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Need A Vacation? Try A Staycation!

June 29, 2013 5:32 pm by: Category: Family Fun Leave a comment


Too much work and too little play will eventually burn all of us out. Whether sitting in the office, staring at a screen or on your feet in the heat, we all start to feel like the guy from the Dunkin Donuts commercial by the end of the week.

It’s nice to get away for a long weekend every now and again, but what if your wallet is too thin to support the weight of a weekend getaway? We have just the thing for you; try a Staycation!

That’s right, I said Staycation. The idea is to spend some time away from your normal activities and take a breather. It’s a way to do something fun without having to spend hours on the road. Here are some possibilities…

Fast and Fun

If your interest is fueled by engines and RPMs, you might want to check out Dave’s Need 4 Speed. They have two types of go-karts, bumper cars and a dirt-track simulator. The venue also has cosmic golf and laser tag if your kids aren’t old enough for the go-karts. The pizza is plentiful if you want to have a meal there and the snack bar is stocked with all sorts of goodies.

Go PARKing

I’m probably starting to sound like a broken record in my advocacy for city parks, but I can almost guarantee you will find something new and relaxing to do. The city has over 60 parks which and I bet even the most dedicated park explorer hasn’t been to all of them.

Regardless of what outdoor activity you enjoy, you are bound to find something that will be fun for the whole family at one of them. The best part: you don’t have to spend a dime to have a day full of family fun! Check out the list of parks and activities on the Lubbock Parks and Rec site and start planning now.

The Lubbock Memorial Arboretum is another that would fit into this category. Now is a great time to check it out, take a walk through the gardens and do a little inner-city nature walk.

Wine Tours

For the adults in the family, a little time wine tasting might be just the thing to relax and enjoy yourself.

CapRock Winery has an unmatched ambiance to it. You can taste a variety of wines from their list for $10 (at least that was the price the last time we went) and soak up the relaxing atmosphere on their patio. In August when we went, they were doing some renovating I believe so the tour wasn’t available. It might be now though.

The Llano Estacado Winery is the oldest winery in West Texas.  They offer a free tasting and tour through their facilities. Covering everything from how their corks are made through processing and aging, their tour is quite extensive and provides a great introductory education into fine wine making. It makes for a great afternoon activity on your staycation.

The Stay-At-Home Staycation

In the eighties, the popular sitcom “Married, With Children” featured Al Bundy whom I consider to be the father of the staycation. He gated off the living room, popped a sightseeing video into the VCR and toured Europe from his couch.

A modern take on that, if you really don’t want to leave the house but want to “get away,” is to Google it. Google Earth has some great imagery from all over the planet and is now offered in stand alone or plug-in format for your computer. It’s also available in a streamlined format as Android and IOS apps. The full version even comes with a tour guide to show you famous sights so you don’t miss a thing.

These are just a few of the virtually limitless options available. With a little creativity and resourcefulness, you and your family can turn a staycation into a great vacation.

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