5 Summer Family Vacation Recommendations

The kids should be finishing up the school year soon, and for many families that means a summer vacation is right around the corner. If you’d like to take the whole clan on a summer getaway but haven’t done any planning yet, we’ve got you covered. What follows are some great destinations that won’t break the bank.

San Diego


San Diego is a fantastic location for a family vacation. It’s chock-full of theme parks, museums, water parks and beaches. Check out the Go San Diego Card for some serious discounts on many of the local attractions. There are also plenty of hotels and resorts in the city that offer activities and amenities that are geared just for kids.



Pittsburgh is a mecca for kids in the summertime. There are virtually countless activities for kids and families. The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Zoo are just a couple, and if you time your trip right and your kids are into cars you can catch the 10-day Grand Prix. You can also find plenty of places to eat for cheap while you’re out and about.



If your family is looking to do a bit of international travel (unless you happen to actually live in Lisbon), this is a great city for families that want a nice blend of culture and beach life. One day you can explore the city’s castles and neighborhoods, and the next day you can lounge on the beach—all without ever having to move hotels. Plus, getting around the city using public transportation is pretty cheap.

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a gorgeous beach destination. The adults can get in 18 holes at some of the most beautiful golf courses on the planet and it’s not hard to catch a flight to the island from most countries. The best part, though, is that you can find countless all-inclusive resorts for as low as $100 per night.



Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, and as such, it has a plethora of great beaches for families. The water is crystal-clear, and if you want to get in a little fresh water activity, the Anthem Waterpark is an amazing experience. Plus, you can usually find accommodations for less than $100 per night.