Finding a destination for a cheap family vacation, which will have a multigenerational appeal along with a lot of hotel and dining options that will accommodate a large group, is not very easy. Finding a place that would not be heavy on your wallet is a taxing job. 

In this article, we have put together a list of destinations where you can go for cheap family vacations. This way, you can take your kids for a memorable trip, and you save some money as well. Take help from this article and plan your next trip.

Some cheap family vacation ideas

This article has a lot of destinations, mostly in the U.S. as well as some affordable places abroad. These places are low-cost gems.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 

Recently, all the national parks in the U.S. were ranked, and the Shenandoah National Park is ranked number 1. This happened mainly because accessing it is easy and it is also relatively affordable for taking a visit.

If you’re from one of those bustling East Coast cities, you will find it easy to escape from the monotonous life and take a few days outdoors in Shenandoah. If you are hiking with kids, you will particularly enjoy the waterfalls and the easy tails. You can also go rock climbing, fishing, or horseback riding or look at the wildlife that you get to witness.

Denver, Colorado

Denver is placed strategically in the center of the U.S. This is the reason why Denver International Airport is taming the third in the county. All these flights mean that it is not very difficult to book a ticket at a lower cost.

There are also plenty of free things that you will get to do. You can take a tour of the Amazing museums, take part in some water activities, and take a small mountain hike. Most of these activities cost very little.

Niagara Falls, New York, and Ontario  

Niagara Falls gives one of the best views in New York and in northern America overall. But to get the best experience, you can see the waterfall from both the US and Canadian parts of the border. It is said that the Canadian side has got a better view.

You should also visit and spend some time at the Niagara Falls Understand Railroad Heritage Centre. Here you will get to know the brave history of the people who were made slaves and, later, how they escaped to Canada and who helped them. The country’s oldest park, Niagara Falls State Park, is also a good place to visit.

Custer State Park, South Dakota 

If you are planning a summer vacation, then Custer State Park is one of the best places where you can visit with your family. The park is near Mount Rushmore and consists of five different lakes where you can swim. Kids would love to see the bison roaming, and of course, you cannot miss out on the Needles Highway, and you will get to see some other beautiful landscapes as you pass through South Dakota Park.

Atlanta, Georgia

Take your kids to Atlanta and teach them a little about the Civil Rights Movement. Here you will get to see the National Centre for Civil and Human Rights. There is also Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, and this is also the birthplace of MLK.

Afterward, you can take a walk on the BeltLine to check out some city views and public art. You can take your kids to the Centre for Puppetry Arts, and they can meet Kermit. Or take them to the World of Coca-Cola museum and let your kid enjoy while they sample a few drinks from around the world.

Acadia National Park, Maine 

When planning a family vacation, you cannot miss Acadia. This is one of the places that will let you enjoy a cheap family vacation. Swim in the ocean, enjoy the tidepools, or just sit and listen to the sound of waves crashing at the Thunder Hole. There are various spots for canoeing and kayaking. There are also some family-friendly hikes here.

Colorado Small Towns

If you want to take a vacation in the mountains with some friendly people, then Colorado is the destination for you. You will get these without having to spend a big amount.

Visit Crested Butte which is a beautiful small town in the mountains and offers a lot of exciting activities. You can go paddleboarding and skiing as well as take a hike. Pagosa Springs has a lot of hot springs, you can go rafting and do various other activities here. Moreover, Estes Park is an amazing base camp if you are taking a trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Are you a beach person? Take a small family trip at a low cost to the famous white sand coasts that Alabama has in Gulf Shores. You can go paddleboarding, fishing, or simply enjoy the ocean waters. If you have plans to splurge one day, then take a dolphin cruise. And visit Fort Morgan to learn a little bit about the local history.

Southern California

Southern California is not a place known for being cheap, but if you know where to look, you can save some money. The Griffith Observatory does not charge anything, but you might have to pay the parking charge. There is a free Travel Town Train Museum and some hiking trails as well within Griffith Park. The branches here are also a cheap family vacation option.

Want to visit some water parks or amusement parks like the ones in Raging Waters and Disneyland? Plan it ahead of time and look them up online. Prices are lower on some days, so you better look for it ahead of time.

Washington DC

Bring those lessons from school to life with a trip to the capital of the United States. Check out the Lincoln Museum and the Washington Monument. These are a few amazing things that you can do in Washington, DC. And obviously, when in Washington, you cannot miss the White House. There are a lot of places that are beautiful and talk about the history of the place, like the National Mall.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona 

Try taking a trip to the Grand Canyons of Arizona. This is one of the best Arizona offers. And you do not even have to take a hike to get those majestic views. Take a bike or walk through the Rim Trail to witness the canyon from various vantage points. To learn more about the canyon, visit the Yavapai Museum of Geology. Also, becoming a Junior Ranger is free at the majority of the national parks.

New York City, New York

Just like southern California, NYC is expensive. However, if you plan properly, you can see the city on a budget. Central Park has always been free, and the Dairy and the Children’s District are some of the places kids love. To witness some amazing views, take a walk through the High Line. 

There are various museums in New York City that are either free or have reduced admission days. Taking a tour of New York City at a relatively cheaper price is worth the money you are paying, as you might not be comfortable navigating through the city on your own.

So, if you want to save some money and take a cheap family vacation, here are your options. Bon voyage.


Subhasree Nag

Subhasree is a content writer who is passionate about traveling, writing, and reading books. In her leisure time, she is seen listening to music and watching web series. Writing along with music and dance are ways in which she expresses herself.

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