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6 Fun Staycations That Are Easy and Affordable

Published: June 19, 2019

If you’re ready to take a few days off from work or school but a getaway just isn’t in the cards, don’t worry. You can have fun, while still sticking to your budget with a staycation.

Check out these 6 fun staycation ideas that are easy and affordable:


1. Visit Parks

A staycation is a good opportunity to explore local parks. And not just the grammar school park with seesaws and jungle Jims. There are all kinds of parks. Check out expansive city parks where you can have a picnic or toss a frisbee. Or go to state parks that have hiking trails and camping sites. You can opt for day trips or overnight adventures. Many parks are even free. Check out your state, city or county’s website or go to NPS.gov to check out a list of your state’s national parks.

2. Catch a Matinee

Have you thought of how great it would be to see the latest blockbuster movie without the crowds? Now is your chance to experience that when you catch a matinee movie during a weekday. Not only are you likely to share the theater with a smaller group, but you can save money with matinee pricing. Can you say movie marathon? Your theater may even offer special snack discounts on certain days of the week.

3. Support Minor League Sports

Big league sports have big league prices, but did you know that a lot of smaller cities have their own semi-professional and even professional sports teams? For example, the Lancaster JetHawks in California is an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, and the Tacoma Rainiers in Washington is affiliated with the Seattle Mariners. These games can be closer to home and ticket prices cost much less than the major leagues. They also tend to have an intimate feel, with lots of fun activities. Plus, you might even spot some great baseball players on their way up to the big leagues!

4. Go Camping Close to Home But Feel a Million Miles Away

Camping is a great staycation option because it’s inexpensive. You can do it for a single night or your whole vacation. You don’t need a lot of equipment. If you don’t own a tent, see if you can borrow one from a friend. Grab sleeping bags, food and firewood, and you’re all set! You may find open space where you can get a permit to camp or a park that’s close to home but feels a million miles away.

5. Visit a Museum

Learn about a new topic or find out more about one of your favorites with a museum visit. A museum can be a great stop on your staycation because it doesn’t depend on weather. Plus, many museums offer free days and even free guided tours. Check out their calendar of events online to see what’s going on and what exhibits interest you. Your local newspaper, library, chamber of commerce or city hall can also provide you with information on local museums. They may even have free passes or discounts.

6. Host a Potluck

Include family and friends in your staycation! You could host a barbecue and yard games if the weather is nice (move the fun to a park, if you don’t have outdoor space!). Or invite friends over for pizza and a movie when you want to stay indoors. Whatever you do doesn’t have to break the bank. Have everyone pitch in their favorite food or drinks.


Whenever you have some time off, it’s fun to get away. But you don’t have to break the bank to do so.

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