Taking a long family vacation is not always an option for families today. Between balancing busy schedules and balancing budgets, many families are opting for quick weekend getaways instead of the annual two-week summer trek.
Camping is a great option for families experiencing both a time and a money crunch. Campgrounds are far less expensive than renting hotel rooms, and equipment can be bought for a reasonable price. You can even share with another family! Great camping alternatives are available in every area, even within an hour of major cities, making them perfect weekend destinations. Pack up some treats, like ingredients for s'mores and breakfast rolls.
Climb every mountain
Outdoor activities keep your whole family healthy. When was the last time you climbed a mountain? It doesn't have to be Mount Everest -- or even a mountain. Spend the weekend exploring local nature preserves, state parks or hiking trails. You'll see the environment in a whole new way, and learn things about your area you never imagined. Make sure you bring some energizing snacks on this weekend getaway!
Visit a dude ranch
If your family needs to learn how to slow down and appreciate the basics, bring them to a dude ranch for the weekend. You will ride horses, work with the herds and sit by a campfire at night. Ranches make sure all activities are age-appropriate, and all levels of riding experience can have a great time! This is an especially great getaway for families who want to see what a different way of life is like, but do not have a lot of time to do so.
Play at an amusement park
You don't have to go all the way to Disneyland to experience thrills and smiles on great rides! Spend the weekend riding the coasters at a local amusement park or carnival. Compete against each other for stuffed animals at the water pistol games and see who can keep their eyes open the longest on the highest, scariest ride!
Spending time together creates strong families. Taking weekend getaways together is a great way to escape the grind of weekday life, experience new things together, strengthen your bond and sweeten up your family