5 Cheap, Local Getaways

Summer's here (unofficially, of course) and for some, it's the season you look forward to all year long. But with the economy down the drain, you may be thinking of nixing your summer vacation.

Don't let today’s economy spoil your summer fun. Take a staycation instead!

Here are some great places you and your family can enjoy without traveling far or burning a hole in your wallet.

The First State's beaches are just a few hours drive and the perfect getaway. There's something for everyone! Whether it be hiking, biking or just, well, tanning, they’re sure to please.

Plus you can get your thrill-fix at local amusements park Jungle Jim's Adventure Land.

Overnight option:
The Seaside Inn located on quaint Fenwick Island is hidden between Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. Their rates range from $99 to $112 per night.

Dining Option:
Enjoy  lunch or dinner on a beautiful golf course at DeFibo's Bistro on the Garden at the Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club. They offer salads, brick oven pizzas and sandwiches at low prices.  And if you're a golf junkie check out their special offers.

New Jersey
Atlantic City is a perfect summer hot spot. There's tons of things to do beside gambling -- hang on the beach (which is free), stroll the boardwalk or climb the Absecon Lighthouse for just $7.

You could even catch a free fashion show each Friday from now through September 11 at Bikini Beach Bar in Bally’s from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. where beachgoers can get a preview of the season’s latest fashions available at discounted prices.

Overnight Option:
The Knights Inn hotel in Absecon, NJ. is only two miles away from the finest casinos in Atlantic City. Their rates start at $80 a night, but they also offer discounts and hotel packages.  

Dining option:
Enjoy a lunch or dinner at Tun Tavern Brewery & Restaurant. This historical brew house was built in Philadelphia in 1685. Their menus have a variety of different selections depending on your appetite.
New York City
The Big Apple is known for its many restaurants, hotels and non-stop nightlife -- not to mention many attractions like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Empire State Building. Stroll or bike through Central Park or spend a couple of hours at the famous Metropolitan Museum of Arts. 

In Times Square try the tasty hot dogs at corner vendors while touring the city on foot. While you're there, don't forget to pay the Naked Cowboy a visit, catch a broadway show (onilne is your best bet at getting discounted tickets) or even take pictures with your favorite celebrities at Madame Tussauds Wax MuseumA little tip: if you order your tickets online 24-hours in advance, you'll get 20 percent off!

Overnight option:
Holiday Inn Soho Downtown Manhattan Hotel is only a few moments away from Chinatown, Little Italy and the charm of Greenwich Village. Rates start at $160 per night.

Dining Option:
Gray’s Papaya located at 2090 Broadway between 72nd and 73rd Street is a famous NYC hot dog chain that serves
up one of the best deals in town -- two hot dogs and a drink for $2.75 -- that's less than a dollar per dog. Gray’s Papaya isn’t known just for this great deal, but for the amazing freshness of food and great service.

Washington D.C.
The Nation's Capital has so many national attractions! The White House, Capitol Building or National Archives. You can also check out the Smithsonian Museums or the D.C. Zoo for free! 

Don't feel like walking to every attraction in the city? Take the Circulator Bus, which offers quick and convenient rides for only $1.

Overnight Option:
Days Inn on Connecticut Avenue has great rates starting from $69 per night.

Dining Option:
Lucia's Italian Deli is an authentic Italian restaurant located at 2409 University Boulevard West where you can enjoy great Italian food at a low price. Their entrees are under $10. 

Hershey, PA

The sweetest place on earth is a year-round, world class resort offering deluxe rooms, unique culinary events, golf courses and a chocolate-themed spa. If you are on a tight budget Hershey offers family stimulus package.

Dining Options:
The restaurants at Hershey Lounge offer a variety of selections whether it's a family dinner, tasty grilled seafood or a romantic dinner for two, you will find the perfect atmosphere at one of the four restaurants in the lounge.

Overnight Option:
The Milton Motel is a very affordable and located only 1.5 miles from Hershey Park, Hershey Garden, Hershey Museum and the zoo. Rates start at $55 a night. Isn't that a sweet deal?

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