Summer is here, and that means it's time for some exciting and memorable adventures! But what if you're trying to stick to a budget this year? Staycations can be just as fun and fulfilling as extravagant trips, and the best part is, you get to explore your local treasures without breaking the bank. In today’s blog post, we’re sharing our top 6 Staycation Activities for Summer Fun on a Budget. And, we’re pairing each activity with an easy-to-wear, luxurious and comfortable piece from our loungewear collection so you can look all summer long. Let's dive into six fantastic staycation activities that will fill your summer with joy—and keep your budget intact. Check it out below!
1. Be a Tourist in Your Own City
Sometimes, we get so caught up in the daily grind that we forget to appreciate the beauty of our own city. So why not take the opportunity to be a tourist in your hometown? Visit the top local attractions you've always meant to explore but never had the chance. Whether it's a historic landmark, a renowned museum, or a beautiful park, there's always something new to discover.
Plan a city tour or hop on a sight-seeing bus to see your town from a fresh perspective, and you might just gain a newfound appreciation for the place you call home. And of course, no staycation is complete without indulging in the culinary delights your city boasts. Stop at local popular restaurants with great reviews and treat your taste buds to a delightful experience.
Wear this while you do it: Sunday Funday Dress
One of our favorite things about the new loungewear collection is that each piece is designed to be comfortable, no-fuss, and easily transition throughout the day from multiple activities—from breakfast lunches to long city walks to afternoon dinners. You can wear one comfortable loungewear piece to do all of that.
While you’re being a tourist in your own city, we suggest pairing this activity with the Sunday Funday dress, available in black, jade and navy. This easy-to-slip on, comfortable, and stylish dress has the look of a shift dress (not too tight but still gives you some shape). It’s the perfect dress to keep you cool in this summer heat while still looking put together. Pair it with a crossbody bag, some comfortable sneakers or sandals, and you’ll have a look that’s perfect for a day in the city.
2. Camping in the Backyard
Craving the great outdoors but don't want to venture far from home? The solution is simple: set up a tent in your backyard! Camping in your own backyard can be a magical experience, especially for kids. Pitch the tent, gather your family and friends, and create a cozy campsite. Build a bonfire (or use the oven!) and roast marshmallows while sharing laughter and stories under the starry night sky. It's a fantastic way to bond with loved ones while staying close to the comforts of home. Plus, you have the luxury of indoor plumbing right nearby, which is always a plus!
Wear this while you do it: Como Cashmere Top
The loungewear clothing category was created as a way to connect comfortable clothes you can ‘lounge’ in while still looking put together. With loungewear you get both comfort and style—no need to sacrifice one or the other. For a summer camping night with friends and family, we love the Como Cashmere Top available in ivory, black, ocean, and taupe. Pair it with comfy joggers or shorts for a casual, yet put-together camping outfit.
3. Resurrect Your Childhood Summers
Remember the summers of your childhood? The days seemed endless, filled with laughter and excitement. For this staycation activity, why not bring back those fond memories? Spend hours at a nearby pool, splashing and laughing with your loved ones. Plan a day at the local amusement park, where thrilling rides and sugary treats will transport you back to the good ol' days. Don't forget to head to the park and engage in some friendly sports or games with your family and friends. You'll be amazed at how revisiting your favorite childhood activities can bring a smile to your face and create cherished memories with your loved ones.
Wear this while you do it: Loungewear Romper
Watching your kids experience the summer activities you loved as a kid is truly magical. One part of making these memories a possibility is finding functional clothing pieces that you can comfortably wear all day. For a day full of traditional summer activities, we love a romper like the Play Date Romper, Nora V-Neck Romper, or the Feeling Fine Jumper depending on the fit that you like. Pair the romper with a light jacket or long-sleeve shirt, add some comfortable sandals and sneakers, and you’ll be ready to go.
4. All-Night Board Games
Who says you need to spend a fortune to have a good time? Host an all-night board game competition and sleepover with your family and friends! Dust off those classic board games or explore some new ones that everyone can enjoy. Create teams, set up a tournament, and let the friendly competition begin! Prepare a snack bar with popcorn, chips, and beverages to keep the energy high. Laughter, camaraderie, and shared moments are guaranteed in this inexpensive yet incredibly enjoyable activity.
Wear this while you do it: Cashmere Jogger Pants
There’s nothing better than memories with family and friends. We love planning an all-night board game competition and sleepover. The Cashmere Jogger pants in black, taupe, or olive are perfect for an all-night board game fest. See who’s the true Catan champion or the crown the queen of Monopoly, all while being comfortable and stylish.
5. Drive-In Movie
There's something undeniably magical about drive-in movies. If your kids have never experienced one, this summer is the perfect time to check it off your family bucket list. Pack some blankets and pillows, hop into the car, and head to the nearest drive-in movie theater. It's a unique and affordable way to catch the latest blockbusters while enjoying the comfort of your own vehicle. Snuggle up with your loved ones, share some popcorn, and let the magic of the big screen unfold before your eyes.
Wear this while you do it: Boardwalk Zip Up Hoodie
The key to being comfortable at a drive-in movie is having layers. It might be hot outside when you get there but quickly cool down as the sunsets. The Boardwalk Zip Up Hoodie in cotton candy blue, bubble gum pink, or sea glass green is the perfect lightweight jacket to bring with you. Throw this in your bag with you and you’ll be ready and comfortable for temperature changes throughout the movie.
6. Spend the Day at the Lake, Beach, or River
Nature has a way of providing endless entertainment without costing a fortune. Pack up your sunscreen, towels, and swimsuits, and head to a nearby lake, beach, or river for a day of fun in the sun. Whether you prefer the tranquility of a lake, the crashing waves of a beach, or the gentle flow of a river, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Rent kayaks or paddleboards for a thrilling aquatic adventure or simply relax and let your kids build sandcastles by the shoreline. Pack some sack lunches to keep the hunger at bay and enjoy a memorable day surrounded by the beauty of nature.
Wear this while you do it: HAPARI suit + Sandrine Duster
For summer days at the lake, beach or paddling down a river, there really is no comparison to a HAPARI swimsuit. Check out our collection of tankinis, two-piece suits, and one-piece options here. And, remember you can score $20 pieces on select swimwear for a limited time. We also love the Sandrine Duster in white or black to throw over your swimsuit as a comfortable and functional coverup.
Summer is all about making memories and having a blast, and with these six staycation activities, you can do just that without straining your wallet. Embrace the spirit of adventure and exploration right where you are, and you'll be amazed at the treasures that await you in your own city or town. So, this summer, save money without sacrificing fun, and embark on a staycation full of joy and wonder. Happy summer staycation!
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This $20 Swim Sale is applicable to all swimwear pieces except new release prints. But, pssst...if you use code: SUMMER30 at check out, you can still score 30% OFF new release swimwear and loungewear pieces. Better hurry, these deals won't last long!Ready for more lifestyle articles, product features, and healthy living tips? Check out the other articles in our HAPARI blog. We feature special product spotlights, healthy eating and fitness advice, and exclusive insider deals on our swimwear.