After weighing the costs, benefits, and drawbacks of an away from home vacation against the savings and benefits of a staycation, you’re ready to give a staycation a whirl. Now you just need some ideas to make an excellent staycation, something you and your family won’t soon forget.

We’ve Got You Covered!

This A to Z list is full of more than 100 ideas to give you – and your partner and kids if you have them – plenty of entertainment, relaxation, and fun. Without breaking the bank!

Some activities may take a little bit of planning while many can be a spur of the moment adventures. Many won’t cost you anything, and some can be quite frugal with a little bit of investigating for coupons or discounts.

Packing up a “go bag” and leaving it near the door can help you stay prepared for lots of activities and fun times when the urge to start an adventure hits.

Include items such as these in your staycation go-bag:

  • Water
  • On the go Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hats
  • Towels
  • Bathing Suits
  • Extra Clothes and Undergarments
  • Reusable Shopping Bags
  • Hand Sanitizer and/or Moist Towelettes
  • Paper Towels
  • Camera
  • Extra cash

Now let’s get this staycation started!

100+ A-Z Ideas for a Great Staycation

A – Visit a local amusement park, or aquarium, arcade; attend a baseball game or air show; enjoy an afternoon tea

B – Do some backyard camping; make a big/hot breakfast at home; visit the beach or go bowling

C – Meet a friend/go out with a partner for coffee & get that latte you’ve been skipping; rent a cabin for a night or two close by; canoe down a river; cast a reel and catch a fish; go on a craft brew tasting tour

D – Make a fancy dinner with a new recipe you’ve wanted to try; attend a dinner theatre; go on a day trip to a town 2-3 hours away; have a dance party at home

E – Explore a new part of your city, a neighboring town, or nature trail; eat a new cuisine; visit an escape room; exercise as a family; attend estate sales

F – Visit the farmer’s market; participate in regional festivals or fairs; build a fort; attend a food tasting tour or create your own tour of establishments you’ve meant to try or at home experimenting with different cuisines

G – Check Groupon for discounts to local attractions; have a game night; go golfing; get 30 minutes or more of grounding a day

H – Go for a hike or a horseback riding adventure; take a ride in a hot air balloon; spend time on your favorite hobby

I – Ice Cream 🙂 find fresh dairy ice cream or make your own at home; attend an improv show or create one with family and/or friends; go ice skating; make Italian ice or flavored ice cubes

J – Do a jigsaw puzzle; make jam; jam to music, or do whatever your jam is 🙂

K – Go kite flying, kayaking, or karting; play kickball with the kids

L – Visit local attractions you haven’t you seen; visit the library; play laser tag; open a lemonade stand

M – Attend a movie, a museum, or get a massage; create a family movie

N – Visit a nature center; go night-clubbing; binge-watch a new show on Netflix; hold a neighborhood block party

O – Attend an outside concert in the park or an outdoor movie; organize a meetup with friends; create an obstacle course in your backyard; order in your favorite meal

P – Go on a picnic at a park; play putt-putt; spend the night at a hotel with a pool

Q – Quit social media for a few days; enjoy a Quocktails – fun cocktails starting with the letter Q – or two; create a family quiz show; squeeze in a quickie

R – Read; go rock climbing or roller-skating; perform random acts of kindness; rent a boat

S – Go stargazing; have a scavenger hunt; go swimming at the lake; have more sex (safe sex of course)

T – Tour a historical building; rent a tandem bike; host a trivia night; go on a train ride

U – Unplug from electronics; visit a U-pick farm; unsubscribe from junk email; bake an upside-down cake; go umbrella-less in the rain

V – Volunteer for a cause important to you; pick farm-fresh vegetables and cook them a new way; make a volcano; veg-out for the day or play video games with the kids

W – Go on a wine tour or an organized walking tour; visit a waterpark; Do not Work

X – Create an X-marks the spot treasure hunt for the kids; perform your own Xtreme sports activities (just be careful, no need to go for X-rays!)

Y – Try Yoga; go yard sale shopping; teach the kids how to yo-yo; play yard games

Z – Visit a zoo; go zip lining; catch up on Zzzz’s

With this list of more than 100 ideas, you’re sure to find plenty to help you create an ultimate staycation for yourself and loved ones while keeping all your spending and savings goals in check.

About the Author

Amy from LifeZemplified and Vicki from Make Smarter Decisions are the co-founders of Women Who Money and Women’s Money Talk. Their combined interests in personal finance and wellness keep them busy and inspired to help others take control of their finances and their health.

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