What's an affordable family summer vacation destination? (please include a link)
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One of our family’s favorite free (except for the gas to get you there) adventures is a day on the lake. Grab your floatie and flippers for the kids, pack a picnic lunch and try to stay cool. Did you know that 264 of your 397 national parks never charge an entrance fee? For those that do, consider visiting on one of their free entrance days you can check it out at the National Park Service dot gov site. Take advantage of the upcoming Free Fishing Days in your state by navigating to takemefishing dot org. California has upcoming dates July 7th and September 8th.
Our family loves camping! Our ultimate goal is to camp at Disney. It truly is the most affordable vacation with the best memories! We live on St. Simon's Island, Georgia so there are tons of great campsites nearby.
Staying home and enjoying the beauty around you is the best vacation you can get. I love summer in Upstate NY!
It's great to visit the national park closest to you. For us, Yosemite has been a favorite (and affordable) vacation destination, as long as you plan ahead. National Parks can book up quickly - especially the camping sites.
Keep it Local! The best way for an affordable vacation is to take advantage of what your area has to offer. We take advantage of Folsom Lake which is about 15 minutes away. Pack up a few PB&J sammys, some snacks, and of course, the sunscreen and spend time splashing in the water. Another great idea is to coordinate with other friends and families so everyone brings some food and toys. You have more to enjoy and everyone contributes! The cost is only gas and entrance to the lake plus no overnight costs keeping it really affordable.
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Explore the state you live in!! Once you research it I'm sure you can find places you've never been.
I love vacation time. What is affordable to me probably is not as affordable to most BUT St Croix is an amazing family vacation we have been frequent visitors for about 10 years now. Its a great place to relax, chill and build some great family memories. http://thebeverlyhillbabies.com/2012/06/20/happy-place/
We try to go camping as many weekends as possible over the summer. A campground costs under $30/night and we don't have to eat out. The money we spend on food would be the same money we'd spend at home. We have some amazing campgrounds here in Alberta, Canada and if the mountains are too cold for you, we have great places to camp out on the prairie. We go camping with other families so that the kids can all run around, play in the creek, hike, blow bubbles, play soccer, and explore - together. It's a lot of fun and we don't have to travel far to find a good campground.
Bali, Indonesia is the perfect family holiday destination. Admittedly I live in Western Australia and Bali is just over a 3 hour flight away. We have been many many times and hold beautiful memories of the region. The Balinese have to be the most gentlest race on this Earth and will go out of their way to ensure you and your family have a wonderful and memorable holiday.
Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario Canada is my destination of choice. It has everything. Camping, lakes, rivers, programs, dining, museums, art galleries, ice cream and more. Honestly I've never been disappointed in a trip and have loved every moment spent there.
I used to go when I was a kid with my own parents and have wonderful memories of warm lake swimming, learning to canoe and quiet moments around a campfire. I'm now making new memories with my husband and son. It's absolutely beautiful.
Just about any place is affordable if you're willing to travel in the off season, or shoulder season.
Enjoy the city where you live in and stay at a local resort! See your town...as a tourist :) http://poshmom.blogspot.com/2012/06/staycation-in-style-at-westin-galleria.html
Hershey Park or Sesame Place if you are in the tri-state area or PA! It's only a tank of gas to drive over and you can do both places in a weekend if you want a quick trip! HErshey Parl is great for all ages, while Sesame Place is obviously best for littles. http://www.hersheypark.com/tickets/index.php?gclid=CLqo8uHL8bACFUHf4AodrTEggg