Free and Budget Summer Events for The Family
The average cost of an American family vacation is about $4,600 for a family of four. That’s a lot of money when you have to consider that there will always be extra and unforeseen costs to consider. If you are planning a family vacation, there are always a free and budget forms of vacation fun that you can indulge in.
Free Factory Tours and Free Samples
One of the most affordable, and educational, family outings that you can indulge in is visiting the local factory. Many American factories allow public tours that show how products are made. Imagine visiting a factory that allowed you to see how a guitar is made, candy manufacturing, or how beer is brewed and bottled.
Admittedly, your interest for such things will depend on the product or services that the factory specializes in. Almost all factories that allow public visits are usually free. Also, most of the factories will offer free samples of the goods they manufacture, like candy, a small glass of beer, and so on.
Curb your enthusiasm about receiving free gifts however, as they are not mandatory. The guitar factory probably won’t hand out free guitars after the tour. Here is a list of almost all the factories in the United States that allow visits from the public during working hours.
Free Birthday Golf
The average cost of a private golf club membership is about $520 a month for the less elite and exclusive clubs. Mini golf is much more affordable and can be exciting, but its not golf, you know? You may be in luck. Over 1,000 American golf courses will allow you to play one round of golf free if it is your birthday.
However, you’ll have to join their loyalty club program, which is usually free too. Whether or not you can admit guests is up to the club as well. You can check Greenskeeper.org for more information.
Geocaching is basically a digital age version of the old-fashioned treasure hunt. “Treasures,” the figurative and not literal kind, are hidden in places like campgrounds, parks, and various other places. The treasure is a geocache box that contains a piece of paper, names of people who found it before you, information, trinkets, and clues to the next box.
You can add your name to the list of finders. Any prizes that you may find will be of the inexpensive and token variety. Also, if you take a prize, you might want to leave one for the next person, like a McDonald’s toy, a keychain, or something like that. All you need to take part in a geocaching adventure is a GPS-enabled smart device.
The object of the game is not to win a treasure, but to take part in the hunt, employ clue-solving skills, get exercise, and have some outdoors fun. Over 2 million people take part in geocache hunts all over the world. To get started all you have to do is long onto Geocaching.com.
Trails and Hiking
Unless you buy entrance to a national park or some private recreational area, there are numerous free trails throughout the country that you can walk, hike, jog, bike, or enjoy by horseback. At TrailLink.com, you review trails all over the country that may be appropriate for you. There are even user reviews as well. Unless noted, almost all are free.
Diversify Your Vacation Fun
Everyone in the family may not be able to agree on such activities. However, there is no reason not to weave some free and budget adventure activities into the family itinerary.