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Spring Break is quickly approaching. If you don’t have plans to take a family vacation, it’s not too late. Sometimes the best vacations are the ones that happen at home or a staycation. We often overlook all there is to do in our own backyards, taking for granted the affordable ways to experience something new. That is what travel is after all, right? Having new experiences. I’ve come up with a few ideas on how to be a tourist in your hometown.
Take a day and visit your local museums. Nearly every town has something to offer, whether it’s a local history museum or even a cheesy roadside style attraction. Make a full day of it and visit as many as you can. Often, places have discounts for children, locals or even spring break prices.
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Find a local county or state park and spend a night or two in the great outdoors. Even if you don’t have camping equipment or an RV, you can rent one through peer to peer sites such as Outdoorsy.
There might even be local camping events in your hometown. Recently, my hometown did a National Camp Out where about 50 families camped along the waterfront.
A Room with a Pool
Let’s be honest, sometimes just hanging out at the hotel with poolside service is fantastic, no matter where you are. If you’re looking at how to be a tourist in your hometown, book a hotel, especially one with a pool. don’t have to drive far, or even pack much, just to have a night away from chores.
Visit a University
If you live close to a major university, visit. It’s not just for the college kids. We go to the University of Florida for the museums. We’ve visited Yale to see the library and have lunch (very reasonable cost too, I might add!) I’ve gone to Rollins to take photos. There’s history, art, architecture, and food. You’ll feel as if you’ve traveled somewhere. Who knows, there may even be a walking tour you can take!
Festivals or Events
Check your local Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to see any festivals or events that might be happening near you. To start, search your hometown, or county and CVB. Or go bigger to the state tourism site. For a complete list of the state sites, click here.
Related: Festivals in Tampa
This one might just be for mom and dad, but our local winery offers festivals and music which keep the kids entertained.
Do you have more ideas on how you can be a tourist in your hometown? I’d love to hear them. Drop me a line or leave a comment.