5 Lake Destinations for Less

Traveling to a lake is the quintessential all-American family vacation. From packing up the car before hitting the road to water skiing and tubing, you can create family memories that will last a lifetime, but it can sound expensive. 

Vacation costs can add up, so Vrbo identified the top five US lake destinations to get the most bang for your buck with vacation home nightly rates as low as $34 per person per night.  

Winter Haven, Florida

Winter Haven is home to the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes, a group of 10 lakes connected by canals, with a range of entertainment including fishing, kayaking, standup paddleboarding, flyboarding, and boating. Travelers can choose from 30 waterfront parks in the area to lounge by the lake, or gain private access through renting one of the many vacation homes in the area. 

Vacation rentals in Winter Haven average $34 per person per night. This stylish family lake home has private lake access and two paddleboards with life jackets available for guest use. 

Rent this picturesque property!

Table Rock Lake, Missouri

Table Rock Lake is in Branson, Missouri. The area has no shortage of family-friendly attractions, like the Silver Dollar City or Branson’s Promised Land Zoo. One of Branson’s top attractions, though, isTable Rock Lake. Families can take advantage of 800 miles of shoreline with tons of water recreation activities, and hike and bike trails ranging from 1 to 5 miles. 

Vacation rentals in Table Rock Lake average $45 per person per night. Kids will love this 4-bedroom, 3-bath vacation home that features a slide starting in the kitchen island that lands in the “kids cave” with rock-climbing walls and hammocks. The adventure doesn’t have to end on the lake! 

Stay in this kid-friendly abode!

Poconos Mountains, Pennsylvania

The Poconos Mountains are popular for winter ski vacations, but they actually serve as a great year-round destination. With 150 lakes in the area, you can enjoy endless possibilities on the water, like whitewater rafting! Among the most popular lakes is Lake Harmony, with outdoor adventure attractions such as Boulder Field, a National Natural Landmark, and Hickory Run State Park. The area is perfect for adventurous families or groups of friends. 

Vacation rentals in Poconos Mountain average $61 per person per night. This home sleeps up to 12 guests with beautiful wooded views from the private hot tub. 

Stay in this group-friendly home!

Lake County, Illinois

Lake County sits along the shores of Lake Michigan but has more than 200 lakes in the region, including Illinois’ largest concentration of natural lakes in Chain O’Lakes State Park. Visitors enjoy everything outdoors from hiking to birdwatching and family attractions like the National Museum of the American Sailor and Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor. 

Vacation rentals average $55 per person per night in Lake County, Illinois. If you’re looking for solitude, look no further than this 4-bedroom home sitting on four acres of private lakefront with guest access to a paddleboard and kayak. 

Rent this serene stay!

Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

The Lake of the Ozarks is the Midwest’s premier lake destination with activities for visitors of all ages. You’ll never bore of the endless attractions the area has to offer, from a robust dining scene to recreational activities. When you’re not on the lake, grab the kids for a round of mini golf at Putt ‘N’ Stuff Family Fun Center, or a tour of one of the 300 caves in the area. 

Vacation rentals average $58 per person per night in the Lake of the Ozarks. Enjoy a private dock and boat launch with plenty of room for a multi-generation trip in this 7-bedroom lakefront home.

Stay in this lakefront beauty!