A staycation, or a vacation spent locally, can be a great way to take advantage of all the activities and amenities provided to you through your local parks and recreation department.  Whether attending a summer block party or festival, taking a dip in the local public pool or shopping for fresh local fruits and veggies at the farmers market, taking time to explore your community allows you and your family to relax and unwind without the planning stress and financial burden that a destination vacation can bring. 

Key Findings

  • Americans top three staycation activities include: attending a neighborhood festival or event, visiting the local park and going for a walk or run on the local trail.
  • Parents are most likely to head to the local public pool or park while those without children are more likely to head to a local festival or trail.
  • Baby boomers are more likely to be found at the farmers market, local festival or trail than millennials.
  • Americans living in the Midwest want to attend neighborhood festivals most while those in the West want to hit the trail for a walk or run or go camping. Those in the Northeast look to learning at their local rec or community center while those in the South head to water activities to cool down.

 

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