With summer quickly approaching, I have been thinking about what our summer plans will entail this year.

Growing up, my family and I would take a vacation almost every summer, whether it was to Disneyland/Universal Studios, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone or to see relatives that live in different states. However, there were also summers where we stayed closer to home and had just as much fun…and sometimes, this is the easier option if you have little ones.

Living in Colorado, I am blessed to live close to the mountains with only a 60 to 90 minute drive to Georgetown, Vail and Estes Park (some of our favorite places to visit). Although taking a big vacation is a lot of fun, my husband, son and I love to make several weekend trips to the mountains throughout the summer (spread out the fun!). We also take advantage of the great attractions close to home, as well.

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Here are some Stay-cation ideas that will be fun for your family this summer:

1.) Go away for the weekend and check out the attractions – we love to visit Vail and can always find something fun to do. We like to take the (fully-enclosed, no-dangling-feet) Gondola ride to the top of Vail Mountain and take in the views. There is also a terrific park that we always have to visit (the Pirate Park), which brings back great memories for me when I used to visit this park growing up. We also love to visit Georgetown and ride the Georgetown Loop train.

2.) Get outdoors – the Zoo is always a favorite for kiddos, whether they’re young or old. Parks, pools and water parks are always fun, as well. I’ve always found that having a picnic at a park is a treat for kids – they get to eat outdoors and run around! We also love to check out art festivals – my husband and I like to look at the art, and there is usually a kids’ area for children to create their own artwork.

3.) When the weather is a bit too hot to be outside, head indoors and visit a Natural History Museum or Art Museum (or other museums in your area that are of interest to your family). Here in Denver, there are certain days you can visit these attractions for free (although they tend to be a bit more crowded on those days). Both of these places are fun for the whole family, especially if you have both older and younger kids to entertain. Visiting an aquarium is also a great alternative for all ages.

And with all of this fun, just remember to plan ahead a bit and make sure to pack some essentials to make the outing/trip run smoothly, such as sunscreen, snacks, wet wipes, toys/arts & crafts for the car/plane ride and maybe an extra change of clothes (you can never be too safe). And most of all, just remember to have fun with your family!

Does your family do Stay-cations? If so, what are some of your favorite things to do?

 

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