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GA travel down; Albany attractions encourage "staycation"

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -Gas prices have actually gone down lately. That rarely happens as we approach the summer travel season.

Still, AAA expects fewer Georgians will travel Memorial Day weekend. People looking for some holiday fun without spending much money, may want to consider a staycation.

Thronateeska Director Tommy Gregors is proud of the museum he runs. He hopes people will visit Memorial Day weekend if they don't have travel plans.

"With the economy people stay home and they want things to do that are relatively inexpensive," said Gregors.

That's why admission is free to the museum and $3.50 for planetarium shows. Students can also visit the paleontology area and learn about dinosaurs that existed during the Jurassic period and piece them together.

Thronateeksa is also partnering with the Flint RiverQuarium for summer camps.

"People should come here because it gives them the opportunity to get out of the hot sun and there are a lot of nice things they can see," said Flint RiverQuarium Guest Services Manager Ola Terrell.

Including coming face to face with pirannas and understanding the waterworks pump system.

One place the kids love to hang out is the Cavern of Discovery. They can climb through and peek through the glass and come out the other end and do it all over again.

However not everyone wants to stay in town. Yvette Hope will spend Memorial Day Weekend in Atlanta with family. She also visits her son in college.

"We just want to get out of town for a minute because we're always here so we just want a change of scenery," said Hope. "I have a son who goes to Savannah State so we've been traveling all year."

As people finalize their vacation plans, Gregors hopes more families will take advantage of what Albany has to offer. Chehaw will also open its Meerkat Maze in time for Memorial day.

Thronateeska will be open Saturday Memorial Day weekend and will be closed Sunday and Monday (Memorial Day).

The Flint RiverQuarium is open weekends from 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday 1-5 and Memorial Day 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


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