Thursday, April 19, 2012

$20 to Play with Pilgrims - Thanks to my local Library!

As summer is a approaching, now is the time to log into your local library and see what great passes are available to use.

Being April Vacation, I thought I would do something fun with the kids on Tuesday.  A few weeks ago, I reserved the Plimoth Plantation pass from my local library.  The husband was busy, so it was just me, my 4 year-old & 6 year-old who got to hang with the Pilgrims.

Plimoth Plantation is Pricey!  A Combination Pass (allows access to Plimoth Plantation and the Mayflower II in Downtown Plimoth) is $29.50 for adults and $19 for children 6-12.  Kids under 6 are free.  So had I just went on a whim, I would have dropped $49.50 for the three of us.  By reserving the pass at my library, I spent $20 on admission ($12 for me & $8 for my 6 year-old).  That's a savings of $29.50.

Plymouth is awesome.  I love it.  I think it's so pretty.  We also did some "free" stuff down there.  We saw Plymouth Rock, we took a stroll along Plymouth's Herring Run (a TON of fish to see), we walked by the docks where the fishing boats were coming in and saw them off load fish & lobster.  We walked Main St. and looked at all the little unique shops.  We didn't buy anything, but it was still fun.  We walked down to the beachy area next to the Mayflower II and the kids threw some rocks in the water.

Since I saved almost $30 on our admission, I decided that it was only proper that I take my savings and dine with the kids at Wood's.  It's like the best seafood ever.  2 Hot Dog meals, a whole belly clam roll & 3 fountain drinks cost us only $27.    It's a casual place with spectacular views of Plymouth Harbor.  And the delicious food makes it worth it too.

I love the whole "stay local to have fun" craze.  Today, we're hitting up Boston.  The USS Constitution is technically free, but they ask for a donation of $5 for adults and $2 for kids.  We'll hit up the T since it's fun and cheap.  I think the Red Sox are having some free open house so we'll probably hit that up.  I have a $5 credit for any "Groupon Now" purchase so I'll do that on my phone to get a good deal on lunch.

And with that - we didn't do any stellar April Vacation to somewhere far off and fun, but we did knock out two big adventures close by.  And at a pretty good cost to boot.

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