FOX8 looks at great ‘staycation’ ideas around the Triad

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Spring break is around the corner, and if you’re looking to stay closer to home this year, the Piedmont has a lot to offer.

FOX8’s Natalie Wilson went searching for three staycation ideas that could make for a great spring break—without breaking the bank.

1. Historic Barbecue Trail - The North Carolina Barbecue Society has a historic barbecue trail. It was created by founder and CEO Jim Early. It only features restaurants that cook barbecue the old fashioned way, which is meat cooked slowly on a grill above hot coals. The restaurants on the list have been in business for at least 15 years. Early says families often cover segments of the trail and pick up where they left off the following year.

2. Lake Brandt - Lake Brandt has 72 miles of trail around the lake which lake activity specialists say is beautiful around late March. Teams there are also working on an archery program that is scheduled to launch this spring and is open to ages 5 and up. Lake Brandt also houses the ECO Bus (Engaging the Community Outdoors). It’s a traveling animal exhibit that introduces children to native species.

3. North Carolina Zoo - With hundreds of animals and thousands of plants to see, there is likely something everyone in the family can enjoy here. Between late March and the end of April, it will have special themed events including a teddy bear clinic. People can bring their teddy bears and learn all things bear as it relates to the zoo.