We've talked a little bit about "staycations" in the past, on this site, but there are things besides the local tourist attractions that many families can enjoy. I'm just starting to learn more about the happenings in my area. There are some annual events that are actually pretty nice. A recent one had food, music, prizes, games, and all of it was free. Some events have a small fee, but even so, they are nice, affordable events. Check with nearby Chamber of Commerce and such to see if there are nice events in your area. Even the bank has a "customer appreciation" thing here, where they serve food and have raffles. There are many things I didn't even know about that will give us some things to do this summer, even though we won't really have the opportunity to "travel" per se, we can still feel like we're "on vacation" as we discover all these events.