New England Activities/Trips for Cheap

by Sara Waldron on July 18, 2017

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This summer you may be asking yourself “What fun activities can I do that are free or low cost?” You may have more free time to travel locally or check out local attractions. The thought of classes and homework are a distance memory this summer, giving you time to enjoy some activities or trips you may have been planning. Don’t sit around this summer worrying about not having enough money to enjoy the short summer in New England. There are lots of free outdoor activities, such as the beach, hiking trails, bike riding or walking. Enjoy the warm weather by grabbing some of your friends to have a pick up volleyball, tennis, or basketball game for exercise instead of going to the gym.

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What activities can I do on a low budget?

Did you know that most local libraries in the SAILS (Southeastern Libraries) network offer reduced-price admission to local area museums, zoos, and other attractions? Many of these passes include major discounts to attractions in Boston and throughout New England. Each library has their own set of rules when using these passes so contact your local library to take advantage of this great program. Another great source of discounts in your area is through www.groupon.com or www.livingsocial.com. These online websites offer discounts on deals in your area to restaurants, personal services, fitness programs, and local events or shows. Also, they offer discounts on getaway packages and merchandise to purchase, such as clothes, jewelry, home goods, and many more. Sign up today to receive emails of specific discount offerings.

Here is a list of some of the attraction discounts offered in the SAILS library network:

  1. New England Aquarium
  2. Mystic Aquarium
  3. Boston Museum of Science
  4. Boston Museum of Fine Arts
  5. Boston Children’s museum
  6. Capron Park ZooNE trips pic 2
  7. Roger Williams Park Zoo
  8. Plimoth Planation
  9. Pawtucket Red Sox games
  10. USS Constitution Museum

 

Try some of these tips to make the most out of your summer on a budget. To learn more about Outreach Education and the BSU Peer Educators, like the BSU Outreach Education page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events on the Involvement Network at https://bridgew.collegiatelink.net/ and search for the BSU Peer Educators.

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During the summer many of us like to spend long hours outside enjoying the warm and sunny weather, especially after such a snowy winter!  If you choose to drink while enjoying this weather it’s important to understand some of the dangers associated with drinking outside in the hot and sunny weather.  Check out how alcohol can affect you differently in the warmer weather…

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Alcohol and the Heat: A Dangerous Combination

Drinking alcohol can cause dehydration.  Some of the symptoms of dehydration are an increase in thirst, a decreasing need to urinate, fatigue, dry mouth, dizziness, increased hear rate, rapid breathing, dark urine, and dry skin.  If you are only mildly dehydrated you can treat it by drinking more fluids.  However be sure to be drinking water or sport drinks and not drinks that contain high amounts of sugar because those can dehydrate you even more.  If your dehydration symptoms are serious it’s best to seek medical attention immediately.

Drinking can also cause heat stroke.  The alcohol you consume can cause you not to sweat, so you don’t cool off.  The symptoms for heat stroke are headache, dizziness, sluggishness, disorientation, confusion, loss of consciousness, hallucinations, seizures, and other symptoms which are similar to dehydration.  If you or someone you are with is suffering from heat stroke contact medical professionals immediately.

Drinking combined with outdoor activities is also dangerous.  Drinking alcohol before riding a bike, going swimming, or going out on a boat is extremely dangerous because your motor skills are not as effective.  Even if you are not operating the boat, there are still risks for falling off the boat.  Alcohol also impairs your judgement, so you may be tempted to do a more dangerous activity than you would if you were sober.

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How to Stay Safe this Summer

The best way to stay safe this summer if you choose to drink alcohol, is to not drink alcohol during hot summer days outside.  Although you may think you are being safe, alcohol can impair your judgement, and cause you to forget about drinking water or even protecting yourself from the sun’s rays.  If you are in a situation where you find yourself drinking outside under the hot summer sun take steps to protect yourself.  Pace yourself and keep yourself hydrated with water, choose to drink a glass of water for every alcoholic drink you have.

Make sure you are wearing sun screen before you go out and bring a hat/sunglasses with you to be prepared if you stay out in the sun for a long period of time.  Finally do not operate a boat, go swimming, or do any other outdoor physical activity if you drink alcohol.  You are more likely to get seriously injured because your motor skills are negatively affected by alcohol.  To learn more about Outreach Education as well as the BSU Peer Educators: like the BSU Outreach Education page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events on the Involvement (IN) Network by visiting  https://bridgew.collegiatelink.net/ and searching for the BSU Peer Educators.

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