If you haven’t already, it’s time to get into the full swing of summer! The good news is you need not allow any reservations about your personal finances to limit your options this season. Take a look at all the local hot-spots where you’ll find the best of summer fun for any budget, either free, or for a nominal fee.
1) Public library. While catching up on your reading is reason enough to visit your local library, you’ll discover a host of other activities to keep you busy all summer long. Book clubs, author talks, writing workshops, arts and crafts, movie screenings, storytelling, readers’ theatre, exhibits, cooking classes, gardening clubs, and more.
2) Parks and recreation. Most of us are familiar with the organized sports programs offered by our local parks and recreation department. By why stop there? Explore all your other opportunities for summer fun. Hiking, picnicking, mountain biking and cycling, swimming, yoga, boating, water skiing, camping, horseback riding, music in the park, movie screenings, theatre arts, dance, arts and crafts, cooking classes, reading programs, and more.
3) National forests. If you’re going to spend a day in the great outdoors, there’s no place like a National Forest. Availability of activities may vary among them, but may include hiking, camping, picnicking, boating, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, and more.
4) Museums. On rainy days, or just when you need a break from the summer sun, step into a local museum. You may want to call and ask first about free museum days and plan your trip accordingly.
5) Landmarks. Most of us take our cities for granted, only visiting tourist attractions when we actually have tourists in town to entertain. But there’s no reason why you can’t play tourist yourself. Tour your favorite landmarks this summer, and look to discover some new ones along the way.
6) Your own backyard. As much as you may enjoy getting out and about this summer, there will be days when the most fun to be had is in your own backyard, especially for the kids. Reading, board games, arts and crafts, gardening, playing dress up, putting on plays, tea parties, swim parties, barbecues, pitching a tent, and anything else you care to create right there at home.