Summer is finally here! It’s the best time of year to enjoy warm, carefree days… even if you’re strapped for cash.
Summer activities can be expensive: road trips, water parks, and concerts aren’t always in your budget! So to help reignite the creativity of your youth, when a fun day involved sidewalk chalk, super soakers, and freeze-pops, here are 20 cheap summer activities for you to try out:
- Check out free outdoor festivals and events in your area – most cities have an online listing/twitter-feed of festivals and entertainment. Try something new like a cultural festival, or a new genre of music.
- Spend the day at the beach – whether you live near the ocean, or by a lakeshore, a day by the water can be relaxing and fun. Pack a Frisbee, kite, or football to keep entertained, or try building an epic sandcastle before the tide comes in.
- Picnic or Barbeque – grab a blanket, some food and beverages. Friends are sure to join you for a delicious meal. After-all, eating is a lot more fun when you’re goofing around outside!
- Take a hike or walk – do you live near a wildlife preserve, national park, or nature trails? Get out and explore the outdoors for an afternoon.
- Camping – even if you’re not a seasoned camper, a night at the local campsite can be a great vacation from your regular life. Especially if you’ve got plenty of food and friends to share it with.
With Your Special Someone:
- Star gazing – spend a night in a field, park, or hillside staring up at the stars. Be sure to get a star-mapping app for your smartphone to help you settle disagreements.
- Biking or roller-skating – even if you don’t own a bike, rentals are pretty cheap. Take a tour of your city or just enjoy the feel of the wind on your face as you power through parks.
- Mini-golf – Nothing says summer like a round of mini-golf. Follow it up with an ice cream one and you’ll have won my heart.
- Check out local artists at your pub or patio – does your local watering hole have live music? Check out a new band and get ready to clap along!
- Flea and Farmer’s Markets – check out the deals or locally sourced products at your hometown market. And, of course, the delicious food!
With Family and Kids
- Hitting up the playground – what’s more fun that playing on the monkey bars and getting reacquainted with the swing-set? Enjoy a trip to your local park with your favourite kiddo and be prepared to see the world through their eyes.
- Explore your city – check out parks, museums, or historic sites like a tourist. You might be surprised what you’ve always been missing out on! Check websites for deals; since you’ll be in town all summer you can take advantage.
- Washer-toss, Horseshoes, Crocket, Bocce Ball, or Lawn Bowling – get reacquainted with those dorky outdoor games that your parents never seem to part with. Try them out with the new and older generation – you might even stand a chance of winning!
- Bonfire – who doesn’t love a good bonfire? Gather up some old brush and prepare the fire pit cause you’re totally having roasted marshmallows tonight! For extra dork points, try starting a sing-a-long.
- Rent a canoe or paddleboat – take a relaxing paddle in a river or lake. Or play pirates. It’s up to you.
On Your Own
- Recreational Sports Leagues – get active and make some new friends by joining a recreational team. Many cities offer baseball, soccer, or ultimate Frisbee for next to no cost!
- Volunteering – have you been meaning to give back to your community? Contact a local organization. Interested in fundraising? There’s no better time to throw a car wash to raise funds for your favorite charity!
- Gardening – whether it’s starting a flower garden or growing some delicious veggies, gardening can be relaxing and rewarding. And compiling a list of recipes to try out can be strangely satisfying as well.
- Crafting – get some supplies and finally try out those DIY projects that you’ve pinned on Pinterest. Then take about a hundred photos and upload them for all to be amazed.
- Reading a book outside – there’s really nothing like sitting in your favourite spot (chair-swing anyone?) and enjoying a good story. Find a great summer read and unwind.
So there you have it – 20 ways to keep entertained this summer without breaking the bank. Enjoy!
Have any more cheap summer activities in mind? Please share!