Inexpensive Family Vacation Ideas

Inexpensive Family Vacation Ideas #1:

West Yellowstone, Montana is great place to visit for families who enjoy the outdoors and are looking for an affordable vacation destination. Located in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, West Yellowstone offers an off-the-beaten path experience without the congestion and high prices of more well known tourist spots. During the winter there are activities like skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding and other fun wintertime sports.

West Yellowstone’s trail network is one of the many undiscovered places in the area and includes 200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and 30 miles of groomed cross country ski trails. Summertime brings hiking, fishing and horseback riding just to name a few things available.

Grizzly Discovery Center and IMAX Theater offer affordable fun places to visit. Some low cost activities are rent bikes for the family, go on a hike in the woods and see a local waterfall, go fishing or bird watching.

Inexpensive Family Vacation Ideas #2:

Most people think of the American west as the place to go for a rodeo, but you may want to consider a trip to The Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Here is an affordable way to have some family vacation fun at this popular 10-day event which is held every summer.

This is Canada’s largest annual event and draws rodeo champions from all over the world with its one million dollar prize money. Besides all the great rodeo stuff like bull riding and steer wrestling and the like, there are some other great fun things to do.

The kids will enjoy the petting zoo and amusement park. The chuckwagon races are lots of fun as well as blacksmith competitions, livestock exhibits, a vintage tractor pull, and much more. Everyone will enjoy the music, dancing and singing at the Grandstand Show.

Inexpensive Family Vacation Ideas #3:

Take a family trip to Redwood National Park and State Parks, in northern California, home to the famous giant redwood trees. These magnificent trees reach 300 feet in height and live to be over 2,000 years old. A great place to get a view of the redwoods forest is along a 33-mile stretch of U.S. Route 101 called the Avenue of the Giants.

In order to really get the full dramatic impact of the giant redwoods you have to get into the forest. A camping trip in the park is a great way to do this. The state parks have developed camping facilities while the national park has only primitive camping spots for those families looking to get out under the stars.

Once inside you can explore by hiking, biking, backpacking and horseback riding. Camping among the redwoods is an affordable and fun adventure vacation idea for the family.


Inexpensive Family Vacation Ideas #4:

By Rennette Grace of Duluth, Minnesota - I live in Duluth, MN and I think more families should come here for vacations. We are on the shore of Lake Superior, the world's largest freshwater lake, and home of the only remaining "true" aerial Lift Bridge.

Kids can spend hours just enjoying the lake walk, skipping rocks into the water, and watching the bridge go up and down as it allows ships from around the world to enter our port. Yes, from around the world! We are on the westernmost end of the St. Lawrence Seaway which connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

My son moved here with his 3 and 4 year old children and used the booklet from the Duluth Convention & Visitors Bureau to find new and different things to do each week - many of them for free - and my son and his children had fabulous adventures!

There's hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, baseball watching, a zoo, an aquarium, and so much more. And of course, since we are not NYC or LA, the costs here are so much less for hotels and restaurants - and I think every hotel has free parking. Very different from big cities - and yet, we have a symphony, a ballet company, and many live theaters and art galleries.

Come find out why Duluth is one of the best inexpensive family vacation ideas, why we now count tourism as one of our main industries and why we have over 3 million visitors to our small city each year."

Inexpensive Family Vacation Ideas #5:

Waterville Valley, New Hampshire is a great vacation spot for families looking for an affordable vacation. Waterville Valley is in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest. This is a place where when kids can be free to roam, discover, and play.

During the summer the Recreation Department has a day camp program for kids ages 4 to 12. Each week is a different theme such as Pirate Week, Hero’s Week, Sports Week, Animal Week or Curiosity Week. There are special interest activities like soccer, karate, science and acting. Other activities involve the whole family like bingo, ice cream socials, sports of all kinds, yoga, cooking, crafts and more.

The beautiful mountain forest surroundings offer many activities for parents to have fun to. Waterville Valley is a year-round resort community.

Inexpensive Family Vacation Ideas #6:

Here’s a tip by Monique of LilSugarPlum.com - "Camping trips are very easy especially when tent camping. We usually make sure there is a nature trail, outdoor playground, fishing pond, and bike path. We get in lots of outdoor time. Roast marshmallows at night and play board games under the stars."


Washington DC Zoo - I absolutely love attending festivals and music venues on vacation. You will never know what will happen, or the people’s way of culture. The music festivals are a must- see. You will see almost every age group there supporting. Another favorite is the Museums and Zoos. I visited the Washington DC Zoo in early 2009, and I adored it. Many popular cities have free events, like the museum or zoo, which is a perk all on its own. Every DC museum was extremely clean and well kept.

Specifically the Smithsonian, you could blow your mind there. They had so much stuff to do, for almost any age. The only bad part was some of the extra stuff you had to pay for, but then again, it’s going back to the museum anyways, so why not help out? - By Brittany from Illinois

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