Kei’s Guide to Affordable Summer Daycations

It’s summer time, the weather is beautiful and the kids are out of school. Every year we have high hopes of taking our kids to Disney, The Bahamas, Jamaica… all the hot destination spots we see and hear about. But unfortunately our pockets don’t always match our plans. Sometimes vacation days from work are hard to come by. So don’t worry, Kei has got you. I’m going to share with you 10 dope daycation spots that won’t break your pockets. You can go, have fun, and not come back broke. (note this list is not in any particular order, I encourage you to Google them all)

10. The Greensboro Science Center- This is one of Greensboro’s best kept secrets. For a small fee you get access to the aquarium, the zoo, the museum, and the children’s center. Once your tour is complete, you can step out back and enjoy the great outdoors at the Country Park. Here you can go paddle boating, cook out and the kids can enjoy the park. For you nature lovers there is an awesome walking trail and bike trail available.

9. Lebauer Park- Lebauer Park is still fairly new in Greensboro. Take kids for fun in splash park as well as state of the art park equipment. If you have pets there is also a super cool doggy park as well. On Friday’s throughout the summer there is family movie nights as well as other activites.

8. Lazy 5 Ranch- Located in Mooresville, right outside of Charlotte. Lazy 5 Ranch is also a hidden jewel. It’s a zoo, but get this… You drive through it.. Yep, a drive through zoo. If that’s not cool enough, you can buy food and the animals walk right up to your car to get it.  If you don’t want to drive through the zoo, no worries they offer wagon rides as well.  They have zebras, monkeys ostriches, giraffes, pretty much any zoo animal that you can think of. I took my kids a couple of years ago and we had a blast, I definitely plan on visiting again this summer.

7. Hanging Rock- If you’re in the mood to explore nature…. Hanging Rock is your place. The park is about 30 miles north of Winston-Salem. There are camp sites available, a trail for hiking, rowboats and canoes, rock climbing, swimming and its famous for its beautiful waterfalls.

6. Wet n Wild Emerald Pointe- Located right in Greensboro is Wet n Wild Water Park. The park provides fun for the entire family. It’s full of rides and slides, waves, rivers and pools. It even had a kiddie slide for the little ones. A day spent at Wet n Wild is sure to be a day of fun.

5. Frankie’s Fun Park- Frankie’s located in Raleigh, NC is a play ground for those young and young at heart. Frankie’s has The Dark Ride which puts you right inside the action of a movie with its 3D graphics and special effects. Using laser blasters you battle the onscreen “bad guys”. It also has the Windstarz which is kind of like hang gliding except you’re  in control. It also has “the drop zone”!  So are you kind of picturing it? Its kind of like a miniature version of Carowinds and Dave and Busters mixed. Fun for the entire family.

4. Jordan Lake- So you want the beach, but money is funny and you don’t want to make the drive or pay those outrageous hotel rates. Jordan Lake is the perfect day spot. It has the water and the sand that the beach provides  In addition there are areas also available to rent to use grills and cook out. Jordan Lake is located about an hour from Greensboro right outside of Wake Co. It will give you a mini beach feeling without hitting your pockets.

3.  Great Wolf Lodge- Great Wolf Lodge centered in Concord, NC is the home of one of the largest indoor water parks. Great Wolf not only offers the waterpark but also themed suites resort style. So you have the option of spending the day or spending the night. My personal opinion is Great Wolf is a little more pricey  then some of the other places on this list. So it may involve some planning and saving.

2. The North Carolina Zoo-  Located about 40 minutes from Greensboro in Asheboro, NC. This is very different from the Lazy 5 Ranch. In fact they only thing they have common is they both have animals. The NC Zoo will consist of a lot of walking. However, kids and adults love it. The NC zoo does feature more animals. The zoo does have 500 acres and features two continents of animals.

1.Carowinds-  This amusement park is between Fort Mill and Charlotte. Carowinds has it all!  The park has a water park, thrill rides and carnival games, you name it!  It is surely a day of fun for the family! On the right day, you may can even catch a concert, or fireworks! Normally you can also pick up discount tickets at local retailers or online during the park season.

This is my list of a couple of daycation spots. One Saturday you make wake up and just decide to explore one of these places. It my plan to hit up all these spots this summer or at least a couple for sure.

Summer goes fast, make memories, have fun, and enjoy your families. You don’t have to go broke to have an awesome summer.

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