Kids are free all summer at Asheville's Biltmore Estate, George W. Vanderbilt's historic 250-room home and beautiful gardens.
Here's the deal: Kids 16 and younger are admitted free of charge with the purchase of adult admission from May 26 to Sept. 4. All kids must have a ticket for admission, which you can get online. And up to two kids are allowed free per adult ticket when you purchase that adult ticket online. (If you have more than two kids per adult, you can call 800-411-3812 to complete your purchase, according to Biltmore's website).
Usually, children ages 9 and younger are admitted free year-round with a paying adult. And tweens and teens - ages 10 to 16 - can enter the historic home and grounds for 50 percent off the adult price.
Adult tickets range between $40 and $75 a piece, depending on whether you buy them at least a week in advance to take advantage of another discount or visit during peak times. So this summer deal can add up to significant savings, depending on when you go and how many children are in your group.
And another deal: On Father's Day, June 18, dad's ticket is $25 with the purchase of one regular adult ticket on the same day. That's a $40 savings on regular daytime admission.
Biltmore's website has more information about these and other special offers. Biltmore is in Asheville, about four hours from Raleigh.
Loved taking my kids to Biltmore several years ago and we hope to make it there again this summer as we head that way for a family vacation.