Who says that you have to go far away to have fun? Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to give up on having a summer vacation. Family staycations can offer you a road trip and fun within your own area.
Before choosing this mini-vacation, hold a family meeting. Find out what types of activities everyone likes. This is the key to finding a place that will have enough to make everyone in the family happy.
With just a little creativity, your next vacation can be fun and not break the budget. Here are some fun ideas to help you plan your next family staycation.
These are not just art museums, which may interest parents. Consider children’s museums, science centers and interactive museums that allow kids to touch and see the attractions.
If you plan to travel around any holiday, look for cities that hold annual events that are free and open to the public. These can include parades, fireworks, outdoor fairs and carnivals. Carnivals have games and rides for both smaller kids and teenagers.
A park has a lot of entertainment ideas that allow everyone to participate. There are play places, fishing, boat races, paddle boats, concerts in the park and other attractions. There may also be hiking trails for adventurous families. Explore the park in a new way. And if you plan on doing that, remember to bring the proper gear.
Cities that are visited often have lots of tourist sites. Look up free and low-cost activities including outdoor markets, street performers and ethnic festivals held in different parts of the city.
Guided city or water tours
These usually come with a fee, but it can be affordable if you do a lot of free activities. You can sit down or take a bus and get a rolling commentary on exciting landmarks in the city.
One more thing to consider is transportation. Many major cities have subways or some form of mass transit to get around. If your attractions are far between and you have little ones, consider a stroller or the ease of transporting that stroller on and off of buses. A walking tour may work for you.
Mini-vacations in the city can break up the monotony of a long summer. The key is to find a place close by that holds something of interest for all members of the family.