Ultimate FREE Summer Vacation Ideas

Are you planning summer vacation for you and your family but know that there is a limited budget for fun? Whether you are interested in heading to the beach, the mountains or prefer a road trip where you can see lots of fun destinations, I’ve got some great Summer Vacation Ideas to help you make memories and not break your budget! Check out this list of FREE museums, destinations, and attractions to fill your summer vacation days!

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Ultimate FREE Summer Vacation Ideas

Whether you are staying close to home this summer or looking for something a little farther away, I’ve got some great ideas for you divided by states. And ALL of these ideas are FREE! (Some of these ideas may have suggested donations or admission fees to tour the facilities.)

Just click on the links and discover some amazing destinations to fit into your summer plans.




Explore Lombard Street




Cloud Gate – Chicago



Pappajohn Sculpture park Des Moines Iowa


Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you have to travel long distances for vacation to make it amazing.  One year we did an experiment and focused on places close to home. Each day we woke up in our own beds, ate breakfast in our own kitchen and then drove to a new place for a day of fun!  We discovered that with a little creativity and planning, you can find something amazing to do right in your own local state!


Dr Seuss Memorial Garden



SPAM Museum
SPAM Museum



New  Hampshire

New York

North Carolina



South Carolina



Washington DC

US Capitol Building Washington DC
Washington DC Travel Guide



Look for LOVE Sculptures

What free things when you will and your family do on Summer Vacation?  I’d love to have more Summer Break ideas to put on our bucket list!

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  1. Great list! My husband and I are from the US but I don’t think we’ve visited half of the places on this list. We went to Washington one time and we loved it there. I’m saving this list as a reference for our future travels! Thanks for sharing.

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