Summer holidays are likely on your mind with the return of warmer weather. It can be expensive planning activities for the family for the summer, especially if children are out of school. Balancing having a family vacation in the summer with other priorities can be tricky, so here are some ideas for summer vacation activities that will not seriously diminish your bank account, while still being fun.

Camping

Heading out to a campsite for a week offers lots of activities and the ability to enjoy the great outdoors without much cost, provided you own or can borrow the equipment you need.Camping

Bike Ride

Go for a bike ride, not just around the block, but plan a day of it. Pick a destination that will take you some time to get to and have a nice lunch and wander around and then make the long trek home. Enjoy the open road and fresh air. Make sure to bring your water bottle to stay hydrated. Getting active is the best and most inexpensive way to enjoy summer’s good fortune.Bike Ride

 

Beach

Take a day trip to the beach. Head out early and bring along a picnic and some pails to build sandcastles with and you’ve got a day of fun in the sun.Beach

 

Day Trips Out of Town

Head out of the city limits and go to the zoo or a museum. Getting out of regular routine is a nice break and you don’t have to go far or spend much to enjoy yourself.Day Trips Out of Town

 

Water Park

A day at a water park is the perfect escape from the heat. There is sure to be something for everyone in the family. Splashing around and is sure to make everyone in the family feel like a kid and all you are looking at for costs are the entrance fee and maybe refreshments and ice cream.Water Park

 

Golf

A day on the linx, especially a weekday or evening will be inexpensive and it is perfect for the whole family, especially if you walk instead of rent a cart. Great exercise and great scenery and a little physical activity is always great time spent.Golf

 

Hiking

Hitting the trails is the perfect way to unwind, and inexpensive if you take local trails. Depending on the level of difficulty of the trails you may only need good hiking shoes and some snacks and water. Fresh air is good for the soul and will make you feel invigorated.Hiking

 

Rent a Canoe

Select a river nearby and either rent or bring your own canoe for a fun day spent on the water. If you head out early in the day then the sun will not be as intense.Rent a Canoe

 

Picnic in the Park

Pack up some sandwiches, fresh fruit, snacks and drinks. Don’t forget to bring a large comfy blanket and a good book and head to the park. Pick a large park with lots of open space and just laze the afternoon away with some good food and good company.Picnic in the Park

 

Gardening

What better way to distract your mind and body than to putter around in the garden. Prune the hedge, dead-head flowers, edge the lawn. There is always so much to be done in a beautiful garden and it is the perfect way to enjoy listening to the birds and taking in some rays.Gardening