Can a family of five really get away for seven days for $1,500 or less? Yes! Especially if a couple of your kids are three years old or younger. Two of mine are, but my oldest is eleven so some places charge for him like he’s an adult. So it kinda evens out. lol I’m keeping this consistent by using the dates August 27 – September 1, 2018 and my children’s current ages (11, 3, and 1).
We have been to four out of five of the places, so I’m telling you about our personal experiences. The last one is a really cool place that is on our list of places we can’t wait to visit.
- Tannehill Historical State Park in McCalla, Alabama This park is beautiful and has a lot to offer! You can hike, have a nice picnic beside the bubbling spring, check out the museums, and visit the old time General Store. This is a really great park for families, especially at Halloween! Everyone decorates and the kids can go trick or treating around the campground. Birmingham is about 45 minutes away, so you can stay here and drive to the Birmingham Zoo and the Botanical Gardens, which I highly recommend! Tent camping is $24/ night so about $144 for six nights. Go to the zoo on Tuesday, it’s half price through the summer, so it’s only $28 for a family of five. Admission and parking for the Botanical Gardens is FREE!
- Camp Clearwater in Elizabethtown, North Carolina I have been going to White Lake since I was a kid and it is an absolutely beautiful place to visit! The kids will love the clean, clear water and the sugar sand is similar to Gulf Shores, Alabama. It is the most expensive campground on this list at $50/night, so keep that in mind. While you’re here be sure and visit Lu-Mil Vineyard and Duplin Winery, both offer Scuppernong and Muscadine wines for $8+ a bottle, I don’t believe you can beat that! Also, be sure and visit the Tory Hole Battleground while you’re here! 71 Whigs defeated 400 Tories helping America gain her independence in this spot back in 1781!
- Hidden Oaks Family Campground in Hammond, Louisiana If you go here, make sure you head to Kliebert’s Turtle & Alligator Farm! It’s owned and operated by Mike Kliebert and his family from Swamp People. When we went we got to hang out with T-Mike, who was on the first season. Awesome guy and super knowledgeable! They have been raising alligators for about 50 years. You can easily spend a few hours here looking at their critters and listening to their stories. New Orleans is about 45 minutes away so you can drive down there to the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, and the Zoo. We absolutely love the Audubon Zoo, the Aquarium, and the Insectarium. The link will take you to the site where you can pick up tickets for these three places.
- Small Country Campground in Louisa, Virginia You may be wondering why I’m telling you about a campground in the middle of nowhere, but I’m not. It’s near the battlefields and museums in Fredericksburg, Richmond, and Chalottesville plus Kings Dominion if you want to get in some thrill rides. If you’re going to go three times or more, get the Season’s Pass, it will save you money. Children 3+ and adults are $99 or you can get a Gold Pass for $132 and you get free parking plus discounts.
- Timber Ridge Resort in Cleveland, Georgia We haven’t been here yet, so I’m just telling you what we’re planning for when we do visit. Be sure and get your Passport America membership because this campground offers tent campers 50% off. With the discount it’s $30/night, so even after paying the $44 yearly membership fee, you’re still saving $136 over six days. You’ll want that money when you visit nearby Helen, Georgia, a German village right here in the USA! Baby Land General Hospital (Cabbage Patch Kids) is located here along with hiking trails, waterfalls, mining, museums, wineries, and more! Check out Alpine Helen/White County to see everything there is to do here, you will not get bored!
This is just a small sample of what there is to do for a family of five on $1,500 a week. I’m going to tell you about more places as we visit them, which means there are more indepth reviews coming. Even if you don’t have any interest in one place, come back because you may love the next one. Also, if there’s some place you would like to see mentioned here, tell me about it and we’ll go! We have several trips planned for the remainder of 2018, but 2019 is wide open until April when we’ll be heading north for my 35th birthday.
As always, thank you for visiting and happy camping!