A recent CNN report talked of the latest summer concept of a "stay-cation." Basically, instead of packing up the entire family and loading up the car for a roadtrip that will cost you more in gas than hotel and restaurant expenses, the idea is to stay at home and create the vacation-vibe within your own household.
A lot of stores such as Target and Wal-mart are trying to take advantage and play up the idea of the stay-cation by selling tents, kiddie pools and other outdoor activity related products a decent rate. While this is practical (though maybe not as ideal as a weekend down the shore) for families in suburbia – how is this marketable to the urbanites who are without a backyard oasis?
Creating a stay-cation in Manhattan does not have to necessitate a tent and a kiddie pool, as far as I am concerned. Yes, I do love to get away from the city at times and head down the shore for some sand and sun, but fiscally, this cannot happen as often as one would like. Utilizing Manhattan's resources such as Central Park and all of the museums you could ever want is certainly one way to make for an enjoyable family or couples' weekend. So go load up a picnic basket and bring along a blanket (and PLENTY of water), and throw in some wiffle ball gear!