Enjoy a trip with the kids with cheap family vacations

Travelling can be expensive, especially if you’re bringing kids and need to pay for accommodation, food, and attractions. Fortunately, some destinations are less expensive than others, offering cheap vacation rentals, affordable or free attractions, and plenty of excitement. You could also find destinations that can be experienced in a weekend or on a shorter trip without sacrificing a memorable vacation. Whether you want outdoor fun, city sightseeing, educational experiences, or a bit of everything, affordable vacation destinations have it all. Take a look at the best destinations for cheap family vacations and plan your trip with the kids.

Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria is an ideal destination for all ages, especially with its array of kid-friendly attractions. Places like the Bug Zoo, an attraction with a vast collection of insects and arachnids, and the Butterfly Gardens offer cheap admissions and free tickets for young children. You could also visit the Beacon Hill Children’s Farm, which encourages donations to see the livestock and enjoy the daily “running of the goats” experience. Other attractions include the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, a marine life attraction with a wide variety of sea life. Victoria has beautiful beaches as well, so you can have a free day of sunbathing, swimming, and memories.

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Known as the “Waterpark Capital of the World,” Wisconsin Dells boasts incredible water parks like Noah’s Ark Water Park and Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park. You’ll also find resorts like Kalahari Resort, Wilderness Resort, Great Wolf Lodge, and Chula Vista Resort for indoor and outdoor water rides and pools. These resorts have other amenities as well, such as accommodation, shows, golf courses, dining, and spas. If you want to get out into nature, Wisconsin Dells has the Wisconsin Deer Park, Mirror Lake State Park, and Wilderness Territory for hiking and adventure on recreational lakes and natural waterways.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Known for the “Anne of Green Gables” attractions, Charlottetown is the perfect destination for families. Many of the attractions are cheap or free, such as Victoria Park, the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation, and the Ardgowan National Historic Site. Several places have events during the summer months, such as the historic downtown area and the free concerts in the park. Kids will also like the Harbour Hippo, a land-and-sea tour ride that offers group rates for the whole family.

Montreal, Quebec

Montreal is an incredible travel destination for any reason, but especially if you want an affordable trip. The Biodome, a nature centre in a geodesic dome with over 5,000 animal and plant species, is sure to delight the kids, as will the Montreal Science Centre, which has STEAM exhibits and exhibitions with interactive activities that keep the kids entertained and learning. Another exciting experience for the whole family is the Voiles en Voiles, a pirate-themed amusement park with climbing walls, aerial ropes courses, water games, and more.

Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

If you want to travel to the US, the Pocono Mountains is an affordable destination with a lot of fun activities. In winter, you can ski, snowboard, or snow tube with the kids at the local ski resorts, which are among the best in the country. Camelback Lodge and Indoor Waterpark is open year-round for water rides and pools. You’ll find a lot of free outdoor areas as well, such as Hickory Run State Park, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and Bushkill Falls, for hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing.

Ottawa, Ontario

Ontario’s capital city of Ottawa has no shortage of things to see and do, most of which are affordable. You could take the kids to Parliament Hill to see the ceremonial changing of the guard or explore the Canadian national museums, such as the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian Museum of Nature, or the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Many of Ottawa’s local parks offer free events in the summer as well, from fitness classes to games to light shows.