Top 10 Things to Do Under $10

Didn't find exactly what you were looking for in our ideas for free things to do?  Here are some more options that pack a big punch at a small price (under 10 bucks to be exact!)

TOP 10 UNDER $10

1. Take in over 110 acres of stunning natural beauty at Dow Gardens, including a conservatory with seasonal butterfly exhibit and an interactive children's garden (Dow Gardens / Under 5 years: free / Ages 6-17: $1.00 / Ages 17+: $5.00)

2. Catch a public show at Delta College Planetarium inside their $8.75 million NASA-funded facility, complete with Digital 360° Experience Theatre, explosive surround sound, and a rooftop observation deck (Delta College Planetarium / Ages 3-18: $4 / Ages 19-59: $6 / Ages 60+: $5 / Ages 3 & Under: Free, but not recommended)

3. Enjoy a day of wild family fun at the one of only 5 AZA Accredited Zoos in Michigan!  Our Children's Zoo features a hand-carved carousel, miniature train rides, and animal encounters of over 150 varieties from penguins and pythons to otters and zebu! (Children's Zoo at Celebration Square / Adults & Children Ages 1+  $5.00-$7.00 depending on season / 11 months & younger: Free)

4. Take part in a Saturday afternoon tea ceremony at one of the most authentic Japanese Tea Houses in all of North America (Japanese Tea House & Cultural Center / $3.00)

5. Watch your kids play, splash, and create at our Mid-Michigan Children's Museum; It's full of rotating exhibits and activities that will keep them laughing and learning for hours (Mid-Michigan Children's Museum / Under 2 years: Free / Ages 2-59: $7.00 / Age 60+: $6.00)

6. Snag some $6 lawn seats for a Great Lakes Loons baseball game at Dow Diamond; Stop by the Sausage Shack for a polish sausage or footlong hotdog, and wash it all down with a microbrew in a souvenir cup (Great Lakes Loons Baseball / $6.00)

7. How about a 40-acre lake to cure that summer boredom?  You'll love everything inside the gates of William H. Haithco Recreation Area, better known as Haithco Beach.  Splash in the lake, play horseshoes or volleyball, or even rent paddleboats and kayaks. (William H. Haithco Recreation Area / $5.00/car for entry;  $1.00/walk-in)

8. Let the sipping begin!  For just $5, you can take part in a wine tasting at Frankenmuth's St. Julian Winery.  Each taster gets a wine and spirits checklist and the chance to choose their own progression of up to 6 tasty samples! (St. Julian Winery / $5.00)

9. Brush up on your shooting duck at Midland's Roll Arena, named 1 of the "10 Great Places To Let Good Times Roll on Skates" by USA Today.  (Roll Arena / $4.50-$7.00)

10. Float along the Cass River for a relaxing hour-long tour aboard Frankenmuth's #1 Family Owned Riverboat, the Bavarian Belle.  Your scenic ride will start and end at the beautiful River Place Shops Waterfall (Bavarian Belle Riverboat Tours / Adults: $10 / Kids ages 5-10: $4 / Kids ages 4 & Under: Free)

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