There’s something incredibly peaceful about a staycation. Without the need to plan out the details of a traditional vacation, the staycation offers people the chance to really relax and unwind. While travel is rewarding, there’s also value in exploring our own backyards. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a few hours of your summer vacation, look no further than these summer hot spots near Youngsville.

Raleigh Road Outdoor Theater

3336 Raleigh Road, Henderson

One of just six remaining drive-in theaters in the Old North State, the Raleigh Road Outdoor Theater is a throwback to yesteryear. Bring a date for a romantic movie night, or pack the car with the whole family for a double feature. Think the sweltering temperatures spell a bad time for an outdoor theater? Think again. Leave your AC cranked and listen to the movie over your FM radio! Of course, if you prefer to spread out a blanket on the grass, that’s an option, too. Featuring showings of first-run movies from Wednesday-Sunday each week, there’s no better place to catch the latest summer blockbuster.

Falls Lake State Park

13304 Creedmoor Road, Wake Forest

When the dog days of summer really set in, there’s no place quite like Shelley Lake. With five separate, swimmable beaches, it’s a must for anyone hoping to take a dip and cool off. Boat ramps make it easy to paddle a kayak or canoe, and campsites are available for those hoping to really make the most of their staycation. Not into fishing, swimming or boating? No problem. Hit the trails for mountain biking, hiking, or to catch sight of through hikers making their way along the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail. It crosses right through the park!

Taylor Street Sprayground

416 N Taylor Street, Wake Forest

Kids will leap at the chance to cool off at this playground! The zero-depth aquatic play area features streaming, misting, and jetting water – much to the delight of local children. It’s a great option for toddlers who haven’t yet learned to swim, older kids who want a space to explore, and parents who are eager to join in on the fun. Be sure to wear water shoes, though, as the pavement can become hot in the sun, even when wet. The best part about this park? It’s completely free!