Overrated spring break destinations & where to go instead

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If you’re thinking about planning a spring break vacation with your family, the first destinations that come to mind may be the most crowded.

Both Disney locations, Universal Orlando Resort, Miami Beach, Virginia Beach, Cancun, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite will likely be mobbed.

Here are a few alternative destinations that will keep everyone happy while avoiding long lines and overcrowded hotels.

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1. Visit a relative or friend

Overrated spring break destinations & where to go instead

Think about whether you have any relatives or close friends living in places that are not tourist traps, are scenic or have enough fun activities to keep the kids entertained. If your great aunt or college roommate lives near terrific horseback riding, a lake with paddle boat rentals, farms, amusement parks, zoos, aquariums or other fun attractions, this could be an opportunity for the family to get a change of scenery and for you to catch up with someone you’ve been meaning to visit for years. (Learn the best small towns to visit in each state.)

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2. Try an island off Florida instead of Disney

Overrated spring break destinations & where to go instead

Amelia Island, just off the coast of northeast Florida, has 13 miles of beach, which can be explored on horseback, with abundant native wildlife, pristine waters and restaurants boasting fresh, locally caught seafood. Sanibel and Captiva islands off the Gulf Coast boast much of the same, along with a variety of eco cruises.

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3. Visit the Florida Keys, but not that one

Overrated spring break destinations & where to go instead

While Key West is the most well known Key, it’s also the one most likely to be packed. Your best bet is to stop at one of the Keys farther north. Marathon, for example, offers beaches, fishing and boating, as well as educational tours at The Turtle Hospital, where you can see turtles being nursed back to health (you’ll need a reservation). You can also check out the Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key, where you can gently grab a fin and get the ride of your life.

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4. San Diego

Overrated spring break destinations & where to go instead

San Diego is home to a world-famous zoo and its affiliated safari park in nearby Escondido. In addition to scenic beaches, it also boasts Balboa Park with gardens, museums, theaters, shopping and restaurants.

Coronado Beach in San Diego is on our list of best beaches in each state. Read more here.

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5. Great Wolf Lodge

Overrated spring break destinations & where to go instead

This giant, indoor water park has 16 locations throughout the U.S. and one at Niagara Falls in Canada. The best part about a vacation at any of them is they’re not weather dependent. The lodges have pajama parties, character appearances, arts and crafts, a bowling alley for kids, a ropes course, games, and a firepit for roasting s’mores. 

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6. South Carolina

Overrated spring break destinations & where to go instead

The Charleston Museum has family programs for toddlers and a Kidstory exhibit focusing on Charleston history, including a kid-sized replica of a historic Charleston home.

Charleston and Myrtle Beach have aquariums, while Myrtle Beach also has a boardwalk, rides, games and a zoo.

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7. Arizona

Overrated spring break destinations & where to go instead

In Tucson, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum offers hiking through desert trails full of local flora and fauna, a zoo, an aquarium and a raptor show. Looking for a good trail? Check out our list of the best local trails in each state

Other Tucson attractions include The Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium and Reid Park with its zoo, pool, park and playgrounds. Its spectacular Asian Lantern Festival runs through March 23, for those with earlier spring breaks.

This article originally appeared on Policygenius and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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