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Make the Most of Summer: 25 Things to Do On a summer staycation

So you don’t have vacation plans for the summer. Is the season ruined? Not at all! Here’s a big list of things to do on a summer staycation – similar to what you’d do on a true vacation, but kept local!

This is your opportunity to really explore your local area. Chances are there are plenty of places near home that you’ve never been to – museums, restaurants, cultural exhibits and events.

Make this the year you fall in love with your home and town all over again!

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25 Perfect Things to do on a summer staycation

  1. Have a movie marathon with a theme or series.
  2. Create a DIY spa day at home with face masks and relaxation activities.
  3. Explore local hiking trails or nature reserves.
  4. Have a picnic in your backyard or a nearby park.
  5. Try a new recipe and have a themed dinner night.
  6. Host a game night with friends or family.
  7. Visit local museums or art galleries.
  8. Travel virtually by exploring different cultures through food, music, and films.
  9. Organize a photo scavenger hunt in your neighborhood.
  10. Set up a tent in your backyard and camp out overnight.
  11. Have a day of water fun with water balloons, slip ‘n slide, or sprinklers.
  12. Learn a new skill or hobby through online tutorials or courses.
  13. Complete a DIY home improvement or redecorating project.
  14. Explore your city or town as a tourist, visiting local landmarks and attractions.
  15. Host a themed costume party or dress-up day.
  16. Volunteer for a local charity or community service project.
  17. Have a day of arts and crafts, creating handmade gifts or decorations.
  18. Plan a virtual game or trivia night with friends and family.
  19. Explore local farmers’ markets and try new, seasonal produce.
  20. Organize a neighborhood potluck or block party.
  21. Try a new fitness activity like yoga, dance, or outdoor workouts.
  22. Have a day of relaxation with meditation, journaling, and self-care activities.
  23. Complete a 30-day challenge (exercise, diet, journaling, reading, etc.)
  24. Create a DIY outdoor movie theater with a projector and snacks.
  25. Plan a day trip to a nearby town or attraction for a change of scenery.

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You can see there are plenty of things to do right near home! Approach your staycation with a sense of adventure, just as you would a real vacation, and you’ll probably find yourself so busy, that you won’t even notice that you didn’t go away!

What activities would you add to this list?

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