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Learning Doesn’t Stop When School Ends: Plans for an Educational Summer

According to the National Summer Learning Association, between the end of every school year and the beginning of the next, children are at risk of losing an average of almost three months of math knowledge and two months of reading skills. It can take up to two months to get your student's brain development back on track. Prevent what's known as the "Summer Slide" with a vacation at these educational destinations:

 

Visit a local park, zoo, or educational attraction for a summer field trip. Summer learning need not be limited to daily reading and math camps. Your community is probably filled with hands-on educational opportunities to enrich your child. Ticket Monster is the best place to find discounted tickets on local zoos, parks, and other informative attractions. AAA members save 15% or more on tickets.

 

Take a Road Trip to Disney's Animal Kingdom to thrill your children and also provide them with an unforgettable learning opportunity. There is no better place to learn about animals, nature, and conservation than Disney's larger-than-life zoo. AAA is an authorized Disney Vacation Planner with specialized agents who can help you save time, money, and stress on your Walt Disney World Vacation. Contact one of our agents at 1-800-463-8646 or visit us online to receive a quote.

 

Leave the heat behind and experience the highest mountain range in the Blue Ridge at Grandfather Mountain. Grandfather Mountain offers countless events during the summer, including lecture series on nature, conservation, and exploration. You can also sign up for one of their many animal habitat encounters, or explore Grandfather's unique flora and fauna. Save $2.00 off adult admission and $1.00 off children's admission with your AAA membership.

 

Designed as an up-close look at marine life to create respect and understanding for our underwater friends, SeaWorld Parks provide many informal learning experiences for the whole family. Their award-winning programs include camps, field trips, and other worthwhile resources. AAA members save up to 25% at Sea World Orlando as well as Discovery Cove, where you and your family will enjoy exciting animal encounters in a lush tropical atmosphere. 

 

The San Diego Zoo is a must-visit in Southern California, with more than 4,000 rare and exotic animals. Encounter Komodo dragons, tigers, gorillas, the beloved giant pandas, and much more. Getting up close and personal with these fascinating animals provides more knowledge than any textbook ever could. AAA members save 10% on admission.

 

Located on Monterey, California's historic Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium showcases the diverse habitats of one of Earth's richest marine regions. With more than 35,000 creatures representing over 550 species with close to 200 exhibits, the Monterey Bay Aquarium educates and inspires ocean conservation. Save up to $5 on admission with your AAA membership.

 

The South Carolina Aquarium in the Charleston Harbor is home to more than 10,000 plants and animals. Visitors encounter river otters, sea turtles, alligators, hawks, and owls as well as the Great Ocean Tank, which houses more than 700 different species. Save up to $7.95 on select tickets with your AAA membership. 

 

Nestled along the Saluda River in Columbia, South Carolina, the Riverbanks Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals. The zoo features natural habitats, an Aquarium Reptile Complex, and a 70-acre lush botanical garden to explore. AAA members receive $2.75 off admission by purchasing tickets online. 

 

Just a short drive away is the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, North Carolina. The North Carolina Zoo is located on a 2,200 acre tract of land in the beautiful Uwharrie Mountains. Over 500 acres of this property have been developed into the largest "natural habitat" zoo in the United States. Receive $1 off with your AAA membership.

 

The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is the largest aquarium in the Western world. It houses whale sharks, bottlenose dolphins, manta rays, and several hundred different species of fish. Take the whole family this summer by saving up to $9.23 on select tickets with your AAA membership. 

Before your summer field trip, get some comfortable shoes from the Reebok Outlet to prevent blisters and sore feet. AAA members save 20% off the total purchase price. Get some sunnies for the whole family at Target Optical and save 30% with your AAA membership. If you don't want to put miles on your car, rent a car with your 10-20% AAA discount from Hertz. Use TripTiks, AAA's exclusive travel planner, to map out local venues, or visit your local AAA travel agent for help reaching destinations that are further away. AAA makes trip planning easy with hotel discountsreservations, and AAA's mobile app

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