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It’s that dead time of summer that parents and grandparents fear - mid-point of summer vacation.

That’s right, there’s just about four weeks left before the school bell rings and students return to Grant County and Williamstown for the start of the 2011-2012 school year.

You’ve swam in the pool, you’ve rented a bazillion movies, you’ve been on a vacation, your wallet is empty and so is your patience level. What should you do?

There are several things to do right in your own backyard and most of them are either extremely cheap or free, that’s right free.

So here’s your chance, unplug the Ipod, disconnect the Internet, turn off the TV (if necessary, TiVo your show for later) and head out the door and discover what your community has to offer. You might even learn something you didn’t know!


Cool off from this hot weather and go swimming in a 25x50, 9 feet deep outdoor pool. This sounds nearly impossible if you don’t have one of your own, but Three Springs Campground makes it possible. The pool is at their Corinth campground and is available to swim in for only $7 a day. It’s a relatively cheap way to cool off and splash around with friends.


Get back into shape and go hiking at one of the many hiking trails offered in Grant County.

Curtis Gates Lloyd’s Wildlife Area, J.B. Miller Park and Grant County Park are a few of the available options. Both hiking trails are free and open to the public.


A good and cheap way to cool off is with a cold ice cream cone. There are two locally-owned shops that are serving it. Whippy Dip and Sugar Daddy’s Sweet Shop. Cake cones at Sugar Daddy’s start at $1.75 and Whippy Dip cones start at $0.90. Other chain restaurants also sell ice cream at reasonable prices.

Grab your rod and reel and go fishing at Leary Lake, Lake Williamstown, Boltz Lake, Lake Pollywog, Corinth Lake or Bullock Pen Lake. Leary Lake is handicap accessible and Lake Williamstown has over 300 acres of water with two boat docks available.

Brush up on your county’s history by visiting some of its free historical sites. The William Arnold Log Home is open to visitors every from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Quilting, chair and basket weaving will be demonstrated to those who stop by. The Rice Chapel is a restored African American Christian Church that can be visited at Grant County Park. The Rosenwald School sits beside The Rice Chapel in Grant County Park and served as an African American school from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Put on some knee pads and head over to the concrete skate park located in Piddle Park on U.S. 25 in Dry Ridge. The skate park welcomes skateboards, bikes and rollerblades and is open to the public at no cost.

If you are looking for a new place to have lunch, try visiting one of our parks. Grant County offers a couple of places where you can sit down and enjoy a picnic with friends and family. Grant County Park, Webb Park and Piddle Park have picnic shelters available in the park. The parks offer fresh air and are a fun, cheap place to spend the day.