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Vacationing in an American City

Vacationing in a large city can be expensive, but there are plenty of sights to see in less-frequented destinations around the country. When you're planning your next U.S. jaunt, consider someplace unexpected like St. Louis, Mo. where you can find a variety of surprisingly low-cost things to do.

St. Louis offers a handful of free (yes, free) activities. For instance, admission to the St. Louis Zoo will cost you nothing. Here, you can see over 19,000 wild animals, most of which are rare and endangered. There are fees for some exhibits, but you can learn about many of them without paying a dime. The Missouri History Museum and the St. Louis Art Museum are also free, so think about devoting a day to soaking up some culture.

With the money you save at the city's free sites you can splurge on a giant playground called the City Museum. According to its website, this 600,000 square-foot space is an "eclectic mixture of children's playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion and architectural marvel." Try out the human hamster wheel, the 10-story slide and much more for $12 for anyone over 3 years old.

The City Museum's general exhibits are free with admission, but to get into the amazing aquarium, it'll cost you $6.95. Another option is paying $5 to head to the roof, where you can enjoy a Ferris wheel ride, complete with unforgettable city views.

So, the next time you're up for a family vacation in a big urban city, head towards the hidden gems of destinations less traveled. The money don't spend at their free attractions will likely lead to special memories that will last a lifetime.


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