Since I am working on paying off debt and increasing my net worth, I have been looking for summer vacation ideas that don’t really require me to leave home. I used to make fun of the “staycation” term, while I was putting vacations I could not afford on credit cards. So, I’ve managed to come up with a few ideas that you might be able to do in your town or city. I’ve got ideas for people who live near a body of water and those who don’t. Hopefully, you’ll end up having a pretty great summer with some of these activities – I know that I’m already having a blast and I’ve spent hardly any money!
Outdoor patio games
When I was growing up, we had a badminton net out in the backyard that was a lot of fun. But now that I am living in Phoenix, I don’t want to be running around and working up a sweat when it is over 100 degrees outside. But at the same time, I want to be outside. The solution? Outdoor gaming tables! Sure, they have kind of high price tags to begin with, but you can get a lot of years of use out them, so it ends up pretty cheap for the lifetime use cost. I’m talking about outdoor ping pong tables like these and outdoor foosball tables like these. Pretty nifty, huh?
Visit a local water park or theme park
Most places in the U.S. have a water park or theme park not too far from them. When I lived in Dallas, there was a Six Flags in the city and a water park, so that was pretty cool. And out in Vegas there is also a park. So whether you live some place super hot like Phoenix or more mild, you can still have fun at a theme park or water park. And often these places have discounts for local residents or watch for when the soda cans have the discount coupon on them.
Check out local museums
I know what you’re thinking – groan, right? Well, hear me out for a moment. Museums are usually cheap and take a few hours to go through. Plus, some of them are really fun, like science museums. Depending on where you live, the local museums may also offer a discount for locals. Another thing to look into is getting a membership to the museum if you really like it. This way you can go back as many times as you want in the next 12 months and it will be so cheap per visit.
Hit the water
Not all of us are lucky enough to live by the beach, but you don’t need a beach to have fun on the water. If there are local pools, then you can get a membership and spend a lot of time cooling off there. If there is a nice lake or river nearby, then you could do some fishing if that interests you, or buy yourself a cheap inflatable kayak or inflatable stand up paddle board so that the only cost will be driving to the lake or river. Plus, if you do something like paddle boarding or kayaking, you will get in some free exercise.
Those are my top ideas for fun summer staycation activities. Hope you enjoy!