August 21, 2017

Survey: Top-10 Cities for Affordable Vacations

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The Alamo

Looking for an affordable family vacation? Kind of a silly question, right, because it’s not like I’m looking for an outrageously expensive vacation. Well, Livability.com recently identified the Top 10 Cities for Affordable Vacations. These were ranked by the quality and quantity of unique, low-cost activities. So, take a look and let me know what you think.

Louisville (KY): Louisville has it all. Sports fans can check out the Louisville Slugger Museum while the more science-inclined can head to the Louisville Science Center for the afternoon.

Minneapolis (MN): Head to the Minnesota Children’s Museum or the Bell Museum of Natural History. Want to learn about Sweden? Then stop by the American Swedish Institute.

San Antonio (TX): Of course, head to The Alamo where admission is free and you and your family will learn a lot about the fall of The Alamo and the Texas Revolution.

Chattanooga (TN): I went to Chattanooga about 13 years ago. Definitely check out Ruby Falls. While not a free activity, it’s the highest underground waterfalls and worth a look.

Greenville (SC): Spend the day at the Greenville Zoo or drive a bit farther to check out the Hollywild Animal Park. Both are perfect for any animal-loving kids you may have.

Tulsa (OK): Check out the 76-foot tall Golden Driller statue. Definitely a great photo opp. Or head to the Thomas Gilcrease Museum for some great family programs.

Boulder (CO): Outdoor recreation is the name of the game in Boulder. Take advantage of 300 miles of hiking and biking trails or try some tubing or fly-fishing in Boulder Creek.

Athens (GA): Kids will love World of Wonder, the state’s largest community-built playground. Or, head to the Georgia Museum of Natural History to learn more about state wildlife and fish.

Tempe (AZ): Stop in the Arizona Museum for Youth in nearby Mesa for kid-friendly art exhibitions and play areas. Big Surf Water Park and Cox Splash Playground are also winners with little ones.

Rogers (AR): Get outdoors at the Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area or take a fun train ride at the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad in nearby Springdale.

Have you been to any of these “affordable” vacation spots? I’d love to get your feedback on which ones are worth visiting as a family.

Photo Credit: Brook Taylor

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