Life is out of the norm right now – usually families would be jet setting to different destinations around the world, kids in summer camp, pools open, beaches packed, fairs and festivals, and more summer fun but many of this has come to a screeching halt leaving parents at home with their kids.
Instead of one or two big trips like families may usually do that cost thousands of dollars, enjoy the rest of August and even September doing smaller 2 day getaways nearby where you can drive to.
Here are 10 ideas for cheap, getaways with kids this summer 2020:
Groupon has some amazing travel deals right now. With many pools closed kids right now would be happy with a hotel with a pool they can use.
Some deals on 7.21.20:
$123/night at The Villages at Ocean Edge in The Cape. Beautiful resort-style hotel with restaurants, pool, and more.
The Glen House near Mount Washington in New Hampshire is only $84/night. Beautiful rooms, pool, gym, and outside seating with fire pits. North Conway has amazing hiking trails and swimming holes with waterfalls – safe enough for kids (and most swimming holes are FREE!). One has a $3 Parking Fee but that’s cheap. Here are some of the best swimming holes:
The Ramada by Wyndham near Niagra Falls is only $36/night!
Crown Reef Beach Resort and Waterpark in Myrtle Beach is only $69 per night.
Camping is super affordable and we were able to find openings just two weeks before going. You can even choose an RV or cabin in case you don’t have tent equipment. Odetah Camping Resort in Connecticut has cabins for $96 a night.
There are a ton of seaside towns that have the ocean beach only a mile or two away and the inns have outside pools. Bring the kids between the beach and the pool for a fun and relaxing getaway.
Pick a place where there are hiking trails, lakes to swim in and other outdoor fun and then search on Air b n b for a place to stay. You can find really great deals in lesser visited areas but still just as much fun – perhaps more fun with less crowds!
Riding a bunch of tubes down the river tied together is very fun. Make sure the river is calm and safe for your kiddos. Bring tents to camp or book motels at the end of the river once done to make a night of it. Floating the Saco River in Maine is iconic.
There’s this amazing place called Saco River Tubing that provides life jackets, your tubes, floating coolers, and more for your float down the river. You park your car there, the shuttle brings you and your gear up the river, and you float back down to your car. Along the way stop at sandy beaches with rope swings – the crystal clear water is beautiful and about 3 feet deep depending on river levels. The 1.5 mile float is calm and great for kids.
A two night, three day trip really is the perfect getaway. It’s long enough to feel like a vacation yet short enough to not spend a ton of time or money. Have fun!