You don’t have to get on a plane and break the bank to have fun on Spring Break. Check out these ten awesome ideas that are budget-friendly and just a drive away.

It’s Spring Break time, and thousands of Hoosiers are flocking to far away places with warm, sandy beaches and lots and lots of sun. For those who are trying to stick to a budget (and closer to home), it can make you feel a little envious, right? The team at Family Horizons understands what it’s like to be torn between spending and saving money.

That’s why we have some good news: there are plenty of adventures right here in your own back yard just waiting for you to experience – and they don’t require airline fees and thousands of dollars (plus, you won’t have to deal with a bad sunburn). Take a look at these top ten spring break ideas that are just a drive away.

Photo courtesy of DeBrand Fine Chocolates.

Photo courtesy of DeBrand Fine Chocolates.

A Sweet Spring Break. This five-day trip is already mapped out for you by the folks at Visit Indiana. Destinations include: Foellinger-Freiman Botanical Conservatory; DeBrand Fine Chocolates; Fort Wayne TinCaps; Potawatomi Inn at Pokagon State Park; and Antiqology. If you’re in the mood for indoor and outdoor activities fit for the whole family, see all the details here.

Short-Range Fun. Parenting resource Indy’s Child offers up a great list of things to do if you want to get out of the Indianapolis area. Their ideas include road trips to: Fort Wayne, South Bend, Louisville, Nashville and St. Louis. You’ll find their list of family-friendly activities on their website.

Cool Columbus. Midwest Living has an overview of what Columbus, Ind., has in store for Spring Breakers. “One of America’s best displays of modern architecture waits in Columbus, which knows how to blend small-city hospitality with modern style.” You’ll find out what to do, places to eat and where to stay right here.

Southern Adventure. If going south sounds good – even if it’s just to southern Indiana – you’ll love these ideas. Whether it’s museums, caverns, a water park or the theater, there’s plenty of options for everyone. See a “best of” list of destinations here.

Photo courtesy of White River State Park.

Photo courtesy of White River State Park.

Downtown Indianapolis. Whether you’re wanting to be outdoors, indoors or a little bit of both, downtown Indy has everything from trails and parks to museums and shopping. And it’s perfect for those on a budget who still want to feel like they’ve done something unusual or unique. Find out everything you need to know with Visit Indy.

Hamilton County. If you’re looking for new things to do each day without having to spend the night, Hamilton County might be just the place. Go shopping, eat great food and get outside to enjoy spring! Here are some ideas straight from Visit Hamilton County.

Bloomington Bound. You might only think of IU athletics and college students when you think of Bloomington, but this bustling town is full of family-friendly things to do and places to see. Plenty of nature trails and outdoor activities await you, not to mention the trendy restaurants, quaint shops and plentiful hotels. Find out more at Visit Bloomington.

Photo courtesy of Visit Hendricks County.

Photo courtesy of Visit Hendricks County.

Hendricks County. In the mood for an indoor aquatic park? Looking for some fast action at the Lucas Oil Raceway? Or would you prefer some outdoor adventure? Whatever your mood, there’s plenty of attractions in Hendricks County. Check out some Monster Mini Golf for play a vigorous round of Xtreme Laser Tag … either way, you’ll work up a sweat and have fun. Find out more Visit Hendricks County.

Fun Fort Wayne. Spring break hotel packages and special events are there for the taking, and it’s just a quick jaunt north. Fort Wayne offers shopping, dining, performing arts, museums and plenty of parks and trails. Check out an events calendar and a list of attractions at Visit Fort Wayne.

Indianapolis Area. As reported in the Indianapolis Star, there’s plenty to do in the Indianapolis area for those who don’t have the time or can’t afford to travel. A staycation is the next-best option for many of us. “There’s a lot to do in and around the city to keep kids occupied during their days off and a few opportunities for parents to join the fun, too.” Find out more from the Indy Star.

Getting away for Spring Break can revitalize you and your friends or family and create memories to last a lifetime. But staying within a sensible budget – and saving your money for bigger, future projects – might be more of a priority right now. As always, if you need help in creating a savings plan to reach your future travel plans or financial goals, we can help. Give us a call or schedule an appointment today.