8 Affordable Family Vacations in New York State

9:40 am  |  13.12.2020

Not all residents of the United States know that New York is not only the main metropolis but also a great place to relax. This city is one of the most diverse places in terms of geography. This is where you can find pristine beaches and world-famous waterfalls with budget accommodation nearby. This city is a real paradise for budget vacations and inland travel lovers. We’ve picked 8 of New York State’s most fun and affordable family vacations for you.

Sagamore Resort: Lake George


The venerable Sagamore Resort enjoys a scenic location on Lake George in the foothills of the Adirondack. Sagamore offers a wide range of family-friendly amenities. It has a seasonal outdoor pool and year-round heated indoor pool, nature trails, a playground, tennis courts, and a huge recreation center with indoor mini-golf, basketball, pool, ping pong, video games.

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Sagamore Resort: Lake George

The historic hotel was built in 1883 and has been refurbished to reflect the resort’s rich heritage, combined with clapboard finishes and classic Victorian architecture. The resort offers rooms in the main house, as well as suites in the building of a former 19th-century carriage – the Hermitage.

Wapanak Castle, 6,000 sqm four-bath house Ft, located on the lake next to the historic hotel, offers luxurious accommodation for 12 people.

Finger lakes

The Finger Lakes District is a 9,000-square-mile, four-season playground set against a backdrop of Mother Nature’s finest artwork, from waterfalls and gorges to lush cool forests, rolling hills, and miles of spectacular coastline across 11 glacial lakes and one Great Lake.

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Finger lakes

Vacation destinations range from lakeside cottages to large resorts. There are family activities on the lake, but the surrounding area has attractions such as trekking to waterfalls at Finger Lakes State Parks, Seabreeze Amusement Park in Rochester, visiting animals at Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park in Syracuse, or visiting of the Strong National Museum at Rochester.

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House of Mount Mohonk

Grand Hotel, Mohonk Mountain House will please the whole family. There are 85 miles of hiking and climbing trails, guided nature hikes, boating and rowing on the lake, a golf course, many tennis courts, scheduled programs for kids and teens, and plenty of yoga, meditation, and fitness activities.

Hudson Valley New York Resort and Spa | Mohonk Mountain House

House of Mount Mohonk


In winter, the impressive indoor ice rink is a draw for the kids’ club and family fun. This Victorian resort is set on cliffs overlooking the Hudson River. This National Historic Landmark resort offers farm-to-table cuisine and an award-winning spa.

Otesaga Resort Hotel: Cooperstown

Part of the Historic Hotels of America, the Otesaga Leather-Stocking Hotel is a large lakeside resort built-in 1909, within walking distance of historic Cooperstown, now home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Otesaga Resort Hotel: Cooperstown

The luxury hotel offers a heated outdoor pool, gym, access to lake swimming, canoes, rowing boats, tennis courts and the superb Leatherstocking golf course. You can book family rooms, standard rooms, or a large, picturesque suite with a living room, dining table, breakfast bar, and large bath.

Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park

This Adirondack-style family resort – the first indoor water park hotel in New York State – is part of the Great Escape Theme Park across the street. The resort is located just 10 minutes from Lake George. Families will love the suites for groups of four to twelve, some with bunk beds. At the hotel, children will have fun in different playrooms, as well as a special play area with video consoles.

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Indoor Waterpark – Six Flags Great Escape Lodge

Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park

The lodge is open all year round (while the theme park is seasonal.) Six Flags is located 50 miles from Albany and 210 miles from New York. We recommend that you book your rooms in advance, especially during the season. Early booking offers special discounts on accommodation.

Rocking Horse Ranch Resort: Highland

The Rocking Horse Ranch is located on 500 acres just 90 minutes north of New York in the Catskills. It offers a stunning array of activities including hiking trails, mini-golf, climbing wall, archery, indoor and outdoor pools, all-inclusive. ,

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Rocking Horse Ranch Resort: Highland

There are family suites, some with bunk beds, and the largest room style. Over 325 square feet suite with one queen bed, bunk beds, and two bathrooms. Horseback riding is possible, of course, but the ranch complex also has an indoor Big Splash waterpark (with a signature 250-foot Gold Rush water channel), Cosmic Mountain tubing, a modern snowmobile system, a ski lift, beautiful gardens, and a restaurant.

Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort: Lake Placid


Located in the picturesque village of Adirondack on Lake Placid, Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort is a great choice for families on a mid-budget. Golden Arrow is the first resort in the United States to receive the Audubon International Platinum Eco-Rating for Hotels.

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Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort: Lake Placid

Indoor pool with sauna, steam room, and two jacuzzis. Spend time with your family on the serene shores of Lake Mirror, just steps from the famous Olympic Village and the heart of Lake Placid. In winter, the rooms on the ground floor become ski slopes for skiers. Children will love the exciting dog sledding ride.

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YMCA Frost Valley Family Camp

Family camps offer families an all-inclusive and affordable holiday, with room and board, and many outdoor activities at an affordable price. This is one of the most budget-friendly options for enjoying your vacation and getting the most out of your travel experience.

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YMCA Frost Valley Family Camp

The Frost Valley YMCA is located in the Catskills and dates from 1901. Every summer now, everyone can relax in this place with the whole family. This annual tradition is practiced by many New Yorkers and passed down from generation to generation. You can bring your bikes, your bike helmet, flashlights, guitars, etc., and you can participate in many of the camp activities.

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