Fall Family Vacations

fall family vacationsIf you've been thinking about a less expensive alternative for your fall family vacation, you may want to consider inexpensive destinations like Ohio or Florida. As summer ends, airlines and hotels often lower prices as a way to entice travelers, and you can benefit from the savings. If one you live closer to one destination, you might consider taking a family road trip to it. Take a look at our top 3 picks for fall family vacations.


When it comes to fall family vacations, New England usually tops the list for the best destinations, but most of its states can carry a high price tag. Instead of heading to Vermont or New Hampshire, consider a trip to Ohio. You'll find the same vivid tree foliage for less expense. You can also find color tours near major cities and airports, reducing your travel costs to see nature's artwork. State parks like John Bryan State Park offer a chance to explore the hardwood forests of the area. If your family enjoys bike riding, plan a trip to Yellow Springs where you'll find a 10-mile bike path to Xenia.

Another destination in Ohio offering savings over New England is Cincinnati. The city hosts several events and festivals throughout the year, including a tri-state antique market in September. Your family may enjoy seeing the fall colors from a different vantage point—aboard one of the BB Riverboats. The sightseeing cruise line offers economical and educational cruises along the Ohio River. If the air gets a little chilly, you can enjoy the view from the climate-controlled decks.

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Orlando and Fort Lauderdale are two of the cities in Florida that offer discounts for your fall family vacation. With hurricane season occurring in autumn, many vacationers choose to visit the state in the summer or the winter, increasing crowds and prices. After the summer rush ends, businesses drop prices as a way to attract families who might otherwise pick another fall vacation spot. Smaller crowds at attractions like Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World mean you get more bang for your buck with less wait time for rides and better views for shows.

Autumn also brings cooler weather, putting an end to the humidity of summer, so it shouldn't be a surprise that many places in Florida offer fall festivals. In September, Stuart hosts Martin County's Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Fest, an event where boaters, divers, and fishermen can find discounts from vendors on almost any water-related gear.


Seattle is another fall family vacation destination offering savings for your family. Like New York, Seattle's art scene heats up in autumn, but the prices remain much less than places like New York. Enjoy opera, fine art, and theater in one of the nation's most beautiful states. Fall colors abound in Washington Park Arboretum and in surrounding forests. While the city gets more rain in September and October than it does during the summer months, over 65 percent of the state's rainfall occurs in the winter. That means you'll have plenty of sunny days to explore the region with an average temperature of 64 degrees.

From Seattle, your family can head north into Canada or plan a trip down to the Olympic National Park. The area offers mountains, forests, and beach, making it a winning destination for all your family members. For more views of fall colors, consider hiking to one of the waterfalls, like Merriman Falls or Fallsview Falls. At the hot spring resort in Sol Duc, you can warm up after a brisk day of exploring the trails.


Wherever you go, though, make sure to book a vacation rental. Fall family vacations don't get much better than those spent in a comfy and spacious rental.