Even expensive theme park attractions can be affordable with smart planning!

Finding Affordable Vacation Attractions

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Affordable Ways to Enjoy National Parks

Debra Karplus

A vist to a National Park can be expensive, but the National Park Service offers a variety of reasonably priced passes to make visits much more affordable for you and your family. They can be purchased at most, though not all, of the national parks.

Video: Factory Tours

Jeff Yeager

Looking for some free family fun? Why not try a free factory tour? There are hundreds of factories around the country ready to open their doors to you and your family so you can see first hand how they do what they do. The Ultimate Cheapskate tells us about some great factory tours the whole family will enjoy.

Planning a Frugal Theme Park Vacation

TDS Reader Solutions

Would you like your family to do a Disney theme park for cheap? How do you save money while visiting "the happiest place on earth"? Here are some tips from other TDS readers who have done just that.

Fun Factory, Brewery and Winery Tours

Jeff Yeager

For only the cost of a smile, you can see dolls being made at the Turner Doll factory, sample otherworldly teas at the Celestial Seasonings plant, and see Harley-Davidson Motorcycles roar off the assembly line. The tour of Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory is a hit, particularly the sampling stop in the FlavoRoom. You can even take a virtual tour of the Spam Factory at the Spam Museum. Here are some resources for finding great family factory tours as well as brewery and wine tours for the adults.

7 US Cities with Plenty of Free Attractions


They say that the best things in life are free. If that's the case -- and we think it is -- it's fortunate that there are so many free things to do everywhere. With a little research, you're bound to find tons to do for gratis, both near you and when you're traveling. Bankrate has rounded up seven cities in which there are plenty of free attractions.

9 Ways to Have Thrifty Theme Park Thrills


Every year, the kids clamor to head to a theme park, water park or Disney property, and if all that noise doesn't give you a headache, the prices just might. After paying entry fees, it can feel like you're being blindsided by little extras that can add up to an extra $100 per day or more. Here are nine ways to save on your theme park escape, whether you're headed down on a water slide or up on a roller coaster.

Disney World for Less

contributed by Teresa Pitman

I am a big fan of one of the most expensive vacation places around - Walt Disney World. After several visits with my family (four kids), I know many ways to keep the costs down that might be helpful to other families.

Free (and Nearly Free) Vacation Attractions

TDS Reader Solutions

Here is a list of free vacation attractions submitted by TDS readers.

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