The travel bug has bitten our family and bitten hard!
My husband and I used to travel before we had kids, and then even for awhile after we had kids. We used to be big city people and always thought we would raise our family in “the city.” As we added more and more children (and pets) into our family, it got a little bit harder to travel.
We have traveled over the years with our kids, at least a few times a year. And we don’t bat an eye at taking an impromptu day trip with the kids.
But lately, we are feeling the itch to travel more. The kids are getting a bit older and we are realizing how fast the years go by. We want to spend time making real family memories, before they get too old.
Because we do have a large family, we need to be choosy about where we travel to. Not all locations are family friendly and not all fit our budget.
Thankfully, I’ve found quite a few destinations that are great for families who want to travel, but have to stick to a budget. Many of these locations have free activities, or very low cost activities.
FREE AND LOW COST ADVENTURES WHEN TRAVELING WITH YOUR FAMILY
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My family used to vacation in Vermont every year when I was growing up. I have very fond memories of my summers there. It’s a beautiful state with a little bit for everyone. Many people think of Vermont as a place to ski in the winter, but there are beautiful places to see and visit even in the warmer months.
Yes, you do see New York twice here…check out both links! New York City is near and dear to my heart. I went to school here and witnessed 9/11. My heart will always have a soft spot for NYC. We love visiting the American Museum of Natural History- they have a suggested donation, but you can pay anything you want. You can take the Staten Island Ferry and see the Statue of Liberty for free! I’m always amazed at how much they have to offer in such a bustling city.
I have only seen what Lancaster has to offer from the movies, which give just a sliver of the pie. Lancaster county is a beautiful place! With the Amish culture very much apparent in this area of the country, it brings you back to a simpler lifestyle filled with influence of hard work, home cooked food, and Christian values. Filled with great food, fairs, museums, this is a great family destination.
Our nation’s capital…a must see. There’s an abundance of free activities and places to visit in DC. Staying right inside the city is obviously more expensive, but there are some great budget friendly places to stay right outside the city. We have the luxury of homeschooling and are planning on taking a historical trip to DC soon. There’s so much history to explore! Also visit this link if you are going to Washington, DC with tweens.
This is a city that has everything you could want in a family vacation – city fun, beaches, small shops, entertainment, amazing food and more. Charleston is a tourist attraction, but if you research and book early, you can definitely do it on a budget.
Known as the most visited National Park in the US, the Great Smoky Mountains are a mountain range rising along the Tennessee–North Carolina border. You can stay in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, TN or Ashville, NC and be right next to the Smokies. There’s so much to do here, even though you are out in the wilderness.
Chicago is a place I would love to visit with the kids. There’s an abundance of things to do with families. Select museums are required to offer free admission once a week, the enormous public library offers passes to multiple museums, the Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the only free zoos in the US!
Annapolis, Maryland’s capital city, is on Chesapeake Bay. It may not be the first place you think of when planning a favorite trip, but Annapolis should be on your radar. From huge chain stores to small boutique shops, you can find anything. The Boardwalk is a must see, picturesque stop on your visit. Many historical sites in Annapolis are completely free to visit.
The Outer Banks is perfect when you want more of a quiet family vacation. Quaint comes to mind. You don’t need to worry about booking a hotel, you can rent a house for the week and have it to yourselves! Think lots of outdoor fun in OBX, from fishing to biking trails, to water sports.
New Jersey might not be one of the places you think of for a family vacation, but you’d be surprised at how much is available here for free! There are some truly amazing places in New Jersey area that your family can go for free, or at a very small cost. From museums to nature centers to rock walks to restaurants, there’s something for everyone and every budget.
DO YOU KNOW OF ANY OTHER DESTINATIONS FOR FAMILIES TO VISIT ON A BUDGET?