It is never too early to start planning your vacations for next year, and for families looking to plan their next adventure together, there are loads of exciting places to visit that won’t cost the earth.
Choosing the best vacation destination during peak times like Easter and the busy summer season can make a huge difference to how expensive your trip ends up.
We’ve pulled together a list of vacation spots that won’t break the bank – places where you can find amazing things to see and great things to do at a reasonable price. There are great spots across the country so whatever you are looking for in a family vacation, there’s bound to be something right for you and your loved ones!
San Diego, California
The sunny delights of California’s San Diego are perfect for a family vacation. The city boasts theme parks, water parks, and child-friendly museums, while the gorgeous SoCal coastline has over 70 miles of extraordinary beaches. Kids will love the San Diego Zoo and nearby Legoland California, while the Go San Diego card makes this an extremely affordable destination with up to 50% off loads of the best attractions.
St Louis, Missouri
St Louis, immortalized in song and film, and immediately recognizable due to its famous arch, is a lovely spot to get to know a different side of America. St Louis also offers a great range of free attractions for families. The Purina Farm boasts dog agility shows and animal barnyards, for example, while the St Louis Art Museum has free tours and some fun art activities. The City Museum is another brilliant family option, with a 10-story slide, huge ball pit, and 30-foot high Ferris wheel, although it does charge admission.
Yellowstone National Park
The majestic natural beauty of Yellowstone National Park will leave your kids in awe, and you won’t have to spend a cent beyond the park entrance. From massive geysers and geothermal wonders like Mammoth Hot Springs to amazing rock formations and stunning landscapes, Yellowstone is an awe-inspiring experience for all ages. Families can also take advantage of free ranger programs like the Mud Volcano Ramble and the Hot Springs Terraces Walk.
Theme park tickets at the most famous Orlando attractions will cost a bomb, but there is a bunch of stuff to do in Orlando that is just as fun but doesn’t break the bank. You can get a taste of the Happiest Place on Earth without spending a dime at Disney Springs, indulge in a spot of hiking and wildlife watching at the Disney Wilderness Preserve, and check out the less expensive parks like Gatorland, Fun Spot America, or the Central Florida Zoo. Plus, you are conveniently located close enough to Miami and Fort Lauderdale if you want to grab a last-minute cruise deal from Florida and extend your vacation!
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
When you think about beach resorts, you might not immediately think of Delaware, but Rehoboth Beach is well worth considering for a family trip. It is the largest resort in Delaware, with a fantastic boardwalk. Funland is a charming retro amusement park with rides costing 40 cents to $1.20. Kids will also love the famous ‘walking dunes’ of Delaware Seashore State Park.