Spring break can be a tough time to get away with teens because of sport or school commitments, which means planning an exotic trip to a Caribbean island or a fancy ski resort is out. However, there are plenty of great places in the Southeast to spend a few days relaxing and reconnecting with your teens. Here are some favorite teen friendly spring break destinations in the Southeast.
Golden Isles, Georgia
Many people don’t realize that Georgia has a coast, but the Golden Isles offers vacationers a plethora of options from the luxurious Cloister at Sea Island, to the beachside King and Prince Hotel on St. Simons Island and the historic Jekyll Island Club. If you’d like to truly get away from it all, take a private boat to Cumberland Island, Little St. Simon’s Island or just rent your own from Private Islands of Georgia. My teens still enjoy crabbing at the pier and just riding bikes around the island.
Chattanooga, Tennessee, does a great job of courting families for spring break. It’s an easy task because there is so much to do in the city from attractions like the Tennessee Aquarium, to spelunking at Ruby Falls or Rock City. The Chattanoogan Hotel is centrally located and has a killer breakfast buffet with lots of bacon for my hungry teens. There are also lots of high adventure outings near Chattanooga like caving and hang gliding.
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Part theme park, part natural park, Stone Mountain is a fun escape just outside of Atlanta. The Crossroads section offers a 4D theatre, SkyHike, mini-golf, train rides and more. But there is also an outdoor granite museum, golf course and the hike to the top of the stone mountain is a must. The Marriott Evergreen Resort is perfect for families. A recreation area off the main hotel allows kids to swim inside or out, as well as play with giant chess or checker sets while Teens can hang out at the outdoor fire pits, while mom and dad relax nearby on the terrace.
Cape San Blas, Florida
The crystal blue water is the main attraction at Cape San Blas. If you don’t want to swim, contact Wade Guilford at Break-a-Way Charters to find some big game fish or set sail for a sunset cruise with Seahorse Water Safari Boat Tours. For something a little different, head a bit North for a tour of the Dead Lakes with Off the Map Expeditions. Pristine Properties can hook you up with a great rental house, or if you’d prefer try the Port Inn across from the marina. They have hotel rooms, as well as cottages. If seclusion is more your style, take a boat to the mysterious Black’s Island.
San Destin, Florida
My favorite part of renting at San Destin Golf and Beach Resort is the complimentary amenities like bike rental and kayak or boogie boards. My teens loved the energy and freedom of Baytowne Wharf. It reminded me a bit of the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk in Delaware with the zip lining and hamster balls, but it it’s much smaller and feels a little safer for teens to venture away on their own. Of course, everyone enjoyed the powdery white sand beaches.