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Gas Tank Getaways: Have Fun Without Spending Much or Going Far

Come with Patch and explore 22 ways to get out and enjoy the summer without breaking the bank.

Has $4 gas got you down? Perhaps you're canceling that road trip or just need a change of pace for a family weekend bike ride.

If you're looking for more options close to home, keep coming back to Patch. Starting June 20 we're featuring 22 places where you can beat summer boredom on a tank of gas or less.

What makes a Gas Tank Getaway? 

  • It's close, roughly 100 miles or less away from where you live. 

  • It's cheap, with minimal spending required once you get to your destination.

  • It's fun, and offers something a bit out of the ordinary, whether that's the chance to get close to nature, learn something new or find something special.

Here's a quick guide to our three weeks of Gas Tank Getaways. 

















Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Fox Point/Bayside

*Please note: The original version of this story incorrectly identified the city near Horicon Marsh. It has been corrected.

Michael Michna June 19, 2011 at 03:43 PM
It's just over the 100 mile range but how about the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay? July 9 & 10 they are having a World War 2 weekend with mock battles and displays. And local Caledonia resident Jessica Michna will be appearing both day as Eleanor Roosevelt.
Lisa Sink June 19, 2011 at 03:47 PM
Great idea, been to the museum with my kids. Worth the trip. Thanks for the idea!
Paul Holley June 19, 2011 at 05:13 PM
As long as you're talking about Green Bay, take in the Bay Beach Amusement Park. It's a city-run amusement park with all the standard rides and a just-installed wooden roller coaster. Best of all, it's family fun at a fraction of the cost of the Dells or Six Flags.
Sarah Millard (Editor) June 19, 2011 at 07:42 PM
Bay Beach is fun -- love the giant slide and swings :)
Heather Rayne Geyer June 20, 2011 at 06:45 PM
I think it may be more than 100...not sure...but we loved Galena recently. Also stayed in Dubuque which was much nicer than expected. Some GORGEOUS state parks. Lots of bald eagles!!
Jo Buth July 16, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Try Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan. It is on the property of UW Sheboygan. Wonderful. Awesome. New. Free. Totally worth the trip. Check out their website.
Jo Buth July 16, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Check out Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan on the UW Sheboygan grounds. Free and totally workth it.

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