10 Staycation Ideas

Posted by | 05.29.2018

School is out, and that means it's time to occupy the family. We've compiled a list of 10 staycation ideas, so you can stay close to home but still have fun adventures with the family! From staying overnight in a nearby town, to camping in the backyard, we've got you covered.


1. Night Out

Something as simple as staying in a hotel for a night can really change things up! You can do this in your own city, but do opt for staying in one you don't see on a regular basis. 

Hotels.com  /  Trivago  /  Hotels Near Me


2. Aquarium Wonders

Google a local aquarium in your area. Don't have one? Take the kids to a pond, river or stream and go fishing.


3.  Sight Seeing

Pick a city nearby that you don't venture to often, and act like tourists! Pick up city maps, what to do guides, and search online. Stay in a hotel if you can, or just come home that evening. Pack car ride games to make it feel like a vacation.

Trip Advisor  /  Thrillist  /  Groupon  


4. S'mores Anyone?

Find a park nearby that offers camping sites, and pitch a tent for a night. Not the roughing it type? Take it to the backyard! Roast marsh mellows and fire grill some hot dogs, then watch for some shooting stars. You can also try glamping. PS. Don't forget the bug spray!

Texas Parks & Wildlife  /  Recreation.gov  /  Hiking Shoes   /  Glamping


5. Beach Trip

Taking a day trip (or two) to the beach is a great way to unwind and refresh. Build sandcastles, bury dad... but watch out for jellyfish! PS. Don't forget sunscreen and a hat!

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6. Neighborhood Party

Bust out grandma's ice cream maker and plan a neighborhood party. Try toppings you never have. Get the kids involved, making homemade invitations. Have neighbors you don't know well? Use this as an excuse to get to know each other! Don't have an ice cream maker? Buy different flavors from the store, or check out the below recipe.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream


7. Go to the Theater

Instead of the movies, check your local theater and see what plays or concerts they are hosting. Just like movies, they're a great way to escape, and be transported somewhere else for an hour or two. 


8. Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Every state has sports teams. Depending on what time of year you choose your staycation, check out your local baseball, basketball, football, hockey. This can mean professional teams all the way down to a local league.

50 States 


9. Visit a Library

Libraries often host an array of events during the summer. Check out your local library and see what adventures you can find! Most offer some some form of summer reading programs, kids storytime, even arts & crafts and book parties. 


10. Day at the Museum

Visit a local museum and make it a day trip! Explore the museums in your area and see which ones have special exhibits, like mummies or dinosaurs! Most museums are located in downtown areas, so you can go for a walk before or after, to explore the city. You might even find somewhere cool to eat for lunch or dinner. 

Great Museums  /  Trip Advisor  /  American Alliance of Museums


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