Every family deserves a great adventure without busting the budget. Every family should enjoy a trip that is creative, unique and allows you to all enjoy the experience together. Some folks believe that the only great family trip is one that costs a boatload of money, but that is far from the truth. If you think outside the box, you can come up with a number of cool, cost-saving, family trips that will have you talking about the event years from now. Here are some of our family trip favorites you may want to consider.

Visit A Zoo

Observing animals and connecting with the beauty of wildlife is a wonderful family trip and a popular one. Did you know that approximately 181 million people visit zoos and aquariums in the United States every year? Those are huge numbers, and it is easy to see why. Zoos offer something to people of all ages and are excellent for family bonding. These places are educational and allow children to see up close and personal many wildlife species and learn about their habitats. Zoos teach families about the importance of conservation and animal care.

Go Fly A Kite

This is a classic family activity worth a trip to an open field, park, beach or lake. Kids get to run and jump around as they try to get their kites up, up and away into the air. There is a kite for every age, and kids will have fun choosing a colorful favorite to fly on a day when the sky is clear with no rain in sight and the wind is blowing steadily. A body of water like a beach or lake is excellent for kite flying because it ushers in steady and undisturbed breezes.

Go River Rafting

If your family is looking for some thrills on the water, then rafting on the Kern River is an option that is hard to pass up. Getting outdoors in the middle of nature and participating in one of the best paddling experiences of a lifetime is a blast for the entire family. It is great exercise, keeps everybody's heart pounding with excitement and exposes you to a unique water adventure where every splash is one you will remember.

Visit A Lighthouse

Here's another fun family trip that children will enjoy when they reach the destination. A lighthouse is a cool-looking structure and fascinating to all, especially when you can step inside and climb up the spiraling steps. For instance, Bodie Island Light Station in Nags Head, North Carolina, is open to visitors to climb to the top of the 156-foot-tall lighthouse. The views of Pamlico Sound and the Atlantic Ocean are breathtaking. By the way, there are some 700 lighthouses in the United States. Check out lighthouses in your area, and plan an outing together.

Visit Your State Capital

Every state capital is important for the governmental role it plays, and contained inside these buildings is a lot of history. You could plan a family trip to your state's capital or visit one in the state next door. Either way, you will find something interesting to see and learn. After you visit the state capital, walk around and explore the city surroundings. For example, in Boston, Massachusetts, the city offers many museums to check out. You could also follow the path of American history along the Freedom Trail.

You don't have to break the bank to have an incredible family trip. There are many ways to create excitement, interest, something new and to help your children appreciate what's around them in the world. Consider our options, and have a blast!

Author's Bio: 

Katie earned a BA in English from WWU and loves to write. She also adores hiking in redwood forests and photography. She feels happiest around a campfire surrounded by friends and family.