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5 Nontraditional Family-Friendly Spring Break Destinations In The Northeast

5 Nontraditional Family-Friendly Spring Break Destinations In The Northeast

When you think of spring break, you probably think of states known for their sunshine days, ocean views, and salty air, but have you ever considered a spring break destination that’s not so traditional?

Don’t get me wrong, I loveeee a beach town and our family does our fair share of traveling to places of this sort, but what I love even more is thinking outside the box and creating experiences that aren’t so typical. 

Your typical spring break destinations tend to be filled with tourist attractions, seas of people, and pricey accommodations, all of which don’t always offer the best vacation. 

Instead, you might find yourself fighting crowds for dinner every night, struggling to find a spot on the sand, and by the end of it feel like you need a vacation from your vacation. 

But what if this year you decided to ditch the norm and try something different?

I might be biased as a native New Englander, but I believe that various spots throughout the Northeast make for the PERFECT spring break destinations, so if you’re searching for something beyond the popular beach towns, consider this your guide to a non-traditional (yet still extremely fun) spring break guide!

5 Places To Visit For a Non-traditional Spring Break

1. Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, the capital of Massachusetts, is steeped in history and culture, making it an ideal destination for families seeking an educational yet enjoyable spring break.

The city is full of things to do, sights to see, and places to eat, and as a native of the city, I of course, have a few top recommendations for your spring break itinerary:

  • Explore the iconic Freedom Trail

  • Visit the interactive exhibits at the Museum of Science

  • Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque Charles River Esplanade or through the Public Garden

  • Indulge in some delicious clam chowder at Quincy Market

When visiting Boston during the spring, you can expect to experience a range of temps depending on the month you visit. 

During March, the city is typically still experiencing winter, which means 40’s are expected with occasional snow showers possible.

As we make our way into April and May, temps start rising, and the sun starts shining, but it’s still not sunbathing weather, so make sure you check the weather and pack accordingly for your specific trip!

2. Kennebunkport, Maine

Nestled along the rugged coastline of southern Maine, Kennebunkport exudes coastal charm and offers plenty of family-friendly activities.

This small coastal town offers the perfect mix of traditional spring break feels with their sandy beaches, tide pools, and scenic lobster boat tours, but also the laid back feel of a non-traditional destination that allows you to soak in the slow with local restaurants, walks through town, and beautiful views without the crowd.

Based on our own recent visit to Kennebunkport, I’d recommend:

  • Visiting the Seashore Trolley Museum, where kids can ride vintage streetcars and learn about the history of public transportation (Re-opens May 4, 2024)

  • Booking a whale watching, lobster tour, or sail boating adventure

  • Having a picnic on one of the local beaches

Similar to Boston, when visiting for spring break, you can expect a range of temps depending on the month of your visit. During March, the coastal town typically stays in the 40’s and slowly makes its way to the 60’s by May.

3. Franconia, New Hampshire

For nature-loving families, Franconia in the heart of New Hampshire's White Mountains is the ultimate spring break destination.

The White Mountains is one of our family’s personal favorite destinations throughout different times of year as it provides the best area to lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails.

The most notable hiking destination is Franconia Notch State Park, home to stunning waterfalls, crystal-clear lakes, and breathtaking mountain vistas.

My suggestion for the ultimate laid-back spring break would be to rent a cozy Airbnb where you can enjoy the lower temps in a relaxed way after a day of hiking!

And while you’re there, don't miss the opportunity to ride the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway for panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness!

4. Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life with a spring break getaway to the Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Whether your family enjoys skiing, snowboarding, hiking, or zip-lining, the Poconos offer endless outdoor adventures for all ages.

My top recommendations include:

Weather wise, you can expect mid-40’s through March, 50’s and 60’s during April, and lovely mid 60’s during May!

For a full guide to the Poconos, CLICK HERE!

5. Adirondacks, New York

Lastly, for a truly off-the-beaten-path spring break experience, head to the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York.

With over six million acres of pristine wilderness to explore, the Adirondacks are a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts where you can take a family-friendly hike to one of the region's many scenic overlooks, paddle along tranquil lakes and rivers, or simply relax and enjoy the serenity of nature.

My spring break recommendations for the area include:

Give Yourself The Gift of a Slower Spring Break

Overall, the Northeast is filled with family fun all year round and these five destinations might just be your next favorite vacation.

As you plan your trip, look at our Spring Break essentials list to simplify your packing process!

And for more streamlined and stress-free travel tips, browse the blog and follow along on Instagram.

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