Camping. You may shudder when you hear that and it is certainly NOT for everyone.
Obviously, the main benefit is that it can be a very budget friendly summer vacation. At a fraction of the price of a hotel you can stay in the same location as you wanted to but have money saved or a lot more cash on hand for activities and shopping.
Choosing to camp, as your family vacation, can be great for the kids (it certainly was for ours). Whether it’s part of a vacation plan or camping IS the vacation it’s good fun for everyone. Our kids loved making s’mores, my wife loves napping on the hammock and I love making the fire and playing with it. We try and collect bugs, play some light outdoor games and take in all the fresh air. If you’re real cheap, you don’t even have to leave your own backyard. BEEN THERE!
Let me sum up my experiences by telling you about my last two vacations. Both were to Niagara Falls.
Last August we went to a campground just off the Falls Parkway that had access to a pool, mini-putt, a small park with slide and swings and a very clean bathroom\shower area. I took my wife and my two beautiful girls, Talim (6) and Kairi (3), for $33 per night. Since we were at the border and the Canadian Dollar was riding a high point we crossed over and hit some amazing children’s clothing deals and had Chili’s for dinner.
In March we stayed in Niagara Falls at two separate hotels (one with a water park but not the one you are thinking of) and another at a place overlooking the falls (no, not the casino). We stayed for three nights with each costing us over $125 and we booked with coupons, special deals and all the kids-eat-free we could find. While we still crossed the border and went to Chili’s all we had to declare when we got back was that we had fun.
I know this will be a polarizing topic. Let me know what you like and if you have any tips on finding a good place to go or how to plan.