You don’t have to go far to have a great Spring Break. From a playful hotel in Fisherman’s Warf to a kids camp just a drive away in Carmel Valley, the Bay Area has a lot to offer. We’ve got the list of hotels offering great packages so you can plan a staycation right here on your home turf. No plane ticket needed.

photo: Kate Loweth

Parc 55 - Union Square

Union Square hails all kinds of tourists from around the world, so why not join them for a couple of days and take part in all the fun activities? Parc 55 has a Long Weekender Package for Spring Break that takes half off your Sunday night. With views of the city and the Bay from up to 32 floors and walking distance to the classic cable cars and Union Square, sometimes it’s great to just relax and take in the city. Family friendly amenities include cribs, high chairs and playpens available on request.

What to do: Take a morning after breakfast and hit up Union Square for a stroll. When it’s time for lunch, head over to Chinatown for some highly rated Chinese food or visit the Fortune Cookie Factory if the kiddos haven’t seen it yet!

 Online: hilton.com

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Hotel Zephyr - Fisherman's Wharf

Teens will love the funky Hotel Zephyr, complete with giant games and fire pits. The playful hotel is all about a fun experience while being right across the street from all that Fisherman’s Wharf has to offer. The rooms are designed to look like captain’s rooms, so little ones will love the porthole window in each room as well as the newly-installed bench seats. With walking distance to Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square and the Alcatraz Ferry landing, the activities are endless.

For Spring Break, the hotel is offering a "Let Us Make Your Spring Break" package with discounts at Escape from the Rock Cruise; the Hop-on, Hop-off Tour; as well as discount and express entry at the California Academy of Sciences. All tours can be pre-booked with our Concierge team prior to arrival, or when you arrive in San Francisco at the Concierge Desk at Hotel Zephyr.

What to do: Spend an afternoon in the hotel’s pretty awesome lobby. With colorful seating and jumbo games like Connect Four, it’s a great way to get some quality family time in.

Online: hotelzephyrsf.com

photo: Alcatraz Cruises

Hilton - Union Square

For all you Alcatraz fans, this might be the perfect staycation yet. Celebrating the 55th anniversary of Alcatraz’s closure as a prison, the Hilton Hotel will be showcasing free displays of the jail cell and escape route for guests to see as part of their “Alcatraz: Life on the Rock” and “Alcatraz: The Last Day” exhibit. Get in on the Alcatraz Escape Weekender Package that includes accommodations, a self-guided tour of the two exhibits and a special keepsake.

What to do: Aside from the many displays at the hotel, a speaker series with former guards, a prisoner and residents of the island are not to be missed.

Online: hilton.com

photo: Argonaut Hotel

Argonaut Hotel - Fisherman's Wharf

For the ideal spring break getaway for your little guppies where no planning is needed, check out the Argonaut Hotel in Fisherman's Wharf. Their Underwater Adventures Package comes with four tickets to the Aquarium by the Bay, Exploratorium, San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, and as if that wasn’t enough, kids dine free in the Blue Mermaid restaurant. Located in the Haslett Warehouse, not only is this hotel super kid friendly, it’s also the closest hotel to the water.

What to do: Take a stroll around the Wharf—boardwalk style—and take in all the family entertainment throughout the day. With museums like Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and the Wax Museum, little ones are sure to get a kick out of them. Then get a signature clam chowder soup in a bread bowl and take in the beautiful views only the Bay can deliver.

 Online: argonauthotel.com

photo: Kate Loweth

Dream Inn - Santa Cruz

If you really want to hit up the beach for Spring Break without getting on a flight, then head to Santa Cruz. The Dream Inn Hotel is right on the beach, so all you have to do is step outside with some sand toys and sunblock for a day of fun. If you feel like staying an extra day, the hotel has a Third Night Free offer until the end of May. With so many things to do and explore including the Beach Boardwalk, Roaring Camp Railroads, Nickelodeon Theater and Big Basin State Park, you will definitely want to book that extra night.

What to do: If you’re in Santa Cruz, the Beach Boardwalk has to be on your list. With more than 40 rides including the Giant Dipper and Looff Carousel, you can definitely spend a long morning or afternoon here. Grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants before heading back to the hotel.

Online: dreaminnsantacruz.com

photo: Carmel Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley Ranch - Carmel

If you’re up for a drive, Carmel Ranch Valley is a great vacation spot to really be out in the open air. The hotel is dedicated to the idea of play, so you can be sure to have a great time with the kiddos. With their Ranch Hands Family Package, you’ll score a spacious suite for a family of four, daily breakfast and a half-day pass to either Busy Bees Camp for the 2-5 set or Kids Camps for the 6 and older. With access to hiking trails, golf, swimming pools, organic gardens and chickens, it’s enough to make you want to stay another day.

What to do: For the 6 and older crew, you should definitely check out the hotel’s signature experience, “From A to Bee” which, you guessed it, is all about bee keeping. Guests get suited up in a beekeeping uniform, walk around the bees to see how they work and take home some souvenirs like lavender beeswax balm and honey lavender lemonade. If you decide to leave the hotel for an afternoon, visit Carmel-by-the-Sea for plenty of shopping and delicious beach food.

Online: carmelvalleyranch.com

Do you have staycation plans for spring break? Let us know what deal you got in the comments!

—Sandra Lee

 

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