If you want to bypass the college spring break destinations, check out our list of some of the best Southeast spring break destinations. Lather on some sun screen and escape to a spring break along the coast that you won’t soon forget.
Amelia Island, FL
With 13 miles of beautiful coastline Amelia Island, Florida is an unforgettable location to spend this spring break. Spend the day on the beach or explore the Atlantic Ocean and paddleboard into the sunset, or kayaking through the marshes. Amelia Island is a lively Florida town with festivals year-round including, the Shrimp Festival, and the Concours d’Elegance. Visit the 50-block historic district for demonstrations, restaurants, and shopping. Florida’s very first luxury tourist destination will send you back in time to when Amelia Island was valued as the deepest natural harbor in the south. For Amelia Island vacation packages, check out the Omni Amelia Island Plantation.
Marco Island, FL
Marco Island is the largest of Florida’s ten thousand islands with relaxing white sandy beachesmaking it a prime location in the Southeast for spring break. Marco Island is a peaceful hidden gem that touches the Gulf Coast. Just a few miles down the road from Marco Island is Seminole State Park where you can camp, fish, canoe, and hike. Briggs Nature Center is another place in Marco Island to check out where you can explore the half mile boardwalk with plenty of wildlife to be seen.
Lake Lure, NC
Lake Lure has all the great aspects of a tourist town except for the large number of tourists. For a nice and quiet getaway keep Lake Lure, North Carolina in mind. Lake Lure is located in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, about a 50-minute drive from Asheville. Spend the day hiking at Chimney Rock State Park or rent a boat for a day on the water. The lake itself encompasses 720 acres of the 13.25-mile- long town. Camp in the mountains or book your stay at Lake Lure Inn or the Lodge on Lake Lure.
Folly Beach, SC
Just 15 miles from Charleston is Folly Beach, a quiet and serene island for your spring break getaway. Take a stroll downtown to shop in the stores and markets or grab a bite to eat in any of the locally-owned restaurants and bars. Folly Beach has all of the ideal water sports and relaxation for any age.
Bluffton is the often-forgotten South Carolina coastal town that deserves recognition. This enchanting seaside town is a relaxing and serene place filled with history, shops, and restaurants. The lush 20,000-acre coastal nature preserve offers plenty of activities and excursions for families or couples. Located between Hilton Head Island and Savannah, Bluffton has all the relaxation with the city life just a short drive away. Check out Montage Palmetto Bluff’s newly expanded resort, steakhouse, and spa on www.montagehotels.com/palmettobluff
Best known as Florida’s capital city, Tallahassee shares a deep-rooted history and culture with unparalleled natural adventure and an upbeat vitality, all sprinkled with southern charm, making it the perfect destination for spring break. With 31 kid-friendly attractions at little to no cost, it’s no wonder Travelocity rated Tallahassee the No. 2 city to visit with children. There’s never a dull moment in the capital city but instead, days filled with outdoor recreation, sightseeing, as well as cultural and educational opportunities. Whether exploring the galaxy in a planetarium, manning a space station in a life-like space simulator or walking the grounds of a 17th century Spanish colonial mission, Tallahassee bids the perfect backdrop for days spent exploring with the whole family. Find more www.VisitTallahassee.com
Kill Devil Hills, NC
Kill Devil Hills is another Outer Banks location to consider for spring break this year. Plenty of beach access gives visitors all the sand and sun you could ever want. Indulge in some fresh seafood and shop to your hearts content. Stand where the first flight took place at The Wright Brothers National Park. Learn all about the Wright brothers and how aviation has developed from their original models.
Wrightsville Beach, NC
This outer banks town is the ideal vacation spot for anyone seeking a peaceful spring break. 20 miles from Wilmington is the city of Wrightsville Beach. In Wrightsville, you can relax on the beach or try something more adventurous like any of the exciting watersports available. Scenic harbor cruises can take you through the Intracoastal Waterway for a fun and unique tour. Aside from water activities this quaint town also has plenty of shopping and nightlife.
The adorable beachy town of Duck, North Carolina is worth a visit this spring. The popular Duck Boardwalk and park includes, beach access, kayaking, fishing, shopping, and tons of restaurants all along the Currituck Sound. This 11-acre long town is filled with natural beauty that can only be found at the Outer Banks. Rent a bike and cruise along the historic streets right along the breathtaking sound waterway.
For the ultimate mountain escape look no further than Boone, North Carolina. Boone is famous for its scenic mountain ranges and its down to earth vibe. With cool and sunny weather Boone, might be the best place to visit if you want to escape the upcoming heat. Boone offers any kind of outdoor excursion your heart desires. Go hiking, fishing, camping, zip-lining, rafting, kayaking, or tubing in Boone this spring break. If you are looking for shopping, then hit up downtown Boone for some of the cutest locally owned stores. Grandfather Mountain and Tweetsie Railroad are a short drive down the road from Boone where more adventures can be had.