When people think of New York, they so often think of the city—which, in actuality, is just a small corner of a big state, filled with abundant vacation opportunities. Best of all, there are affordable family vacations in New York, making it easy to plan a getaway in any season.

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City Sightseeing For Less

Kick off a vacation to New York by starting in the city, where, with a little creativity, some surprisingly good deals can be found. Accommodations can be expensive in Manhattan, so the best option for a family on a budget is to book a vacation rental. With several locations throughout the New York metropolitan area, there are options for everyone.

Save on transportation by going public. Take the subway and city buses to save money on parking and car rental; put on the walking shoes and see the city on foot. Visiting museums is an affordable activity for the whole family; check online before you go for coupons and special discount days.

Times Square, Ground Zero, and the Statue of Liberty should not be missed; all are free or inexpensive. Zoos and aquariums are also great and affordable city entertainment, and there are plenty of great restaurants and food carts for every budget. New York affordable family vacations are possible with a little planning and out-of-the-box thinking!

From Cityscape to Countryside

After a couple of days in New York City, pack up the car and head to Central New York for a serene country escape. This region spans from Lake Ontario in the north to Pennsylvania to the south. Several state parks provide opportunities to explore nearly 9,000 square miles; vacation rentals allow you to relax and unwind in a beautiful setting in one of the many towns across the region.

new york mountain biking vacationExplore glacially carved valleys, waterfalls, lakes, and the Catskill Mountains. Hiking, horseback riding, and other outdoor activities are free or cost next to nothing, and are fun for the whole family.

Visit Gilbert Lake State Park, in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains near Oneonta, to explore ample wooded terrain. Miles of hiking trails provide opportunities to view wildlife and enjoy the region's plant life. Visit the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Farmer's Museum, both located in nearby Cooperstown, and the Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, all of which make affordable family vacations in New York possible, and fun for everyone.

Adventures in the Adirondacks

The Adirondacks are perhaps the best place to plan affordable family vacations in New York. In fact, here is so much to do, this region might warrant a trip of its own. A good place to start is the southern end of Lake George, one of the most beautiful lakes in the country, with plenty of hiking, biking, shopping, events, and cruises on the lake. The northern end offers a quiet retreat into the heart of the Adirondacks.

Visit the great state of New York for an affordable and fun family vacation! With a little planning ahead, you can have a memorable vacation on even the tightest budget.