January 20, 2018

Summer Vacation: 5 Places to Get More for Your Money

dinosaur world

Dinosaur World

Still thinking about where to travel this summer for your family vacation? Orbitz recently released their 2013 Summer Travel Forecast, which revealed that, among other things, more than 75% of us are planning a summer vacation. The survey also uncovered the hot spots, both domestic and international, where you can get the most for your money. Take a look:

Tampa, FL
Head to Adventure Island for a day of wave pools, waterfalls and corkscrew slides, or go to Busch Gardens for animal shows and safari experiences. Spend the day at the Museum of Science and Industry to enjoy more than 450 hands-on activities, as well as exhibits like Disasterville, where you can brave extreme weather conditions and The Amazing You to learn more about the human body.

Orlando, FL
Of course, there’s all that Walt Disney World has to offer in Orlando, but don’t forget about nearby attractions like Dinosaur World and the Orlando Science Center with current exhibits like Adventures with Clifford, the Big Red Dog and NatureWorks, a reptile-focused experience. Meanwhile, Kennedy Space Center is an hour away, and discounted Orlando tickets are available online.

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Head to Butterfly World for summer vacation to walk among butterflies, or check out the popular “bug museum,” which highlights some of the world’s most incredible creatures. A stop at the Museum of Discovery and Science is a must, and do check out the EcoDiscovery Center, which offers more hands-on explorations. Or, simply kick back on a 90-minute land and sea Duck Tour.

Las Vegas, NV
Sure, Las Vegas can be toasty over the summer, but it can also be fairly inexpensive. Plus, there’s so much there that kids will love, like the Botanical Cactus Garden, Las Vegas Natural History Museum and the Shark Reef Aquarium. As a bonus, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum and the Discovery Children’s Museum are both free to Bank of America cardholders through the Museums on Us program.

Denver, CO
Head to the Denver Botanic Gardens for a variety of children’s programs that allow kids to explore the gardens while gaining a greater appreciation of nature. Or, take in the nearby Butterfly Pavilion or Denver Children’s Museum for even more family-focused activities during summer vacation. There’s lots to do outside too, from the Elitch Gardens Theme Park to the 42 state parks and loads of hiking trails.

The 2013 Summer Travel Forecast also found San Juan (Puerto Rico), Vancouver, Cancun, Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) and Rome to be the international destinations where you can get the most value for what you spend.

Where are you going this summer? Let me know in the comments section below.

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Photo Credit: Jennifer Huber


  1. Hi There,
    Thanks for the recommendations! We went to Orlando last year and hoping to go back this year in the summer, the kids had a great time at Wet n Wild!

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