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Museum Day 2009


Free?  Umm… with a paid admission, right?  Or with the purchase of a t-shirt? Or…

Nope.  It’s just “free.”  The 5th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day on Saturday, September 26th features both big and small, indoor and outdoor venues.   While the remarkable Smithsonian facilities in Washington DC are free every day, most of us must pay to enjoy our local museums.  But not on September 26th (2009), and the list of participating venues includes over 1200 facilities!

In Ohio alone, there will be 38 museums, art galleries, cultural centers and gardens with the free admission offer.  Places such as the renowned Wexner Center for the Arts, the Ohio Historical Society and Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are listed.  More unusual possibilities around my state include the Clyde Historical Museum (the town is the setting for Sherwood Anderson’s “Winesburg, Ohio”), the Serpent Mound (site of the largest serpent effigy in the United States) and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.

If you’re a US resident, check out the website for your own state’s offerings. You will need to visit the Smithsonian Magazine’s website to secure an admittance card, good for you and one guest.  It’s a quick fill-in and print deal that takes less than thirty seconds.

One could make an interesting day trip out of the smaller offbeat options or spend the entire day exploring a favored institution, like maybe… the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho?  Or maybe the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Ft Worth, Texas!

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A Whim-Worthy Deal?

Jumbo starfish in Caneel Bay

The unlimited travel pass has long been a staple of overseas travel, but jetBlue has just rolled out a month-long version that is accessible from many US cities.  A $599 pass buys unlimited travel on jetBlue routes between the days of September and October 8th of this year (2009).  It’s not for the completely spontaneous traveler -flights must be booked (or cancelled) three days in advance or penalties apply- but it’s an appealing concept.

Destinations include several West coast cities like San Diego and San Francisco, plus Chicago in the Midwest, and a heavier concentration out East.  Phoenix and Florida are covered as are vacation spots in the Caribbean, Mexico, Cuba and Bermuda.

It’s not for everyone.  The deal hits at back-to-school time (to the great dismay of my adventurous daughter), and auxiliary travel costs such as food and lodging could keep many hopefuls grounded.

Who might use it?  Business travelers? Maybe.  Those already contemplating an extensive fall itinerary?  Probably.  It’s a whim-worthy bargain for those able to free up the time and money to use it well.

jetBlue Destinations *Purchase Pass by 8/21/09.  Book travel between 8/12 – 10/5/09.


Pick a Park and Play (For Free!)

Only one “fee free” weekend left this summer!
Original post date: June 2, 2009

En Route to The Subway at Zion National Park

It’s the thought that counts.  I was already sold on the tremendous value of our national parks and monuments.

Montezuma's Castle

The National Park Service is waiving admittance fees at 147 sites that charge for entry on three weekends this summer.  The free admission weekends are June 20-21, July 18-19 and August 15-16.

Bryce Canyon National Park

While the potential savings of $3 to $25 per national park may not be enough to propel travelers to distant locations, it might encourage people to check out the wonders in their own vicinity.  And for those already planning a national park junket, it might mean an extra souvenir or two…

Mammoth Cave National Park

*Find your getaway park in the “National Parks and Monuments” in the right sidebar.


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