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6 Budget Friendly Day Trips for North Country Residents

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Can you believe we are nearing the second half of summer, already? In an effort to maximize my time spent outdoors this season, I’ve tried to schedule as many trips as possible. Unfortunately, it’s financially unrealistic to board a flight for every mini vacation I would like to go on, so I’ve researched some fun day trips. Read on to learn about these 6 inexpensive attractions, right in our backyard!

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Ausable Chasm Known as the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks, Ausable Chasm offers an adventure trail, biking trails, disc golf, raft float tours, rock climbing, rappelling and more. At only $17.95/Adults, $9.95/Children, and only $9/Local Residents (Clinton, Essex, Franklin Counties, NY), you won’t break your wallet on this fun day trip.

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John Brown Farm State Historic Site Perhaps one of the most intriguing sites to see in our region, the John Brown Farm is also accompanied by scenic views and an interesting history lesson. As the home and final resting place of abolitionist John Brown, the cabin still stands and has proven to be one of the most popular destinations for visitors in Lake Placid. The daily rate to visit the farm is only $2/Adults, and Children 12 and under are Free.

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Thousand Islands Art Center Located in Clayton, NY, this Art Center offers more than just hanged paintings. For over 50 years, the Thousand Islands Art Center has been a non-profit educational institution, dedicated to preserving the skills of traditional artists and artisans while also supporting the heritage arts. The Art Center offers a year round curriculum, a permanent textile collection and library, educational programs, and numerous exhibitions open to the public.

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New York State Zoo at Thompson Park Located in Watertown, NY, the New York State Zoo at Thompson park dates back to 1920. Since then, it has been exhibiting a diverse collection of wildlife from the exotic, to the indigenous. Open daily, from 10am-5pm in the summer, admission is only $9/Adults, $6/Children (4-12), $3/Toddlers (2-3), and Free/Infants. In addition, the zoo offers a family membership for $65 which grants you free admission for your family, numerous discounts, and even some free passes to share with friends.

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Lake Placid Olympic Site & Museum Housed in America’s Olympic hometown, Lake Placid, host of two Olympic Games and the birthplace of North America’s first Winter Olympics, the Lake Placid Olympic site will open your eyes to the rich history and significance of our Adirondack region. You can tour the museum, Lake Placid Hall of Fame, and even witness the exact location where the 1980 Miracle on Ice took place without emptying your wallet. At only $7/Adult, $5/Children, and 6 & under Free, this site is one you can’t afford to miss.

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Upper Canada Village One of the greatest memories I have is visiting Upper Canada Village, in Morrisburg, Ontario. The entire village is dedicated to not only showcasing this region’s history, but transporting you back in time to the 1860s. The authentic buildings which make up the village, the activities in each house, and the talented reenactors make for an exciting experience. Admission is only $19.95/Adults, $12.95/Children, and Free admission for children 5 and under.

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