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June 02, 2021

Make the Most Out of Your Staycation

Local, Money-Saving Tips
Summer is finally here – and thanks to school breaks and great weather, we are officially entering into vacation season for these next few months. Vacations are supposed to be a time of relaxation for the family, but between the travel, lodging, food, and entertainment – and the fact that we are still recovering from a world-wide pandemic – these trips can add a lot of unneeded stress to your life, both mentally and financially.

If a vacation is not on the books for you and your family this year, that does not mean you have to stay cooped up in the house all summer. There is plenty to explore as a tourist right here, in and around Kansas City. To make the most of a “staycation,” I recommend a good balance of free activities and luxury price tags — local things you would not typically treat yourself to. It is your vacation, after all. You can save more money by eating some meals at home and mapping out the most fuel-efficient route as you plan your staycation.

Here are a few of my favorite places to visit across the greater Kansas City area! Once you start planning your staycation, do not hesitate to ask friends and coworkers for their favorite local spots and soon your week will plan itself.

Sights to See

Even if you have lived in Kansas City your whole life, I can guarantee that there are still some places and sites you have never seen! Not only is there so much to see, but you can find various free and outdoor options. Check out these options to get your family out of the house without breaking the bank:
  • Nelson Atkins Museum
  • Crown Center
  • City Market
  • Hallmark Visitors Center
  • Union Station
  • KC Streetcar
  • The Plaza
  • Kansas City Jazz Museum & Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
  • National World War I Museum and Memorial Fountains
Extra Tip: you can find a map of our city’s fountains online and make a whole day out of the adventure to find them all.

Things to Do

From amusement parks, to baseball games, to indoor skydiving – you will have no problem finding activities around the city to keep you busy on your staycation this summer!

  • Worlds and Oceans of Fun
  • Kansas City Royals Games at Kauffman Stadium
  • Kansas City Zoo
  • LegoLand
  • iFly
  • Science City
  • Top Golf

Places to Stay

If you want to get really into your staycation, KC has no shortage of nice, great hotels you could treat yourself to for a night or two. Sometimes you really just need a change of scenery for the night – and these hotels will not disappoint!

  • 21C Museum Hotel Kansas City
  • Loews Kansas City Hotel
  • The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
  • Hotel Phillips Kansas City
  • Ambassador Hotel Kansas City
  • The Fontaine
  • Hyatt Place

Or if you just don’t feel like cleaning and want to get out of the house for a few days, you can enjoy the luxury of housekeeping, pools, and breakfast at the plethora of chain hotels with low nightly rates in the area.

After the year we have had, the one thing most of us are seeking right now is to just get out the house and try something new. If COVID is keeping you close to home, or you just don’t have it in your budget to take a huge trip this year, you can still enjoy the important part of vacationing right here from Kansas City – the chance to spend time together away from everyday life and make memories we can revisit again and again. Don’t let your budget or a pandemic ruin your vacation, let it make your staycation something amazing!
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Kat Hnatyshyn

Branch Manager

Kat’s Money Corner is posted in the Kansas City Star every week. When not blogging or caring for her little ones, Kat is a manager with CommunityAmerica Credit Union.