Backyard vacations in Minnesota have all the appeal of any other vacation. Use these cheap vacation ideas to enjoy a Minnesota vacation close to home.
It's easy to think we've been everywhere and done all there is to do in our own backyard...the area near where we live.
The truth is that most of us really haven't.
Millions of people come to vacation right where we live it's easy to forget what we have here--right in our own backyard.
We have been Minnesota residents all of our lives and have yet to see hundreds of Minnesota attractions.
We have an entire page to get you started planning fun and exciting summer activities for kids.
Go Horseback Riding: Here is a listing of places you can ride your own horse as well as local stables and riding academies.
On weekends, we pick an area of Minnesota to visit and make a list of places and attractions we want to see.
There are several great guidebooks to the hundreds of monuments, statues and out of the way spots around the state that commemorate the real, imaginary and quirky parts of Minnesota history.
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Here are some tips that will help you vacation in your own backyard no matter where you live:
Staycations are another way of describing these "stay close to home" vacations. You will find many more ideas on this page.
Enjoy Minnesota's Lakes and Rivers: Our thousands of lakes are one of the primary attractions in our "Minnesota Playground."
One secret to a successful backyard getaway is to find ways to have the same relaxing and fun experiences you would look for in any vacation. Some people think "beach" when they think vacation. Others think "great food" or "beautiful scenery." Make a list of the things that you want from a vacation and then surprise yourself by finding them near to home.
A Staycation is another idea similar to a backyard vacation.
All it takes is a change of mindset and a spirit of adventure to see vacation opportunities in your own home state.
Start your one-tank backyard vacation by getting a map of the state and deciding where you can go from where you are on half a tank of gas or less. (The other half is for getting you home.)
Get some destination ideas from our list of the 10 Best Vacations Spots.
Visit Minnesota State Parks There is a Minnesota State Park within easy driving distance no matter where you live in the state.
See what in your area is on this list: Little Known Minnesota
Minnesota Roadside Attractions are great places to stop for a quirky photo with the family.
There are several Minnesota State Parks within easy driving distance from anywhere in Minnesota.
We think that one of the best guides to things to see in Minnesota is our own Minnesota State Parks E-book: Minnesota State Parks: From Afton to Zippel Bay
When I hear the words, backyard vacation, the first thing that comes to mind is setting up a tent in our backyard as a child and spending the night out there with my friends. Sleeping under the stars as a family can be a new and unique experience. Do some of the same things you would do if you were camping in a campground:
In many small ways we can enjoy the benefits of a vacation without spending the money and time that a cross-country or global vacation requires. Instead, spend a bit on creating a stress-reducing atmosphere in which you can relax at home. You can take short day trips to beautiful locations nearby. You can pamper yourself with some time at a local spa or lying on the beach. Visit local Farmers Markets. Turn off the phone, the TV and the computer and spend the day with a good book. Speaking of good books, get to know your local library.
Make plans with friends or family to try new things, new foods, new sights that are close to home, maybe right in your own backyard!
A Few More Tips on How to Have a Successful Backyard Vacation:
This summer, give yourself permission to take a vacation in your own backyard. It's affordable, family-friendly, and you're guaranteed to think afterwards: "I had no idea there was so much to do right here in Minnesota."
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