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5 Budget-Friendly Spring Break Ideas for Families


If you're on a budget, finding a spring break destination that your family can enjoy can be challenging. However, there are ways that you can spend a fulfilled spring break with your family without breaking the bank. From taking the family on the road to enjoying the outdoors, here are five ways to answer the question, "What's an affordable spring break vacation you can enjoy for families with children?"


How to Spend Spring Break with Your Family


1. Go on a Camping Trip


A camping trip in a national park is an affordable way for families to enjoy spring break vacations. Many national parks have campgrounds offering affordable tent or RV camping rates.


You can find reasonably priced park entrance fees and purchase them in advance online to save even more money. During the day, families can explore the park's hiking trails, go on ranger-led programs, and participate in other outdoor activities such as wildlife watching, fishing, or kayaking.


At night, families can gather around the campfire for s'mores and stargazing. Camping trips also offer the opportunity to disconnect from technology and enjoy quality time together as a family without the distractions of everyday life. It's a chance to slow down, enjoy nature, and create lasting memories.


Lilia Koss, Community Manager, Facialteam

See my feature in What Foods to Bring Camping


2. Plan Daily Events in Your City


Your city may have undiscovered attractions or locations that you've yet to visit. From waterparks to zoos to museums, there are multiple ways that you can keep your child entertained. Most of these attractions have special discounts for children on spring break. The draw is that if you receive a discount during spring break, the business suspects that you may want to frequent them in the future if you receive a discount and enjoy your experience.


Your child's school may also have coupons, or free access passes during spring break. Visiting sites in your local area can eliminate the need to schedule a flight or book a hotel that would be required if you went out of town to visit attractions.


Annette Harris, Founder, Harris Financial Coaching


3. Plan a Road Trip


There are a few options for families looking for an affordable spring break vacation. Consider planning a road trip! Traveling by car reduces airfare expenses and allows you to explore more of your destinations since you're not limited to one airport.


You can have plenty of great road trips throughout the United States that don't need to break the bank and will show you a more organic view of the country.


Asker Ahmed, Director and Founder, iProcess


4. Visit State Parks


State parks provide excellent opportunities for families with children looking for affordable vacations. Whether you camp in a tent or rent a cabin, state parks offer something for everyone and every budget.


With activities ranging from fishing, hiking, swimming, boating, and even horseback riding, there is plenty to keep the kids busy. And nothing is better than relaxing around a campfire in the evening while making s'mores.


Vacations are about spending time together and building memories. State parks provide the perfect opportunity to do this without breaking the bank.


Andrew Adamo, VP, Bullion Shark


5. Explore Myrtle Beach


Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is a much-loved favorite spring break destination for families with children. The springtime is ideal for hitting the beach, as the water is warmer and not too freezing.


There are also many water parks, arcades, and miniature golf courses throughout the greater Myrtle Beach area that will surely be a night of fun for any youngster.


Alexandre Robicquet, Co-Founder and CEO, Crossing Minds


See how I'm spending spring break this year in this Haven Life article!


Where are you going for spring break? Leave a comment below.


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