19 Perfect Spring Break Ideas for Fun-Loving Families (2017)

Researching spring break ideas? Here are a collection of places guaranteed to make lasting memories for an entire week or a long weekend, and they are all within reach of Atlanta.

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Photo courtesy of Wild Dunes Resort

Wild Dunes Resort

The Isle of Palms is just 30 minutes from Charleston, and it’s home to Wild Dunes Resort…a AAA Four Diamond resort filled with opportunities for Atlanta families to revitalize themselves with sunshine and seaside fun during Spring Break.

You can stay at the Boardwalk Inn, the Village at Wild Dunes guest rooms and suites, or in their vacation homes and condos while saving up to 35% this year!

  • 35% off stays though March 9
  • 25% off stays March 10-29
  • 15% off stays March 30 – June 9

What is there to do you ask?? Oh – you mean besides golf, tennis, resort pools, children’s programming, and delicious dining options? Wild Dunes Resort is perfect for families who love exploring….

  • Kayaking Tours for adventuring around the resort’s surrounding saltwater creeks
  • Naturalist Guided Boat Tours to to a nearby underdeveloped Capers Island for exploring wildlife
  • Dolphin Discovery Sunset Cruises where parents and their kids can take a boat guided by a naturalist along the South Carolina coast at sunset for the chance to observe bottlenose dolphins living in their natural habita
  • Family Crabbing excursions where you learn the art of blue crabbing with a guide on the Lowcountry waterways
  • PLUS, Wave Runner RentalsTiny Tot Tennis ClinicMiles of biking and walking trails and so much more!

Southern Cross Guest Ranch

Did you know there is a genuine dude ranch in Georgia, with plenty of space and activities for families? Don’t miss this opportunity in nearby Madison. Home to well over 150 quality Paint and Quarter horses, the ranch is best known for its exceptional hands-on horseback riding program, unguided riding opportunities, and peaceful, comfortable setting.

Everyone has virtually unlimited opportunities to touch, photograph, and interact with many of the foals and other horses. If you are a horse lover or are simply curious about horses, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll be able to watch horses grazing from every porch, deck, dining room, and even from the pool area.

The Chattanoogan

Chattanooga has a fun “Safari” themed getaway program for kids, so why not make it a whole week at the lovely hotel with a name to match the city! The Ultimate Spring Break Adventure Package is being offered for the first time ever this year!  The package is a three-night and four-day getaway for families and includes:

  • Overnight accommodations in adjacent rooms  (one king room and one double room, ideal for families)
  • Daily breakfast buffet at the hotel’s Broad Street Grille
  • Nightly valet parking for one vehicle
  • Daily bike rental for the entire family
  • Use of fitness facility and indoor pool
  • All taxes and gratuities
  • Two adult and two children passes to the following attractions:
    • Tennessee Aquarium
    • IMAX 3-D Theatre
    • Children’s Creative Discovery Museum
    • Chattanooga Zoo
    • Rock City
    • Ruby Falls
    • Chattanooga Incline Railway
    • Hunter Museum of American Art

The Chattanoogan’s Ultimate Spring Break Adventure Package is $2,495 and is available from March 1 – May 31.  The three-night and four-day package may be modified for additional family members.  Sound expensive? Let’s break it down…that’s only about $155 per person/per day for the hotel, breakfast, attraction passes, tax and tips! That’s a steal!

Cumberland Island

Whether you camp for the week or take a day trip in from St Simons, you’ll love this wild and natural experience. Cumberland Island, Georgia’s largest barrier island, is a unique opportunity to experience beautiful pristine beaches, thick untamed maritime forests and wildlife that actually lives in the wild.

Dollywood Resort

Nestled in the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains mere minutes from the Dollywood Theme Park and Splash Country water park is the new Dollywood resort. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort is the ideal destination for a family-friendly adventure. There are super packages for spring break…and the kids will love the bunk bed rooms, pools, fire-pit, and all the park perks that resort guests enjoy!

Holiday Inn Resort at Jekyll Island

Guests at Holiday Inn Resort have access to a quarter-mile of private beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean, on-site amenities including a swimming pool, whirlpool and kiddy pool, outdoor fire pit, Kid’s Club and playground. With two on-site restaurants, no need to pull the family off the beach for a meal. Act now for savings! Book your room more than 2-weeks in advance and save up to 20%.

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Jekyll Island, once home to America’s privileged politicians, businessmen, socialites and such, was the perfect place to create an exclusive social club for wealthy Americans. Construction of the private club began in 1886, and the private and elite playground lasted well into WWII before dissolving. Today, you can experience a taste of that family –friendly luxury at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Whether you are after architectural highlights, history or fun, you will love a visit to this Georgia treasure.

High Hampton Inn & Country Club

1400 acres of old-fashioned, classic family fun in the Blue Ridge Mountains. (Pictured above) Check out their packages, including the Celebrate Spring Package! New this year HHI is featuring an Adventure Addition to select packages. Guests can pick from one High Hampton Inn’s favorite Jackson County excursions, (horseback riding, zip lining, whitewater rafting and more) or let the resort help build your own unique itinerary.

Callaway Gardens

Spring is a breathtaking time to visit Callaway because of the blooming azaleas! We visited with the grandparents – Callaway is the perfect multi-generational escape. And if you’re looking for thrills and chills while you’re there, try a romp through the trees. The TreeTop Adventure at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. is a combination of a challenging ropes course and moderate zip lines.  The combination is a whole lot of fun, especially for tweens and teens.

Helen

There are so many things to do in Helen, Ga, and it ranks among our favorite Georgia town because of the number of outdoor adventures. It is no surprise that Alpine Helen/White County has been designated by the State House and Senate as Georgia’s Outdoor Adventure Destination. There are multiple state parks (which make great family accommodations for a week-long stay,) waterfalls, and so much more.

Columbus

Columbus is making waves with their outdoor adventure options – and plenty of FREE ways to explore. Some of our favorite things include Whitewater Rafting, the aerial course, bike and kayak rentals, and the award-winning Infantry Museum.

Great Wolf Lodge

GWL in Concord is not too far away, and a wonderful place to reconnect with the family. In addition to the fun of Great Wolf Lodge, you can enjoy seeing where the Gold Rush started, explore a family-friendly vineyard, head to to the aquarium, catch a show at the race track and so much more!

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach has 60 miles of sparkling waters and activity-filled white sand beaches. If you are looking for a Spring Break spot that appeases both parents and kids, Myrtle Beach offers just that with more than 100 golf courses and countless entertainment offerings for all ages. Located in the heart of it all is the newly-transformed DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront. Set across 27 acres and ideally located at the Springmaid Pier, the resort provides a front seat to ocean views, world-class fishing and surfing . . . along with access to exclusive private beaches.

Augusta

Even if you can’t make the Master’s, you can still enjoy the azaleas, outdoor fun and amazing food. If you enjoy many of the same things we do – great food, outdoor adventure, and a hint of history and arts – then this is a city you need to add to your bucket list! Don’t miss Savannah River Rapids park; we just loved it there.

Sewanee

Most people know about Sewanee because of the local university, but it is a haven for nature lovers.  Fiery Gizzard features an incredible waterfall and swimming holes. Foster Falls, Buggytop Trail, and Sewanee Natural Bridge are also local favorites.

Beech Mountain

Beech Mountain Ski Resort is the highest resort in the east, scraping the sky at 5,506 feet. Beech Mountain, NC is within a gas-tank’s drive from Atlanta, it offers affordable lift tickets and accommodations, and they dote on families. Whether you want to ski Beech, or just play in the snow, these advantages work together to make it a brilliant choice for a winter family vacation. 

Gatlinburg

Use spring break to give back to this community that lost so much…explore the town, take in the trails and so much more in the mountains of Gatlinburg. We’ve got a list of 50+ ways to explore the town – everything essential you have to explore.

Bryson City

Bryson City is just over the border – and a world away! Go rafting on the Nantahala or zipping through the trees. We also loved the dozens of waterfalls – and the ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. There is a GSMP entrance only 3 miles from town, with a kid-friendly waterfall hike. And that’s just the beginning…

Legoland Florida

Whether you pick the Legoland hotel or the new Beach Villas, you will adore your stay here…and it’s only steps from the park!

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