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5 Steps to Planning Your Central Florida Staycation

In Central Florida, you don’t need a passport, or even a plane ticket, to enjoy a truly rewarding escape. Fun-filled staycations let you see your surroundings in an all-new way!

Summer may be wrapping up, but staycations are easy to enjoy all year long—especially here at The Black Hammock. Read on as we share a few simple ways to plan the perfect close-to-home adventure.

Live like a tourist

One of the best parts about vacation is that you don’t have all the answers! You might pull out a map, wear your favorite floral button-down and “tourist” hat, and hop online to look up interesting things you find along the way. Embrace the tourist mindset on your staycation, too. Sure, you might know the local area pretty well, but there is still plenty to be discovered (or re-discovered) if only you shift your mindset from “local” to “traveler.”

Part of this shift also means disconnecting like you would on vacation—leaving the laptop at home, not checking emails, and feeling fully present in the moment! You’ll thank yourself later. Plus, when it comes to staycationing at The Black Hammock, being present is especially important. You don’t want to miss a gator in action, or the majestic swoop of a bald eagle by your boat!

Pack light

Since you’re on a staycation, you can skip out on much of the planning (and packing) that goes into a standard getaway—leaving you more time to enjoy the adventure ahead! Opt for a simple overnight or weekend bag and bring along essentials like comfy shorts and shirts, as well as shades, sunscreen, a hat and comfy walking shoes for active adventures.

Plan exciting excursions

Speaking of active adventures, it doesn’t get much better than a thrilling airboat ride on Lake Jesup! It’s a classic Old Florida activity, making it a perfect choice for a staycation you can’t find anywhere else.

In addition to the pure fun and adrenaline of a brisk ride, you will be able to see your Central Florida surroundings in an all-new way, virtually untouched and filled with natural splendor in the form of lush hammocks, rich blue water, and the majestic birds, gators and other animals who call it “home.” It’s a thrill ride, safari and more—all part of one unforgettable adventure. 

(One of the great things about planning a staycation with The Black Hammock is that as a Florida resident, you can enjoy discounted rates on your ride all summer long! Just find the deal on our Specials page and book a select ride time online, then bring your state ID at check-in. This sweet deal runs through 9/22.)

Kick back and relax, too!

Of course, no staycation would be complete without some quality downtime, too! Be sure to get plenty on your Black Hammock staycation. We’ve got you covered with the Lazy Gator Bar, which offers choice sunset seating when you want to relax with a delicious drink and cap off the day with friends! You can also catch some zzz’s at your very own accommodations, just minutes away from all the action…

Find the perfect home away from home

At The Black Hammock, we offer a variety of vacation rentals for you to enjoy—perfect for turning fun-filled days into fun-filled weekends. From cozy cottages to spacious retreats for the whole family (and more!), just browse our Lodging page. We know that there’s something special about staying overnight in a new environment, even if home isn’t too far away! So feel free to make these one-of-a-kind digs your home away from home for a night or two. 

Looking for a dream getaway without, well, getting away? We’ve got you covered with The Black Hammock vacation rentals, which put you at the heart of your favorite natural escape (and all the action that goes along with it!). Visit our Lodging Page to learn more.


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