Spring Break Getaways: Vacation Ideas for 2023

Jessica DeLucia Guides & Tips, Holidays

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Spring Break Vacation Ideas

The spring break season is here, and unlike the last few years, this popular vacation time is looking a little different. Now more than ever, vacationers like yourself are looking for the best affordable options for travel. It's finding the right destination to turn on that out of office button for an opportunity to relax and unwind, and at a good price. A non-negotiable factor.

Perhaps you consider a getaway a little closer to home. Maybe you opt for a vacation centered around the great outdoors or a chance to explore a new city. Whatever you prefer, here are some spring break vacation ideas to help you get started on planning a most memorable spring vacation for you and your guests, with bonus deals included!

Enjoy the Magic

Orlando’s famous theme parks will always offer plenty of spring break magic. There’s never been a better time to see more and do more at the parks. With a vast number of rides to explore, it's no wonder many choose to plan their vacation around the major attractions.

Experience the magic at one or all four of the major theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort. Enjoy the excitement of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at both Universal Orlando theme parks or Mardi Gras at Universal Studios. Then, check out the many thrilling roller coasters and unique, interactive animal exhibits at SeaWorld Orlando.

Head for the Mountains

Spring Break in the Great Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg, TN is another ideal way to “get away from it all”. Visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park where you’ll find more than 800 miles of hiking trails, spectacular driving loops, waterfalls and scenic beauty as the mountain terrain begins to explode with wildflowers in an array of bright spring colors. You can also walk the beautiful Gatlinburg Parkway, enjoying the town’s quaint shops, art galleries, restaurants, and distilleries. For a great view of the area, head to the top of Ober Mountain where you’ll find an indoor ice skating rink, an aerial tram, rock climbing wall, mountain coaster, alpine slide, a wildlife encounter and plenty of other things to do.

Camping & Glamping

Camping is a great way to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Whether you prefer a tent or fully loaded RV, camping allows you to unplug from the daily routine, enjoy a little time outdoors to connect with nature and enjoy some fresh air and quiet, family time.

One way to combine camping with a fun-filled cowboy adventure is with a stay at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo. Located just an hour’s drive from Disney World, River Ranch offers a unique horse ranch adventure. And you can experience the luxury of glamping – an upscale variety of camping. Choose from a lodge style cabin, a luxury teepee or a spacious tent with all the luxuries of home. River Ranch tents and teepees offer heating and air conditioning, large screen televisions, beds and furniture, a private bath and shower, room service, a fully equipped kitchenette and more.

This authentic dude ranch experience sits on 1,700-acres of spectacular old Florida wilderness along the scenic Kissimmee River. Ranch activities include horseback riding, a petting zoo, outdoor swimming pool, fishing, boat rentals, airboat rides, hayrides, archery, mini golf, line dancing at the Saloon, tennis, bull riding, swamp buggy rides, zip lining, trap & skeet shooting, and even a professional Rodeo every Saturday night!

Catch a Wave

Another popular spring break idea is the beach getaway. While the ocean waters in many locations still remain a bit on the chilly side during spring break season, there are plenty of reasons to head to the beach. Whether you choose top beach destinations like Myrtle Beach or Cocoa Beach, you’ll always appreciate the beauty and the calming effect of the endless waves crashing ashore.

Soak up some spring sunshine with a long walk up the shoreline. Hunt for seashells. Build a sandcastle. Or go ahead and brave the cool waters for a little beneficial cold exposure. Most beach towns also offer lots of other activities and options including fishing piers, boat tours, great dining, fun souvenirs shops, and tasty treats like homemade fudge and ice cream.

A stay at Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort also puts you conveniently close to more than 100 championship golf courses, and attractions like Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach, Brookgreen Gardens and Family Kingdom Amusement Park. The resort features a heated lazy river, and an oceanfront pool while putting you just steps from the Atlantic Ocean.

Cocoa Beach, along Florida’s Space Coast, is ideal for surfing any time of year. You can find warm wetsuits and long boards at the largest Ron Jons Surf Shop in the world. You’ll also be just a short drive from Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort provides you with direct access to the beach in the heart of the Cocoa Beach strip where you’ll find restaurants, surf shops, mini golf and other attractions.

Hit the Slopes

Outdoor enthusiasts can also choose a thrilling snow skiing getaway in Park City, UT. Spring skiing can be amazing as you enjoy the same white powder slopes that once hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. Westgate Park City Resort even features convenient, ski-in/ski-out accommodations. Off the slopes, the exquisite town of Park City features many historic buildings and a downtown filled with shops, galleries and eateries. Or you can visit the nearby US Olympic Park and explore the Olympic Games museum, or even take the ride of your life on the Winter Comet Bobsled Run.


When considering spring break options, it’s easy to forget the things that are right in our own back yard. No matter where you live, chances are there are some fun-filled attractions and activities you haven’t enjoyed in a while. Or even some that you’ve never taken the time to try. If so, maybe you’re ready to take a few days off and experience the joys of a staycation. Check out a local park or zoo. Play some golf or tennis. Springtime is a great time to rediscover some of the areas and attractions that make your home a great place to live.

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