To busy to plan a summer vacay? Or maybe trying to save up some money? Plan a staycation with your friends or family right here in the Little Apple! From the perfect picnic places to local swimming holes, we have all you need to plan your perfect staycation. Here are eight ways to have the best summer staycation and to enjoy the final dog days of summer!

Pack a picnic and make a splash

We all know just how hot and humid summer’s in Kansas can be, but don’t let that keep you cooped up indoors! There are plenty of places to escape the heat. Pack up a yummy picnic for the family and take the kiddos to the City Park or Blue Earth Plaza splash parks. Or looking to get away from town a bit? Explore nature and grill out at Pillsbury Crossing—everyone’s favorite local water hole!

Try something new

Try something new and exciting without having to deal with the stress of a long road trip! For the adrenaline junkie: soar over the Flint Hills and try out ziplining at the Wildwood Outdoor Adventure Park. For the brain whiz: race the clock and challenge you and a few friends to solve all the puzzles and escape a room at Locked Manhattan. For the adventurer: explore the Kansas River by kayak and enjoy the relaxation of blissfully floating along the river.

Go for a swim

Live that “lake life” and visit Tuttle Creek Lake! Boating, fishing, swimming, camping, paddle boarding—the list goes on and on—there is something for everyone to enjoy! So pack up the fam bam and go cool off!

Get artsy

Explore your creative side at Straight Upp Studio. They offer paint-your-own pottery, canvas & cork events, and kid’s classes! For creative inspiration, get an in-depth look at Kansas art and visit the Marianna Kistler Museum of Art located on K-State Campus.

Grab a sweet treat

We might be biased, but desert is our favorite “meal” of the day here at Alliance Realty. From Call Hall to Pip’s Bake Shoppe, Manhattan has plenty of places to curb your sweet tooth. So go grab an ice cream cone or cupcake and splurge a little on your diet….you know it will be worth it!

For those 21 and over

Manhattan offers several unique breweries and a gorgeous winery. Quench your thirst with a Wildcat Wheat at Little Apple Brewery, or get a flight and enjoy the rooftop patio at Tallgrass Tap House. More of a wine connoisseur? Enjoy the picturesque views of the Flint Hills while you sip on a Chardonnay at Liquid Art Winery.

Go see a show

School’s out, and so are all the best movies! Enjoy an unforgettable movie experience at the new IMAX theater. Looking for a live show instead? Check out the countless live arts programs and performances hosted at McCain Auditorium!

Have a Great summer!

We love to see and hear how you are going to be spending the rest of your summer! If you have any other summer staycation ideas, share them with us and the community in the comments section!