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Ever wished you could take an on-demand getaway? We've partnered with Starbucks Refreshers® sparkling juice blends to show that uplifting mini escapes can come in the form of sweet and tangy sparkling juice blends and free local hideouts alike.

In case you forgot, jet-setting around the world and posing for candid snaps at outdoor music festivals aren't the only ways to indulge in Summer fun. Instead of making big plans that can easily drain our bank accounts, let's take a nod from the spontaneous Summers of our childhoods and find small ways to refresh that actually feel attainable.

Whether a gorgeous, sunny day indoors is driving you stir crazy or you're simply looking to make good use of free time, read on to discover five spots that'll quickly deliver that much-needed escape. Grab a good book and an uplifting, sparkling Starbucks Refreshers® beverage that's perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up, and visit some of these locations for yourself. Oh, and did we mention the best part? They won't cost you a dime to visit.

1. A Scenic Spot by the Water

There's no sound more serene than the ripple and flow of water. Depending on where you're located, your nearest body of water may be an ocean off the coast, one of the five Great Lakes, or even just a local pond. No matter what it is, you'll definitely want to go for a cooling dip, find an open space to sit, or jog alongside a nearby path. Because these areas feel like an instant oasis, it's easy to catch a small escape from real life whenever you need it.

2. A Hub For the Arts

Looking for a change of pace or to immerse yourself in a completely new world? Locate your nearest museums or public art galleries. Even the most highly acclaimed museums offer free days on a weekly or monthly basis (especially for students!), so be sure to check their policies before making the trip. And if you'd rather enjoy the weather outside, take a walk along your city's downtown streets. No matter if you're in a spot known for street art or a more remote town, you're likely to come across colorful murals, local monuments, or even unique architecture to pique your interest. Not only is a stroll outside great for your mind, but it's also a perfect way to capture memorable photos along the way.

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3. A Shady Park Trail With a Breeze

No matter if you live in a big city or a rural town, this is one spot you can always rely on in a pinch. Sprawling public parks are meccas for urban dwellers to spend quick breaks or full afternoons under the shade of lush trees. And for those in more quiet or nature-filled areas, hiking along trails or relaxing on a bench may be how you like to unwind. If you're planning to stay a while, prep lunch beforehand and pair it with a hydrating, sparkling Starbucks Refreshers® beverage in Black Cherry Limeade, Peach Passion Fruit or Strawberry Lemonade to sip as you enjoy the scenery. The cooling mix of real fruit juice blends and coconut water (yum!) is a tasty alternative to energy drinks or sodas, and will keep you going through the rest of the day.

4. A Quiet Library Lined With Books

If total silence sounds like music to your ears, hit up your nearest public library. Beyond endless rows of books that are packed with knowledge and unique lessons, you're also bound to find workshops and classes that are easy to sign up for. You may not realize it yet, but taking the time to power down and look away from your phone screen can be more of an escape than anything else.

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5. An Animal-Lover's Paradise

Sometimes the best medicine is on four legs and covered in fur. For an adorable escape, hit up your local animal shelter for a day of volunteering or even grab a seat outside your local dog park to make some furry friends. While these animal experiences may not compare to those underwater photo ops from your friends' vacations, any time spent with animals can be way more therapeutic than you'd ever expect.

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Looking for something lightly sparkling, with a touch of caffeine? At 90 calories, no artificial flavors, real fruit juices and coconut water, Starbucks Refreshers® beverages beverages are a tasty, happy blend of goodness and the perfect option for an afternoon pick-me-up. Available in three flavors, try them all today!

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