Most of us imagine the perfect vacation to start off on a plane heading to someplace in a different time zone. However, that isn’t always possible. This Spring Break why not plan a ‘staycation’ and explore vacation possibilities close to home?

Why a Staycation?
More and more families, affected by current economic trends, are opting for a ‘staycation’ rather than a vacation. A ‘staycation’ includes many of the activities one would experience on a vacation, all the while staying in your hometown or neighboring towns. Plan local activities for your family to enjoy and avoid the expense of airfare and rental cars. You love the area that you live in and most likely you haven’t visited a fraction of the sights there are to see.

When was last time you took a pit stop at the embarcadero in Morro Bay and let the kids taste the saltwater taffy or gaze at the famous Morro Rock and stretch their legs in the Morro Bay Natural History Museum or Morro Bay Aquarium? Or how about renting a kayak or taking a Sub-Sea tour? Act like a tourist in your own town!

Plan it like a vacation: Making a ‘staycation’ feel like a vacation requires a little intentional planning. Prepare for your staycation as if it were a vacation. Pay your bills, answer emails and clean the house before your staycation and try to avoid these things while you’re staycationing.
Plan to eat a few meals out just as you would if you were away from home vacationing.

Mix it up: Don’t take your usual routes anywhere, even to the supermarket; you never know what you might discover right in your own backyard. Even better, rent some bikes, and see your city from fresh wheels.

Cash in on deals: Hotels, vineyards and other attractions all around the Central Coast are chock-full of discounts, particularly for locals.

Let Go: Don’t shorten it mentally by starting to worry about work before your vacation ends. And don’t add stress by putting pressure on everything to be perfect. When you least expect something great to happen, it does.

Staycation Activity Ideas in San Luis Obispo County:

  • The Charles Paddock Zoo ($4 – 5 for ages 2 and older; free for children under 2)
  • Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (free)
  • San Luis Obispo Farmer’s Market (free)
  • Bubblegum Alley, Free
  • San Luis Obispo History Center (free)
  • San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (free)
  • Wine Tasting (tasting fees in the $5 range)
  • Window shopping in downtown San Luis Obispo
  • Beer Tasting at Central Coast Brewing (taste 5 beers for $5)
  • Art After Dark (first Friday of the month)
  • View Monarch Butterflies in Pismo Beach