It’s getting to those hot hot days of summer, but resist the urge to curl up in your air-conditioned room and venture out into the city instead. Cities (and towns) can provide an awesome array of free activities to occupy your summer days. Here’s a smattering of options:
- Cool off with free pools, lakes, and spray zones. Even if the only thing near you is a wading pool, I say go for it.
- Unless you live in Washington DC, your nearby museums probably cost a small fortune to visit on a normal day, but if you’re lucky, they have also set aside a day or two out of the month when you can visit for free.
- Outdoor movies are becoming more and more popular in cities around the country. They’re usually family friendly events where you simply bring a blanket or a lawn chair and camp out in a local park for a couple hours.
- In the same vein, you can often find free outdoor concerts in your city or town.
- Every outpost of civilization takes pride in something—whether that’s sweet onions or SPAM—and thus its citizens deem it necessary to hold a festival to honor that item. These festivals usually take place in the summer and unless they’re a huge deal, they won’t charge an entrance fee.
- If your city has any sort of community education programs, chances are they offer some free classes and events throughout the summer. Libraries also tend to offer similar programming.
- Farmers markets are an excellent place to purchase food, but they’re also quite entertaining sites for people watching, music and sometimes cooking demos—all of which are free.
- And of course, with Independence Day tomorrow, you can be sure that your city is offering free fireworks and probably a parade or two as well.