Summer Outings on a Budget

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Whether you’re part of a young family, a college student, or a retiree on a limited budget – or you just really like to save money – taking a summer vacation doesn’t need to break the bank. You can really just get out there and get away. Here’s seven ideas to inspire wanderlust.

Head To Your Nearest National Park
Explore one of the beloved treasures that make up the National Park Service. It’s an extremely affordable way to explore local landscapes, enjoy wildlife, and learn about American Presidents, the Civil War, caves, or endangered species.

Find the right park for you and what you like to do – kayak, hike, ride a horse. You can search by topics of interest and geographical locations. Annual park passes are available, and active duty military families, disabled individuals, and seniors 62 and older can receive one for free.

To get the most out of a National Park, you may want to look into a hiking tour with an expert guide. This can ease the planning process as you leave that up to the pros, leaving your family to go along for the ride and enjoy the amazing sights of a National Park adventure.

Take Me Out To The Ballgame
Minor League Baseball is an exciting way to see a game or two of up-and-coming players for a rock bottom price. Tickets generally cost less than the price of a movie theater ticket.

Get friends together for some minor pre-game tailgating and enjoy the trip out there. Head to the Minor League Baseball site to find the nearest regional team or your favorite team’s farm team. When the game is over, catch a bite to eat at a local restaurant, microbrewery or coffee shop. Keep calm and enjoy the game.

Explore History At a Museum
The Smithsonian website allows you to search for any museum by state or zip code. It also includes botanical gardens and halls of fame. The site even denotes which ones have free admission and links to their websites for more information.

A museum can mean almost anything these days; so many are interactive or have amazing exhibits that can fascinate the brain of any person, young or old.

Catch A Concert
Summer wouldn’t be summer without going to one of the many music festivals that go on all across the country every year. You don’t have to mix it up in the mud (but c’mon, why not?) – there’s a festival out there for everyone. You can also search at that link by genre, so whether you’re into bluegrass, classical, classic, country, or rock, you’ll be able to get your groove on.

Visit A Waterpark
There’s nothing more refreshing.

Big-name theme parks might not be in the budget, but the kids won’t mind when they’re flying down the waterslide – anywhere. Weekends tend to be more crowded, so if your schedule allows, go mid-week. Not only will it be more relaxing and easier to keep an eye on the little ones, but they may also offer off-time discounts.

Some parks allow you to bring in your own food for an inexpensive picnic lunch and snacks, but check the park’s website or give them a call first to make sure.

Explore The Wild World
Everyone loves to see and learn about animals; fish in the aquarium, cavorting monkeys, or graceful cats of the jungle. If you also want to make sure the facility you choose is dedicated to the best care of the creatures, look no further than the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Always look for special rates or coupons for an even better deal.

Go Camping
Lastly, just get out of the asphalt jungle and enjoy the great outdoors. Sleep in a tent. Stare up at the stars. Enjoy one another’s company around the campfire. Roast marshmallows and hot dogs. Go swimming in a lake. Drop a line and catch a fish. Walk down trails, and yes, stop to smell the wildflowers.

A vacation doesn’t have to mean something expensive or long distance to get away from it all. It’s all about spending time with your friends and family, creating memories, and having a summer to remember. Enjoy without breaking the bank this summer!

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