Inexpensive Family Vacation Ideas

Where can a family of 4 go for a family trip that is very reasonable? We live in PA.

By Trudy from PA

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March 25, 20100 found this helpful

The state parks here in PA have campgrounds, and many of them have "modern cabins" that can be rented VERY reasonably! All the parks that have them will have swimming, fishing, hiking, and other fun activities. Many have ranger-led programs for the kids (with parents in tow) during the summer, as well. Rental reservations go VERY fast, though, so you may want to look into it right away. The modern cabins have 2 bedrooms (usually), kitchens and full bathrooms. Some parks also offer ones that may not have all the facilities in the cabin, but available nearby.

www.dcnr.state.pa.us

The KOA campgrounds sometimes have little sleeping cabins you can rent. I don't believe they have kitchens inside, and bathrooms would be a short walk; but again, very reasonable with lots of recreational facilities. www.koa.com

There are many daytrips in all parts of the state!

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March 27, 20100 found this helpful

Wherever you go, try this: after you check in, make a trip to the grocery store (don't forget to stop by customer service and get a preferred customer card if necessary) and buy the making for a sandwich, chips or popcorn and breakfast food like cereal bars, coffee cake, whatever your family likes and beverages. We eat breakfast in (unless breakfast is included in your stay) and either lunch or dinner out but not both. You will be amazed at how much you save!

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March 27, 20100 found this helpful

This tip was just posted this past week ;-) http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf70205570.tip.html

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March 27, 20100 found this helpful

I live in PA, too. Have you ever been to Knoebel's Amusement Park in Elysburg, PA? Sort of North-Central PA. Here's the link--http://www.knoebels.com/index.asp Admission free and has rides, camping, swimming, etc. Nice, clean park for all ages.

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March 27, 20100 found this helpful

The tip that was posted earlier this week had a lot of good ideas. Take your family to an inexpensive hotel with a pool for the weekend,my kids always thought that was one of the best vacation even if we didn't leave town!

Most states have visitor's guides. Call your Chamber Of Commerce or city info # to find out where there's a visitor's center where you can pick one up, or check the internet for things to do in your state or area. Then on the weekend take a "Day Trip". Use your guide to pick a place to go, or just jump in your car & drive out of town in one direction & see where it takes you!

We found some of the most interesting places by accident. We'd pack a lunch & snacks, leave in the A.M. & drive until afternoon, stopping at whatever caught our interest. We'd sometimes come back the same way, but more often than not, we'd loop over to another highway/road to come back home. My family learned so much more about our state & we had a blast doing it!

Biggest expense was gas. I know gas isn't cheap,but it's not as much as a lot of 'real' vacations you would take.

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March 28, 20100 found this helpful

We go knoebel's grove almost every year. Can't get enough of it! my husband gets tickets through work every year. plus can use tickets for food and rides. Going to Delgros's sometime this year. I heard Splash

lagoon is neat trip.

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March 28, 20100 found this helpful

We go to Treasure lake every year for a week.

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March 28, 20100 found this helpful

Philadelphia! Historical and fun. When history comes up in school, they will have seen these places firsthand! How about the Mutter Museum. Can be a bit greusome for the squeamish, but fascinating. Ask for a group or family discount...who knows? You may really enjoy yourself

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