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Summer is just around the corner making this a great time to start thinking about family vacations. You may have already decided on "the big one,” which could be anything from a trip to Yellowstone to a week on Maui. But you don't have to confine yourself to that one summer vacation. If you do a little research, you'll probably find there are a bunch of mini-vacations near you throughout the summer that your family would enjoy and without leaving town and that will cost practically nothing. The suggestions you will find listed below are best to be done on weekends. However, if your family's summer schedule is flexible enough there's no reason why you couldn't do some of them midweek.
What are cheap mini-vacations?
Spend a day at a museum
Just as almost every state has arts festivals so do they have museums. While you may have to pay an admission fee it's likely that it will be very small. Where we live there is an Art Museum, a Museum of Contemporary Art, the Buena Vista Heritage Center, a Children's Museum, a Railroad Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and many, many others. It should be easy for you to find museums near where you live by searching Google. Check out each museum's website and you should find days when it offers discounted or even free admission. then plan a day trip for one of those days. Our Denver Museum of Nature & Science actually offers free admission all the time unless you want to visit its planetarium, which costs $19.95 for adults and $6.00 for children (up to age 18).
Attend a community festival
Most states are rich with community festivals during the summer. And admission is usually free. They are also often linked deeply to the town’s cultural and ethnic history. Nebraska has its Czech Festival, Iowa hosts a Nordic Fest, South Dakota has Wild Bill Days, Utah has a Tulips Festival and Lanesboro, Minnesota hosts an annual Lanesboro Rhubarb Festival. You should be able to easily find one or more of these festivals that's within a two-or three-hour drive from where you live. You could get up early, spend the day at the festival and then be home that night. You should be able to find these festivals by searching on a term such as “best (name of your state) community festivals”. While they are almost always free you may find yours has some side attractions that charge small fees. So, you might want to take $20 or $30 with you.
Of course, not all of these cheap mini-vacations are for everyone. And camping trips won't be cheap unless you already own the requisite equipment. The important thing is to think about those things your family would enjoy that cost very little and then make a list. You may not want to have a mini-vacation every weekend but with a little research you should be able to schedule at least six of them during the summer that would be both cheap and fun for your whole family