Top 5 Staycay Adventures [4/5]: Outdoor Activities

Welcome to part 4 of my 5-part series where I give you my TOP 5 Staycay Adventures you can do almost anywhere! Don’t know what a Staycay is? Find out here. In part 1 we looked at rediscovering your home town on a Tour Bus or City Circuit Bus. In part 2 we looked at how you could hop-off to enjoy the view from a Lookout or Observation Tower. And in part 3 we explored Art Galleries and Museums for their architectural and cultural significance. These are all fantastic ideas for getting to know the business side of your city but we’re going to spice things up with a few outdoor locations like a Park, Beach or Walking Track.

In Auckland there’s an urban park called the Domain which contains; the Auckland War Memorial Museum from part 3, Wintergardens, a cafe, duck pond, band stand, and cricket grounds.

You can get there by bus like the City Circuit or Tour companies from part 1 or you can use one of the many walking tracks. It’s about 2 km or 1 mile from the city center (Queen Street) which isn’t very far but it’s almost all up hill.

If you were planning a mostly outdoor Auckland staycay adventure you could catch a bus (City Circuit or Tour Bus) from Queen Street, hop-off at the Domain, take the walking track around the park, stop into the cafe for a snack or lunch, pop into the Museum and take the down-hill track back to the city.

While this sounds great for me and anyone in Auckland try to think of something similar where you live.

Outdoor examples of two Parks and a Beach

Left to Right: Central Park (NYC), Mission Bay and Auckland Domain (NZ)

Can you combine any one or more of these outdoor activities there?

Check out your local bus company’s websites to see where they stop and plan a staycay adventure around them. If there’s a large urban park try to find a nearby Lookout, Observation Tower, Art Gallery or Museum. Add them to your list of the day’s activities.

If you live near a large body of water you could modify the above details so you can visit a beach or a riverside. You’ll usually find a walking track so try to find one where there’s a food stop. Alternatively, bring your own lunch and drink.

The numbers

Public parks, beaches and rivers are generally free since they’re paid for by you (the tax payer). If you can walk to your destination and bring your own lunch. You should be able to get a full day’s worth of free and relaxing entertainment.

Use this as an opportunity to free yourself from the hustle-and-bustle of city living. Bring some light reading material or a camera to take some photos of the local flora and fauna.

And there you have it! #4 in my Top 5 Staycay Adventures.

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2018-06-13T05:43:15+00:00By TravellingCliff|