A staycation is when instead of going on vacation you take time off and you explore your own area of the country. You can take a series of day trips but the key is to “stay” at home and not have to get a hotel. There is no more time to waste now is the time to go to all of the attractions that are under your nose but we never visit, because well they are right here. So here is a list of 10+ ideas for a fun and frugal staycation :
- Library activities – A lot of the libraries have Summer Reading programs that include loads of fun activities.
- Museums – Museums have free days and they may have special summer rates that you can take advantage of.
- Summer Movies – Many movie theaters offer $1 movies throughout the summer. They often have coupons for discounts on movie snacks.
- Presidential Libraries – There are more 40+ Presidential Libraries throughout the US. They have a Passport that you can use to track each of the presidential libraries that you visit.
- Bodies of Water – Plan to visit your local lake or go to the ocean if there is one that is nearby. When I was growing up in San Diego I am sad to say that there were summers I never stepped foot on Torrey Pines Beach.
- Art Galleries – If you have an art gallery in your town you may want to take a tour of it and discuss the art that is in it. Be sure to call ahead and see what they have showing because not all art exhibits are appropriate for children.
- Zoo – Zoo’s are always a winner. You want to check with them to see their hours and the food policies. We have a local zoo around here where we bring our food into it and eat a picnic lunch half way through our visit. It really makes it afforadable and also you may want to check and see if a zoo pass would make visiting zoo’s more affordable.
- Farms and Agricultural Tours
- Local minor league Sports – The tickets to minor & collegiate league sports teams are often way more reasonable then the tickets to the pros. You can always plan to see a ball game and teach your children the song take me out to the ball game. Or read the book
- Factory Tours – Do you have a ice cream factory, candy factory or maybe a baseball manufacturer within driving distance. If so why not plan a field trip to visit it and you can both enjoy their product and sneak in some learning too.
ALERT BONUS ACTIVITY!!!
- Planned Group Activities – Get together with other families and have a big kick ball game or play softball with an over sized ball. Eat dinner together and enjoy the fellowship.
How to achieve a successful Frugal Staycation
- Make sure you have a real plan, not an in your head plan but something written down or inputed onto a schedule. Make sure it works with everyone’s schedule. Let everyone know you are going on vacation, even though you’ll be home.
- Then you need to follow through on going to all those hokey places around town that the tourists always go to.
- Really enjoy this simple and inexpensive vacation with your family as you explore your own hometown and the nearby surrounding areas and take lots of pictures.