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10 Great Summer Stay-cations

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For many modern families, the dream of a slow-paced, relaxing vacation has fallen victim to high gas prices, invasive security searches and credit card bills that linger long after a trip has ended. By the time you're ready to head home, you're left feeling like you need a vacation to recover from your vacation.

So, this year, why not enjoy time off on your own terms with a stay-cation? You'll skip the hassle and the expense of flying or driving, and take part in the best experiences your town has to offer. You can even stick close to home and focus on the simple joy of spending time with family and friends. No matter what your interests or budget, these 10 great summer stay-cation ideas can help you make the most of your vacation time.