Are you thinking about nixing your winter vacation plans because travel is becoming too expensive? Don’t! Come to Wichita instead. The hustle, bustle and cost of the holidays can be stressful, and every family deserves to use up the remainder of their vacation time with a fun, educational adventure in a city that has unlimited possibilities.

Don’t worry about cost this holiday season, here are a five ways to save on winter break and still have a jam-packed, fun family vacation:

Make It A Road Trip

Fortunately for those in the Midwest, Wichita is the perfect destination for a fun, family road trip, saving everyone on airfare and travel costs. Not only do road trips allow families to create unique memories and go on special adventures, it opens up the opportunity to experience new scenery and catch those hidden gems along the way.

Use Local Transportation

Even if you drive to Wichita in your own vehicle, save on gas once you’re here by taking advantage of local transportation. Hop on the free Q-Line trolley in downtown Wichita and ride it to all your destinations from the Historic Delano District to Clifton Square (check the link for exact routes). With the Q-Line, you’ll have access to more than 200 downtown shops and restaurants, and the free ICT Pop-Up Urban Park where food trucks park for lunch during the week.

Look for Free or Affordable Activities

Wichita is known for its affordability, making it the perfect stop on winter break for a family looking to cut costs and still have a blast. There are dozens of activities the whole family can do for next to nothing. From exploring the different districts in the city, perusing art galleries like Wichita State’s Ulrich Museum of Art and public, outdoor art or visiting some low-cost attractions, families can fill their days with affordable fun without breaking the bank.

Research Hotel Amenities

Even if you save a bunch of money on driving versus flying, make sure you’re being smart when you choose a place to stay. Look into what kind of amenities you’d like to have in a hotel by using our hotel search tool. Many Wichita hotels have indoor pools for that added element of fun for the whole family, and offering complimentary breakfast every morning to save you on food costs.

Look for Deals & Discounts

Save money in Wichita by picking up an Explore Card at any one of these 11 partners. To use the card, pay full price for each ticket at the first attraction you visit, then, receive a $2 discount per person at any additional participating attractions through 2017. You can also pick up a card at the Visit Wichita offices at 515 S. Main St., Ste. 115, Wichita, KS 67202. Also, keep an eye on Visit Wichita’s Deal’s & Discounts page for the latest coupons and savings through some of our partners.

For a list of itineraries to help you plan your winter vacation, visit our things to do page. Check out what events are happening during your stay in our calendar of events. For an idea of some family-fun and entertainment, click here.