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Spring Break 2015: Where Will You Be?


March isn’t just the start of the spring season. March is when students of all ages break free from the classroom, ditch their textbooks and coursework, and dive head first into a week of spring bliss.

Whether you’re a college student or a parent of a K-12 child, now is the time to get out of town and enjoy a vacation. But with so many incredible destinations in the world, how can you find the perfect one for you, your family and friends, and your budget?


Check out our list of top six spring break destinations ranked from family-friendly to college hot-spots that are guaranteed to be fun getaways that won’t break the bank.

Outdoor Fun for the Whole Family:

Asheville, North Carolina
Located about two hours from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Asheville is the perfect outdoor getaway. With horseback riding, fly-fishing, hiking, and a thriving arts and food scene, your family will have plenty to do. Remember to pencil in some time to visit Sliding Rock, a 50 foot natural waterslide, the Botanical Gardens of Asheville, and Splashville, an interactive water feature in downtown Asheville.

Take Your Family to Texas:

Austin, Texas
Spring in central Texas offers beautiful weather without the punishing summer heat. From swimming in the naturally fed Barton Springs Pool, to riding Austin’s only Steam Train where you can take a step back in time, Austin boasts plenty of family friendly activities. Don’t forget to stop by the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex where you and your family can see a movie, go bowling, indoor roller skating, play at the arcade, and more!

The Ultimate Family Beach Getaway:

Key Largo, FL
Orlando and Daytona are well-known spring break spots, but have you heard about Key Largo? This is the perfect spot for water enthusiasts of all ages with parasailing, sunset cruises, paddle boards, and even the chance to swim with dolphins. Whether you spend your trip lounging on the beach, swimming, or touring the Everglades National Park, your family will have a blast at Key Largo!

Viva Las Vegas, College Students!

Las Vegas, NV
You certainly don’t have to be a high roller to have a good time in Las Vegas. Pool clubs like the Bare Pool Lounge at the Mirage and the Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan are popular and affordable for college students during spring break, especially if you’re looking for a place to mingle, party, and cool off. For the more low-key college student, the Eiffel Tower Experience and the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay are fun, budget-friendly activities to do while visiting.

Party It Up South of the Border:

Cancun, Mexico
A popular hotspot for spring break, Cancun is full of white sand, sparkling beaches, and electrifying nightlife. You can pet exotic marine life such as stingrays at the Interactive Aquarium and eat delicious food at Senor Frogs and Dady’O. If you’re looking to take the all-inclusive route, Oasis Cancun and Salvia are budget friendly and offer pools, beach, daytime dance parties, and more.

Visit the Land of the White Cane Palms:

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
In Punta Cana, it’s all about the beach. With over 21 miles of fine, white, coral sand beaches, Punta Cana offers the luxury of beach-side fun at all-inclusive resorts like top rated Majestic Elegance and Hard Rock Hotel. These resorts offer large lagoon-style pools, top shelf drinks, nightly entertainment, rock climbing, meals, and more! The island also offers other thrilling activities like zip line tours, snorkeling cruises, and Central Romana Corporation, the largest sugar cane plantation in the country. Punta Cana promises a week packed with fun for you and your friends!



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