Economical Family Vacation Ideas

Economical Family Vacations Idea #1:

The Finger Lakes of New York are a cluster of 11 glacial lakes that provide a perfect place for a cheap outdoor family vacation. Everyone can find something to enjoy on a vacation here. There are lots of trails for hiking and the lakes are great for boating and fishing.

In fact you can enjoy just about any outdoor activity imaginable in the Finger Lakes area from canoeing and kayaking, wind surfing and sailboarding, to snorkeling, rafting, tubing or water skiing.

There are Finger Lakes campgrounds where you can put up a family tent, rent a cabin or park the RV. The Finger Lakes region has many excellent vineyards and wine tasting tours are popular. Watkins Glen hosts an annual Finger Lakes Wine Festival every July. Skaneatales holds their Antique & Classic Boat Show also in July.

Economical Family Vacations Idea #2:

Pioneer Village, near Kearney, Nebraska comprises the largest private collection of Americana anywhere. With more than 50,000 pieces of historical memorabilia in the 26 buildings it is one of Nebraska’s top attractions.

You can see history unfold before your eyes as you try to take it all in. The Frontier Fort…the Pony Express Station…the home made of sod…17 historic flying machines…these are just a couple examples of the incredible wealth of memories and history here.

Pioneer Village has convenient and economical accommodations. Choose from the Pioneer Village Motel or the R.V. Park and Campgrounds. Over five million people every year visit from around the world.

The village has a huge collection of antique cars all arranged in chronological order. Pioneer Village has won dozens of awards over the years for their dedication to preserving the many great things built in the U.S.

Economical Family Vacations Idea #3:

Hannibal, Missouri is an all-American town where your family can find lots of things to do that won't cost you and arm and a leg.

If you enjoy camping you can save a bunch of money by staying at the Mark Twain Cave Campground or the Injun Joe Campground. Downtown Hannibal has lots to see - Mark Twain Museum, Becky Thatcher House, Haunted House Museum, Tom Sawyer Dioramas, Train town, Lover's Leap, Molly Brown Birthplace & Museum and more.

Relive Mark Twain's time in Hannibal with an old fashioned trolley ride presented by Hannibal Trolley Company Sightseeing Tours. The family should really enjoy the fun at Sawyer's Creek Fun Park. This is a small pleasant complex offering putt-putt golf, bumper cars, arcade games and other fun family style things to to.

You can tour Hannibal's historic district on a narrated horse-drawn tour by the name of Mark Twain Clopper. Take a nostalgic ride into the past aboard the Mark Twain Mississippi Riverboat.

Economical Family Vacations Idea #4:

Take a driving tour on the official Lincoln Heritage Driving Trail in Illinois. This road trip winds through west-central and southern Illinois and hits the important historical sites in the life of Abraham Lincoln. The trail is actually 1,100 miles long with 226 miles of it in Illinois.

Some of the sites include - Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site is a recreated pioneer village where worked at various professions and ran for state office; The courthouse in Mount Pulaski is where Lincoln practiced law; The Mason County Historical Museum and Prairie Village where Lincoln argued some of his court cases; The reconstructed two-room log Lincoln family cabin near Charlestown; A copy of Lincoln's life mask is on display at the Vandalia Statehouse; A collection of Lincoln memorabilia is at the Public Library in Evans, Illinois.

Economical Family Vacations Idea #5:

One way to control the cost of your family vacation is to avoid all the popular tourist spots and the big cities. Try a trip to a lesser known spot and visit some of the historical sites. A good example is Natchez, Mississippi.

The city itself is basically one big museum. There are over 300 Southern antebellum buildings to view and many are open to the public for tours. Natchez began as a Natchez Indian village before the site was built into Fort Rosalie by the French in 1716. You can see centuries-old Natchez Indian burial mounds at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians.

The King’s Tavern Restaurant was built as a stage stop in 1789. South in nearby Woodville is Rosemont Plantation, the boyhood home of Jefferson Davis. To the northeast of town is the Springfield Plantation, an operating plantation and site of Andrew Jackson’s 1791 marriage.

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