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A New Adventure Can Blossom

The snow is melting, the flowers are blooming, and everyone is going stir-crazy: It’s officially time for a spring getaway. Find a deal at a summer hot spot before it gets crowded or visit a destination with lots of outdoor recreation — but put a few museums on your itinerary, just in case those April showers move in.

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Tulum, Mexico
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico

"Love life and it loves you right back! #freespirit | #bliss | #tulum | #happy | #laplaya | #mexico" -- @olacecilia 960 1280

  

Sukhothai, Thailand

Sukhothai, Thailand

"Magical place ~ #WatSorasak #Sukhothai #Thailand #latergram" -- @simalicious 960 1280

  

Washington, DC

Washington, DC

"Tidal Basin" -- @ryanpando 960 1280

  

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

"Swoon. This sinking city sure is stunning!" -- @ericaconnolly91 960 1280

  

Key Biscayne, FL

Key Biscayne, FL

"Great day for paddleboarding! #LoveFL #KeyBiscayne" -- @karafranker 960 1280

  

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

"Grateful to be alive and see a sight like this! Rock Formations at San Lucas del Cabo #Mexico #travel #wanderlust #instatravel #globalnomads #lonelyplanet #travelgram #aroundtheworld #backpackingaddicts #livetotravel #instapassport #backpacker #backpacking #mytravelgram #pinktrotters #traveladvice #beach #water #rocks #boat #neverstopexploring" -- @shally_sg 960 1280

  

Somewhere ...

Somewhere ...

"Our weekend escape" -- @stasandroidovich 960 1280

  

George Washington's Mount Vernon, VA

George Washington's Mount Vernon, VA

"Virginia spring" -- @jordanraynor 960 1280

  

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

"My bus ride home from work #windowseat #dreamcometrue #rome #colosseum" -- @ahasson 960 1280

  

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

"Meow #11n11 tiger kingdom" -- @naegnar8 960 1280

  

Somewhere ...

Somewhere ...

"This place. #travel #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #photooftheday #fun #beautiful #travelingram #instapassport #asia #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igtravel #love #instamood #igers #picoftheday #life #followus #instadaily #vscocam #vscoaward #wanderlust" -- @becausewecamp 960 1280

  

La Jolla Cove, CA

La Jolla Cove, CA

"Just being a California girl today" -- @hayleycarling 960 1280

  

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

"Rode a camel today at the Bali Safari & Marine Park! #camelride #bucketlist #safari #Bali #indonesia" -- @jannie_g 960 1280

  

Portland, OR

Portland, OR

"Portland Japanese Garden" -- @bobaumgartner 960 1280

  

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Jumby Bay's La Casa Estate (Antigua)

Jumby Bay's La Casa Estate (Antigua)

Take luxury to the next level at Jumby Bay's La Casa Estate, a private villa with its own pool, bar and croquet lawn. 960 1280

Rosewood Hotels and Resorts L.L.C.  

Amansala (Tulum, Mexico)

Amansala (Tulum, Mexico)

Nestle into a hammock and enjoy the peace and tranquility at Amansala, a chic eco-resort in Tulum along the Mayan Riviera. 960 1280

Amansala  

The Caves Hotel and Spa (Negril, Jamaica)

The Caves Hotel and Spa (Negril, Jamaica)

The cliffs at the Caves resort in Jamaica create romantic nooks where guests can dine or escape to a private hot tub. 960 1280

Island Outpost  

Dining at The Caves

Dining at The Caves

Treatment rooms at the Cave's Aveda Concept Spa have louvered windows that look out at the sea. Afterwards, guests can have a 5-course meal in an oceanfront gazebo. We recommend pairing your authentic Jamacian dinner with the hotel's signature cocktail, The Cliffhanger, made with freshly squeezed watermelon juice, ginger, Blackwell Rum and Appleton Gold Jamaica Rum. 960 1280

island Outpost  

Mango Bay (Barbados)

Mango Bay (Barbados)

There are just 76 rooms at Mango Bay in Barbados, leaving the staff more time to dote on each guest. 960 1280

Mango Bay Barbados, Inc.  

The Excellence Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)

The Excellence Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)

Expansive rooms are just one perk at the Excellence Punta Cana, a choice resort with unlimited food and activities. 960 1280

Excellence Resorts  

Royal Hideaway Playacar (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)

Royal Hideaway Playacar (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)

Feast on fresh guacamole and a margarita alongside the cascading infinity pool at the Royal Hideaway Playacar.   960 1280

Occidental Hotels & Resorts  

Water Sports at Royal Hideaway Playacar

Water Sports at Royal Hideaway Playacar

Lounge in a sun bed on the beach or head to the ocean for swimming, snorkeling or kayaking at the Royal Hideaway Playacar. 960 1280

Occidental Hotels & Resorts  

Majahuitas Resort (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

Majahuitas Resort (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

Escape to Majahuitas, a private island eco-resort accessible by boat from Puerto Vallarta with 8 solar-powered casitas. 960 1280

Mark Callanan  

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Atlantis Paradise Island Resort

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort

The legendary underwater world bearing the same name has nothing on this Bahamian resort that beckons children and their parents with luxurious resort surroundings and outrageous kids' activities. Kids can choose their own adventures at the stellar AKA (Atlantis Kids Adventure) program. Aspiring chefs can twist pretzels or make pizza in culinary classes and budding architects can don their hard hats and get building in the Lego Construction room. Wizards? Check. There's a cozy tree with perfect nooks for reading the latest magical tale. Extravagant tea party? Atlantis has this one covered, too, in the life-sized Victorian dollhouse equipped with the highest quality in pretend kitchens. There's gaming systems galore, a performance gallery complete with costumes and equipment to make movies, and arts and crafts to rival the best art institute. If the kids ever choose to leave the club, parents might squeeze in a fast family meal before the wee ones are off to the water slides, river rides, rock climbing or marine habitat.

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Atlantis, Kerzner  

Smuggler’s Notch Resort

Smuggler’s Notch Resort

Sure, school is out, but the kids won't mind being students enrolled in the ski programs at Smugglers Notch. Aspiring snowboarders can learn the ropes on Burton snowboards equipped with a softer flex and beveled bottom that help with the learning curve. Cross-country skiers can hone their skills on the bumps and play area at the mini terrain park. The staff is so confident in their students at Snow Sport University that there's a refund if participants don't learn or improve. When class is out, kids can tackle a new hill -- the 22-foot giant double lane slide and the rest of the inflatable fun at FunZone. Indoor pools, dog-sledding, ice-skating and art classes are available to keep the entire family busy.

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Smuggler’s Notch Resort  

Rancho de los Caballeros

Rancho de los Caballeros

Saddle up for a unique spring break at an old-school dude ranch in Arizona. It's like sleep-away camp for the entire family, but with better food and cozier accommodations. Rancho de los Caballeros has been giving families an insider's look at cowboy life since 1947, so it's no surprise they've mastered the art of the family vacation. The children's club starts at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast before a ride on the trails or around the corral for the mini cowboys and girls. The kids are busy with swimming, crafts, hiking, sports and scavenger hunts while parents can spend some time relaxing or playing golf. After lunch, the family is reunited for some together time and more horseback riding or just horsing around in the pool. Then come dinner time, the kids are back to the club and a campfire while mom and dad enjoy dinner in the dining room. It's the best of both worlds and, best of all, most activities in the children's program are free of charge.

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Rancho de los Caballeros  

Sandy Lane

Sandy Lane

Sandy Lane Resort is a spring break destination to aspire toward with chauffeured luxury cars, palatial suites and chilled, scented towels on arrival. This exclusive resort is pricy, but a worthy investment if you're looking for a refined resort atmosphere with plenty of engaging activities to keep the little ones happy. Parents can enjoy a few rounds of golf on impeccably manicured fairways or slip into the spa for a massage or the moisturizing Rose Hydrating Cocoon. Kids will dig the Treehouse Club with themed events and activities like nature walks, sports, crafts and carnival days, complete with stilt-walking. Teens chill in the Den with pool, air hockey, video games and organized pool parties and water sports. The whole family will love swimming with the rare Hawksbill turtles in the reefs located just off the shore. 960 1280

The Leading Hotels Of The World  

Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs is a dreamboat for families with great children's ski instructions and a bundle of après-ski activities. The Kid's Vacation Center is the starting point for families with a streamlined check-in process and a spacious facility to prepare your young ones for the cold. Lessons are available for kids starting at 2.5-years-old, and there are 5 kids-only slopes where little ones can master the art of the wedge before moving on to the kiddies terrain park. The Rough Rider Basin is a nod to the Old West with teepees, a log-cabin playhouse and snack areas. The whole family will enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the Great Rockies followed with a soak in the area's natural hot springs. Kids Fly Free domestic packages coupled with Kids Rent Free and Kids Ski Free all reduce the price of one cool family vacation. 960 1280

Larry Pierce/Steamboat Ski & Resort  

Loews Coronado Bay

Loews Coronado Bay

San Diego is an ideal pick for families looking for spring break fun with loads of diversity. There's the beach, of course, but there are also great parks, cool museums and 2 fantastic zoos. The San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park is a sprawling and hilly enclave made up of 9 unique zones spread out over 100 acres. Plan on spending a few hours checking out the polar bears, elephants and gorillas, and hop on the guided bus to learn about the animals and give your legs a rest. The Wild Animal Park, 35 miles outside of the city, provides a safari experience as you traverse the 1,800-acre park in an open bus perfect for viewing the herds of wild animals like rhinos and giraffes in a more natural setting. The Loews Coronado Bay resort makes kids and teens feel right at home with club activities, water sports, surfing classes and gondola rides through the Coronado Cays canals. 960 1280

Loews Hotels Resorts  

Kauai Surf School

Kauai Surf School

If you can swim, then you can surf. At least that's what the folks at Kauai Surf School believe. Families can arrange for group sessions so the whole crew can wipe out and encourage each other to hop back up again. Group lessons maintain a ratio of 4 students for every instructor, ensuring that everyone has ample time to catch some waves. Parents must accompany children under 12 in group lessons. The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort is a family-favorite with an outrageous pool complex including saltwater lagoons and freshwater pools with waterfalls, grottos and a 150-foot slide. Parents don't need to feel guilty about dropping off the keiki, or kids, at Camp Hyatt where kids ages 3-12 can learn the hula, meet the resident parrots or make cool cultural crafts.

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Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells

Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin is king of water parks, and these monstrous slides aren't limited to the great outdoors. Families can save on the sunscreen and splurge on the fun at this indoor water wonderland made up of 125,000 square feet of slides, lazy rivers, wave pools and whirlpools. The Master Blaster uphill water rollercoaster and family raft river rapids are not to be missed. If you can get the kids out of the pool, there's an indoor theme park with a Ferris wheel, indoor go-carts, bowling and arcade games. Admission to the water park is included in the price for on-site accommodations, which include standard hotel rooms and roomier family suites. 960 1280

Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau  

South Seas Island Resort

South Seas Island Resort

In the midst of hectic resorts and crowded beaches, Captiva Island feels like a secret spot where families can turn it down and enjoy a retreat from the everyday. Located on Florida's Gulf Coast, the area has unspoiled beaches and unique wildlife that can be encountered while kayaking through the quiet estuaries or touring the freshwater ponds. It's also a great spot for collecting seashells, so bring along a bucket. But don't confuse a bit of peace and quiet with boring -- there's plenty to do at South Seas Island Resort from sailing in the harbor to playing in the lagoon pool complex or sliding down the waterslides at H2Whoa!

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South Seas Island Resort  

Club Med Dominican Republic

Club Med Dominican Republic

The beauty of an all-inclusive vacation is that you can put your wallet away and relax once you reach your destination. The Club Med Punta Cana caters to families with oceanfront family suites and even simplifies your packing by making baby essentials, like bathtubs, strollers and even baby food, available for your use. There are activities galore for parents and kids to enjoy together including infant classes at the Baby Gym and catamaran adventures. Supervised camps are included in your package price for kids over 4 and are available at an extra cost for babies through preschoolers up to 4. 960 1280

Club Med  

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