With the increase in flight costs, a staycation is becoming more appealing to many families. First, if you aren’t aware, a staycation is a vacation, but in your own hometown. Throughout the summer, I’ll be sharing a few of our favorite family-fun spots, plus ways to save at each one, during the Indiana Summer Fun Series, but if you don’t live in Indiana, stay tuned! I’ve partnered with a group of amazing bloggers who are all sharing staycation ideas in various cities around the United States and I’ll have a full list for you tomorrow.
Travel Back in Time
Marsh Supermarket Symphony on the Prairie
Indiana is full of history! You can experience historical Indiana in person at Conner Prairie, one of my kids favorite places to run around and explore. Pet baby animals, experience The Civil War, talk with historical figures, and play old-fashion games. Stop by Ricker’s BP Stores to get a discount on a 1859 Balloon Ride.
Plus, don’t miss out on Marsh Supermarket Symphony on the Prairie, where you can enjoy music with a theatrical flare from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in a family-friendly environment where even the youngest are welcome! Now is the time to get discount tickets at Marsh.
Sleep Under the Stars (But in a Tent!)
My son rode his "firetruck" in front of the tent most of our stay.
Who needs an expensive hotel when you can fall asleep to the sounds of nature? When it’s time for us to staycation, we always reach for our tent. Hiking through Indiana woods, cooking food over a camp fire, and simply relaxing outside is one of the best ways to unwind. Since you aren’t likely to get a Wi-Fi signal, you can escape the crazy world and just enjoy time together. Plus, it’s as low as $12 a night to camp in one of the state parks.
Indiana has many great parks and campgrounds, even for the youngest camper. We have tons of tips for first time campers, including what to do, where to stay and, what to bring! Make sure to print the Camping Checklist!
Hit the Water
One grandpa and three little girls (and they made it with no problems)
It’s never too late to learn to canoe and with the White River Canoe Company in Noblesville, kids as young as six years old can canoe down the White River.
And, if you’re incredibly brave, like my Dad (pictured to the left) you can attempt to handle all the kids by yourself in one canoe! Print a coupon for 50% off a second canoe.
Enjoy the Parks
Fort Harrison State Park Pony Rides
Fort Harrison State Park is always on our list for summer fun, especially with the horseback riding and pony rides, great picnic spots, and beautiful lakes with fish and ducks to feed. Make sure to check out the Nature Center schedule for fun and educational activities.
Or, if you enjoy walking and water, head to Eagle Creek Park where you can rent canoes, sailboats, and row boats (and of course, fish). We love to walk the long trails through the woods. We tend to skip the map and just see where we end up, since you hit a road often enough you won’t get too last.
Just pay park admission per vehicle and stay the day to get the most bang for your buck.