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Here at Moms in the Trenches, we do a lot of “love where you live” activities and posts. With active families, it’s not always possible to get away for a long vacation. Plus, sometimes you need staycation ideas to vacation on a budget.
This post originally appeared on Detail Oriented Traveler.
Sometimes the best vacations are the ones that happen at home or on a staycation. We often overlook all there is to do in our own backyards, taking for granted the affordable ways to experience something new. That is what travel is after all, right? Having new experiences. I’ve come up with a few ideas on how to be a tourist in your hometown.
Take a day and visit your local museums. Nearly every town has something to offer, whether it’s a local history museum or even a cheesy roadside style attraction. Make a full day of it and visit as many as you can. Often, places have discounts for children, locals or even spring break prices.
See a Show
Many of the larger cities bring the Broadway Across America Tour series to their signature theater. This is an incredible and fun way to see Broadway-caliber shows, without going to New York. Make a night or weekend out of it and get dressed up, go out for a nice dinner, and see a show. There are over 30 cities in the US and more in Canda that offer these shows.
Even if you don’t go for the big names, check out your local youth theater. We often partner with Orlando Rep to see their extraordinary lineup of shows and they never disappoint. Check out how you can use theater to homeschool your kids here.
If you’ve never camped before, this could be one of the more daunting staycation ideas. However, it could also be the best one to bring you closer to the whole family.
Find a local county or state park and spend a night or two in the great outdoors. Even if you don’t have camping equipment or an RV, you can rent one through peer to peer sites such as Outdoorsy.
There might even be local camping events in your hometown. Recently, my hometown did a National Camp Out where about 50 families camped along the waterfront.
A Room with a Pool
Let’s be honest, sometimes just hanging out at the hotel with poolside service is fantastic, no matter where you are. If you’re looking at staycation ideas, book a hotel, especially one with a pool. You don’t have to drive far or even pack much, just to have a night away from chores.
Visit a University
If you live close to a major university, visit. It’s not just for the college kids. We go to the University of Florida for the museums. We’ve visited Yale to see the library and have lunch (very reasonable cost too, I might add!) I’ve gone to Rollins to take photos. There’s history, art, architecture, and food. You’ll feel as if you’ve traveled somewhere. Who knows, there may even be a walking tour you can take!
Festivals or Events
Check your local Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to see any festivals or events that might be happening near you. To start, search your hometown, or county and CVB. Or go bigger to the state tourism site. For a complete list of the state sites, click here.
This one might just be for mom and dad, but our local winery offers festivals and music which keep the kids entertained.
Do you have more staycation ideas on how you can be a tourist in your hometown? I’d love to hear them. Drop me a line or leave a comment.