High gas prices drive summer 'staycations' in Indy

Zoo, Children's Museum offer one-tank getaways

INDIANAPOLIS - High gas prices are transforming travel habits and many families say they will be staying closer to home this summer to take advantage of local family attractions.

According to VisitIndy, more and more Hoosiers have been staying close to home to play for the past few years.

“When you see the gas prices, people, I think, stay closer to home. And if you’ve tried to buy an airplane ticket lately, Oh my  gosh, $600, $700 a person is not unusual just in the United States,” said Jeff Patchen with the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Instead of flying, mother Allison Brewster plans to drive her family from Kokomo to Indianapolis more often.

“We’d like to take a vacation. I’m a teacher, summer is the best time for me to go on vacation and I kind of feel like I’m strapped and stuck at home,” Brewster said. “With gas prices the way they are, filling up a van to take my kids anywhere, it’s crippling for our finances.”

Places like the Children’s Museum and the Indianapolis Zoo are planning to lure families in for one-tank trips.

“We have a great partnership with the Children’s Museum where you can get four tickets to the museum, four tickets to the zoo and a discounted hotel package, all available on our website,” said Jon Glesing with the zoo.

Over the past several years, the Children’s Museum has seen an increase in attendance from almost every county in the state. In some counties, the increase has been more than 50 percent.

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