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Cheap Family Fun knows that most families travel during breaks from school so we've made some suggestions below to help you find a family-friendly destination for your next trip and even included some suggested dates.  However, these are all great family-friendly destinations regardless of the time of year.  Keep in mind, most travel destinations are less expensive when it's not their peak season so be sure to ask about seasonal rates. 

We'd even be willing to put together a variety of budget group tours to some of these destinations if there was enough interest.  The advantage to traveling in a group is that you can save big bucks through group discounts.  The second advantage is that you still get your own personal space and time alone with your family.  Be sure to drop us a line and let us know if you'd be interested in budget group travel for folks with children.

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
Atlanta, Georgia -- "This National Historic site was established to preserve and interpret the places where Dr. King was born, worked, worshipped and is buried. Place to visit include the Visitor Center, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Freedom Hall, Fire Station No. 6, Dr. King's Birth Home and the restored Birth Home Block."

President's Day / Valentine's Day
Williamsburg, VA -- "For 300 Hundred Years... Williamsburg has been at the `center' of monumental clashes... of minds, ideas, wills... and finally armed warfare.

"People from all over the world come to visit where History was (and still is) made.  The Historic Triangle has been called the `largest living museum in the world'.  Today's Visitors experience first hand... with authentic, interactive Guides... the times and lives of the initial waves of European settlers coming to the `New Land' (Jamestown).

"A scant few miles away (Yorktown), visitors are time-transported a Century ahead. They walk the bulwarks... can `see' the final battle which permitted the beginning of the modern concept of Democracy... the ideal that ordinary Citizens... could govern themselves."

Easter
Virginia Beach, VA -- The rich history of Virginia Beach dates back nearly 400 years, when the first English colonists ventured to the New World.  It's a nice, clean family beach.  Plus, it's easy to get to and rich in history.  Both the beach and the surrounding area are filled with recreation and amusements for all ages.

Cinco de Mayo / Mother's Day
El Paso, TX & Juarez, Mexico -- "Welcome to our corner of Texas and explore our wonderful region. There is plenty to see and do in the Rio Grande Valley at the beginning of the Rocky Mountains. Experience walking tours of Downtown to get a taste of our history that spans 400 years, shopping, outdoor concerts at the Chamizal National Memorial, museums of every kind, the Zoo, and nature hikes through our four Texas State Parks. Come be a part of El Paso’s music and dance festivals, sports events, arts and culture. Our close neighbors in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and New Mexico also welcome and extend their hospitality."

Memorial Day
The Poconos -- "Brookdale has Kidability with an endless array of popular kids' activities, kids' menus, kids' social directors, and family entertainment. Brookdale truly is the land of family fun offering roller blading, biking, paddle boating, indoor & outdoor pools, snow tubing and much more! Brookdale is parent-friendly too, with oversized suites, hassle-free all-inclusive pricing, Kids Kamp everyday and the safe, peaceful setting of this private 250 acre families and couples wooded estate in the heart of The Poconos... Brookdale is absolutely Kidtastic!"

Flag Day through July 4th
America the Beautiful Scenic Rail Tour -- "The North America Rail Pass is the best and most affordable way to really see the United States and Canada.  Experience 30 days of unlimited rides and stopovers in the U.S. and Canada. That's the fun, the freedom and excitement of North America Rail Pass, offered by Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada."

Friendship Day
Gatlinburg, TN -- From the-smokies.com: "Home to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in America.  Located in the Foothills of East Tennessee, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville offer a wide variety of things to do and see.  Over 10 million visitors come to The Smokies each year to enjoy all that this beautiful and majestic area has to offer.  From kids to adults, there is something for everyone."

Labor Day Weekend
Washington, DC Bike Tour -- "Welcome to the National 4-H Youth Conference Center – the only accommodations in the Washington area designed specifically for youth groups and chaperones.

"We don’t just host 4-H clubs. With separate beds for 800 people and 30,000 square feet of conference space, we help all sorts of youth groups make memorable trips to Washington. We welcome groups of all sizes, from 10 to 800.


"Located just a mile from our nation’s capital, on 12 beautiful acres in Chevy Chase, the National 4-H Youth Conference Center is the perfect gateway to Washington’s leaders, monuments, and museums. In fact, we’re a short three-minute bus ride from the Metro, giving you easy access to all the great sights, including the White House, the Capitol, and all the Smithsonian Museums.

"Your group will also love our vibrant campus and amenities, like the recreation room, cyber café, and all-you-can-eat meals, to name just a few.

"Serving youth groups since 1959, the National 4-H Youth Conference Center hosts more than 35,000 visitors a year. We have everything you need for a hassle-free experience: meeting facilities and equipment, ample free parking for buses and cars, and access for people with disabilities. Your group can also sign up for our outstanding education programs such as Citizenship Washington Focus and Wonders of Washington.

"Safety is never a problem: We’re in a pleasant suburban neighborhood, and we provide 24-hour, uniformed security.

"Moreover, the National 4-H Youth Conference Center is highly affordable. Because we’re associated with 4-H – a not-for-profit organization – you won’t pay room taxes or gratuities."

Halloween

Harper's Ferry, WV -- "Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers in the states of West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis, John Brown, "Stonewall" Jackson, and Frederick Douglass are just a few of the prominent individuals who left their mark on this place.

"The story of Harpers Ferry is more than one event, one date, or one individual. It involves a diverse number of people and events that influenced the course of our nation's history. Harpers Ferry witnessed the first successful application of interchangeable manufacture, the arrival of the first successful American railroad, John Brown's attack on slavery, the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War, and the education of former slaves in one of the earliest integrated schools in the United States."

Veteran's Day
Pearl Harbor, HI -- "Oil droplets bubble to the surface of Pearl Harbor above the USS Arizona, creating a vivid link to the past. On a quiet Sunday morning December 7, 1941 a Japanese surprise air attack left the Pacific Fleet in smoldering heaps of broken, twisted steel. Here, peace was interrupted and paradise lost. In hours, 2,390 futures were stolen, half of these casualties from the battleship Arizona.

"Behind the shadows of destroyed airfields, aircraft, and ships, America fought fear, and a determined enemy responding with an unrivaled war effort. An epic battle for democratic ideals and world freedom would bloody the fields of Europe and the islands of the Pacific over the next four years.

"The USS Arizona Memorial as a national shrine symbolizes American sacrifice and resolve. Through national tragedy, a “sleeping giant awoke” and the United States moved towards its destiny as a global power."

Thanksgiving
DisneyWorld -- I think Disney World has to be the most popular family vacation destination in existence.  I know my grandkids and I LOVE to go there.  That's why we've given this particular destination its own page.  We usually camp when we go, but you can often find some great deals on vacation packages if you just happen to be looking in the right place at the right time!  This page is filled with special deals, rates, and bargains for having the best Disney family vacation of your life!

Christmas
Jamaica -- "A vacation at the all-inclusive FDR Pebbles is a special family experience. Unregimented and free, we've devoted a great deal of time to creating a visitor friendly environment that takes full advantage of nature's gifts. Guests will be bewitched by the heady aroma of frangipani and jasmine, the beauty of hibiscus, bougainvilla and spider lilies and a host of other flowers and plants that surround the buildings and line the pathways.

"At FDR Pebbles we provide two holidays in one, running simultaneously. You are free to choose whether to share activities with your kids or do your own thing. We can keep all your children from toddlers to teens busy doing interesting and exciting things! Our children's programs are run by very competent and and caring coordinators whose energies never quit and who really make learning fun. Our friendly staff wants you to feel pampered, entertained and carefree too. Our staff to guest ration is 1:1 and we will do whatever we can to give you memories of a fabulous vacation to further strengthen your family bonds. You will want to return to this place time and again just because of the unique, informal, fun-filled holiday you will enjoy with your family.

FAMILY ADVENTURE

"FDR Pebbles' natural playground is just a short 30 minute ride, east of Montego Bay at the heart of Jamaica's historic north coast. Nestled between the turquoise Caribbean and picturesque green mountains, opportunities for adventure abound for all members of your family. Learning and fun go hand in hand! You'll learn about the island's rich history and experience the ecology of the sea and its coral reefs. You'll visit the "Eighth Wonder of the World, " the place where bananas come from, and learn why the Caribbean Sea glistens and dances in the richest blues imaginable

VACATION NANNY

"On arrival, families with small children are assigned their own Vacation Nanny, specially trained to take care of the needs of their family and to care for your small children all day long. Your dedicated Nanny will be there during the daytime, ensuring your youngsters receive the care and attention you expect. They'll take them to activities and accompany them to the Small World Kids Club which is packed with state-of-the-art educational and computer games, toy, a library and untold hours of, well, just great fun!

TEENS  AND PRE-TEENS

"Teens and Pre-Teens are special here. We've got some special places just for them, such as our own supervised outdoor campsite under so many stars, your teens won't believe they're real. They'll be taken to beach parties, fishing, hiking, all-terrain bicycle trips, field trips up the Martha Brae River. We'll even teach them how to sail or windsurf.....AND we'll take children of all ages to heritage sites and to a town that got its running water before New York City did.

"We like to think of FDR Pebbles as a feeling. A feeling of family, and the kind of place that folks come back to time and again just because they feel the same way too. After all, there's no better playground than nature's own. Take time to enjoy, play and renew the family bond!

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

"The management and staff of FDR Pebbles have taken the initiative to institute an Environmental Policy which helps protect the environment and promote conservation of our island. We are a member of the International Green Hotels Association. Now Pebbles is proud to announce its Green Globe 21 certification. Read about what we are doing right!

"At Pebbles, we deliver a worry-free, cashless vacation. There is no fine print. At check out you will not have any surprise bills. The only extras could be email and telephone calls."

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SPECIAL NOTE:  All descriptions in quotation marks above are quoted directly from the web sites being linked to.


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Since most of our family trips are planned around the HOLIDAYS, we've included links to tons of awesome resources to help you and your family have the most memorable vacation of your lives.  Be sure to visit the HOLIDAYS pages by clicking here.  These resources are great for building awesome family times together during holidays at home as well!
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