Now, that both of my sons are in school full time, I have to plan our family travel a little more strategically. At the start of the school year reviewing our schedule and see what days we will be out of school. From there, I place in travel destinations. Maybe it is a long weekend and we can sneak down to Orlando. If we have a longer break, we might be interested in a cruise, or driving to a new city. With that in mind, we are able to budget better and make it more affordable by planning ahead and looking for occasions like Jacksonville’s kid visit free. Today, I wanted to share of my favorite family travel destinations! So, I tried to really base on affordability, activities for every age, and overall fun. It was important to pick venues that people can get to easily!
Orlando, Florida- I love visiting Orlando and I feel spoiled rotten that it is only two hours away for me now. Visit Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, or skip down to LEGOLAND, reach for the stars on the space coast and check out Cocoa Beach/ The Space Center!
Fort Wayne, Indiana– We absolutely loved our time in Fort Wayne. I’ve said it before and I will say it again. Indiana is one of America’s greatest states for travel. There’s so much to do, indoors and outdoors. Perfect locations for the entire family and very, very reasonably priced. Fort Wayne has made some incredible changes in the last year, opening the new Riverwalk area last year, painting stunning murals across the city, and it’s located on water so you can visit and explore nature too. We really loved the zoo there!
St. Simons Island– This place is in a perfect location for Florida friends looking to get out of state, or other people to escape south but without as long of a drive. We stayed at the King & Prince and it was perfect for us, because we could do everything right on property. (or within walking distance)
Jacksonville/St. Augustine- These are two different cities I realize, but if I were visiting for a week I’d split my time! Both cities offer so much: beach, history, amazing downtown life, and affordability. St. Augustine is the oldest inhabited city in America, but I would argue it is also the most instagrammable.
Albuquerque, New Mexico– We had the most amazing time in New Mexico and I am still so upset we only had 24 hours there. I’d love to go back with the boys in Spring or Fall. They have what they call a bio park there, just filled with incredible things to do with your kids. We were able to fish, go to the zoo, check out some great restaurants. We had a blast. Highly recommend.
Also, can I suggest planning a stay cation right where you are!? Some of our best family travel memories have happened when we explored a new local spot together. Tried a new restaurant, did ANYTHING out of our comfort zone.