Ah, sunny days and starry nights in Portland! It’s the perfect time to escape from the hustle and bustle of your daily lives. Relax, bond with the family, and enjoy the amazing summer weather and the city’s vibrant outdoor culture. A trip to Mexico may seem tempting but between interactive zoos, museums, fine eateries, and theme parks, there’s no reason why you won’t find amazing adventures in your own backyard in Portland. And when it comes to having fun on a budget, there’s no better place to be than at home. A vacation at home (or staycation!) means fun whenever and however you like – no flight delays, jetlag, or early resort check-out times to worry about. Premier Pools & Spas of Portland has put together some amazing ideas to help you enjoy your free time without leaving Portland. Here they are!

Get Cooled Off!



Spend the day having fun while getting wet at a local amusement and water park. Disney World isn’t the only place where you can have fun. Just an hour drive from downtown Portland is the spectacular Wings and Waves Waterpark. Stop by and enjoy the slides, cool off in the vortex pool or simply listen to the soothing sound of the water flowing from the fountain. And if this sounds a little too hectic then maybe just relaxing with a cocktail in hand is enough to keep you cool.

Backyard Film Festival

Invite your friends and family over, put on your favourite movie and grab some snacks!  A film festival is a great way to catch up with those closest to you while also having fun. To make things even more interesting, you may want to use an outdoor inflatable screen or projector, so your guests can enjoy the movie while cooling off in the pool. Just be sure to arrange sufficient refreshments!

Camp Under the Stars



The best place to enjoy Portland outdoors is in the safety of your own home. Grab some sleeping bags, set up a tent and gather the kids around the fire pit to roast some s’mores while telling terrifying ghost stories. And if the kids get too scared then you can always switch to the Night Sky app and start identifying the stars and planets.

Play Some Board Games


Board games never get old but in the summer staying inside can ruin the fun. So, why not take it to the pool! With a floating game board you can play all your favourite board games from your swimming pool – classic chess, backgammon, and even checkers. Just be sure set up snacks and drinks on a table nearby. You certainly won’t want to leave the board when your guests gets hungry.

Enjoy Your Vacation at Home in Portland!

Relaxing at home and forgoing your chores can be difficult for parents, but ultimately the trick to having an amazing staycation is not about what you do. It’s about how much you enjoy it. Once you’ve made up your mind to push back your chores and crank up the fun, you can start planning a spectacular staycation, laughing, playing and dining with friends and family.

Life’s short…live it to the fullest! Premier Pools & Spas is also here to help you if you need a pool to transform your Portland home into a permanent vacation spot. Contact us if you need our assistance.

Check out livingwellspendingless.com for more amazing ideas on how to make the best of your staycation and check out the video below.