Be A Tourist in Your Own City!


My kids and I decided we wanted to be tourists in our own city. We often head out of town for vacation but actually, a lot of people come to our city for a vacation!

Our tourist day was a lot of fun and really a great way to change things up this summer. It was an opportunity to make an effort to shop small and appreciate where we live.

We had so much fun putting a list together of all the places we wanted to visit.

I am going to share some tips with you that make it easy and fun to be a tourist in your hometown.

The first tip is to make a plan before you head out. I created a free printable that gives you some ideas to start with and also provides you a place to write down all the places you want to explore.

My next tip is to get your phone out and Google your city’s most popular tourist attractions. This gave us a few ideas that I wouldn’t have thought of!

Our goal was to shop small to support our local shops. It was fun to talk about this with my kids. We chatted about the importance of shopping at our local stores. They found it so fascinating that these people started a business all on their own and are now living their dream!

Here are a few pictures of us “Living Local”!

Tom Ridge Environmental Center

Pop Luck

Local Book Store – Pressed

Lake Erie

Bicentennial Tower

The last tip I have is to make sure to take tons of photos to document all the places you visited. You can then create a journal page for it to keep all your memories together! If you would like to learn more about creating a bucket list, bucket list journal or get these tourist free printables head over HERE to get yours!

Thanks for following along with us! I would love to hear what you think about being a tourist in your hometown. Have you ever done this before?


  1. Shelley Thayer says:

    Awesome idea Laura!!! Great way to go to places in your own City that offer super fun things to see and do!!!! I am thinking of places that I haven’t been to yet and want to do for sure!!!!

    • Laura says:

      It was so much fun to explore! They had a blast!

    • I am happy, happy, happy, you all make me happy! Let me tell you why, when I moved from Erie, Pennsylvania at the age of 32 and moved to Sacramento, California I was busy working, working, working. Working out doors the majority of time I traveled to over 60 poverty stricken communites working in the field of houwing and community development but never truly had the time to explore the city I was living in, which is Sacramento. There are so many places I have yet to see in Sacramento. Time is of the essence and you have given me the energy charge and planning tools to begin to see and do! Thanks again. Debbie Rafter

      • Laura says:

        Oh my gosh! thank you so much for telling me all of this. You have worked so hard. I hope now you can enjoy where you live and experience all the fun you can have! Thank you for reaching out to me! XOXO

  2. Juju says:

    You certainly have some of the best ideas EVER. Its good to show your kids just how cool your city really is. Plus the kids will always remember this experience.

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