Summer is officially here! That means the weather is perfect for a variety of getaways and outdoor adventures.
But don’t despair if you don’t have the funds to travel this summer. You can still take advantage of the long beautiful days in some seriously cost-effective and fun ways.
In fact, we’ve put together a list of some of the best, budget-friendly activities to take advantage of in the upcoming months. Here are a few of our ideas.
Picnic in the Park
We all have a park nearby that we can take advantage of. A simple way to get outside, spent time with friends, and boost your health is to pack up a quick picnic and visit your local park.
Take a Hike
The health benefits of hiking are profound. Besides getting exercise, you can get your daily dose of Vitamin D, reduce stress and even boost your creativity.
Don’t think your city has hiking trails? Think again. Most cities have hiking or walking trails just a short distance away. Head to Google and do some research about what’s available around you. Hiking is a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon.
Host a Game Night
Gather all your friends together for a fun (and free) game night.
Ask your friends to bring their favorite games, a dish of their choosing, and their beverage of choice. It’s a lowkey way to spend time with people without the cost of going out to dinner or heading out of town.
Get the kids (or some friends) together and go to a free outdoor movie. Cities everywhere are hosting free movie nights, and AMC Theaters is even getting in on the fun with an inexpensive Summer Movie Camp.
To save even more money, pack your own snacks and drinks.
Have a Bonfire
Whether you go to the beach, a campground, or even your own backyard, a bonfire is a fun way to enjoy summer nights.
Break out the grill or some wire hangers to roast your favorite summer snacks. This is another summer activity that is especially fun with a group, so gather all of our loved ones together and do some stargazing.
Join a Summer Reading Program
Libraries are free and offer summer programs for kids and adults. So, join a book club, attend a reading, or simply spend some time in the stacks. A library is an excellent option for free entertainment.
Don’t have time to search for the perfect book? Most library memberships come with digital options now.
Go Recipe Hunting
Eating out at restaurants is expensive. But you can bring the delicious food right to your kitchen by experimenting with new recipes this summer.
Make Pinterest your best friend and find one new recipe a week you want to try. Cooking is a fun activity that will make you forget about dining out altogether, plus home-cooked meals tend to be healthier than restaurant grub.
Whatever your budget is this summer, make it a point to get outside and take advantage of the activities available to you this season.