With summer in full swing, finding fun activities to do can be daunting. Regardless of where you live there are countless ways to have fun at-home, in your community, or in your state. Here 20 amazing summer stay-cation ideas to make it a blast.
Set some ground rules: (optional)
No phones, computers, or TV – Test yourself and get creative with a no phones, computers, or TV rule for a day.
Out and About
Visit a Nearby Tourist Spot- Be a tourist in your on hometown.
Take a day trip – get out in your state and explore places you have never been before. Pull out a map and go! Who knows you just might find some cool places you have never been in your own backyard.
Stay at a hometown hotel for a night or two. Or Airbnb it. – When we think vacation, we typically dream of tropical get away or scenic journeys to far away lands, but who says you can’t stay local and try out a nice hotel near you? Better yet, Airbnb a eclectic home, yurt or tiny house in your state and get out of Dodge for a weekend.
Take your camera for an adventure – Our phones have cameras. Take yours for a field trip, day trip, or weekend getaway. Make memories! You will be glad you did.
Tour a Local Factory, Winery, or Brewery – Taste your way to a fun day out with friends!
Go out for ice cream – I know the ice cream aisle at the grocery store may have some appeal, but nothing replaces the special trip to get ice cream our parents took us on.
Themed dinner and movie night – Go out to a great Italian place, have a glass of Chianti, and follow it up with the Godfather series. You pick your food and movie combo!
Fun in the sun
Get Wet – Spend the day at a river, lake, local pool or water park, or just head to the beach! If that sounds like too much effort, simply set up a slip & slide in the backyard. Kiddie pools can be for adults too. Set up a cool down tank in your back yard to fight the hot summer days.
Go Golfing – If dad is into real golf, consider spending an afternoon doing a family golf lesson; otherwise, stick to mini golf at a local novelty course!
Play Outside – Go fly a kite, take a walk, go for a bike ride, or take a hike–most state and national parks have at least a few walking, hiking, or biking trails to choose from.
Explore The Great Indoors
Finish a jig saw puzzle – If its to hot to go outside, buy a jigsaw puzzle, throw on some music and challenge yourself to complete it in one day! Or two. Get your friends to help out, the more help the better.
Stay in bed or take as many nappy poo’s as you want! – Rest and good quality sleep are sometimes hard to come by. Take a day and spoil your body and mind with some rest and recovery.
Buy a bunch of magazines – Tired of reading books, try picking up some magazines and lounge at-home or at park.
Make a collage – Got too many magazines? Create a vision board or dream collage of the things that matter to you or that you want in your life. Collages are a great way to get creative again. No experience necessary. Just glue, poster board and scissors.
Find a easy Read, Romance, fantasy, fiction – When was the last time you read a book for fun? Maybe high school, grade school? Go to a local library, amazon or used book store and find a tantalizing book to get lost in.
Camp in Your Own Backyard-Why not enjoy the great outdoors in your own backyard? Set up a tent and sleeping bags, build a fire (or use the grill) to cook s’mores, and camp out.
Picnic – This could be a full basket retreat to the park or a brown bag lunch in the grass. Just a change in scenery with some good simple food could brighten your day.
Hang up a hammock – Aiming for a low key day? Hang up a hammock inside or outside. Give yourself a nook to lay back, relax and enjoy a nap or a good book.
Break out some cards and board games – Dust them off everyone! Or go out and find one you and some friends can have a blast with over cocktails and small eats.
Got an itch to work and play?