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Summer Day Trips On a Budget
Staying on campus this summer? No classes, papers or exams—how will you spend your time? Sometimes, the best experiences happen close to home. Wisconsin has a wealth of opportunities for fun, right in your backyard. If you're new to town, or even if you've lived in Wisconsin your whole life, there are always new adventures to discover.
Here are some hidden treasures that will eliminate summer boredom but won't break the bank:
Green Bay—Bay Beach Amusement Park
Bay Beach Amusement Park may not offer the most terrifying roller coasters in the world, but it does have many classic rides like the tilt-a-whirl and a Ferris wheel. The best part—admission is free and rides are only 25¢ or 50¢ each! Spend a day reconnecting with the kid in you.
Madison—Henry Vilas Zoo
Just a few blocks from UW-Madison's campus, the Henry Vilas Zoo gives visitors the chance to observe exotic wildlife right here in Wisconsin. The Henry Vilas Zoo has enough wildlife to observe primates, birds, big cats and many other species that are on the verge of endangerment.
Take part in the most traditional American summer pastime—baseball. The Milwaukee Brewers are a nationally competitive team, but their games still have a small town feel. College students will be able to receive Terrace Reserved and Bleacher tickets for half price on Friday home games when showing their current college ID. Tickets range from $6 to $100, and you're guaranteed an exciting time.
Stevens Point—George W. Mead Wildlife Area
Observe Wisconsin's wildlife in their natural habitat. The Mead is located 5 miles north of Stevens Point, but is well worth the trip. A day at The Mead offers 70 miles of hiking/walking trails, canoeing, berry picking, wildlife viewing and bird watching. The Mead is a great destination to spend the day outdoors, enjoying nature.
Whitewater—Artesian Flowing Well
Pack a picnic and enjoy a casual day at the Artesian Flowing Well. Just south of town, the Artesian Flowing Well's fresh spring water flows from aquifers 55 ft. below the surface of the earth. It's a perfect location to spend a sunny afternoon picnicking and tossing a Frisbee.
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