We have some staycation ideas for Raleigh, North Carolina, and Naples and Tampa, Florida that may inspire you to try taking time off to explore your own backyard.
Spring break vacations don’t have to be somewhere exotic, you don’t necessarily need to travel very far, and you may convince family far away to spend their spring break with you at home! Each of our cities offers so much, take a look:
Staycation in Raleigh, North Carolina
For Triangle residents, the Raleigh-Durham area may be a carousel of fantastic greenways and retail—but as a staycation destination, we have a lot that locals may be missing out on. The Umstead in Cary offers high tea accompanied by a harp. Then spend the afternoon at their spa, and shake out your formal wear and have a gourmet dinner in their award-winning restaurant Herons. Herons is one of only two AAA Five Diamond restaurants in the entire state. Guess where the other one is? Also in the Triangle!
The Fearrington House Restaurant just south of Chapel Hill holds the title as well. The Fearrington House Inn was recently named the #1 Hotel in North Carolina by US News & World Report – and just in February 2014 Conde Naste Traveler added it to their list of The Most Charming Hotels in the World. What other time will you get to enjoy the stellar service than on a staycation visit?
Staycation in Naples, Florida
Florida staycations are aplenty. Of course Disney World is not a world away, but you can experience an entirely different world less than an hour from the world renowned beaches in Naples. The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is home to the largest old-growth bald cypress habitat in the continent. The sanctuary offers boardwalk trails through the swamp so that visitors can experience native wildlife and safely observe alligators. Hoping for more of a thrill? Take an airboat tour through the Everglades and enjoy nature while immersed in it. Get up close and personal with guided tours and nature experiences.
Looking for a completely different outing? How about some retail therapy? Fifth Avenue South or Third Street in downtown Naples could do the trick. Or go shopping for a new bikini and kick back in the white sand at Barefoot Beach!
Staycation in Tampa, Florida
Daytime fun during your staycation in Tampa might involve a picnic just across the bay at century-old Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg, which also has an aviary and a butterfly garden. The garden also hosts yoga classes for adults and for kids. Once night falls, take a drive out to Lakeland and have a classic evening of Americana wholesome fun: The drive-in movie theater! Silver Moon Drive-In offers double features for only $5 per person (kids 4-9 are just $1).