Fall Traveling: Enjoy a Not so Leafy Fall Break Trip

Posted on Aug 17 2012 - 9:08pm by Tim Eyre


Fall break is coming up with those delicious spare days off school. I think it’s not only a time for the kids to kick back, but another chance to travel! If your summer vacation plans didn’t quite come together or if you’re just feeling the itch to get away, fall break from school offers a good opportunity for the whole family to take a trip together.


Fall break dates typically fall in October, so things will be feeling crisp and autumn-like. What a nice time to leaf peek in New England, right? But wait a minute. Destinations offering colorful views of changing leaves may be crowded and more expensive in autumn. So, for a fall break getaway, I recommend avoiding the crowds, and skipping backwards just a bit.


Explore the Less Crowded Emerald Coast

Let’s pretend that it’s still summer. That isn’t so difficult to do in the Emerald Coast in Florida. It made the National Geographic’s list of best fall trips last year. The Emerald Coast is a 24-mile stretch of beautiful white-sand beaches located in Fort Walton, Destin and Okaloosa Island.


In the fall, temperatures in the Emerald Coast hover around 80 degrees with some possible dips into the 60s. While you’ll enjoy the beautiful beaches and mild temperatures, your wallet will enjoy the deals to be had during this time when fewer tourists visit.


Ride the Roller Coaster for Less

Another summer favorite, amusement parks are less crowded in the fall. That means fall break is a great time to visit places like SeaWorld, Disneyland, Six Flags, Knott’s Berry Farm, LEGOLAND or Busch Gardens. In addition to cooler temperatures and shorter lines, you might also find great discount rates during fall break.


Of course, you’ll want to avoid a Walley World vacation by checking with your chosen park for details before you pack the kids in the car. It’s also a good idea to read amusement park reviews at a trusted website like Theme Park Insider.


Take a Discounted Cruise

Cruise prices are often reduced in the fall, and some cruise lines also offer deals encouraging parents to bring the kids along during this slower season. However, don’t expect to find discounts for cruises to New England! Trips to the Caribbean in particular are discounted in the fall, and the cruise lines can always alter itineraries to avoid potential problems from hurricanes.


If you have the time and live near a port of call, consider a repositioning cruise, a discounted cruise available in the fall. During an autumn repositioning cruise, a cruise line will move a ship from its summer abode to its new winter home. Rather than moving an empty ship, cruise lines let passengers hop aboard at discounted rates! Find help with choosing your cruise line with Fodor’s online cruise reviews.


Whether you stay home for fall break, chill at the beach, take a cruise or find yourself screaming on a roller coaster, I hope you have a fun time!

Have you planned a trip around fall break?

Do you think fall break is a good time for family vacations?


Tim Eyre