Go on an urban adventure by becoming a tourist in your own city
The term staycation can have a sad connotation. Everyone wants a grand, glorious vacation. Telling your kids that this year’s vacation is in your home city can sound disappointing. Turn those frowns upside down with an urban adventure that the family will always remember.
Living near a popular vacation destination can have its advantages. The landmarks, attractions and places to see are numerous. Even with all the possibilities, families can come complacent. For example, my kids don’t want to go on the Navy Pier Ferris wheel again. It is boring, or so they complain. So this summer when I said we were planning an urban adventure, the kids weren’t exactly thrilled.
My son and I enjoy watching the television show, The Amazing Race, and we enjoy solving puzzles. The idea of going on a urban scavenger hunt, or urban adventure, was right up our alley. Several companies offer programs or hunts. Personally, I found one that was on my smartphone that worked for us.
What I like about the urban adventure in our own city was that we saw a few places that we have never seen. For example, I lived in the Chicago are for 10 years and never knew all the features of the Tribune building. From the famous quotes in the lobby to the artifacts embedded in the building’s walls, we discovered a new appreciation for our city.
When planning an urban adventure, think about the strengths and weaknesses of your group. For example, if your kids don’t want to walk for miles, make sure that your quest has a short distance. If your kids aren’t fans of heights, scope out the landmarks before you begin. Preparation is key to having a great time.
Next time your family is thinking about a staycation trip, think outside of the box. Seek new places to re-discover the city that you love. A staycation can be a memorable vacation for your family when you turn it into an urban adventure.
Written by Cristine
Topic: Urban Adventure