9 Ways to Turn Your Backyard Into a Vacation Destination

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The warm weather season has arrived and chances are, you're ready for a vacation. But what to do when you can't take a cross-country flight or even a road trip to another state?

Good news: Your backyard is brimming with outdoor entertainment potential — it just takes the right items. From stylish inflatable pools to umbrella tents and more, scroll down for nine ways to transform your backyard into a stay-at-home-friendly oasis in no time.

1. FUNBOY Mini Inflatable Pool, $59

No budget for a full-fledged pool in your backyard? No problem. This adorable inflatable pool can seat up to two adults and instantly turns a sliver of yard space into a mini oasis in minutes.

2. BergHOFF Tabletop Grill, $260

Tis the season for BBQ. When you don't have the space or finances for a full-sized barbeque in your backyard, this chic portable tabletop grill allows you to make kabobs, burgers, and other grilled meals from just about anywhere.

3. Fredericks and Mae Bocce Game Set, $140

A fun outdoor game can make any place feel like a vacation. This colorful designer bocce ball game set will keep you and your guests entertained for hours and doesn't require any setup.

4. Canyon Fringe Hammock, $118

Why lounge around inside all day when you can unwind in a beautiful hammock instead? This eye-catching cotton hammock comes clad in netted fringe and makes any area feel like an island destination.

5. Igloo Retro Picnic Basket Cooler, $69.95

No summer trip would be complete without a good cooler to keep your food and beverages cold. This vintage-inspired cooler boasts a full-size ice chest and bright molded-in side handles so you can move it from the kitchen to the backyard with ease.

6. Brolly Beach Umbrella Tent, $69.95

A little shade can go a long way on a hot summer day. This stylish umbrella tent sets up in seconds with the pull of a string and provides plenty of leg room, shade, and storage pockets for stashing stuff, so you can veg out in your backyard without getting overheated.

7. Spaghetti Outdoor Lounge Chair, $200

Few things make a yard look as summery as a retro plastic-wrapped lounge chair. Handmade in Italy, this adjustable aluminum lounger is designed with an ergonomic backrest and armrests and folds up to save space when not in use.

8. Tykho 3, $59.90

Whether you're on a beach in Maui or in your own backyard, a wireless speaker is essential for any outdoor activity. Put together a vacation-inspired playlist and stream it from this waterproof Bluetooth speaker while you lounge by your inflatable pool this summer.

9. West Elm Simple String Lights, $49

You can always count on sparkling string lights to keep a backyard party going after sunset. String a garland of these gorgeous outdoor-safe globe lights on a fence or around your patio to transform your backyard into an ambient paradise in the evening.


Caroline Biggs is a writer living in New York City. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Apartment Therapy, Refinery 29, and more.

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