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Best Vacations with Kids

Updated on May 10, 2010

Vacations with kids can be the most fun of your life, or they can suck the life right out of you. The success of kid friendly vacations all depends on how you plan them and what kind of attitude you have going in. Understand that kids vacations are not necessarily going to be a breeze for their parents (although they certainly can be, especially if you go to a family all inclusive resort). The key to the best family vacations is to do something that will be enjoyed and remembered by the kids. Resorts, camping, riding bikes, cruising—with a little thought and planning all these can be your best family vacation destinations and activities.

Beach Vacations

The best beach vacations are always with the kids! Although the sun and sand can present challenges, kid friendly vacations at the beach will reward adults with a newfound sense of wonder and possibility. Whether you choose to stay at one of the best family resorts, or opt for one of the cheap summer vacations, you can’t go wrong at the beach.

Midwest Vacations

Midwest vacations allow many people to drive instead of fly to their vacation destination. That almost always saves money. Midwest vacation destinations give you everything from the beauty of an urban skyline to that of a rugged mountain range. The Midwest truly offers a vacation destination for every family. Take your pick from the entertainment of Branson, the sophistication of Chicago, or the wet and wild fun of the Wisconsin Dells. Take in the natural beauty at a Jellystone Campground and expand your family's horizons at Mt. Rushmore.

The Staycation

The term staycation grew in popularity after the economic downturn in 2008. However, thrifty types like me have been “going” on cheap vacations by vacationing at home for years. You’d be surprised what you can find in your own hometown (or close by) when you get creative. Staying home for vacation can actually be quite fun if you approach it with the right attitude and a plan. Pamper yourself and your family, be a tourist, eat at strange restaurants, and learn something new about home. This is the kids chance to do all those things around home that you typically put off, or say you can’t afford.

All Inclusive Family Resort

Although this type of resort can be spendy, most all-inclusive resort fees include lodging, food and drink (including alcohol), taxes, tips, non-motorized water sports, organized activities, and children's day programs, and evening entertainment. When you take all this into consideration, you may save money. High season is generally Christmas through Spring Break. Prices usually drop by April. Off season rates are a good option if you can work around school schedules.

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