While the term “spring break,” can conjure up images of college students having fun on the beach, we know they aren’t the only ones taking spring vacations. If your children have a break from school this time of year, you can plan a short trip the entire family will enjoy.

Avoid the “typical” spring break destinations
We likely don’t need to tell you party destinations, like Las Vegas, Miami or Cabo San Lucas, will be packed during spring break. Other destinations could be crowded too, though. For instance, students who don’t have the urge to party may visit popular European cities or amusement parks in the U.S. Even if amusement parks aren’t filled with young adults, other parents likely had the same idea as you do. Bottom line – this isn’t the best time to visit Disney World.

If you are tired of winter and just need a trip to the beach, USAToday has a list of kid-friendly spring break beach hotels in the U.S. From Florida to Hawaii, you’ll find a sandy destination that’s far from the typical spring break crowd.

Seize the opportunity to visit colleges
If you have a high school-age student, consider booking your college tours during spring break. When the school isn’t filled with students, your teen will be able to see the campus and get a good idea of whether it’s the right choice for her. Even better, he won’t have to miss school!

Is your student considering a college far from home? Take a couple of days to stay in the biggest nearby city. Most colleges are in or near cities that offer activities the entire family will enjoy.

Learn a little on your break
If your children are a little too young to think about college, consider taking them to a new city or national park. Exploring Chicago or San Francisco for the first time could be a lot of fun. Both have many museums and historic sites to visit to keep those little minds working. Minitime.com has a great list of five under-the-radar spring break getaways. We hate to be partial, but we think Austin is an excellent choice!

Where are you going for spring break? Whether you’re a partier or prefer a little family time, share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram!