Cheap Family Vacation Ideas

Cheap Family Vacation Ideas #1: The best vacation I ever took was a family vacation to Leech Lake, Minnesota. Most of my extended family was there. We rented two big cabins at a great place called Huddle’s resort.

We spent a week enjoying each other’s company and playing in the lake. We had bonfires almost every night that we would sit around and talk about many different topics.

We spent our days swimming in the lake, fishing, riding the rented pontoon boat, reading, or shopping. It just depended on what you were interested in doing.

There were a lot of horseshoe games and one evening we all had a great big volleyball game.

We all took turns cooking wonderful food on the grill and feeding everyone else while relaxing on the deck. Everyone watched the children that were with and took turns playing different games with them.

It was so relaxing that it felt like the week was really a month. And everyone was happy because the whole thing was super cheap. - By Jesslyn from MN


Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Vermont, also known as "America’s Family Resort", is a popular ski resort with award winning children’s programs. Teen Alley is for teenagers age 13-15. Outer Limits Teen Center is for over 16. Here the kids can play video games, watch DVDs, play ping pong or just hang out, all in a supervised environment.

The children's ski and snowboard programs are outstanding. Kids as young as 2 1/2 can start learning to ski and kids 4 can get on a snowboard. These learning programs are great for fun and games as well as boosting confidence and creating a positive rewarding experience. And their vacation packages keep it all affordable.


Cheap Family Vacation Ideas #3: Breton Bikes provide bicycle tours of France that combine with camping to create a fun, affordable vacation with kids. They have been operating since 1987 and specialize in making sure that everyone, and especially children, has a great cycling tour experience.

Their primary focus is cycle camping. France has one of the best networks of top quality campsites anywhere and the owners of Breton Bikes know all good ones. They plan the routes for the cycling camping tours from one campsite to the next.

Their favorites are the quiet sites that are within walking distance of small towns and villages. This puts restaurants and hotels within reach for those that want them. Breton Bikes knows the French countryside, the campgrounds and they know their bicycles. This is a good way to get an intimate look at the beautiful country of France while enjoying an inexpensive vacation with the kids.


KOA Campgrounds Cabin
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#4: Camping at a KOA Campgrounds can be practical, convenient and a whole lot of fun. KOA can be a lot cheaper than staying at a hotel. They have lodging variety. You can bring your own RV, of course, or you can pitch a tent or rent a cabin. Their cabins run from bare-bones models to deluxe models with great views. There are almost 500 KOA Campgrounds across the U.S. which makes it quite convenient planning your trip.

All the KOAs have fun things to do like miniature golf, swimming pools, huge jumping pillows for kids, outdoor theaters, bicycle trails and lots of other amenities. KOA is known for being reasonably priced, safe and clean. This is a truly American style vacation idea that’s perfect for families.


Cheap Family Vacation Ideas #5: The Second Time Around Mini Farm is a children friendly vacation spot in Washington, Georgia. It’s a bed & breakfast and a safe haven for over 30 llamas plus a variety of other animals like goats, donkeys and pigs. This unique destination has 13.5 acres of pastures, ponds and gardens to explore.

The kids can "rub noses" with the llamas, hand-feed the pot-bellied pigs and goats, see a show put on by “Mo,” the Scarlet Macaw, visit the Baby Doll Sheep - "King Louis". The family can have fun with the paddle boats, go fishing or go shopping in nearby Washington, Georgia.


Cheap Family Vacation Idea #6: If the family enjoys skiing but the big resorts are just too expensive, try one of the smaller old fashion resorts. Mount Abram Family Resort, in Greenwood Maine, caters to families and is more suited for the family budget than its larger neighbor Sunday River Resort.

Mount Abram has 41 trails. Many are gentler and more suitable for family skiing. But there are also trails for the expert skier in the family. The lines are short and the atmosphere is friendly. It's easy to keep track of all the kids because there is only one base area and the parking close by. The nearby historic village of Bethel has some nice accommodations available as well as other small towns in the area.

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