You finally paid off the credit cards from Christmas, and you’re just starting to relax and have a bit of extra money. But it’s summer, and you want to plan a trip for your family without breaking the bank. There are some tricks to planning, like booking hotels in advance and getting gift cards to pay for gas, or use points on a credit card. But where can you go that’s budget friendly and also fun for everyone?
Check out these 3 top picks that will bring your family together — with a little something for everyone. From museums to parks to beaches and other attractions, you don’t have to take out a second mortgage to have an awesome trip full of memories that will last a lifetime.
Come for the cheesesteaks, stay for the history. Philadelphia is right between New York and Washington D.C., which are two far more travelled location. Philly is the gem in the center with historic locations like Independence Hall. The Franklin Institute of Science Museum is dedicated to Benjamin Franklin, and showcases much of his work from his life. There are architectural walking tours that can show you intricate details and marvels of structure, or you can relax in one of the Japanese gardens that the city houses.
While Philadelphia is known for their cheesesteaks, they also boast a thriving food scene. Iron Chef Morimoto has a restaurant in the city, and it’s not to be missed. Make sure to get reservations well in advance. You can even take the kids to the National Parks Services center, so they can have a scavenger hunt and become a junior ranger.
San Antonio is one of the best places to take your kids, since there are so many kid-friendly attractions that are fun for the adults too. There is the Magik Theatre, where there are performances of classical and modern children’s books. You could tour the San Antonio Zoo, home to over 750 species of animals on 35 acres of land. Or, you could all jump in the Altitude Trampoline Park, where trampolines are just the beginning. You can swim in a foam pit, roll on the tumble tracks, and so much more.
San Antonio also boasts a rich Mexican influence. You can visit the Alamo where you can feel like you’re a part of history. Or, you can just take a few days to tour the many food destinations around town. The larger restaurants are nice, but keep your eyes open for the easy-to-miss hole in the wall food stands and carts, as well as the little shops selling unique, handmade items that you can’t find anywhere else.
This is a paradise fit for any vacation, and you’ll be tempted to never leave. With beautifully balanced weather, you’ll be enjoying sunny and warm days and nights that are just cool enough to sleep deeply. You can dip your toes in at many of the local beaches, which are some of the cleanest white sands you’ll ever see.
More than a beach spot, St. Augustine is home to numerous historical landmarks, and has incredibly detailed architecture for a gorgeous view from every window. This is the oldest known European settlement in the country, and is home to wildlife reserves, national parks, museums, and even vampire tours.