Let’s face it: Traveling as a family is not only difficult, but it can be stressful when instead of seeing beautiful sites, your eyes are clouded by multiple dollar signs. Tickets, food, lodging and activities quickly add up and before you know it the family budget has gone out the window. However, it doesn’t have to be this way.
Family vacations are said to be some of the most treasured memories people have of their childhoods and money should never stop you from spending more quality time together. So, pack your bags, kids, and swimsuit because below are five of the best all-inclusive packages for an epic (but budget friendly) family getaway.
1. GREAT WOLF LODGE
(Packages starting at $209 a night)
Who doesn’t love having epic waterslides within walking distance of their family suite? Great Wolf Lodges around North America promise an epic vacation every time no matter what your family budget is. The all-inclusive packages include a family suite (bunk beds included!) with full access to the indoor water slides, lazy rivers, mini golf, arcade and more. Additional food packages can be purchased as well if you want to splurge, but many of the rooms include kitchenettes! Don’t miss their ongoing promos and package specials throughout the entire year.
2. ROCKING HORSE RANCH, NEW YORK
(Packages starting at $99 a night – some promos include free stay for kids)
If you’re interested in more than the bright lights of Manhattan, Rocking Horse Ranch is the place to go to still get your New York fix without the wallet-emptying hotel prices. Called a “dude ranch,” Rocking Horse caters to the whole family with awesome outdoor activities such as archery, mini golf, horseback riding and more. This ranch offers all-inclusive packages that include some special treatment for the adults with spa treatments and meals. Don’t want to miss the Big Apple? New York City is only 90 minutes away!
3. YMCA OF THE ROCKIES’ SNOW MOUNTAIN RANCH, COLORADO
(Cabins starting at $159 per night)
Already planning for the winter? Pack the snow boots, skis, and jackets and hit the slopes at this amazing, 5,100-acre world-class resort. Family camps such as the YMCA are unbeatable for their all-inclusive vacation packages, no matter what size your family is. This camp in particular offers 2-bedroom cabins at rock bottom prices and you can save even more on food with the fully stocked kitchens! Spend your days at the pool during the summer or venture into the woods for some cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking in the winter months.
4. MAJESTIC COLONIAL, PUNTA CANA, MEXICO
(Packages starting at $189 per night)
Mexico is known for its beautiful beaches, stunning weather and budget-friendly resorts for the whole family, and Majestic Colonial is no exception! This all-inclusive resort features a pool that runs the length of the hotel as well as many restaurants, activities and stellar room décor and accommodation. It’s also within walking distance to the beach! Kids can enjoy the multi-faceted kids club while adults have a choice to upgrade to an adults-only package for a low fee that includes additional amenities.
5. VILLAS SOL HOTEL & BEACH RESORT, GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA
(packages starting at $248 per night)
Many hotels and resorts, such as Villas Sol, are now partners in a program called the Smile Collection. These resorts are prime destinations for families on a budget! Programs include:
- Free stay, eat and play for kids 2-12 years old year-round
- Teens 13-17 get a special rate
- No single supplement fees for single parents
This beautiful resort also features plenty of amenities that you can only find in tropical Costa Rica such as direct access to a stunning beach, delicious food and exciting excursions such as hiking waterfalls, visiting monkeys and ziplining!
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