Planning your family's big summer vacation doesn't need to be stressful and expensive. We rounded up the best free (and almost free) things to do at some of the hottest vacation spots across the country.
Vacation in Florida
Finding something that's completely free at Disney is a tall order. After all, getting in to each of the parks will cost money (although bundling your hotel and park admission with the Magic Your Way package will certainly help!). But Downtown Disney is one way to get the Disney experience without shelling out: admission is free! You'll have access to restaurants, shops and recreation (which do cost money), without paying a cover charge.
At Universal Orlando:
Like Disney, finding free things at Universal Orlando is tough - but not impossible. When you buy your park admission online, you'll save $20 on each multi-day tickets and get a coupon book with over $150 in discounts and savings like free kids meals.
At Kennedy Space Center:
One thing to think about when you're planning a vacation in Florida is: when is the next shuttle launch? Possibly one of the coolest free things to do is to watch a space shuttle launch. And while admission to Kennedy Space Center isn't free, if you live in Florida you can get an annual pass that pays for itself in less than two visits and offers free parking, discounted guest admission and automatic discounts in gift shops as well as new programs and events.