We love purchasing memberships to our favorite attractions. It really saves a lot of money versus paying each time we visit. The Summer is when we get the most use out of these memberships, so they are a great idea even now if you want to pick up a yearly membership so that your kids have something fun to do this Summer.
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I’ve talked about our membership to the Birmingham Zoo on here a few times. We absolutely love it and have been several times this year, already. I think we might spend a few days a month there this Summer. It absolutely makes the cost worth it. When we got our membership, we got a coupon booklet that came with tickets to ride the train, feed the lorikeets, etc… and we’ve been able to also do a few of those things each time we’ve visited, and we still have free tickets left. There is so much to see at the Zoo, that we can spend a couple of hours there and not see everything, then see something different the next time we visit. We are also within driving distance to the Montgomery Zoo (home of the giraffe pictured above) and visit there often. Sometimes, one zoo membership will get you discounted admission to other zoos and aquariums, as well.
This is another great membership option. Do a quick Google search for children’s museums near you. We have The McWane Science Center here local to us, and we love it. Again, just like the Zoo, there are so many exhibits and so many things to see that the kids definitely don’t get bored with multiple visits. When we try to see everything in a single trip, we are usually rushing. By getting a membership and making a few visits during the Summer, we can take our time and they can really explore each hands-on exhibit.
We are giving Movie Pass a try this Summer, too. For $10/month (per person) you can see as many movies as you want. We sometimes splurge on snacks at the theatre, but that is not necessary. This is a great option for rainy Summer days, or when it is just too hot to be outside. As my son is getting older, he is really starting to enjoy visiting the movie theatre.
Local State Parks
Many local State parks offer passes that allow for unlimited admission throughout the year, as well. We love visiting Tannehill State Park, and they have a lot of different events that go on all year long. Our local Oak Mountain State Park even has a “beach” on the lake where you can swim. Do a little digging on the state parks near you and see what all they have to offer.
Space Centers, Aquariums, and more
You don’t have to get memberships to enjoy all of the attractions near you, and I bet if you do a little searching there are a lot of fun things to do. We get memberships to the closest locations that we can visit often, but we also do some other exploring, as well. Here in Central Alabama, we are also in close proximity to the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, and the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is just a couple of hours away, too. These make for really great day trips. We might not visit them often enough for a membership, but they are great Summer options, too.
If you do some research and get creative, you can find some great budget-friendly things to do this Summer. To save even more money, I recommend packing a lunch or snacks, plus drinks, when you can. This makes for a huge savings, especially when combined with the membership options.
What fun places are you hoping to visit this Summer? Share in the comments!
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