Staycation Ideas That Will Make You LOVE Your TownWith a little planning and creativity, your staycation can be every bit as good as a vacation. Labor Day is coming up fast, so take the time your long weekend now. We guarantee you’ll find something you’ve never done before on this list of staycation ideas.
TOUR YOUR OWN TOWN
Pretend you’re a tourist for a day and go see your city in a new light. Go to the landmarks, the museums, the well-known cafes, and better yet, take the walking tours or bus tours. Ask questions from your guides – it’s your city; you should know everything you can find out about it! Don’t forget to take lots of pictures.
SEE A SHOW.
Most people get stuck in a rut of Netflix and movie theaters. There’s so much more entertainment out there! Plays, symphonies, dance competitions, operas, comedy shows, mystery dinner theaters… Think your town doesn’t have all that? Check your local high schools or universities to see what their theater and fine arts departments are up to.
You’ve probably been to your local art museum (and if not, you should go). But most cities have lots of smaller galleries that host a revolving door of unique art shows. If you catch these shows on opening night, it’s even better because you’ll get to drink champagne and rub elbows. Find out what exhibits are near you.
MAKE THE MOST OF THE PARK.
Walking around parks is a great activity, but try these ideas to really make the most of it. Bring a picnic and a hammock or tent to the park. After you’ve walked to your heart’s content, set up and just enjoy the day. Fly a kite. Bring a remote controlled car. Practice cartwheels. Play Pokemon Go. Play board games. Play football. Play tag. Climb a tree. Take a nap. We just described the perfect day.
Bet you weren’t expecting this one. Geocaching is like real-world treasure hunting, where participants get GPS coordinates for the treasure, then have to hunt it down in the real world. You can start your geocaching adventure by visiting the official geocaching website, geocaching.com.
HOST A POTLUCK.
If entertaining a houseful of people seems like more work than you want to put in on a holiday weekend, host a potluck to take the burden of planning and preparing off your shoulders. Want to make it even easier? Host a potluck or a picnic at a park, bar or brewery that welcomes get-togethers. That way you get to have a party with all the people you most want to see, and don’t even have to sweep your floors.
You’ll want to plan for this one ahead of time since some organizations require an application and/or training process, but volunteering is one of the best ways to spend a day off. Whether you’re walking shelter dogs, serving meals, reading to kids or cleaning up outdoor spaces, you’ll be giving back to your community while doing an activity you enjoy.
And if none of those ideas float your boat, one of our very favorite things to do on a holiday weekend is to have a paint and sip night. Pinot’s Palette has over 100 locations nationwide and we’re open all weekend long!