Yesterday we did a fun little exercise; asking what you are paying for gas. We had over 160 responses, which was our biggest turnout ever on Facebook. THANKS! In the end, I believe the “winner” was $4.75/gal in East Los Angeles. So, um, congrats…?
With prices like that (and heading higher) and Spring Break around the corner, an old family standby is back: the Staycation. Basically, it’s where you find interesting things to do in your town or within a couple hours from home.
I found an old Consumer Reports article online. It’s from 2009 but I figured hey, it’s still the same recession! Here are some ideas:
- Behind-the-scenes tours: Police and fire stations, movie theaters, TV Stations, etc.
- Museums, observatories, planetariums
- Scenic train rides
- Water parks
- Zoos and aquariums
- Sporting events (as well as stadium tours)
- Camping (hiking, biking, wilderness viewing areas, state parks)
- Regional amusement parks
- City festivals
- Family fun centers (with bowling, miniature golf, go karts, laser tag, etc.)
- Community theater and touring Broadway productions
- Historic home tours
- In-town Bed and Breakfasts
Depending on where you live, your mileage may vary when it comes to finding local fun. But if you have more time than money (and there’s a lot of that going around) you may find excitement at your doorstep. Good luck! Here is that article again.