Like for most people, this is the non-travel season with our family. Between school schedules and upcoming holidays, many of us sort of slow down and set into our routines. That doesn’t mean, however, that we can’t enjoy some travel experiences, even if just on the weekends, closer to home. Personally, I recommend a little trip or two in between it all, especially during the fall as there is so much going on in the tristate area that you won’t want to miss.
Here are three ways to “getaway” without too much effort, money, or time.
Pack up the tent and all the fun gear and take the weekend off to commune with nature. Not sure where to start? Join an outdoor club. My family and I are proud members of the Appalachian Mountain Club where we get tons of information on great hiking and camping spots, as well as social events to meet fellow nature lovers.
For a different camping experience, check out Morey’s Piers Boardwalk Bunk Down. We love camping in our own backyard too!
Bunking down at Morey’s Pier.
If you can’t commit a whole weekend, or aren’t much of a camper, we have found that a few hours out hiking tends to transform a normal weekend into a really fun one. Plus, no electronics included means more bonding.
Staycations for the win
We love, love, love a good staycation. We’ll pack an overnight bag, head into the city, book a family friendly hotel, and play tourist. New York City is a short 30 minute train ride from our house in New Jersey and we go often, but when we tell the boys we are spending the night they go nuts planning out our visit with stops to all their favorite places.
Exploring our city as tourists has always been fun
Festivals, street fairs, and open markets
When we want a day of activities, but still want to spend the night in our own beds, we like to fill up our days with farmers market visits, festival outings, and even hit up a good ol’ street festival. New York City parks offer concerts well into the year and many are free of charge.
NY and NJ also host tons of cultural festivals that include traditional food and performances so that your kids are always experiencing different cultures.
For more ideas closer to home check out the Local Fun category on my site. Make the most of staying home and Happy Fall!
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