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The Best Staycation Ideas for Spring Break

best staycation ideas for Spring BreakWhile many people try to travel during spring break, it may not be budget friendly or feasible for you at the moment. But what if you stay home and still have fun and relax? These staycation ideas for spring break will keep you from getting cabin fever, and will also save you a ton of money!

This post has been written by the ever-talented Kimberly Studdard. Enjoy!

Camp In Your Backyard

Camping in your backyard is one of the best staycation ideas for spring break! Not only is it easy to do, but it’s customizable to fit your needs (or your family’s). You can do as little or as much planning as you want, and you can even get away with spending nothing for this staycation!

If you want to get fancy, pitch a tent, get lots of camp type foods (like s’mores and hot dogs!) and make sure that you are near an outlet if you want to be able to charge your devices. If you realize camping isn’t for you, the good thing is you can always just go inside!

Go On A Food Tour

Are you a foodie? Then this should be one of the top staycation ideas for spring break on your list! The great thing about food tours is that you can choose something new every single day, spend as little or as much money as you want, and find hidden gems around your own city that you may not have tried before.

If you aren’t sure where to start looking for new places to try, you can look on websites like Yelp or TripAdvisor. They will direct you to some of the best places to eat, and you’ll get to see some ratings from real people to help you decide.

If you are looking to go on a food tour on a budget, choose one meal every day that you want to eat out for. Breakfast and lunch are typically cheaper, but you can still go out for dinner! Look for coupons online, eat an appetizer vs. a full meal if you get full easily, and order water vs. a soft drink to save even more cash. Staycation on a budget!

Learn Everyday

If you like immersing yourself in culture, try finding museums or educational activities in your city! Normally, these activities are cheap (or even free) and are easy staycation ideas for spring break. You could potentially spend all day in a museum!

This is also a great idea for those with kids, because most educational activities revolve around younger children. You could find a museum that hosts activities, feeds the kids, and gives you a souvenir for a lot cheaper than a plane ticket.

Water Activities

If it’s warm enough where you live during spring break, have some backyard fun with some water activities! You could buy a kiddie pool, or even visit your community’s. A great option would be to buy a bunch of balloons and fill them up with water, and grab a few water guns! A water balloon fight could keep the kids (or even adults) entertained for hours.

If you want to have calmer water activity options, try creating your own water box. Fill up a box of your choosing with sand and water, add in a few toys, fake plants and fish, and watch your little ones play with it all day!

You always take things a step further and go to a lake or even the ocean with your family. This would most likely be a full day activity, so make sure to pack a cooler and a few snacks!

Music, Sports, or Theatre Fun

This is one of those staycation ideas for spring break that is perfect for those who love live events! Whether you are a music lover or sports fan, you are bound to find something in your area.

Normally, your local city’s website will have events that include live theater and music. If you live in a bigger city, you may be able to go to a semi-professional or professional sports game, but if not, you could always try checking out a community game. They may even let you join in!

These staycation ideas for spring break are a great place to start when finding activities for you and your family to enjoy. However, there are so many more options out there! Have fun, be safe, and save some cash this spring break!

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My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. I’m currently doing a staycation… though I’m working through it!! I recently picked up some hours with an old co-worker for some statistical consulting. It pays well, but I spent 4-5 hours doing that yesterday… Today I’m meeting with some buddies to go over strategy and a brand refresh of my blog.

    I think Thursday and Friday I can chill out and read 🙂

    P.S. thanks Derek for the MyFinance connection

    • Awesome!! Hey, you’re welcome on the MyFinance bit. Glad it’s working out!!

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