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What Are Your Summer Staycation Plans?

It’s safe to say that summer 2020 will be different than past summers. And our homes and communities will play a more important role than ever. Even as states lift shelter-in-place orders and businesses slowly reopen, many people this summer will choose to avoid hotel rooms, vacation rentals, beaches, public swimming pools, summer camps and state parks — and just stay home.

Even after months at home, a staycation can still be alluring. You’ve just got to think creatively. And that’s where the Houzz community can help.

At the end of May, many news outlets reported that kiddie pools across the country were sold out, or were fetching a high price on online auction sites. Have you snatched one up? Do you have plans to install an above-ground pool like the one pictured here? What are other creative ways you’re cooling off this summer? Share your ideas in the Comments.

After months already spent at home with the kids, how do you plan to keep the family active? What are some backyard games your family enjoys?

And don’t forget about pets. These homeowners in Seattle created a bone-shaped pool to keep their dog cool and happy.

If you’re skipping a camping trip this summer, do you have plans for a backyard alternative? What are your tips for creating an enjoyable experience?

When the heat or thunderstorms keep you inside, how will you spend the time? What’s on your summer reading list?

Sometimes it’s the small pleasures that make all the difference. A quiet breakfast with an outdoor view is a great way to savor the cooler morning hours. How will you use your outdoor spaces for dining this summer?