10 Summer Staycation Ideas

Lombardo Living

If heading out of town isn’t in your budget, fear not – Lombardo Homes has you covered! Whether you’re looking for a week or a weekend away, these 10 summer staycation ideas will give you that getaway feeling in your own city.

  1. Explore nearby parks. Trails to hike, nature centers to discover, lakes to swim and canoe – the possibilities are endless! Find a state park in Michigan or Missouri and begin planning your adventure.
  1. Organize a water game day. All you need are water balloons, a kiddie pool, a sprinkler, and a few ground rules, and you’re good to go!
  1. Set up an outdoor movie theater. Who says movie night can only be in the great room or den? Create your own backyard movie theater and catch your favorite flicks under the stars.
  1. Go stargazing. After a day full of exploring parks and playing water games, spend some time outside unwinding and looking at the stars. You can even download an app to your smartphone or tablet that shows you which constellations are in view.
  1. Camp in the backyard. Pitching a tent in the yard offers the best of both worlds: you get that rustic, great outdoors feeling, with basic conveniences – a toilet, clean shower, and warm bed (in case of rain) – close to home.
  1. Unplug and unwind. You’re not glued to your phone, computer or television on vacation, so take the same mentality on your staycation! Turn off the TV, shut down the computer, set all phones to silent, and enjoy that free time by reading or spending time with family.
  1. Join forces with the neighbors. Round up the neighbors for a movie night, BBQ, pool party, or bonfire. If every neighbor contributes to the evening (whether it be providing the movie, a dish to pass at the BBQ or pool party, or ingredients for s’mores), you can have a fun night while staying within your budget.
  1. Find a local beach. Michigan is filled with public beaches and swimming areas – in fact, you are never more than 6 miles from a lake or stream! Spend the day swimming, kayaking, building sand castles, and relaxing at one of the lakes or beaches in your area. Missouri homeowners – you’re not left out! Check out this list of the best beaches in Missouri, and let us know which one is your favorite.
  1. Take advantage of community amenities. Pack your sunscreen, water bottles, sunglasses, and favorite book, and head to the community swimming pool. Added bonus: this is a great chance for you to meet and socialize with new neighbors!
  1. Become a tourist in your own town. Whether you’ve lived in your town for 5 months or 10 years, there are bound to be places and attractions you’ve never seen. Grab your walking shoes and camera and start exploring!


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