Affordable family getaways
We’ve gathered five great summer getaways for every kind of family—and all are under $200 a night.
Amusement Park Destination: Carlsbad, Calif.
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Camp for All Ages: Maine Camp Experience
A growing number of camps provide overnight camp sessions for the whole family—a great chance to have fun all together. Family Camp at Maine Camp Experience offers a range of camp options around the state. There’s plenty to enjoy: waterskiing, fishing, rock climbing, zip lining, archery, tennis lessons and arts and crafts, as well as sunset campfires and games organized by camp staff. Experiences range from specific two-night weekend sessions to lengthier, more flexible stays. Rates from $65/night per person ($55 for ages 6-11 and under 6 is free), includes accommodations, meals and activities.
City Trip: Chicago
Buckingham Fountain. (Photo: iStockphoto)
Check in to the Hilton Chicago, a family-friendly hotel overlooking Lake Michigan and across from Grant Park. There’s a great indoor pool and a full service athletic club with an indoor running track. And the hotel is close to a number of attractions, such as the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and Millennium Park. Family Packages from $159/night (good through June 24 and includes overnight accommodations, self-parking for one vehicle, one in-room movie, and children under 12 eat free at 720 South Bar and Grill, with purchase of an adult meal).
Waterfront Escape: Orcas Island, Wash.