The Commonwealth Blog

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Here's How to Prepare for Your Summer Staycation

Going on vacation doesn’t have to be stressful or expensive. Instead of dealing with the hassle of catching flights and checking into hotels, plan for a Boston staycation—it can be just as fun as traveling to another city or country, and it’s more affordable. Make the rest of your summer wicked fun with our suggestions for a Boston “vacation.”

Plan Ahead

Your staycation could turn into ordinary lounging if you don’t plan ahead. Decide how many days you want to spend at home and how many you’ll spend out in the city, and schedule fun activities in advance so you don’t end up in front of the television the whole time you’re off.

It’s also a good idea to tackle chores before your vacation commences. By tidying your home before the clock strikes “staycation,” you’ll save yourself from thinking about all the chores you should be doing. Clean the floors, countertops, and windows to clear your mind and give your home that hotel-clean vibe. You can even buy new bedding or set up a relaxation room with pillows and candles to switch things up. Without a to-do list looming over you, you’ll be better prepared to kick back, relax, and enjoy your

Staycation at Home

Vacationing in the comfort of your own home is an easier way to create new memories with the family. Here are some budget-friendly ideas for a fun and active staycation around the house.

Camp Outside or Build a Fort

You don’t have to sleep in your bed just because you’re at home. Pitch a tent in the backyard and gather around a campfire for a taste of the outdoors. When night falls, you and your little ones can stare up at the night sky.

If you don’t want to sleep outside, build a cozy fort in your living room. Add twinkle lights and plenty of pillows to create the ultimate kid-friendly fortress. Make sure you leave a window for watching movies and delivering popcorn.

Play Outside

The warm summer months make outdoor play fun. Jump in the pool, start a water balloon fight, organize a scavenger hunt to keep your kids entertained for hours on end. If arts and crafts are more your style, tie-dye t-shirts, make beaded bracelets, or bust out the finger paint to get your hands dirty in a creative project.

Plan a Party

Host a party to let other families participate in your vacation. Set up kid-friendly games like ring toss, corn hole, and fishing hole, and complete the atmosphere by serving carnival food: corn dogs, fries, and cotton candy will do. After the festivities are through, wind down with a movie screening in your backyard before calling it a night. (Back to the fort!)

Staycation in the City

On days when you want to get out of the house, explore Boston and its many attractions. Museums, libraries, and parks provide plenty of entertainment for your whole family—now’s the perfect time to play tourist in your own city.

Museums and Parks

The Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museums, the Children’s Museum, the Museum of Science, and the New England Aquarium all provide opportunities to learn and explore. In downtown Boston, splash in the fountains at Rose Kennedy Greenway and mosey around Boston Public Market to grab some delicious snacks. If you want to avoid the summer crowds at Boston Common and Public Garden, head to Jamaica Plain instead.

Explore the Neighborhood

There are plenty of fun things to do outside of Boston’s city center. The historic waterfront neighborhood, Charlestown, is a good place to start (especially if you’ve already been to the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, etc.). You can take a water taxi to the neighborhood’s Navy Yard for a whole new experience. The nearby Menino Park also has play equipment for your little ones to enjoy.

You can also explore Somerville, Cambridge, Boston Harbor Islands, and Castle Island: neighborhoods and attractions offering plenty of kid-friendly activities and that won’t break the bank.

Enjoy Every Moment

No matter where your Boston staycation takes you, try to enjoy it to its fullest. Whether you’re lounging in your kiddos’ fort or exploring one of our museums for the first time, you can spend quality time with your family in one of the best cities in the world.


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