The summer is the best time to take advantage of many free and inexpensive activities. Whether you are planning a family getaway or are looking to do something fun closer to home, there are all sorts of options. To get you started, here are six money saving things to do during the summer.
- Go see fireworks. Local towns typically offer great fireworks displays. Some places charge a small fee to get closer to the action, however, many are free. While July 4th is the most popular day for fireworks, you might see them when you are at a county fair, baseball game, or an outdoor concert. Remember to bring bug spray and ear plugs.
- Check out a street fair. Street fairs offer free admission and parking. To avoid being tempted to spend too much money, only bring along cash that are you willing to spend.
- Got to a craft festival. Craft festivals can be a good inspiration to make fun homemade projects either by yourself or with your kids on the next rainy summer day. If they are located in a town, admission is usually free. If it is located on a fairgrounds or historical location, there might be an admission fee and/or a parking charge. Check online for any coupons off the entrance fees.
- Listen to a free concert at a park. Check with your town and surrounding towns to get the concert schedule. Pack a picnic dinner along with your chairs. If you have get there early to get a parking spot and have young kids, bring along a ball or flying disc to toss around while you are waiting for the concert to begin.
- Try kayaking. State and local parks offer introductory lessons on how to kayak. It’s a nice way to try it without investing much time or money. If you live in NYC or nearby, there are free lessons throughout the summer.
- Visit a flea market. Don’t go expecting to buy. Browse. Talk to the vendors. You can learn about history and gadgets that are no longer used. Play a game with your kids to see who can find the most unusual item. Visiting famous flea markets can become a vacation in itself.
Having fun in the summer doesn’t need to be costly. What are you planning this summer to do for fun?