4 Spring Break 2017 & Summer Vacation Ideas You Absolutely Must Experience This Year!

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It’s warming up outside and families are searching for Spring Break 2017 and Summer vacation ideas.  You know I’m all about “off the grid” places for your family getaway!  I’ve been travel writing for a long time now, and the off-the-the-beaten path destinations usually turn out to surprisingly be the most enjoyable memories of them all.  Here are just a few Spring Break 2017 & Summer ideas you do not want to miss this year …..

Rosemary Beach, Florida

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Who wouldn’t want to visit beaches with fluffy, white sand that resembles sugar – but without the touristy crowds?!  A secret among families who’ve sought out the best spots along Florida’s Hwy 30a, it’s got small town vibes with big town eats!  Everything you need to play, eat, and relax are within the community.  Bike through as a family and check out all of the sidewalk cafes (that sounds like heaven to me anyway!).

Pine Mountain, Georgia

One of my favorite vacations with both kids was one of our favorite vacation spots in Georgia.  We spent our time outdoors in F. D. Roosevelt State Park and the charming town where that former president spent time in White Springs.  Callaway Gardens is a must during the Spring and Summer months but the blooming azaleas and the glass-enclosed butterfly conservatory are only the beginning of what makes it a must-see.

Folly Beach, South Carolina

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You know I adore all of the Things to Do in Charleston, but have you thought about visiting one of its five adorable beaches?  The great thing about having five beaches to choose from is that there is one for every type of family.  Folly Beach is a young, hip little beach community with wide, sandy beaches with only one hotel so the crowds are very minimal.  Visit this clean, dog-friendly town with a bohemian vibe and beach access from almost every street.

Amelia Island, Florida

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Ah, the location of my childhood beach memories!  If you want to play golf, see shrimp boats, and go to a luxury car show, Amelia Island is your place.   Amelia Island consistently ranks with Top 10 U.S. Islands because of its 13 miles of windswept beaches, laid-back recreation, and historical exploration.  Stay at Amelia Island Plantation or the Fort Clinch Campground like our family always did and make memories to last a lifetime!

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I’d love to hear about your favorite Spring Break 2017 & Summer vacation ideas!


Published on HuffPost, Okefenokee Living Magazine, and more, Shan is a Family Travel Journalist with a passion for helping women lose the overwhelm of planning family-friendly trips in the south. She shares travel reviews & insider secrets that Women REALLY want to know about Georgia, Florida, & the Carolinas vacations.

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  1. Steph
    April 3, 2017 / 7:10 am

    We don’t have any vacations planned for this year so I would gladly visit any of these destinations!

  2. Theresa Bailey
    April 3, 2017 / 7:12 am

    These places sound amazing! Little hidden gems I didn’t know about. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Kelly
    April 3, 2017 / 7:26 am

    I love these ideas! None of them are outside of driving distance for us, so I’m definitely going to keep your list in mind as we try and plan our summer getaways! I’ve especially heard great things about all your beach destinations (Amelia & Rosemary) Thanks so much for the tips!

  4. JoJo Tabares
    April 3, 2017 / 7:28 am

    Looks wonderful. I haven’t been on vacation science my honeymoon 30 yrs ago. We both got sick so maybe a good thing. Lol

  5. Tanvi Rastogi
    April 3, 2017 / 7:56 am

    This post is just in time. I was looking for travel inspiration for the coming months. Georgia looks beautiful.

  6. Annette Dattilo
    April 3, 2017 / 8:10 am

    These suggestion came at just the right time. Love the small town vibes in these options. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Crystal
    April 3, 2017 / 8:11 am

    Thanks for the suggestions! Never heard of these before. 🙂

  8. Kim
    April 3, 2017 / 8:58 am

    Rosemary Beach is on our list. I need to check out the other ideas – I’m loving the Georgia idea too! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Tamara @Parenting 2 Home Kids
    April 3, 2017 / 9:06 am

    Your pictures are beautiful. Georgia is now on my list of spring trips, thanks. I am headed to Utah National Parks later this month, so I do not know if they are a favorite, but places I have wanted to go for a long time. I have been to Santa Fe in the spring and that was wonderful. The Georgia O’Keefe museum was a highlight.

  10. Beth
    April 3, 2017 / 9:30 am

    Yes! My only problem with Rosemary Beach is that people know about it. LOL Such a fabulous place.

  11. Jessica Peresta
    April 3, 2017 / 10:10 am

    We love to travel and love the beach! I’m always on the lookout for new vacation spots. We will definitely need to look into these spots!

  12. Bonnie
    April 3, 2017 / 10:19 am

    My husband and I are trying to plan a little beach get away this year, the Florida hotels look amazing!

  13. Ashley
    April 3, 2017 / 10:24 am

    You just gave me so many great ideas for a summer vacation! I would love to go to Amelia Island in Florida and will have to look more in to it! Thanks for sharing!!

  14. Sue Tanya Mchorgh
    April 3, 2017 / 11:58 am

    These suggestions looks so good. I love Florida. Cant wait to visit again.

  15. Ayanna @ 21FlavorsofSplendor
    April 3, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    Great destinations! We are still in the midst of planning our spring break and summer vacations, and these are great places for us to consider. Thanks!

  16. Lindsay Rosasco
    April 3, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    I have the travel bug now! That Georgia location looks especially beautiful!!

  17. Kim
    April 3, 2017 / 5:52 pm

    This makes me want to take a second spring break. Thanks for the awesome list!

  18. Amy Blake
    April 3, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    Lots of great ideas! We are headed to Charlotte, North Carolina this week.

  19. Emily
    April 3, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    We live in Florida, so I’ll definitely have to check out some of these beaches. Great list!

  20. Kelly
    April 3, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    These all look like beautiful and fun places to visit!

  21. Jenn
    April 3, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    This is a great list! I am planning a road trip to the south east and am going to have to bookmark this for later!

  22. Amanda
    April 3, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    I’ve never heard of most of these places. I have to say, that I do love Florida. It is more than theme parks. Rosemary Beach sounds beautiful. I think my favorite Florida out of the way place is the Everglades Hostel in Florida City. It is family and pet friendly, and a great home base for the Keys and a number of parks. Great blog! I’m ready to pack!

  23. Vivianna
    April 3, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    Pine Mountain looks amazing!

  24. Amy
    April 3, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    I’ve never heard of any of these places but you honestly can’t go wrong vacationing in the south 🙂

    Michigan has a lot of beautiful destinations – surrounded by lakes, you would forget you were in Michigan. My favorite is northwest (traverse city) is a must visit – huge tourist town and west Michigan is gorgeous. I will definitely check out the Florida spots for upcoming vacations 🙂

  25. Sarah
    April 3, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    I love Folly Beach! Although Kiawah/Seabrook Island pull a little ahead for me in that area since they are so quiet. This is a fabulous list! I wish I was headed for a circuit to stay at all of these beautiful places.

  26. Leah
    April 3, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    Those all sound like beautiful locations to visit with your family. I went camping with my husband and 2 young boys a couple of months ago… It didn’t go very well. We won’t be going again until they are a bit older! haha

  27. Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms
    April 3, 2017 / 11:45 pm

    These all sound like such amazing places, and ones that I hadn’t heard of before! We will definitely have to check them out.

  28. suzanne
    April 4, 2017 / 7:03 am

    And here I thought I had wanderlust before reading this post… I need sun in my life!

  29. Harmony, Momma To Go
    April 4, 2017 / 9:04 am

    Love these “off the beaten path” ideas. I have been to Amelia Island (for a wedding) and it was so great! Never heard of the others, Im pinning this for later!

  30. Veronika Sykorova
    April 4, 2017 / 9:29 am

    I definitely want to visit georgia someday. Looks so serene!

  31. candy
    April 4, 2017 / 11:27 am

    They all look like wonderful places to vacation and especially if you love the beach and sunshine.

  32. Anna nuttall
    April 4, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    Lovely ideas. Gosh I really wish I was traveling somewhere this summer. xx

  33. Logan
    April 4, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    We aren’t far from Florida, so I will have to check out some of those picks!

  34. Tabitha Shakespeare
    April 4, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    These all look like awesome destinations! Pine Mountain, Georgia looks so beautiful!

  35. Amanda Rosson
    April 5, 2017 / 3:05 am

    I’ve actually never done a spring break trip! Usually, I just go home and hang out with my family lol. These places all look so amazing though! I’d love to go to any of them!

  36. Michele Morin
    April 5, 2017 / 8:08 am

    We’re headed to Delaware and hope to visit Hershey Park and Sight and Sound Theater.

  37. jessica
    April 5, 2017 / 8:09 am

    great ideas and i really miss having a spring break (:

  38. Kimber Scannell
    April 13, 2017 / 1:51 am

    So beautiful destinations you have listed out. If i get chance to visit these destinations, I won\’t ever miss the chance.. ?

    Kim – http://www.condorny.com

  39. Angelika
    April 26, 2017 / 7:39 am

    Love this ideas

  40. Renee
    April 26, 2017 / 8:38 am

    I just returned from Maderia Beach, Florida…it was just beautiful. I think most place in Florida are beautiful. Thanks for the recommendations…also another cool family place is Chincoteague, Va…the kids will love the ponies roaming free..and it is fairly inexpensive.

  41. Marie Ericson
    April 26, 2017 / 9:21 am

    Wonderful ideas! I have family in Georgia and these are some great options of places to meet and get our families together. Thank you.

  42. Candice
    April 26, 2017 / 10:04 am

    We’re thinking of going to DC this summer. But those beaches look WONDERFUL. I’ll have to check them out!

  43. Jessica Bradshaw
    April 26, 2017 / 11:24 am

    THese are gorgeous places!! I will be on the beach in 2 days and cannot wait. This made me excited to plan another trip.

  44. Nancy at Miles For Family
    April 26, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    Great suggestions! I love reading about new places to travel. My family has contemplated going to Callaway Gardens for their summer family camp. One of these years, we hope to check it out!

  45. Caitlin
    April 27, 2017 / 8:39 am

    You are giving me major wanderlust! Definitely planning a trip now 🙂

    • Shan
      April 27, 2017 / 10:30 am

      Thanks, Caitlin. Your comment makes me happy! 😉

  46. Amber Brooks
    April 27, 2017 / 10:10 am

    I enjoy reading and finding out about lesser-known vacation spots, and this article hits the mark. I was aware that there are great vacation spots outside of the normal tourist-filled cities, but it would be great to find beautiful locations away from major crowded cities and areas. These all look like beautiful destinations, thanks for sharing. I will make it a point to visit all of these locations. I will, also, be pinning this article.

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  48. Suzanne
    April 28, 2017 / 4:51 am

    I so need a beach in my life right now! Great picks.

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