Museums – This is probably the most obvious choice. Many of us go to museums in town only when hosting visitors. Rediscover art, history and culture just a short ride away. Many museums offer free or discounted admission. I decided to check out free museums in my town during half-day Summer Fridays to force myself to disconnect from work. It opened my eyes to a whole new world.
Parks, zoos, street fairs and festivals – Summer ushers in delightful street fairs and festivals, movies under the stars at local parks and waterfronts, and so much more. Compile a list of activities and plan your week. A couple I know decided to take a week off and do a five-borough tour of New York City, retiring to their home every night. These long-time urban dwellers discovered a city unknown to them.
Sporting events – Going to see a professional team could set a family of five back more than a few dollars. Instead, cheer on your local minor league team.
Water sports – Beaches, waterfronts and pools are within driving range or a train ride from most neighborhoods. Plan a day trip and go jet skiing, sailing or paddle-boarding.
Hiking, cycling and camping – Invite another family or a friend or two to share a night camping out or exploring a new trail to hike or ride.
These are just a few of the many fun stay-at-home vacation options. Be creative, but remember to plan your staycation like a traditional vacation. Getting out of bed and figuring out what to do for that day will result in lost hours researching, missed opportunities and a slippery slope to wiling away hours on Facebook and Twitter.
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