Everyone loves a vacation. But not everyone wants to pay thousands of dollars in exchange for a weekend in paradise. What if there were affordable and hassle-free trips you could enjoy with your family this Memorial Day weekend without the need to fly or take out a loan?
Here are 5 trips for every interest and style of travel:
1. Hersheypark, PA
Families who love theme parks, roller coasters, water rides and sweet treats will love Hersheypark. Everyone pays kids price at $41.95 per person at Hershey before May 31.
— Hersheypark (@Hersheypark) April 22, 2017
Hersheypark is a family-friendly theme park located in Hershey easily accessible by car from all the major cities in the Northeast. It is 95 miles from Philadelphia, 132 miles from Washington DC, 162 miles from New York City and 381 miles from Boston.
It was originally created by Milton S. Hershey as a place for his factory workers and residents to go picnicking, boating and canoeing. By 1908, a merry-go-round was added, followed by an amphitheater, two bowling alleys, a tennis court, gallery, and the Scenic Railroad. By 1923, Hershey had its first roller coaster, and by 1971, Hershey Park became Hersheypark, one of America’s most popular theme parks featuring one-price admission plan.
Today Hersheypark is made up of three parks and one admission ticket will take you to Coasters, Rides & Attractions, The Boardwalk at Hersheypark and ZooAmerica.
Family members of all age groups won’t be bored with all the attractions, rides and treats the parks provide year-round.
2. Hocking Hills State Park OH
It’s free to visit Hocking Hills State Park, a 2,356-acre park with towering cliffs, waterfalls, caves, deep gorges, and large forests. There are ample places for you to sleep under the stars at the Hocking Hills State Park Campground with rates starting at $20 per camp per night.
One of the top attractions in Hocking Hills is Old Man’s Cave situated at State Route 664. The six-mile Grandma Gatewood Trail will take you through Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls, and Ash Cove. This historic site is also home to gorges and falls like Upper Falls, Upper Gorge, Middle Falls, Lower Falls and Lower Gorge.
3. Galena, IL
Named the Best Main Street in the Midwest by Midwest Living magazine and One of America’s Best Main Streets by Fodor’s, Galena’s attractions include the 19th-century storefronts, art galleries, and surrounding rolling hills and outdoor recreation.
• 1876 Banwarth House & Museum (open only on Saturdays)
• Apple River Fort State Historic Site (open Wednesday- Sunday)
• DeSoto House Hotel
• Elihu B. Washburne House State Historic Site (open Fridays and Saturdays)
• Galena & U.S. Grant Museum
• Old Market House State Historic Site
• Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site
Apart from historical sites and fun outdoor activities, Galena has award-winning wineries, breweries and several specialty food and wine shops.
4. Monmouth Park, Jersey Shore
Every Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Monmouth Park has Family Fun Day from 12 to 4 p.m. with fun activities like face painting, pony rides, and a bounce house. The main attraction for the Memorial Weekend (May 27 to 29) is the Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival. Gates open at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 11:30 a.m. on Monday.
If you like thoroughbred racing and free Family Fun Days, you’re going to enjoy visiting Monmouth Park located in Oceanport New Jersey. It has kept up with its tradition since 1870. It’s about 54 miles from New York City, 54 miles from Trenton and 83 miles from Philadelphia.
If you’re planning for a weekend stay in Jersey Shore, we suggest combining Monmouth Park with Monmouth Battlefield State Park experience. The Monmouth Battlefield State Park (in Manalapan) is 16 miles from Monmouth Park. One of the largest battles of the American Revolution took place here.
5. San Juan Islands, WA
Travel and Leisure named San Juan Islands as the top 5 islands in Continental U.S. and TripAdvisor gave the islands The Top 10 Best Islands in the U.S.
There are 172 named islands and reefs in San Juan County, however the four ferry served Islands; San Juan Island (with the county seat Friday Harbor), Orcas Island, Lopez Island and Shaw Island are the most populous and host the vast majority of lodging and dining options and tourism activities.
Go paddle boating, horseback riding, zip-lining, cycling, kayaking or glamping in the islands. For an affordable visit, check out free horse farm camping at Friday Harbor where you do some chores and get your camping space for free. Or check out Doe Bay’s campsites or the unique yurt stays.
You can take Clipper ferry from Seattle or the Washington State Ferry from Anacortes, located 80 miles from Seattle.
For a list of things to do please go to VisitSanJuans.com.
What are your plans this Memorial Day Weekend? Let us know.