The Travel Professor
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Free tours & more

Don’t let the bad news about the economy ruin an opportunity for some quality family vacation, discovery and learning time. There are plenty of fun educational sightseeing opportunities for all ages that will not break the bank or your budget. Many fine arts, crafts and humanities venues offer free or a nominal admission fee. Factories and shops will conduct tours of their production facilities and factories. Sometimes they’ll even provide free samples of their wares. I’ve experienced this first hand at ice cream and chocolate factories.

Just do a little research and you’ll be able to craft an interesting day trip with plenty of free or reduced priced admissions. I went to and typed in the key word “factory tours” and received two pages of possible visits. Typing the word “free tours” at this site resulted in 245 hits.