It's finally summer, and that means it's time for vacation! However, your wallet may not agree. Vacations can get pricey but fortunately, there is a more budget-friendly option. I am talking about a staycation! Check out these 5 awesome ideas for having the best family staycation this summer.
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Check around your local community for some great sites for camping. There are quite a few lakes and parks in most cities that allow camping for a small fee. Some of them even offer it for free! You could even pop up a tent and camp out in your backyard. Camping is a great, cheap way to enjoy the outdoors with your family this summer. Don't forget to pack the hotdogs and marshmallows!
Pack up the family, the swimming gear and the sunscreen and head to your local beach! No ocean? No problem! Most cities around the country have lakes that allow for swimming, fishing, boating and relaxing at the beach. One great idea is to fill a cooler with lunch and snacks and just spend the day enjoying the water and the sun.
If hanging out in the heat is not your favorite thing to do during the summer, you can still have some fun in your local area without spending a ton. Check out your local museums. You can walk around in a nice air conditioned building to beat the heat while having fun learning about history. Admission to most museums is only a few dollars!
Are there some new restaurants in town that you haven't been to yet and would like to try? Are there some local parks that you haven't been to before? Another great staycation idea is to spend the day exploring your town. Go to some parks, take a long walk, try out some new local food, grab some ice cream cones, whatever your heart desires. This will possibly be one of the more pricey staycation options but it is far less expensive and stressful than traveling.
Another option for beating the heat this summer is to head to the theater! A lot of new movies come out during the summer months so it is a really good time to go. Check your local theater's websites for coupons to save on tickets and snacks. Another alternative to going to a movie is to attend a live-action play. Check out your local playhouse to see what their current productions are.
You do not have to travel far to enjoy your Summer “vacation” – some of the best experiences we have ever had have happened right here in our hometown! With a little bit of thought and a fun sense of adventure, you can have a wonderful Staycation without ever leaving town!