Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Budget Travel to Orlando

Orlando, Florida is one of the best places for family vacations.  In addition to Walt Disney World, there is also Universal Studios and Sea World Orlando.  However, traveling to Orlando with a family of four, or even more, can be quite a strain on anyone's budget.

Start planning your vacation to Orlando by looking for discount tickets online.  You may be able to get a discount for buying early thru the amusement park.  Check with local box stores and grocery stores, for discount tickets. 

One way to get free amusement park tickets (that might make some of you cringe) is to consider touring a time share property while you are in the area.  If you travel to the area annually, it might be a good idea to consider buying a time share property.  So, why not take advantage of the free tickets they have to offer.

It is almost impossible to see everything an amusement park has to offer in one day.  Check with the ones you intend to visit, and see if they offer second day for free (or $1).  If so, this is a great way to save on your vacation to Orlando.

Consider spending a day at one of the less expensive attractions Orlando has to offer.  Take Wonder Works for example.  Wonder Works has things the whole family will enjoy, and costs about one third of the price of an amusement park. 

While setting your budget for your vacation to Oralndo, why not add some of the free attractions Orlando has to offer.  These include:  the Gator Exhibit at Black Hammock Adventures, the World of Orchids, the Orlando Fire Museum, and the Indian Legend of Spook.

Orlando is a great city to visit and there is something to see and do on any budget!  And if you are looking to win a trip to Orlando, check this out!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Enjoy an Ice Festival!

If you are looking for something free to see and do this winter, why not enjoy an ice festival!

Even if you live in a warmer climate, a lot of cities have some type of festival to enjoy winter festivals.  Most are great for family fun and feature many free events!

This weekend, Niles, Michigan had their annual Hunter Ice Festival.  This was my first time to enjoy the event, although I had passed through town a couple of years in the past, during the festival.

The festival included a timed sculpting competition, free hot refreshments, warming stations and cookies.  There were also historical displays, and sculptures on display throughout the city on the days after the competition.

Chicago's Snow Days is January 25th - 27th, at Navy Pier.  It will include Snow Sculpting Competitions with teams from around the world.  The sculptures will be displayed with illumination each night of the festival.  Kids snow painting competitions, a new interactive Snowboarding Experience, live entertainment and more!

If you will be visiting China, you might want to take time to visit the Harbin Ice Festival.  There you will be able to visit Polarland with your kids, see the Sun Sculpture Art Expo on Sun Island, or even visit Central Street to taste foods from all around the world.

Each year, Central Park in New York City has a free event called Ice Festival at Belvedere Castle.  The event includes the carving of Belvedere Castle in ice by a local art studio.  Urban Park Rangers give a tour of the park and tell how it was formed by glaciers.  Sip on hot cocoa, and more.

Although in a warmer climate, Boca Raton, Florida has an Ice Castle Festival each year.  The festival features the construction of a giant ice castle.  It takes place at Patch Reef Park, and admission is free.  The festival has lots of family fun things to do like a giant obstacle course, classic childhood games, activities and more.

The Cripple Creek Ice Festival, in Cripple Creek, Colorado, features a different artistic theme each year.  This festival has lots of interactive sculptures and lasts for two weekends!

The Bavarian Ice Festival in Leavenworth, Washington includes dog sled rides, live ice carving, ice fishing, Ice Cube Scramble, and much more fun for all ages.

Check your neighboring cities for an ice festival for you and your family to enjoy!