Staycation Escapes: Fun on the Water

The trap of a staycation is that you are at home and can easily get stuck in your regular routine. Vacationing in your hometown can be fun and relaxing, if you can just get a different perspective. Try getting outside and getting wet, and explore your city from the water.

Go cruisin'. So a week-long trip on the Caribbean Sea isn't in the cards this year. Get a taste with a hometown cruise. From cocktails at sunset in Chicago to a Manhattan sightseeing lunch, Entertainment Cruises has options for varying tastes and budgets in 10 cities. For more activity and adventure, there's a Zumba cruise in Boston and speedboat rides in Baltimore.

Paddle on. Hop in a kayak and take a tour of your city from the vantage point of the ducks. Many operations, like City Kayak in San Francisco and Portland Kayak, offer beginner guided tours that don't require prior experience. If you're a pro, you can rent a kayak and go exploring solo.

Jet around. For some excitement, race around your town on a jet ski. Jet Ski Tours of Miami will take you around Star Island and offers snorkeling — you'll probably see a dolphin (or ten). While it's probably no surprise there's such an option in Miami, did you know you could do the same in New York? Jetty Jumpers takes you around Coney Island, Brooklyn, or Manhattan, and will even provide photos of your trip.

What are your favorite ways to enjoy the water in your hometown?

(Image: Tara Bellucci)