March is an excellent time for family holidays. And if you’re looking for slightly cooler temperatures, lower crowds, and cheaper prices, it really is one of the best months to pack your suitcase and head off abroad.
From warmer beach destinations like Mexico and the Caribbean to cities like Rome and Tokyo that are jam-packed with historic landmarks, here are ten ideas for family holidays in March—ones that will appeal to all types of holiday preferences.
March family holidays don’t need to break the bank. And you don’t even need to travel outside of the UK to immerse yourself in attractions, adventure, and good old family fun.
From the bustling city of London and all its incredible landmarks to family-friendly resorts like Center Parcs and Haven, Britain’s newfound love for staycations was one of the only good things to come out of the pandemic. And here at Mini Travellers, we are all for it!
As all of us Brits know, March weather in the UK can be somewhat unpredictable. But if you’re prepared for the daily average temperature of 10 °C, then you can still have a great time navigating hikes, gazing upon wildlife, and enjoying all that England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland have to offer. (Just be sure to pack some extra layers because you’re going to need them!)
One of the best places to travel in March for families who are after warmth and an abundance of entertainment is Orlando, Florida.
With theme parks like Disney World and Universal Studios. Plus, plenty of other attractions that the whole family will enjoy, Orlando, with its 25°C temperatures, is up there as one of the most family-oritentated destinations imaginable. And that’s why we’ve returned there time and time again!
When holidaying in Orlando, you can, of course, spend your entire family vacation hanging out with Mickey and Minnie. Or you can instead head out to Florida’s national parks, learn all about space explorations at the Kennedy Space Center, or even watch an Orland Magic basketball game.
You can find some more non-theme park Orlando suggestions over at 10 Unusual Things to Do in Orlando.
A family holiday destination that is just a short-haul flight from the UK is Rome, Italy. And this historic city really has so many great activities for people of all ages.
From the Colosseum and Pantheon to the Trevi Fountain and Sistine Chapel, Rome is bursting with things to do. And whether you spend your time visiting the world-famous landmarks to immerse yourself in Rome’s rich past. Or instead, sit and relax at one of the city’s quaint cafes, you’re guaranteed to have an incredible spring getaway.
We’ve enjoyed family holidays in Rome in October when temperatures were slightly higher than in March. However, with appropriate layers, the daily highs of 15°C will offer a comfortable experience. You can check out what we did with our seven days in Rome with kids here.
Although daily highs in Lisbon, Portugal, average out at 18°C, visiting the city during the low season has its benefits. Not only will your holiday be cheaper than if you were to book during the summer. But you’ll also have a more relaxing break with hotels and beaches being at a far lower capacity.
We also want to point out that many of the hotel’s pools in Lisbon are actually heated. So your little ones can still spend hours splashing around while Mum and Dad sit back with a cocktail or two.
We visited Martinhal, Lisbon in February when temperatures were even lower than they are in March. And we found that it was ideal with little ones in tow! Here are Five Reasons to Go to Martinhal, Portugal, in Low Season.
If you’re looking for warm places to visit in March, then look no further than the Bahamas. Consisting of 700 islands, the Bahamas, with its white sand beaches, coral reefs, and crystal clear waters, is a dream destination for many. And March just so happens to be one of the best times to visit.
Mid-December to mid-April is the Bahamas peak season. And you expect to bask in 26°C temperatures throughout the entire month. In our opinion, 26°C is the ideal temperature to be lounging on the beach, sipping cocktails and building sandcastles—and we’re sure you’ll agree.
If you aren’t familiar with the Bahamas, then Nassau Paradise Island is where you’ll want to be. The island boasts the Aquaventure water park and the surrounding Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas. Plus, beautiful kid-friendly beaches, snorkelling opportunities, and even a national park.
Malaga, Spain, has been a popular family holiday destination for decades. And March is a fantastic month to visit!
Many people know of Malaga as one of Europe’s party hot spots. After all, it’s no secret that thousands of people flock to the city to experience the vibrant nightlife. Although throughout Malaga’s high season (June, July, and August), the area sees an influx of slightly rowdy holidaymakers, visiting during the low season provides a completely different experience.
During the month of March, you’ll not only be greeted with a pleasant 20°C. But you’ll also get to experience the city’s beaches and attractions with very few people around. What more could you want?
So, whether you want a relaxing beach holiday or a break filled with plenty of sightseeing, Malaga is an excellent option.
Canary Islands, Spain
Another great area in Spain to enjoy your March family holidays is the Canary Islands. And with seven islands to choose from, there really is something to suit all preferences.
One of the most popular islands of the seven, however, is Tenerife. And that’s largely thanks to its black sand beaches, water parks (most notably Siam Park), and its various other activities that deliver an action-packed adventure that kids of all ages will enjoy.
The Canary Islands’ second top contender is Lanzarote. However, Lanzarote is more suited to families with older children who can participate in activites like water sports.
Throughout the month of March, the Canary Islands experience highs of 21° C. So once you add in the fact that they’re just a four-hour flight from the UK, it’s really comes as no surprise as to why Brits flock to the islands all twelve months of the year.
If you’re looking for more luxurious March family holidays, then why not book a Caribbean cruise?
Setting sail from Southampton, England, and various ports throughout the USA, a Caribbean cruise will take you to some of the region’s most spectacular islands, all while providing you with everything you could possibly need right on board the ship.
Upon arriving in the Caribbean, you’ll be met with highs of 28°C in March, which ultimately makes the Caribbean a top contender for those in search of some post-winter sun.
With plenty of cruise ship companies to choose from and various different routes to take, you can experience the very best of the Caribbean without having to endure a long-haul flight. In our opinion, cruising really is one of the best ways to holiday—especially when it’s to exotic destinations with beautiful turquoise waters.
Our friends over at Cruising With Kids have so much great information on Caribbean cruises. So, we highly suggest checking them out!
It may not have crossed your mind. But one of the most fun places to go on holiday in March is actually Tokyo, Japan.
From the Tokyo Skytree observation deck, which gives you 360 views of the city, to seeing Japan’s largest mountain, Mt. Fuji, Tokyo offers a unique getaway that you’ll be talking about for years to come.
Of course, one of the biggest family attractions in Tokyo is Disneyland Tokyo. But by visiting the area in March, you’ll also get to experience one of the city’s greatest spectaculars—cherry blossom season.
Throughout spring, over 600 cherry blossom trees transform the city into a beautiful pink wonderland. And if you’re lucky, you may even get to attend a cherry blossom festival which typically begin around the end of March.
Daily temperatures in Tokyo in March sit around the 13°C mark. But the city can experience lows of 3°C. So it’s best to wrap up warm!
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
There are a few hot places to travel to in March, and the Yucatan Peninsula is one of them. The Yucatan Peninsula, home to both Cancun and Tulum, is a superb holiday destination for families. And with highs of around 30°C, there really is no place better if you’re in search of some scorching March sun.
The Yucatan Peninsula boasts incredible beaches, Mayan ruins, national parks, and some great snorkelling opportunities. Plus, there is a huge selection of family-friendly resorts that provide you with everything you could possibly need right on-site!
As Cancun and Tulum are just under a two-hour drive from one another, it’s entirely possible to visit both destinations within one trip. And you can even head over to Isla Mujeres to experience some of the clearest waters the world has to offer.
We put together an entire article on Our 10 day Mexico Yucatan Itinerary. So do check it out if you’re in need of some inspiration.
Other Great March Family-Friendly Holiday Destinations
As there are so many great family-friendly holiday destinations all over the world, it was hard to narrow it down to just ten. So, here are some other great options if you’re still looking for the perfect March getaway. (We also included some of the best things to do in each destination.)
- California – San Diego Zoo, Disneyland Park, Golden Gate Bridge, Universal Studios Hollywood and Alcatraz Island.
- Washington DC – Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and the Washington Monument.
- Arizona – Grand Canyon National Park, Hoover Dam, Saguaro National Park, and Antelope Canyon.
- Hawaii – Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Haleakalā National Park Maui, and Hanauma Bay Oahu.
- South Africa – Kruger National Park, Table Mountain, Boulders Beach, and Cape Town
- Costa Rica – Rincón de la Vieja National Park, Parque Nacional Corcovado, and Arenal Volcano National Park.
- New Orleans – Mardi Gras World, French Quarter, The National WWII Museum, and New Orleans City Park.
- Colorado – Rocky Mountain National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park, and skiing in Aspen.
- South Carolina – Broadway at the Beach, Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, Falls Park on the Reedy, and the Congaree National Park.
Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!
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