Saturday, April 19, 2014

How To Find Family-Friendly Trips In Your Area

Long before we had kids, my husband and I traveled our state looking for frugal stuff to do on weekends. So we researched and found tons of activities to do, many of them little-known even by long-time residents. This knowledge has served us well in the wake of having children and an even smaller budget.

So let me share with you some of the resources I've gathered over the years which will help you find relatively low-cost destinations for you and your family:

  • The first place you'll want to search is ( It provides tourism websites for all 50 states plus links to historic places, the National Trails System run by the National Park Service, and more.
  • TripAdvisor ( is the premier site you visit when you go on vacation, but it's also a fantastic site for “staycations" and day trips. Plug in your state and find out where to go for some fun!
  • has a Cities And Towns Channel ( containing videos by guides that have plenty of ideas on what to see in various cities and towns.
  • Many factories give tours and they're a great way to show kids how some of the products they use are made. Visit FactoryToursUSA ( for a list.
  • Camping is a great, relatively low-cost way to spend quality family time. Visit ( for a list of some of the best with ratings by actual users. Similarly, ReserveAmerica ( will not only help you find a campground, but will guide you toward day use and picnic areas as well.

Lastly, check some of the kids booklets and magazines your local library most likely has. They can provide even more ideas for tourist spots in your area. Don't be like those people who live their whole lives near a famous landmark and never go! Get to know your own area!

Thank you for reading! Please come back again soon, won't you?

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