5 Best Family Vacations (On a Budget)

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By Lindsay Goldenberg

Looking to plan a great but inexpensive family vacation this summer? We found the top 5 family vacation spots that are fun, unique, and won’t break the bank.

1) Disney Cruise Line

This might not be the most “relaxing” cruise you’ve ever taken, but what vacation with your toddler is? You can rest-assured, however, that with Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy on board, your toddler will be thoroughly entertained (which means you might even get to relax.) Discounted rates on 3, 4, and 7 night cruises to the Caribbean and the Bahamas are posted weekly, While the rates listed are “per person,” keep in mind children under 3 travel free, and there are kids rates for 3-12-year olds.

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4) Farmstays

Not quiet a B&B, and not quite camping…Farmstays are a great way to teach your kids about agriculture and animals. It will also enable you to put down your “crack”berry and appreciate the simpler things in life! A common retreat for vacationers in Italy, Germany, and New Zealand, it’s now becoming a cool and cheap vacation idea stateside. Typically, rooms that can sleep four go for $100/night—and that includes activities and a meal.

For stateside options, go to:
Leapinglambfarm.com (OREGEON)
Theherdsinn.com (VIRGINIA)
workingcowsdairy.com (ALABAMA)


No, this isn’t a vacation for the Village People. The YMCA offers two vacation properties in Colorado—the Snow Mountain Ranch and Estes Park Center—that have spectacular scenery and tons of family activities (think of it as “family camp”). The lodging isn’t luxurious, but for the price you’ll feel like you’re getting a steal. A 5-night stay in a 2-bedroom cabin will cost you under $800 (for a family of 5), and you’ll save even more if you’re a YMCA member. For more info go to ymcarockies.org

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