Vacations should be memorable. It should be more than a beach, a suntan, a swim, and cocktails. It should be something you and your kids can talk about for days later and still feel the thrill. The feel of those cheap summer vacation destinations should linger on. How about going a little wild? Venturing into the wild habitat of animals and sea creatures for that special family vacation can be very interesting and rewarding indeed.
Some of the best cheap summer vacation destinations for that wild stroke are:
YMCA of the Rockies; Estes Park, Colorado
About 2 hours from Denver, this YMCA owned family hideout is fun for all. It has summer programs for kids aged 3 to high school. Evenly priced at $30 per day, it has a range of activities for adults and kids. Archery lessons, pony rides, zip-lining, and nature crafts are some of the activities for kids. Adults can go hiking through rocky mountain national park while their kids are with their program counsellors doing activities. Sit down for a cookout lunch and have a picnic together. Sounds fun, right?
Sunriver Resort, Oregon
A famous resort in winters, its prices plummet once the snow starts melting. Come summer and this resort turns into a natural paradise for families. A 250-mile-long Deschutes River flows through the resort, and it has its own marina. A family can book a Lodge valley suite at $219/night. Hire a canoe or a raft and go sail and float. There is also a Sunriver nature centre, which has animal exhibits. The kids can have a look at reptiles, touch them, or explore rocks, fur, and feathers. Then there is a fish hatchery, stables for a horse ride. Also, the resort has 35 miles of bike path and some 2 dozens hike trails.
Rankin Ranch, Walker’s Basin, California
With all-inclusive daily rates starting at $150 per adult, $110 per child ages 6 to 11, $80 per child ages 4 and 5, it is the utopia for horse lovers. The major attraction is the horses. All 6 and above guests can take 2 rides per day for an hour at a time. Go over the hills and gallop if you know horse-riding. It is safe. Kids have a platter of many other activities like frog catching, boat racing, before dinner games, scavenger hunts, or crafts session. Head out to a nearby farm for more fun. Collect eggs or bottle-feed a calf!
Glen Rose, Texas
If your kid is a dinosaur fan, then this is the place for your cheap summer vacation destination. It is situated at a 90 minute drive from Dallas. Visit the Dinosaur valley state park and you will have to look for tracks in riverbed. There are two tracks: one easier and the other one that will exercise your action adventure streak. Outside the park you will find 1000 or more animals roaming in 1700 acres of land. You can see ostriches, deer, giraffe, and many more. Stop, take a look, and click snaps for your travel memorabilia. For accommodations, you can book a Lodge room with two beds which starts at $100 per night. Having fun is never this easier, right?