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How to Spend Spring Break in the United States

By Viator, May 2018

4.5 2465 Reviews | Add your review

Sun, sand, surf, fun—spring break is the ultimate American vacation tradition, so it’s no wonder some of the best spring break spots lie within the United States. Whether you’re traveling with kids or looking for a party, these are some of our favorite destinations—no passport required.

San Diego
San Diego scores big points with families thanks to kid-approved attractions like the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, and miles of golden sand beaches. But adult spring breakers craving some fun in the sun have their choice of adventures as well—everything from surfing on Mission Beach to kayaking through the caves of La Jolla.

Anaheim
The “Theme Park Capital of California” is the ultimate family spring break destination, with a host of family-centric attractions to choose from. Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Universal Studios Hollywood are the heavy hitters, but there’s plenty more to do in Orange County outside the theme parks. Take a whale-watching excursion, spend the day on Catalina Island, take a guided mountain biking tour, or explore the culture icons of Los Angeles.

Florida
The Sunshine State attracts families and college students in equal numbers. Gulf Coast and Atlantic beaches are always a popular option (especially Panama City and Miami Beach), as are the theme parks of Orlando (Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando among them). For something a little different, explore the Florida Everglades by airboat, swim with manatees in Crystal River, or head out for a sunset sail in Key West.

Hawaii
If your dream spring break involves turquoise water and a white sand beach, it doesn’t get much better than Hawaii. The mix of outdoor adventures and cultural attractions gives the Aloha State some major spring break appeal, whether you’re observing an active volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, catching a wave on the North Shore or practicing your hula at Oahu’s Polynesian Cultural Center, or snorkeling in a marine sanctuary.

Las Vegas
Spring break in Las Vegas can mean a 24-hour party, but if you’re traveling with family (or merely need a break from the casinos, nightclubs, and the neon lights of Sin City) you’ll still have plenty to do. Day trip to the majestic Grand Canyon, go on a Jeep safari through Nevada’s red rock country, play cowboy during a sunset horseback ride, or hit up some of Vegas’ lower key attractions like the High Roller at The LINQ, Madame Tussauds, or a gondola ride at The Venetian hotel. 

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Crystal River Manatee Snorkeling and Everglades Airboat Tour, Orlando, null
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Crystal River Manatee Snorkeling and Everglades Airboat Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 129 Reviews

On this tour from Orlando, take a narrated boat cruise on the Crystal River to snorkel and swim in an area known to be a manatee habitat. Then, take an ...  Read more

Location: Orlando, Florida
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.99
San Diego Zoo, San Diego, Nature & Wildlife
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San Diego Zoo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 161 Reviews

With literally thousands of wild animals including many on the endangered species list, its no wonder that San Diego Zoo is world famous. With more than 4,000 ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $54.00
Miami Everglades Airboat Adventure with Biscayne Bay Cruise, Miami, Zoo Tickets & Passes
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Miami Everglades Airboat Adventure with Biscayne Bay Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 274 Reviews

Visit the Everglades National Park and Biscayne Bay Boat Tour all in one day!

Location: Miami, Florida
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.00
La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour, San Diego, Airboat Tours
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La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 76 Reviews

This popular kayak tour will allow you to kayak the La Jolla sea caves and ecological reserve, which boasts an amazing array of scenery and wildlife you can't ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.00
Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure, Everglades National Park, ... 
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Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 91 Reviews

For a truly special Florida Everglades airboat tour, splash out on a private airboat ride at Sawgrass Recreation Park. You’ll see Florida gators and other ...  Read more

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $43.69
Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach, Newport Beach, Airboat Tours
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Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach

4.5 star rating: Recommended 65 Reviews

Hop aboard a 65-foot (20-meter) whale-watching boat for a fantastic adventure off the Orange County coast! During your whale-watching cruise, learn fascinating ...  Read more

Location: Newport Beach, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $24.99
The VIP Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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The VIP Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 231 Reviews

Immerse yourself in a full day of movie-making magic with a specially trained guide as you discover the Universal Studios Hollywood℠ the general public doesn’t ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $348.99
Polynesian Cultural Center Admission, Oahu, Universal Theme Parks
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Polynesian Cultural Center Admission

4.5 star rating: Recommended 80 Reviews

Visit Oahu's Polynesian Cultural Center and experience the largest Polynesian song and dance review in the world! Add our spectacular evening show "Ha: ...  Read more

Location: Laie, Oahu
Duration: Flexible

From USD $64.95
Skip the Line: Express Ticket at Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles, Cultural Tours
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Skip the Line: Express Ticket at Universal Studios Hollywood

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 790 Reviews

Get the celebrity treatment with this all-access ticket. It includes all-day admission to the park, one-time express access to all rides, shows and ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $178.99
Universal Orlando Tickets - USA / Canada Residents, Orlando, Universal Theme Parks
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Universal Orlando Tickets - USA / Canada Residents

4.5 star rating: Recommended 157 Reviews

Buy in advance and save! Universal Orlando® Resort lets you create the Ticket that's just right for you and your family. Buy as many days as you like, then add ...  Read more

Location: Orlando, Florida
Duration: Flexible

From USD $179.99

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