The Great Stay-cation

My story at 4 today is all about the newest travel trend… staying home for the summer holidays.

With the soaring cost of gas and baggage upcharges on the airlines, families are looking for fun that’s not so far away.

In the spirit of saving, I’d like you to post your ideas.  I want your recommendations of some great Houston and Greater Houston area hot spots.

Here are some that come quickly to my mind:

The Cockrell Butterfly Center

My family used to go to a campground and recreation center called Chain O’ Lakes. I’ve been wanting to take a weekend trip there since I moved back to Houston.  There were areas where you could camp in a tent or you could rent a cabin. There was a lake-fed pool with a slide… or the more adventurous could swim in the chain of lakes along with a lot of friendly-seeming gators!

When I tried to check the place out recently, I found the name has changed and it’s gotten more high-falootin! But it’s only about an hour north of Houston, and it looks like a lot of fun.

The Retreat at Artesian Lakes

Moody Gardens    

 What about a Dude Ranch?? I think that sounds like so much fun!

For the adults….

St. Arnold Brewing Company Tours 

Tours are every Saturday at 1pm. The cost is only $5.

Cooking anyone? Get some girlfriends together and register to make something yummy.

HEB Central Market, Brennan’s of Houston and Whole Foods all offer classes and events.  And you can even get the kids involved. Maybe the end of summer, with a few of these classes, they’ll be making dinner for you!

Now share your ideas by posting a comment.  What did you do this Memorial Day weekend others may be able to try this summer?

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3 Responses

  1. Hermann Park is always a fun place for the day. You can pack a pinic lunch and get some sun. The Museum of Natural Science is right next door. You have the Houston Zoo around the same area.

  2. I remember the Arab Oil Imbargo (1973ish). Out family had planned a vacation to Florida; which, was cancelled due to the increase in gas prices. My father still took the week off from work; but, rather than go to Florida, we did something local everyday. That was back when we had Astroworld and Busch Gardens in Houston. We ate out alot that week too. There is plenty to do and see locally and there is nothing like good quality Family time.

  3. I have a website that offers TONS of local Houston indoor and outdoor activites for Summer Fun! Check it out!! 😉
    http://www.ninaloca.com

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