Many of us start planning our vacations around this time of year. With budgets reigning decisions,are you wondering how to swing a trip? Don't leave town.
That's not a flip answer. There's another vacation option: vacation locally.
Staycations are fun alternatives to the usual expense and time in travelling out-of-town. You don't need to go somewhere else to enjoy yourself.
Act like a tourist and rediscover Largo's great gems.
Are you ready? Before you head out the door, be sure to check Patch's regular features: and .
Plan your staycation with Patch's Picks on five activities to do on your Largo staycation.
Play Golf. Enjoy miniature golf at . Eighteen holes for kids of all ages. Round out your fun with a few grand slams in the batting cages, or practice your swing on the driving range.
Miniature golf prices are reasonable: $6 for adults; $5 for kids 14 and under; free for kids under four years old. Enjoy a free ice cream with a round of miniature golf. Visit their website for prices on batting cages, driving range and printable coupons.
Wander Through the Garden. Visit the beautiful , which showcases over 30 acres of cultivated gardens and 90 acres of natural habitat. The Gardens is home to wildlife, such as Osprey, hawks, various birds, turtles and alligators. Etch out two hours to enjoy the flowers, plants, wildlife, ponds, landscaping and gift shop.
Florida Botanical Gardens is open daily, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Book a Local Hotel. If you're thinking that a vacation isn't one where you stay home, then book a local hotel. The is centrally located to the beaches, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa.
This hotel (a little over a year old) features double beds, a 32-inch TV, refrigerator and coffee in their standard rooms. Enjoy a continental breakfast, free WiFi, a pool and fitness gym. Call or visit their website for special hotel prices.
Enjoy a Show. offers a dizzying array of entertainers, musical shows and stage plays. It offers events for everyone, from adults to kids. Upcoming April events include The Frog Prince, Life and Times of Johnny Cash, Closeup Magic Competition and the Trashy Fashion Show.
Visit their website for show times and prices, or call the Box Office at (727)587-6793.
Go Swimming. The has several recreation centers that offer fun things to do. Enjoy an island of water play at with a three-story flume slide and 241-foot corkscrew slide.
Until April 1, 2011, will open for spring break. During this special time, hours will be noon to 3 p.m.