When I was a kid I had easy access to Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, the Hollywood Wax Museum, Magic Mountain and the beach. Still one of my favorite places was Carlsbad Caverns.

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park is having "Free Free Days".  You've missed the MLK opening, but there are three more days to take advantage of. It's free to visit 4/21 for the first day of National Parks Week, 9/22 for National Public Lands Day and on 11/11 for Veterans Day.

The usual admission is $12 a piece for adults and free for kids 15 and under, so it's still kind of a steal for a whole days adventure. They actually have an event invite if you'd like to find out more. You can also visit their website here. Carlsbad is just a hair under a three-hour trip from Lubbock, so it's extremely doable as a day trip.


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