breakfast, mani or pedi (when a parent purchases a 45-minute service), ice skating, swimming, and shuttle ride to Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort.
What to Do: The Bike Barn opens for the season on Mar. 21. Borrow your two-wheeled ride and a helmet and set out to view the gorgeous area.
Alderbrook Resort – Union, WA
Surrounded by the Olympic Mountains, the Alderbrook Hotel takes you worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Kick up your feet by the outdoor fire pits after a day of hiking the nearby trails. Kids will enjoy the Kids Loft crafting area and the gaming room, as well as the outdoor lawn games. If your plans include a stay Sun.-Thurs., take advantage of the Family Adventure package that includes a 15% room discount, s'mores, kids' activity booklet and a plush cat from the gift shop.
What to Do: After you enjoy all the fresh air at Alderbrook, spend a few days exploring Seattle with our recs here.
Westin Kansas City at Crown Center – Kansas City, MO
Stay in one of the recently-renovated rooms at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center and you will feel far away from your everyday life. Even Fido is welcome to join you! Add extra fun to your stay by booking SEA LIFE Aquarium package, and you will receive two adult and two kid tickets to get nose to nose with a shark and other sea life. Then, come back to the hotel to enjoy a swim in the outdoor, heated pool.
What to Do: Head to nearby Union Station to grab a bite to eat, do a little shopping and check out the planetarium.
Red Jacket Mountain View Resort – North Conway, NH
Escape the New England weather for indoor water park fun this spring break. Red Jacket Mountain View Resort offers mid-week specials, school break specials and combo packages that provide lodging and admission to Kahuna Laguna, the resort's 40,000 square foot indoor water park. Snag one of their family lofts, two-bedroom townhomes or four-bedroom Presidential homes for extra space to spread out and relax.
What to Do: Enjoy some bonding time by the bonfire after a day of spring skiing, sledding or snowshoeing.
C Lazy U Ranch – Granby, CO
If your idea of spring break is more snow than suntan, head to C Lazy U Ranch and take advantage of their spring break package (available for select arrival dates from Mar. 12-31, 2018). Sled down the C Lazy U Luge, go horseback riding, take a sleigh ride and try out cross-country skiing. Kids get to take advantage of the Winter Kids Program, where you eat meals as a family but the kids are supervised by counselors in between breakfast and lunch and then again from lunch to dinner. Parents can make use of their free time to explore the property on a snowmobile or book a couples massage in your own cabin.
What to Do: There's so much to do at C Lazy U Ranch that you will never want to leave. Hit the hay early and book an early morning to go out on the feed wagon with the wranglers to give the horses their nourishment.
Four Seasons Hotel—Chicago, IL
One of the best properties for a Chicago family staycation is the Four Seasons Hotel. Their Family Fun in the City package includes daily American breakfast for two at Allium restaurant, a visit from the famous Four Seasons Hotel Chicago Ice Cream Man between 3-6 p.m., and an in-room movie—with popcorn and sodas of course! When little guests arrive at the hotel, they are greeted with a toy chest and are allowed to pick out something special for keeps.
What to Do: Spend a night or two in Chi-town, taking advantage of all that this beautiful city has to offer. From Millennium Park to Navy Pier to fun kid-friendly shows like Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre, Chicago has it all. Check out our guide to the windy city here.
West Inn & Suites – Carlsbad, CA
The West Inn & Suites is an affordable option, located near LEGOLAND and the beaches, that offers free amenities for families—shuttle service within five miles of the hotel, a full and delicious breakfast buffet, Wi-Fi and parking. Kids can rent movies and games at the front desk free of charge, followed by cookies and milk at bedtime. They offer a combo package with LEGOLAND and the SEA LIFE Aquarium that will totally maximize your fun.
What to Do: Hit up LEGOLAND, of course! Totally brick bored? Soak up some sun at one of those awesome beaches instead. Take a peek at our insider guide to a whole day in Carlsbad for more ideas.
Big Cypress Lodge – Memphis TN
Big Cypress Lodge is a rustic and woodsy retreat where each room is outfitted with a screened-in porch that overlooks a swamp with real alligators, 100-foot tall trees or a city view of Memphis. The Family Fun Package comprises choice accommodations, a $40 dining discount as well as one hour of bowling at Uncle Buck's Fishbowl and Grill and a special welcome gift.
What to Do: Memphis has more than BBQ and blues to offer families. Be sure to check in on the ducks that hang at the Peabody, ride the historic trollies through downtown, visit the Children's Museum of Memphis and take the monorail to Mud Island River Park, for starters.
WaterColor Inn – Santa Rosa Beach, FL
The WaterColor Inn, a gulf-front hotel located on Santa Rosa Beach, is a stunning property that can accommodate families of any size. The resort will be offering a Choose Your Savings package that will be available over Spring Break for discounted rates and savings.
What to Do: Sun-soaked South Walton is one of those indelible pristine places that keep families coming back, again and again. There are many diverse beaches to choose from, depending on your level of interest—high energy activities or low-key relaxing and lounging. Also, you can give your kids the chance to learn about biodiversity and Florida’s various ecosystems by visiting endangered sea turtles or strolling through the remarkable pines of Western Lake.
Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes – Friday Harbor, WA
Mom and Dad want something rustic, grandma doesn’t want to rough it, and the kids want to bring Fido and sleep outside. How can everyone in a multi-generational family get what they want on their vacation? Enter: Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes, located on 82 woodsy acres, just outside of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in beautiful Washington state. The resort offers five different lodging options—the lodge, canvas cabins, log cabins, campsites, and even a refurbished Airstream trailer with a deck! Come back in the summer and check out their brand-new yurt.
What to Do: Book your mid-week stay in a lodge room, log cabin or lake house for two days or longer and save 30%. Offer is good through the end of April.
The Phoenician – Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale is a spring break hot spot for baseball fans and families alike and The Phoenician is well-equipped to welcome everyone. The hotel recently underwent extensive renovations including the addition of a new water slide and tree house in the splash pad area. If you select the Family Excursions package, you can save 25% on a second room. Bonus, all registered kids receive a Margherita Missoni backpack and a free kids meal (with the purchase of an adult meal).
What to Do: In addition to catching your favorite baseball teams during spring training, Scottsdale is full of fun activities like Wild West and ghost town tours. Or, pack up some snacks and hit the trails to hike Camelback Mountain.
Ritz-Carlton – Dallas, TX
As they say, everything is bigger in Texas! The Ritz Kids package at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas, located on historic McKinney Avenue, is no different. Starting at $449 per night, this vacation package welcomes kids with admission into the Dallas World Aquarium, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science or Nasher Sculpture Center; entry into the Dallas Museum of Art; milk and cookies at turndown and a special VIK (Very Important Kid) Ritz Kids check-in, gift, and activity guide folder.
Carmel Valley Ranch – Carmel, CA
Can you imagine staying at a place that is dedicated to the idea of play? That’s the essential ethos at Carmel Valley Ranch where families can golf, have access to miles of hiking trails, explore an organic garden, learn about honey bees in an apiary, swim, play with chickens and practice yoga on a 500-acre property. The Ranch Hands Family Package includes overnight suite accommodations, daily breakfast and kid camp programs for all ages. The Busy Bees program is perfect for kids ages two to five and the Ranch Hands Kids' Camp is for ages six to twelve.
What to Do: If you decide to leave the ranch for the day, head into Carmel-by-the-Sea, a charming beach town with cobblestone streets, boutique shops and delicious food. Read all about what to do in nearby Monterey and Pacific Grove here.
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort – Hilton Head, SC
Get yourself to an island, pronto! The Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort has loads to offer spring break families. Their Family Fun Package includes vacay essentials like a s'mores kit, kites, and bikes for riding around the island. You get a $100 dining credit to fill up on grilled cheese at the resort, and kids also receive cookies and milk delivered to their room on their first night.
What to Do: RELAX (yep, easier said than done when you've got the whole crew with you!). If you need to make plans, Hilton Head has a cool kids' museum, The Sandbox, and also the Coastal Discovery Museum where you can learn all about the delicate landscape of Lowcountry (bonus: admission is FREE!).
Lotte New York Palace – New York, NY
Kids (and their parents, too) will explode with enthusiasm over Little Royals Package at Lotte New York Palace, which includes pretty-in-pink princess or shining knight costumes, plush bathrobes and slippers and royal palace-themed cookies and beverage. You can continue the royal treatment with a 25% discount on a manicure or pedicure with the queen (aka Mom) at the Palace Spa.
The Chatanoogan – Chatanooga, TN
Take the tribe to Tennessee for some time at The Chatanoogan. This hotel offers gorgeous views of Lookout Mountain and lots of family adventure to go along with it. Book the Discover the Mountain package and you'll get passes to Rock City, Ruby Falls, and the Incline Railway. When you get to the top of Lookout Mountain, explore the Civil War history at the Point Park Monument.
What to Do: Chatanooga has the Tennessee Aquarium and Creative Discovery Museum—both perfect for families.
Hotel Zephyr – San Francisco, CA
Kids love Hotel Zephyr, a fun and funky hotel in San Francisco. It’s located right across from Fisherman’s Wharf and has a huge courtyard, full of oddities, games and fire pits. Hotel Zephyr offers the 4th night free so extend your spring break and make the most of this deal. If you are planning a shorter visit, book early and you can save up to 15%.
What to Do: San Francisco is one of most easily accessible on-foot cities in America. You can see so much in one short weekend: Pier 39, Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, City Lights Booksellers and Publishers, Ghirardelli Square, Golden Gate Bridge and on and on. And, if you’re tired of walking, or if you have little kids in tow, you can take the Big Bus Tour, which allows you to hop on and off wherever you choose. Check out our San Francisco page for some ideas of what's new and cool in the City by the Bay!
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—Kate Loweth & Wendy Altschuler