Family Fun On A Budget

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Here’s a collection of budget friendly things to to do with the family

 

 

Enchanted Forest Water Safari, where the fun never stops, is New York’s Largest Water Theme Park with more than 50 rides and attractions including 32 heated outdoor water rides! Water Safari is located in Old Forge, NY in the Adirondack Mountains. In this combination of amusement park and water park, guests never run out of fun things to do because there’s something for all ages, from toddlers, kids, teens through seniors. Water rides, kiddie rides, classic amusement rides, fun food, cool shops, exciting games, storybook themed characters, a family circus show, barnyard and much more! Kids birthday parties are more fun here! Enchanted Forest Water Safari is an award-winning park that has been serving guests safe, clean family fun for more than 60 years

 

The Utica Zoo has served the region for over 100 years. Located in Roscoe-Conkling Park, the zoo is part of a recreational complex made possible by the donation of land from Thomas R. Proctor in 1909. He had a dream that a park could do as much for South Utica as Central Park was doing for New York City. He hired a famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmstead Jr., who’s father had designed Central Park, to plan the roads and scenic walkways in Roscoe Conkling Park. The Zoo has grown from its small beginnings with three fallow deer in 1914, to its present collection of 99 species of animals. Of the 80 acres of land set aside for the zoo’s use, 40 are presently developed.

 

 

The Adirondack Railroad is a tourist railway located in the Adirondack Park, which plans to operate over trackage of the former New York Central Railroad between Utica and Lake Placid. The railroad is operated by the not-for-profit Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society, with train crews composed largely of volunteers. Passenger trains run between Thendara and Utica.

 

 

Herkimer Diamond Mines. Herkimer Diamonds are beautiful, fun to find, and the whole family can dig for them. Actually quartz crystals, the stones were faceted by nature half a billion years ago. You keep everything you find, so grab your goggles and hammer and start digging for diamonds!Whether you are interested in prospecting for Herkimer Diamonds, staying the KOA, or satisfying your appetite at the café or restaurant, it’s a great place to take the kids

 

The National Baseball Hall Of Fame preserves history, honors excellence and connects generations. Beyond the iconic Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery are exhibits that tell the story of baseball’s impact on our lives, and our country. The Museum exhibits draw from a collection of 40,000 lovingly preserved artifacts and more than 3 million library items to bring your stories to life. There is plenty for the hard-core fan to absorb: plaques, stats, equipment donned by the game’s greatest players, as well as important figures that many have now forgotten. There are uniforms worn on ancient fields and pieces of ballparks long faded from communities across the country

 

The Howe Caverns is a cave in Howes Cave, Schoharie County, New York. Howe Caverns is a popular tourist attraction, providing cave-goers with a sense of caving or spelunking, without needing the advanced equipment and training usually associated with such adventures. Are you ready for a fun and affordable family day out? How about a vacation full of learning for all ages? Whether you live in New York and want to take a day trip, or you are driving through the area looking for a fun affordable family vacation, Howe Caverns is one of the most exciting NYS attractions

 

 

The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology is a hands-on science and technology museum for people of all ages and includes the Silverman Planetarium and the only domed IMAX® theater in New York State. Discover, learn & play! The MOST’s vision is to be a pre-eminent science and technology center, inspiring all generations through hands-on education and entertainment. We do that through our 35,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and the programs of our education department, which conducts educational seminars both in-house and out at your location.

 

Uncle Sam Boat Tours. Experience one of America’s greatest vacation getaways, the Thousand Islands in Alexandria Bay! Here you’ll find magnificent homes, including historic American castles and modern mansions all carefully placed throughout one of nature’s most picturesque settings. Uncle Sam Boat Tours is family-operated and has been navigating these waters since 1926! Come out for a boat ride to Bolt Castle or just sight-see the beautiful area on the boat!

 

The Strong explores play and the ways in which it encourages learning, creativity, and discovery and illuminates cultural history. The Strong owns and cares for the world’s most comprehensive collection of toys, dolls, board games, video games, other electronic games, books, documents, and other historical materials related to play. These ever-growing resources enable and support a multifaceted array of interpretive and educational activities that serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others interested in play