While on vacation, it’s always fun to find unique local entertainment mediums to keep you busy and give you a taste of the city or small town’s atmosphere. Entertainment comes in a wide variety of experiences from staged performances to local dining to area-specific museums to musical performance venues. You’re sure to find plenty of activities to keep you busy during your vacation!
If you enjoy staged plays or Broadway shows and musicals, look into local theatres. Some of these offer performances by professional traveling performance groups, but others feature local talent in a variety of performances. For those who have the travel flexibility, you may even want to plan your vacation around a specific performance. For instance, if you enjoy musicals, find out if the theatre will be doing a performance like Beauty and the Beast, Annie, My Fair Lady, or another musical performance. That way you’ll know you can enjoy a musical during your vacation!
For those who would enjoy browsing through local history, a visit to one (or several!) of the many historic museums is in order! Most large cities offer a variety of museums providing information on how the city developed, the major industries it’s supported over the years, and biographical information on prominent people who lived and worked there. Other museums may feature specific historical events in which the city and its citizens were involved. Do you enjoy sports like racing, baseball, football, or many others? Find museums which feature some of these topics! And if you enjoy studying about the development of the modern railroad, cars, airplanes or other transportation options, you can even find museums detailing these developments! As you research your vacation location, be sure to find out what types of museums are located in the area. Even small towns and country areas have some fascinating museum entertainment options.
Of course, you’ll need to try the local cuisine! Try and stay away from chain restaurants which serve the same menu from coast to coast. You’ll want to find some unique local cafs featuring food that’s grown in the area and menu choices which are uniquely designed to appeal to the local citizens. For a true taste of the city or country, visit local family-run restaurants!
While you’re enjoying the local tastes and smells, ask your waiter about local shops that are unique to the area. You may want to stroll down the main streets and browse some of the shops that are hallmarks to the citizens.
Families with children will definitely want to check out local parks, beaches, amusement parks and other entertainment designed for energetic individuals! Other family-friendly options include bowling alleys, miniature golf courses, and indoor activities like laser tag or arcade games.
You’ll definitely find something for everyone when it comes to entertainment during vacations! Before you head out on your vacation, plan a variety of activities to do and events to visit. You’ll also want to check on local festivals or fairs that may be happening while you’re there!