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Southern CA Spring Break Ideas for Families

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Spring Break is just around the corner. What better way to enjoy a week or two off from school than with a family vacation or activity? From week-long adventures to day trips, we’ve rounded up some of the best Spring Break ideas for families in Southern CA. Dive into an aquarium adventure, stroll through Downtown Disney, or take a tour of the California coastline. No matter your preference, there are plenty of unique activities to explore, so let’s get into the best Spring Break ideas for families. 

Downtown Disney

While Disneyland deserves an honorable mention, it’s likely to be packed over Spring Break. If you’re looking for the quintessential Disney experience without the long lines and steep entry fees, you must visit Downtown Disney. This shopping and entertainment experience feels like exploring Disneyland’s areas without the entry fees and steep costs. 

Check out incredible restaurants, explore shopping opportunities, or visit fantastic entertainment venues. Downtown Disney is perfect for families with older children who can enjoy exploring excellent shops and restaurants or those looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of theme parks. 


While you may associate LEGOLAND with an amusement park for younger children, LEGOs are for all ages. LEGOLAND is a fun, family-friendly activity that will please this Spring Break. Explore incredible rides, attend events centered around kids’ favorites like Ninjago and more, and check out some unbelievable builds that make even the seasoned engineer jealous. 

LEGOLAND offers lodging on location and nearby, allowing you to turn this day trip experience into a week-long LEGO extravaganza. Check out the upcoming events on the Legoland website, as they have plenty of weekend activities and exclusive events to entertain the whole family. If you’re looking for a fun amusement park experience, LEGOLAND deserves a spot on your activity list this Spring Break.  

Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier is a bucket list item for sure. This is a must-visit location if you enjoy classic amusement park vibes, complete with a Ferris wheel, carousel, and other iconic rides. The Pier has plenty to do, with classic arcade games and prizes and fair food galore. This location is fun for the whole family.

Check their website to find out what events are coming up, as they sometimes host live events and more at this classic location. If you’re looking for the classic fun of an amusement park without the stress of Disney, Santa Monica Pier is a must-visit location for you and the whole family to enjoy this Spring Break. 

Aquarium of the Pacific

Who doesn’t love a visit to the aquarium? The aquarium of the Pacific is educational and fun for the whole family. Learn about the creatures found right along California’s coastline while you experience the wonder of the undersea world. This location has family-friendly events all year long, so be sure to check out their website to find out what’s happening next. 

Want to see sharks up close and personal? This aquarium offers an incredible shark exhibit that is perfect for learning all about ocean predators. Have a family member who can’t get enough of frogs? Surprisingly enough, the aquarium has a whole exhibit on tropical creatures, including frogs. No matter your interests, there’s sure to be an exhibit at the aquarium to catch your interest, from sea otters to jellyfish and everything in between. 

Whether you’re looking for something educational for the whole family or want a calm, relaxing event between activities, the Aquarium of the Pacific is an excellent choice for curious minds of all ages. Make sure to purchase tickets in advance, as the aquarium fills up fast, and you don’t want to miss out!  

The OC Coastal Tour

Take a break from being the cruise director this Spring Break with one of Best Coast Tours’ unique tours. Our OC Coastal Tour takes you along the world-famous Pacific Coast highway. Want to visit Surf City USA and check out the Surfers Walk of Fame? What about visiting Newport Beach to see some of the multi-million dollar homes that make up the area? This tour takes you through iconic California landmarks all along the coast, truly allowing you to truly appreciate this great state.

Our guided tours take place in a comfortable, air-conditioned van, making this the perfect trip for anyone partied out on Spring Break or the family looking to sit back, relax, and learn more about California’s rich history. By pairing exciting tidbits of information with iconic stops along the way, this tour lets you explore the California coast as you’ve never seen it before. So make a reservation in advance and check out our custom pickup locations to set off right from your hotel. 


San Diego Tour

If you’re looking for a fun-filled tour of “America’s Finest City,” the San Diego Tour is perfect for you and your whole family. This guided tour takes you through iconic locations in this beautiful city, from La Jolla and Coronado Island to Balboa Park and more. 

This guided tour takes place in an air-conditioned mini-bus, allowing you to see the sights comfortably while learning about the history of San Diego. Not only does each of our tours come with custom pickup location options, but with private rentals, this tour is perfect for a day out with your family. Make a reservation today!

If you’re looking to explore California as you’ve never seen it before, check out some of Best Coast Tours’ incredible offerings. Our tours take you across Southern California, from San Diego and Orange County to Temecula Valley. Not only does each tour offer a custom pickup location so you can hit the trail right from your hotel room, but our guided tours offer educational opportunities for riders of all ages. Check out our tour offerings today to find out more or make a reservation.