When you’re trying to save money, you might feel that staying indoors is your best bet when it’s time to relax or have fun. But when the sun is shining and you’re itching to go outdoors, there’s no reason you can’t venture outside — even if you don’t want to spend money!
Check out these 15 fun things to do for free outside the home:
1. Visit a Local Park
If you’re not typically a park-goer, the entertainment found at your local community park just might surprise you. Play Frisbee with friends, watch a sporting event, or engage in people-watching while enjoying the sunshine.
2. Go to the Library
Local libraries offer more than just free books you can borrow. Contact libraries in your area to learn more about free art exhibits, concerts, and courses on subjects that range from creative writing to analyzing movie plots.
3. Volunteer Your Time
Devoting your time to the community can make you feel good about yourself. Contact local soup kitchens or your favorite organization and ask how you can help.
4. Walk Pets
Take your dog for a long walk around the neighborhood, or visit a new dog park. If you don’t have a dog, ask your friends or neighbors if you can “borrow” their dog for a few hours. The dog — and their owner — will be grateful for the gesture!
5. Get a Free Gym Pass
Visit a local gym and ask about obtaining a free gym pass so you can “try out” the facility before signing up. If you already belong to a gym, try a different gym just to shake things up.
6. Visit a Farmer’s Market
Farmer’s markets usually offer LOTS of free samples! Visit your local farmer’s market to walk around, browse arts and crafts, and sample fruits, vegetables, and home-baked goods.
7. Organize an Outdoor Potluck
Host an outdoor potluck at the park or beach, or talk friends into hosting at their place. Then, ransack your cupboards to throw together a meal on the fly.
8. Watch Planes at the Airport
When’s the last time you watched a plane taking off? Visit a spot that offers a clear view of the runway at your local airport. Or, find a place close to the runway at which you can lay down on a blanket or on the hood of your car as planes fly directly overhead!
9. Organize a Scavenger Hunt
Choose a venue such as the mall, downtown, or a park and organize a scavenger hunt with your friends. The winner could get a dinner cooked, or bought, by everyone else.
10. Attend Free Museum Events
Most museums offer free events — it’s just a matter of discovering such events. Contact local museums in your area to learn more about free events that don’t require you to pay admission fees.
11. Visit a New Part of the City
How familiar are you with your town or city? Is there a new shopping center or hiking trail you’ve been dying to check out? Make plans to explore a part of the city you’ve never seen before.
12. Tour Street Art
If you pay close attention, you’ll notice your city is home to sculptures, wall paintings, and other forms of original artwork. Go downtown if you’re unsure about where to start, and spend the day appreciating these local treasures.
13. Tour a Factory
Is your city home to a major factory? If so, find out whether factory tours are free, and make a day of it. Bonus points if the factory makes foods you can sample for free!
14. Watch the Sunrise and Sunset
Have you ever woken up early just to watch the sun rise? Have you ever stopped to appreciate the sun setting? Make plans to attend both the sunrise and sunset with a friend or loved one.
15. Make Your Own Bouquets
Forget about buying flowers for your mom or significant other. Instead, venture out to pick beautiful wildflowers — just make sure they don’t belong to the community or your neighbors.
You don’t always need to spend money to have fun! Step outdoors and benefit from fresh air while opening your eyes to new, healthy and fun activities.