Southern Living recently published an article highlighting the top things to do in the South that are free of charge. Surprising to some, there were hundreds of exciting festivals, museums, tours and much, much more that won’t cost you a dime. Here, we’ve broken down some of the tried-and-true happenings in Texas, Georgia and North Carolina specifically. Our Bluegreen properties including Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard, Havenwood at Hunters Crossing, The Bridges at Preston Crossings, Lake Ridge at Joe Pool Lake, The Reserve at SugarTree, King Oaks, Sanctuary Cove at St. Andrews Sound and Chapel Ridge are all within a short driving distance from these wonderful, free activities. Enjoy!
· Check out the only free Presidential library in existence – the LBJ Library. It highlights the life of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson. Call (512) 916-5137 for more information or to book a group tour.
· Take a tour of Fort Worth's Mrs. Baird's Bakery. Tours showing how bread is made are held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; (817) 615-3050.
· Relive the siege of The Alamo by Santa Anna's army at the state's most famous site in San Antonio; (210) 225-1391.
· Enjoy fine art at the Dallas Museum of Art. Exhibits are free every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. and the first Tuesday of the month. Call (214) 922-1200 for more information.
· Also great for art enthusiasts – The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth is internationally known; (817) 332-8451.
· See the film “Voices” at the Holocaust Museum Houston; (713) 942-8000
· Race on over to Ray Price Legends of Harley Drag Racing Museum – considered a motorcycle mecca, in Raleigh; (919) 832-2261.
· Enjoy the season’s blooms at Durham's Sarah P. Duke Gardens and Chapel Hill's North Carolina Botanical Garden; 1-800-847-4862.
· Admire the contributions made by African Americans to the development of North Carolina and the U.S. at the African American Cultural Complex in Raleigh; (919) 231-0625
· Enjoy the luck of the Irish at Savannah's St. Patrick's Day Parade, which dates all the way back to 1824; (912) 233-4804.
· Check out the alligators, turtles and many other interesting species at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge; (912) 652-4415.