Staycation Tips: 6 Ways to Save Money

Summertime has arrived—it’s time to explore and make memories with your family. This year, if you need to stay close to home, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun – check out these staycation tips.

There’s no need to spend the night away from home – just explore your own city and find new places to have fun. From museums to festivals, you are sure to find plenty of ‘new to you’ places to enjoy with your family.

Money Saving Tips for Planning Staycations
Here are my some money-saving tips on planning adventures in your own city –

Contact Your Local Visitors Bureau 

Contact your local visitors bureau and ask them to send you a local visitors guide and see if they have any discounts or coupons available. Or even better, make a trip to the visitors center and check it out firsthand. I used to work at my local CVB – they are a great resource!

Ask About a ‘Locals Only’ Staycation Rate 

If you decide to book accommodations – call the hotel’s local phone number and see if they offer a “local resident rate”. Some attractions may also have a ‘locals only’ discount – it never hurts to ask!

Jacksonville Zoo Giraffe Overlook

Take Advantage of ‘Free’ Days 

Two of my local museums have ‘free’ days each week with complimentary admission for everyone. Those are the days I like to visit, the savings add up quickly! Taking advantage of ‘free’ days can save you a lot of money on your staycation — more money to spend on great dining spots!

Think Outside of the Box 

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to planning vacation activities. Here in Jacksonville, we have a chocolate company and a beer company that do factory tours – they are fun and free. We typically visit once a year on our staycation.

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Explore The Parks 

Take advantage of any city, state and National Parks!  Soak up nature and maybe sneak in a little education time too!  One of the local city parks here even has a splash park – totally free!

Friendship Fountain Jacksonville Florida

Be On the Lookout For Coupons 

Keep an eye on the mailbox for coupon mailer magazines! Use those coupons to plan your meals and activities. I’ve found that during the summer months, the mailers are filled with news and coupons for special events and activities just for kids!

If you haven’t had a staycation, give it a try –  you’ll have a great time and the best part?  The drive home isn’t too far and you never have to stop and ask for directions!

Have you ever taken a staycation?  What are your tips?


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I'm Carrie McLaren,

based in Jacksonville, Fla. Family travel is my passion and I want to help you succeed in making fantastic memories with your family.




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