3 educational and affordable family summer vacations
The kids are out of school (or almost are) and the sun is shining – what are you going to do to take advantage of summer this year? Summer vacations are a treasured tradition in most families because it is a time to bond and create memories that will last for a lifetime.
Don’t be fooled by advertising; your summer vacation doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars. There are plenty of places your family can go to create memories and learn something new without breaking the bank.
Three educational family vacations
Visit the State Parks
Do you know where all your state parks are? Most people are shocked by how many parks their state has; in Georgia, we have nearly 50 ranging from marshes to mountains and from waterfalls to lakes. The Georgia State Parks website has all the information you need to find the perfect park, camping spot (or lodge!) and activities for the whole family.
Visit a National Park
Georgia has a lot options, but you can’t beat visiting one of the 58 national parks. Europe may have great architecture and history, but Europeans and people around the world are envious of our national parks. The National Park Service website will help you find a park and then each has its own website packed with information, including a special section with activities for kids.
Visit Washington DC
Keeping with the patriotic theme, Washington DC is a fantastic place for families to visit. While it may seem like an expensive trip, the reality is that it is one of the cheapest places you can go because a majority of the sites are within walking distance of each other and they are free. The museums, monuments, government buildings and parks are all free for you to visit. The Smithsonian alone has 19 museums and a zoo! FYI: if you want to visit the White House you need to contact your congressperson at least 3 weeks in advance for tickets.
All of the places above will expose you and your family to new experiences, keep the summer brain drain away from your kids and provide you with plenty of stories and photos your family will cherish for years to come.
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