Whether your vacation time is limited or money is tight, a “staycation” can provide a wonderful family experience within your time and budget constraints. Some staycations can be created entirely at home with a little creativity. However, if you want a more traditional vacation experience while keeping your home as a base, here are some attractions and day trips to consider:
1. Museums Fascinating for both children and adults, museums offer a variety of experiences for the visitor, including fun interactive displays, depending on where you go. Some of the types of museums you may find in your state include those for children, science, aerospace, glass, history, mineral, music and many others.
2. Art galleries Often overlooked as a great source of learning and entertainment, local art galleries should be on every family’s list of places to visit. In addition to displaying the paintings, sculptures, and other art forms of both historic and contemporary artists, many galleries offer classes, films, and educational programs for children and adults.
3. State and national parks Areas of natural beauty, locations of important historical events, and large regions for recreational use are all included in state and national parks. Although each park is unique, many offer hiking, fishing, boating, camping, and similar outdoor activities. Full-year passes are available in all state parks and are a practical purchase for families planning more than one yearly visit.
4. Historic points of interest Every state has several points of historic significance, and there is usually a history museum at each state capital. Engage your children in the activity by asking them to explore local history to discover what famous people were born in your state. Don’t live near your capital? Look for historic homes and monuments to visit that are a little closer to your neighborhood.
Explore what your state has to offer and plan a fun experience for your family’s staycation. You will appreciate learning more about your state and the wonderful destinations within its borders.
5. Take a virtual tour
If you’re looking for a change of scenery, you can take a virtual tour of a well-known museum or art gallery in another state. Many museums, zoos, galleries, and historical sites offer free virtual tours. You can visit places like the Colosseum, the Louvre, explore the White House, and see the Museum of Modern Art. And you can do it from the comfort of your own home.
6. Have a movie marathon at home
If seeing a movie in the theater isn’t up your alley right now, you can plan your own movie marathon at home. Or you could take the weekend to binge-watch your favorite Netflix series. After all, movie marathons at home have their advantages. You can pause the movie to take breaks whenever you feel like and tune in at your own pace.
7. Create an oasis at home
You know that experience you get when you visit a really nice hotel? Well, why not try recreating that same experience at home? Buy a set of really nice bedsheets, pick up some flowers at the store, light a candle, and put on some nice music. Create a really enjoyable and relaxing experience for yourself at home. And you can extend the luxurious experience to your outdoors as well. Setting up some bistro lights and using a firepit can go a long way toward making your backyard feel cozier.
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