Family trips are meant to be fun for the kids, and parents. But parents don't need to spend a lot when it comes to their vacation budget. There are a lot of affordable family vacation destinations all over the country. Parents need to have patience to actually look for affordable vacations, and plan their family vacation well.
Take Ohio for a family trip suggestion. Ohio has a lot of state parks to explore, which are within driving range if you're coming from southern Michigan and western Pennsylvania. To make this trip to Ohio even more exciting for the kids, there are amusement parks situated in vicinity of some of the state parks. There are three state parks in Ohio for those who are looking for affordable family vacations: the Salt Fork State Park Resort, the Punderson Manor State Park Resort and the Shawnee State Park.
The Salt Fork State Park Resort is impossible to miss. It is located by the intersection of I-70 and I-77. Room rates are as low as $149 per night, which are charged even lower ($79!!!) if you opt to extend your stay for another night on promotional dates. The rates are already inclusive of the room, two bags of pop corn, a VCR and two movie rentals, and the use of their GPS units. What do you need the GPS units for? A geocaching (treasure-hunting) game is held in the park for you and your kids to join!
In Newbury, just 40 miles east of Cleveland Hopkins Airport, you'll find the Punderson Manor State Park Resort. This Tudor-type home has 31 rooms and 26 two-bedroom housekeeping cabins. Although trips to this state park is particularly recommended on winters for snowboarding, toboganning and skiing on the hill specifically designed for the mentioned sports, it is still a great family jaunt venue all year round with its Geauga Lake theme park (formerly a Six Flag amusement park), waterpark and the 18-hole championship golf course. Other activities such as indoor and outdoor swimming, basketball and tennis, fishing and hiking are offered to guests who are checked in.
The Shawnee State Park Resort is just two hours from Cincinnati. The kids will surely be thrilled to have an exhilarating horseback ride! Amenities also include a mini golf course - ideal for father-son (or mother-daughter) bonding moment for golf enthusiast parents. Admission can be booked from the state park to the Southern Ohio Museum in Portsmouth where you can find galleries that exhibit works of famous artists or catch musicals in their music and performing arts theater.
From these three suggested state park resorts in Ohio, you will most likely find something of interest suited for you and your family without having to worry about spending too much on your affordable family vacation.