Cheap Pacific Northwest Family Vacations

by Cathy

Reciprocal memberships to museums can play a huge role in successfully planning cheap Pacific Northwest family vacations! If you are confused as to how these memberships work, I'll give you an example.

Say that you live on the west coast in San Francisco and you are planning a family vacation in the Pacific Northwest and plan to visit the Woodland Park Zoo at some point in the trip. You can use your membership to the San Francisco Zoo to get 50% off your tickets to to the Woodland Park Zoo or even get in FREE if you are a member of the Happy Hollow Zoo or the Coyote Point Museum.

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That's just one example where reciprocal memberships can help you stay within your family's travel budget. You can actually cash in on your San Francisco museum membership and get discounts on many Seattle tourist attractions and some will let you enter for FREE when you flash that museum membership card.

Seattle just one spot where reciprocal memberships to museums will can be a money saving strategy when planning your cheap Pacific Northwest family vacation.

For instance you can treat the kids to a visit to the Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett, Washington or the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia, Washington if you are a member of the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the Habitot Children’s Museum, the Lawrence Hall of Science or a member of one of the other Association of Children’s Museums. Before you make plans, you should contact the museum or read their policy online to confirm their reciprocal policy.

Just so you know, not every educational attraction recognizes and offers freebies or discounts for reciprocal memberships to museums. There are exceptions even in education minded Seattle including the Children’s Museum of Seattle and the Seattle Aquarium.

If you are not a member of any of the museums mentioned, you can find a current list of
Free Museums in the Pacific Northwest
areas of Seattle and Tacoma.

There is book that has some excellent information that you may find helpful when planning
your Pacific Northwest vacation called Northwest Kid Trips that costs less than $15 (less than $10 used) which is an excellent investment and planning tool.

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Great ideas
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Thanks for the tips and information!

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