Where will spring break take you? Whether you live here and are searching for something exciting to do with the kids or traveling to beautiful South Florida for spring break, here is my list of favorites as a local:
1) This Easter, Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, once again hosts Boca Raton’s most entertaining and delectable Easter celebration. Hotel guests may begin the joyous day with a Sunrise Service and continental breakfast held along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean at the resort’s sister property, Boca Beach Club.
Next, the infamous Easter Egg Hunt, (check out last year’s time-lapse video) featuring over 20,000 colorful candy and toy-filled eggs, commences at the Boca Resort’s acclaimed driving range. Following the egg hunt, the Grand Ballroom will play host to an Easter Bunny Brunch, boasting an elegant family buffet with hand-carved roasts, holiday favorites, delicious desserts, open bar, and live music.
In addition to the Easter Bunny Brunch, chefs will prepare special Easter menus at the resort’s many dining facilities. Additionally, Shaka Bar & Grill will host “Easter Sunday Funday,” a casual and entertaining day featuring a kids’ FlowRider surfing competition, a build-your-own snow cone station, live music, family fun lawn games, crafts, and trivia.
2. The Breakers Palm Beach is the epitome of luxury in Palm Beach. If you visit between March 24th and 27th, celebrate the arrival of spring at The Breakers. Create lasting memories with an Easter Egg Hunt, Spring Festival, Historic Bicycle Tour, and more.
If you stay between April 3rd and the 30th, take advantage of a $100 nightly resort credit. Use this credit to experience the amazing children’s programs or the spa. Spring events continue through Memorial Day Weekend (May 27th to 30th this year) with more excitement for the whole family. Get the full event list here.
3. This year’s Breakfast with the Bunny at the Palm Beach Zoo is bigger & better than ever before, featuring a hot breakfast buffet in the Lakeside Tropics Café, meet ‘n’ greets and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt in the Picnic Grove, up-close animal encounters, a craft station and complimentary rides on the Wildlife Carousel, gifts for all children in attendance, and more. Check the website for dates available in March.
4. A hidden gem just minutes from downtown Miami, the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne takes you across the toll booth to enter Key Biscayne as you leave the hustle and bustle of Miami for relaxation and luxury. And everyone knows Ritz-Carlton delivers on luxury. The kids can enjoy Ritz Kids or the many activities included in the daily resort fee, including stand up paddle boards, floats, kayaks, and snorkel gear. And I hear that Sunday brunch at Cioppino is unforgettable.
If you’re a tennis fan, the Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is one of the largest tennis facilities at any Ritz-Carlton worldwide. Look for their upcoming events, including the 7th Annual All-Star Charity Tennis Event on March 22nd.
5. Your child can attend lifeguard camp, or you can visit the historic pools for a swim at The Venetian Pools in Coral Gables. Either way, if you are staying on South Beach or Miami Beach, make your way to Coral Gables for a day you won’t forget. We loved our visit last September when we stayed at the Biltmore Hotel.
6. About two hours from Miami, the Cheeca Lodge & Spa makes for a perfect quick escape to the Keys. The lodge celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, and their suites are great for families. Easter activities include a sunrise service, meet and greet with the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunts, and an Easter Brunch. Continuing through spring, the hotel hosts great events such as “Movies Under the Stars,” “Brewmaster Dinner Series” with Florida Keys Brewing Company, and all of the wonderful activities included in the room rate: ocean kayaks, tennis, golf and much more. We loved our stay at the Cheeca Lodge and can’t wait to return!
7. The Renaissance Festival is a South Florida tradition that features knights, fairies and mythical characters in a medieval village. There’s also a food court, rides and games, Kids Court, and stage entertainment. The event takes place each weekend through March 27th. If you are staying in Fort Lauderdale or Boca Raton, check it out at nearby Tradewinds Park.
8. Lemonade or pizza? Let the kids choose at Naples Grande Beach Resort. Naples is a short, one-hour drive from Fort Lauderdale, perfect for weekend getaways or to break up your stay in South Florida. Check out the resort’s 100-foot water slide in the main family pool, while relaxing in a poolside cabana.
Two hundred acres of a protected mangrove estuary surrounds the property, and features a boardwalk tram service that brings guests directly to three miles of beachfront on the Gulf of Mexico.
Talk about special kids events! Lemonade Lab gives children and families the opportunity to shake up their very own signature lemonade libation using a variety of fresh seasonal fruits (think: hand-picking ingredients, muddling, mixing, shaking, and shouting about how delicious their concoction is, and then receiving their very own Naples Grande shaker keepsake.)
Little Chefs Pizza Class welcomes families into the kitchen to learn how to make pizza alongside the resort’s chefs (think working the dough, dressing the pizza and helping to get it into the oven before enjoying with the whole family at Aura restaurant and departing with a special embroidered apron and chef hat).
9. Leave your worries behind at the new Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort. There aren’t many new hotels in the Hollywood area just south of Fort Lauderdale, and this one is getting a lot of attention.
Locals can head there for the day and check out the six restaurants. JWB Prime is their newest addition, and it looks fabulous! Kids can also enjoy the Flow Rider wave simulator while adults get a drink at 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill. Check out Florida resident specials and many room packages with resort credits.
10. If you are lucky enough to get a spot, don’t miss Thomas the Train at the Gold Coast Railway Museum. Thomas will be riding the train in March. Dates go through mid-March. After that, you can Brunch with Bunny on Saturday March 26th. Check it all out in Miami.
11. Delray Affair is an art festival like no other that takes place April 8th through the 10th on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. Located in between Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, this is an annual event full of unique art and gifts that we never miss!
12. Experience dinosaurs like never before at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium! During this one-of-a-kind adventure, guests will become globe-trotting explorers alongside 13 life-sized roaring, breathing dinosaurs. Visitors will discover the amazing diversity that existed during the Age of the Dinosaurs as they travel from the fierce plains of Africa to the once tropical beaches of Antarctica. The exhibit is open now through April 16th. Look for special ticket pricing with the Palm Beach Zoo.
13. Spring into luxury at the Eau Palm Beach. Located in Manalapan close to Delray Beach and Palm Beach, the Eau Palm Beach is a great luxury beach escape. Look for suite deals running through April 30th with resort credits on stays in stunning oceanfront suites. Our kids loved milkshakes from Breeze Ocean Kitchen while playing on gorgeous private beach at the resort. This is a great central location for a stay to check out a lot of the events on our list, like the Delray Affair and the Palm Beach Zoo.
Or relax in the spa while the kids check out “AquaNuts,” which provides oceans of fun and excitement for children ages 5-12 or “COAST”, a place where teens ages 13-17 can dance, DJ, and create their own social scene.
What is your favorite South Florida spring event?