Summer is now in full swing and there is no shortage of Instagram posts of our friends enjoying their vacations. Maybe this year your family can’t afford to travel somewhere for vacation. Or, maybe you can but find it difficult to take an extended time away from work. or you are having trouble working out all of the gory details of a family vacation. So, why not a staycation? Our area has so many fun, inexpensive things to do if we just stop and look around. Here are just a few to get you thinking!


Acworth Beach

There are many different locations along Lake Acworth that make for a super fun day at the “beach” with your family. Gas-powered boats are not allowed in this lake, so it’s easy to enjoy the quiet peacefulness of being outside. Canoes, kayaks and paddle boards are all welcomed for those who like to be more active. Don’t forget to pack a lunch or foods to grill to save some extra money rather than eating lunch out!

Lake Allatoona Camp Grounds

Maybe you and your family are looking for a weekend getaway rather than just a day trip. Lake Allatoona has some great campground locations! You can either rent a camper for the weekend (which is less expensive than a hotel stay) or get out the tents and sleeping bags! There are plenty of activities for everyone in the family to do around the lake.

SunTrust Park/The Battery Atlanta

With the Battery Atlanta still being a relatively new attraction in our area, it is definitely a place worth checking out! There are a number of great restaurants to enjoy before catching a baseball game. If the Braves are away, no worries! The game is live streamed on a large screen on a grassy area right outside of the ball park. You can pack some food for the family or grab take out and watch the game that way!

Hiking at Kennesaw Mountain or Red Top Mountain

For those of you who enjoy being active on a staycation, try out some of the trails that Kennesaw Mountain or Red Top Mountain have to offer! There are plenty of spots along the trails to stop and enjoy the scenery or eat a packed lunch.

Etowah River Kayak or Canoeing

Along the Etowah River, there are tons of places to rent kayaks or canoes for the day at a relatively inexpensive price. They also have lots of options on how long you can be out there for. If you’re looking to spend the day or just a few hours, there is definitely something for everybody.


Now that summer is half way over (yes, that’s right.. half way), it’s time to take a break and enjoy the area around us! Whether you have young kids, older kids or no kids, there is something for everyone to do locally. Get out there and enjoy your summer!

Dina Hinton

Dina Hinton

Dina spends most of her time as mama to two little girls. She and her husband, Brad, recently welcomed their second baby into the family, so their lives are a mixture of lots of joy and lots of chaos. In her free time (what very little she has), she loves blogging and enjoying time spent with friends and family.

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