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41 Mini Family Vacations That Won’t Break the Bank

Reader's Digest Logo By Melissa Klurman of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 42: Why you'll love it: Start your Music City visit with a stop at the Ryman Auditorium to explore the origins of country music and even step on the stage where The Grand Ole Opry started (then head to its new home for a fabulous all-ages show). A highlight of the Country Music Hall of Fame is the Taylor Swift Education Center where kids can learn to strum a ukulele or create a take-home art project. Be sure to indulge in some home cooking at a meat-and-three or Nashville Fried Chicken spots.

Budget tip: Don't miss the live music at the surprisingly family-friendly Honky Tonks (during the day that is) up and down Broadway. It's free, but be sure to throw a few dollars in the tip jar for the hard-working musicians.

Where to stay: The kid-pleasing Kimpton Aertson Hotel has a pool that spans the entire rooftop and there's a great spot for quick eats, Caviar & Bananas, attached to the artsy hotel as well. Now, learn these secrets to traveling cheap, straight from travel agents.

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These great getaways offer big fun on a small budget. We've rounded up choices all around the country, so a fabulous family vacation is always right around the corner, even if you only have a day or two.

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