Summer weekends: Local travel
You may not have the budget to take a big summer vacay with your family this year, so why not become tourists in your own town and check out some local sites this weekend?
From how to find out what fun things are going on in your town to ways to experience your city in a new way, grab your camera and the kids and head out to explore your city like you've never been there before.
What's going on in your town?
Do you ever check out your city's website? Follow your city on Twitter? Like your city's Facebook page? You should. These are all great ways to find out what fun events are happening in your area this weekend. From concerts in the park to festivals and activities the kids will love, after sifting through all of the information, you and your family may find that you want to do much more than you have time for in just two days.
Grab a guide book
When you travel to a new city, the first thing you do is get a guide book, right? Then you look for restaurants and tourist attractions that you and the kids will enjoy. So why not get a guide book for your own city? You can also go online to sites like The Lonely Planet (which links to city guide books you can purchase), plug in the name of your city and see what comes up. You'll be surprised at the things you didn't know you could do.
Take a tour
Put on your walking shoes and get prepared to see your city from a whole new perspective. You can opt for a guided tour (if you want a lot of information and like a more organized activity) or pick a walking tour from a guide book (if you want more control and the ability to choose your pace). Either way, trekking it by foot will be a unique way to be a tourist in your own town. You can also take a tour by boat or double decker bus (there are architectural tours, famous home tours, historical tours, the sky's the limit). The kids will love it (especially if you opt for the bus or boat). Plus, you'll even learn a thing or two (probably more) about your city's history in the process.