Staycations are hot, and Prattville has the places to play this summer

Prattville Creekwalk at dusk - Photo by Marc Parker
Prattville Creekwalk at dusk - Photo by Marc Parker

Prattville – Due to the rising costs of gas and the current state of the economy (high levels of unemployment) staycations have become a popular alternative to vacations. Staycation is a portmanteau of the words stay and vacation and describes a period of time where a family or an individual stays at or near home to relax and recreate. The neologism became popular in the summer of 2008 when fuel prices reached record highs.

Instead of spending a week at the beach or in the mountains, a staycation includes activities that take place around or in close proximity to one’s hometown such as a trip to a local museum, park or attending local festivals.

In the Prattville, Alabama area their are quite a few fun options available to the local loafer:

Robert Trent Jones Capitol Hill Golf Course – Golf Magazine has called the judge course one of the 10 public courses in America worthy of hosting the U.S. Open. Greens fees are currently $45.00 for the months of July and August (add $10.00 for each round on the Judge). Located directly off I-65 in Prattville’s growing east side at 2600 Constitution Avenue.

Emerald Falls Adventure Park – Mini golf, go karts, bumper boats, batting cages, paintball and video games. Prices and hours vary. Located at 1321 S Memorial Dr, Prattville, Alabama.

Prattville Creekwalk – Spend a relaxing evening strolling or sitting by Autauga Creek behind City Hall in downtown.

Pratt Park – Situated on the edge of the downtown area this city park features a walking trail, a duck pond, picnic areas and a wonderfully enchanting playground for the kids.

Cooters Pond Park – Located on the banks of the Alabama River this city park offers a dog park, an overlook deck, three pavilions, picnic grills, two boat ramps and wide open spaces for family activities.

Prattaugan Museum & Archives, Heritage Center – Nestled In the heart of downtown Prattville next to City Hall, the museum is dedicated to the historical preservation of Autauga County. Features include: Daniel Pratt memorabilia, a Civil War room, local family history, county artifacts and genealogy information. Admission is free.

Pratt Pool – A large city pool located near Pratt Park near downtown Prattville. Summer hours are: Monday – Friday, Noon – 5:00 PM. Saturday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Cost is: $2.00 per person, under 3 free, family pool pass $120.00.

Article by Marc Parker

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