Affordable Family “Staycation” Ideas

Father and daughter cook while campingIf expensive vacation trips are out of the cards, opting for a vacation that’s close to home — a “staycation” — might be a perfect fit for your family. Plenty of activities for you and your family to enjoy await within driving distance of your home.

Here are some family ”staycation” ideas:

Nearby scenic sanctuaries and National Parks – If you and your family are the outdoorsy type, consider spending a day or weekend visiting a nearby park, botanical garden, scenic nature preserve or National Park. You might decide to make it a camping trip or to spend the night in an inexpensive hotel or motel.

There’s a National Park in just about every state, as well as more than 45,000 campsites that can be reserved in more than 1,700 locations, according to the National Recreation Reservation System. So, reserve your location, pack your tent, buy some campfire supplies and hit the road.

Zoo, aquarium, petting farm – There’s a zoo in every state, and often petting farms and an aquarium as well, so there’s bound to be one or the other within driving distance of where you live. Before your visit, make sure that you and your children are aware of the rules, in order to ensure a safe visit. You may want to pack a picnic lunch to avoid having to spend money eating out.

Swimming, boating, fishing locales – As summer temperatures climb, you and your family may want to head to the water to cool off. If you live near a lake, river, ocean or other body of water that is swimmable, fishable or boat-friendly, great! Pack a picnic, swim suits, sunscreen and relax near the water for your “staycation.” If you don’t live near a body of water, perhaps there’s a water park or local swimming pool that your children will joy just as much — if not more — than a beach.

Theme park, theater, museum, historical site – A “staycation” trip to a regional theme park might fit the bill for your family, as might some expeditions to visit various museums, historical sites, and theaters in your area. You could make it a day trip or several day trips.

Whatever you choose for your “staycation,” turn it into an adventure that everyone in your family can enjoy.

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