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Family Summer Staycation Ideas ~ #HoJoSummer #GoHappyGoHoJo #PoolsRule


Enjoy a family summer staycation while staying at a Howard Johnson.


It's summer vacation and you're wondering what to do, and where to go with the family that won't break the bank. If you have a tight budget, a family staycation may be just what you need. You get to have an amazing vacation, create lots of memories that will last a lifetime and not go bankrupt. A staycation is a vacation spent in your country without having to travel abroad, and in most cases you might not even have to go very far. You can do it in your very own state and today I have 5 great ideas on how you can have an amazing summer staycation.


1. Visit an amusement or water park
Amusement and water parks can be lots of fun, and more than likely there is one near you. Pack up the family and get in the car and visit an amusement or water park. Ride the roller coasters, go down the water slides and eat all the funnel cake you can, and make it a day to remember. For discounted tickets, you can buy your tickets online or visit your local supermarkets that may have special discounts for the parks. You may even be able to find discounts on soda bottles/cans or bags of chips.

2. Spend the night at a hotel
Staying at a hotel doesn't have to be expensive and can actually be lots of fun. Forget about cleaning the house and preparing dinner and have someone do so for you. Spend the day at the pool and soak up the sun. Howard Johnson currently has an amazing summer offer where you stay 2+ nights and save 20% off when you book at hojo.com/deals. With complimentary wifi and free breakfast what more can you ask for? At HoJo, kids also stay free and mostly all are pet-friendly so Fido can join in the family fun for the summer.


3. Visit a National or State Park
While only 27 states have a national park, each state does have a state park. Visit a national park that you've always wanted to visit. Spend some time with your family taking in the sights and make it a family outing that you'll remember for years to come. If you do decide to go out of state, there are over 200 Howard Johnson locations, so get in on that summer offer.

4. Visit the pool or beach
When the weather is 90 degrees outside, what better way to cool down than a day at the pool or beach. Get your swimwear on, put on some sunscreen and pack a light lunch and head to the water. If you decided to go with our idea of staying at a hotel, one of the many Howard Johnson amenities is that most have a pool. Lounge on the lounge chair while you get your tan on, with a virgin drink in hand.


5. Do something spontaneous
Sometimes you have to be spontaneous. Everything doesn't have to be planned to the very minute. Try a new restaurant, go in-door skydiving, go zip lining, visit a local museum or zoo. How about getting on a jet ski? If you made it to Florida, instead of visiting the most popular attractions, how about taking a ride on the swamp or visiting the gators. There is so much to do in your state or in and around the US this summer. Get outside and enjoy it!


The summer is meant for creating memories with your family and whether or not you decide to travel out of state, or stay at home, remember that your children will remember the time you spent with them. So take some time away from home and book a stay at a Howard Johnson and create those summer family memories.

Annmarie John
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  1. I am trying to figure out what to do locally before the summer ends for our family. So this couldn't have come at a better time. Great advice seriously and going to see what I can come up with now. Oh and btw, we always stayed at Howard Johnson's when we traveled when I was a kid with my family. So totally brought me back and than some :)

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  2. We love staycations. Sometimes, we'll book a room for a day or two and just hang out by the pool and either order in or head out to a fancier restaurant than we normally would. It's a great way to get the feeling of travel without all the headache.

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  3. Every time I find this blog and read it I am thrilled. I cannot say that about every blog out there honestly. You have fresh voice and a fresh look and it just makes me happy to suddenly remember this little corner of the Internet. Anyways we have not recently stayed at a Howard Johnson's and are doing more travelling in Canada - and in our province specifically this summer - Ontario - but will definitely check them out for our next trip inside the USA. We visit often. We are always looking for a place to stay right before and after we take a cruise annually so I will remember your thoughts on Howard Johnson's for that time again. Thanks and have a super weekend lovely!

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  4. We actually have one near us. We love Howard Johnson. It's a fateful place for us because we stayed there in Niagara Falls and it was magical! (plus nine months later..)
    I love to do something spontaneous.

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  5. I love the spontaneous idea. My husband and I used to do that all the time. We'd wake up on a Saturday morning with no plans and then BAM ... we'd be off on some weekend adventure. Such great memories.

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  6. Staycations are the bomdotcom! Perfect little affordable getaways and we make it a point to squeeze in a staycation or two during the Summer break. You are so right about Summer being the perfect time to create memories. I remember our family vacation from my childhood and hope my kids will have fond memories of all of our trips to share with their kids.

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  7. How neat are the orange walls? I know it is odd for that to be the first thing I noticed but they really stand out. This is great advice for Family staycations!

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  8. We love staycations! We enjoy the water parks and staying one night at a hotel! So fun and the kids really enjoy it too.

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  9. We love to go to our local amusement and water park. We are lucky they are both in the same location. My Son loved it when we had his birthday party there.

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  10. I think I love Staycations even more than vacations!! HA!! I don't think I have ever stayed at a Howard Johnson but this one looks really nice!!

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  11. We love staycations. We do this whenever we can't go far away during the summer.

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  12. A staycation sounds like a perfect weekend. Howard Johnson always seems to be a great place to stay and find some great local fun things to do for the family.

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  13. These are some awesome ideas, there is something great about having a staycations sometimes and just enjoying the area around you.

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  14. Great ideas! We have two more weeks of summer left before school starts over here. Our son just finished soccer camp. Maybe we'll visit a museum soon.

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  15. Staycation are the best! I like them because are not too far from home, so it seems to be less stressful and the car ride isn't as long. The kiddos look like they had a blast.

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  16. Some of our best vacations are Staycations. I have always made a point of living where people want to vacation, but no matter where you live, you can always make room for a staycation. It's cool because, you are a travel expert in your home town and all of your friends can relate to the experience you just have. You just need to make the mental commitment to leave your stress behind and have a vacation, no matter how far you actually travel.

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  17. When I was growing up, I used to stay at Howard Johnson hotels all the time. These are great tips for having a wonderful staycation!!

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  18. How is summer almost over!! Thankfully we have had a great summer full of these activities you suggested. Lots of memories made!

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  19. My kids absolutely love if we just check in to a hotel for a night or two. Nothing special needed, just a little something different,

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  20. I would love to go in the water park or swimming pool. My family loves going for a swim.

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  21. Great ideas! We are trying to come up with some ways to make the last few weeks of summer extra special and this list definitely helps!

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  22. We would love to do a staycation. Maybe next year! We moved a couple weeks ago and can't wait to actually explore where we now live and see all it has to offer! - Jeanine

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  23. My kids absolutely love if we go on amusement parks and go to resorts and go swimming. These are great tips for summer staycation.

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  24. I'm not that good at spontaneous ideas, but when they do come up, I love to say yes! Water parks and swimming pools are also a family favorite.

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  25. I need to make last minute plans before summer is officially over. This gave me an idea!!

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  26. Since my daughter was going off to college, we had more of a staycation than a vacation this year. It's always fun to do stuff around town.

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  27. That room is GORGEOUS! I love the updated colors and appearance. It doesn't look a thing like I remember it as!

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  28. Sometimes I feel like staycations are better than a big trip! It can be so fun exploring your own back yard.

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  29. Since I am from a tropical country, our go to activity is going to the beach. However, we lack effort on the development of nature parks so whenever we are overseas, this is where we love to visit.

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  30. I haven't done Howard Johnson in years. I didn't even know that they were still around that much because I don't really see or hear about them. BTW taking a day and just spending it at a hotel is a great idea. I just might do that when I need to get away and just relax.

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  31. Great ideas! We've done quite a few family staycation ideas around our city and our state! It's a great way to explore your own state, especially when you live in beautiful areas (like Michigan!)

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  32. This time is so precious! Enjoying with your family is always nostalgic.

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