Last-minute Memorial Day travel deals that won't break the bank


by Gene Kang

Posted on May 21, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Updated Monday, May 21 at 6:22 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The summer travel season starts on Memorial Day weekend.

Some people will take a "staycation" and check out popular places like the Slugger Museum and Factory in Louisville while others will head out of town to more exotic destinations like Cancun or Jamaica.

Michael Moir plans on partying with friends in Destin, Florida.

"We're not completely sure, but we think that's what we might be doing," said Michael Moir.

While his co-worker, Tim Lickteigh, will stay in town with his fiancé to check out the Captain’s Quarters Riverside Grille by the Ohio.

"The lake or the river right?  Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer," said Tim Lickteigh.  "So, you got to be on the water or the sun."

For people who want to get out of Dodge on a dime, Platinum Travel off Shelbyville Road says look for last-minute deals out of Cincinnati if a sunny beach and resort are more your style.

"There will be non-stop flights on Fridays to Punta Cana and Saturdays to Jamaica and Sundays to Cancun," said Leslie Ware of Platinum Travel.  "We're looking at anywhere from $630 up to $800 per person."

Those rates include round-trip airfare, taxes, transfers, all-inclusive resort, drinks and entertainment.  Plus:

"A hot meal and champagne flight and movie," said Ware.    

Some will stay and enjoy everything the city and region has to offer, such as a day with the kids making an authentic bat at the Slugger Museum or spending an up-close-and-personal with a Samurai at the Frazier Museum.

Others will fill-up on a tank of gas and hit the road to check out the sharks at the Newport Aquarium, which is a sight to behold.

For those who prefer something more adult, there's the Maker's Mark Bourbon Distillery as well as the French Lick Resort and West Baden Springs Hotel.

Rebecca Stigler, a soccer mom of four, has her daughter's graduation and a soccer state cup in Owensboro to attend before making some time for holiday fun.

"We have a boat and we try to go to the local lakes rather than going and spending money," said Rebecca Stigler.  "Oh, and we're also going to the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday."

Other ideas include the Children's Museum in Indy, Mammoth Cave and King's Island.  You can get there on a budget of $250 for a family of four.

Gas prices hover at about $3.50 a gallon in Kentuckiana.