Sometimes the simplest activities are the ones that create lasting memories. A trip to the local zoo may seem simple, but it's the perfect stay-cation outing for families with young children. Take it slow and allow kids to linger at any exhibits that hold their interest rather than rushing through.
No zoo in your town? Plan a visit to an aquarium, planetarium or kid-friendly museum. Since you're saving so much on airfare and hotel costs, why not splurge for a special behind-the-scenes VIP tour or kids camp program that allows your children to interact with the animals and see secret sites? For older kids and teens, ask about overnight adventures at zoos, aquariums and museums.