During the summer, your wallet may take a big hit due to spending on activities such as outdoor BBQ parties, trips to the beach, and more. Even if you’re on a budget or thinking of saving up for a significant expense, there are plenty of fun things to do without spending too much. Summer activities, including local events like concerts, festivals, and exhibitions are usually inexpensive or are offered free of charge regardless of where you live.
Here are some ideas for free and fun things to do in summer that won’t cost a fortune:
- Picnic in Local Parks: Choose a beautiful day and head straight to your local park for a picnic instead of spending big money at a restaurant. Parks are the perfect place to enjoy the season’s greenery, and the best part: admission is free.
- Free Outdoor Movie Screenings: Many cities and towns organize free outdoor movie screenings at local town squares or city centers. This can be an exciting way to have fun with friends and family, enjoy some culture and perhaps even catch up with a few of your neighbors.
- County Fairs Instead of Amusement Parks: Many county fairs offer relatively cheaper rides and other fun activities when compared to large amusement parks. Some fairs even offer special discount days and allow you to bring personal picnic items to save money on food. Also, volunteering at the fair might get you a complimentary pass!
- Camping: If you own camping gear, consider camping in your backyard for a cheap and fun-filled way to enjoy summer. Set up a tent, light a fire, and cook some marshmallows under the stars. Children will especially love this idea!
- Free Visits to a Zoo or Museum: Be sure to look out for free zoo or museum admission in your area. Visiting either will sure be an unforgettable experience! Also, don’t forget to carry food and drinks, so you don’t get lured into buying snacks.
- Local Plays: Several small communities still maintain a theater, playhouse, or an opera house and run local productions of plays and musicals. Most of them may offer discount nights. Attend a local play or musical for a thrilling and enriching experience.
- Free Community Classes: During the weekend, many institutions and local stores conduct free summer classes on a variety of topics for kids and adults. Stop by a local food store and attend a free cooking class or a hardware store to upgrade your knowledge about a home repair topic.
You can try these ideas for cool things to do in summer to create beautiful memories without breaking the bank.