Read below for several ways grown-ups as well as kids can enjoy almost any city, almost anytime.
1. Spend Time At An Art Gallery
Peruse and enjoy the mental stimulation of creative art! Art galleries are a fascinating visit. Not to mention entry is often at low to no cost.
When planning a visit check with the art gallery in your area to obtain operation hours and rates.
2. VISIT A FRUIT ORCHARD
Explore the ravishing sight and delightful taste of fruit blossoms! When visiting an orchard, you’re certain to relax and learn incredible facts about cultivation and harvest! Expect a very low cost. You’re sure to enjoy the up close and personal interaction with fruity ambiance.
3. GO TO A PARK
Either picnic or barbecue; Relax and enjoy the breeze. Moreover, let the kiddos run in the sun! Cardio, relaxation, and vitamin D is good for us all ! Most city and county parks are free. On the other hand, state parks with more to offer, may charge a small fee!
4. SPEND TIME AT BOTANICAL GARDENS OR NATURAL EXHIBITS
Prepare for picturesque greenery and landscaping ! Pack your bug propellant, snacks, and dress for comfort and safety ! Some natural exhibits include trails and springs. Check with the park prior to your visit for suggested attire, gear and other helpful tips ! Like state parks, most of these exhibits have small fees.
5. SPEND DAY AT THE BEACH
Tan, eat, play, exercise, meditate, swim and even nap on the beach ! Beaches are totally free unless you have to pay for parking ! When visiting the beach, be sure to check for the latest warnings like dangerous tides, weather, and water conditions. A life guard may or may not be on duty; refer to swim lessons 101 for water safety.
6. VISIT THE LIBRARY
Explore the website of any city’s library and learn about their events!
Events at the library are not only insightful, entertaining and free but of quality as well. I can remember being a little girl and my mother exposing me to a long list of rewarding events sponsored at my hometown’s libraries. By the same token, my children enjoy attending the “homework center” at our local library. It’s facilitated by certified teachers and other qualified knowledge, and helpful staff.
At our local library, when my 8 year old daughter is finished with her homework, reads to trained dogs and participates in dance classes! At other times she is involved with library hosted cooking classes and arts & crafts events. My baby girl also is excited about renting books. She enjoys reading but the process of “book renting” strikes her independent appeal. She looks forward to the process of selecting a book choice, self-check out, and responsibility of returning books in a timely manner so that others can read.
Both of my children take advantage of Library’s useful, enriching, no cost resources. Not to mention, they are thrilled and I love it! Further, visiting libraries in different cities is super cool! But, spending more time at your local library is even better!
7. Trolley TourS
See some of what the city’s culture has to offer when you tour the sounds and sights of local happenings on board a classic red Trolley! Trolleys are usually clean, cozy and free of charge (don’t forget to tip the driver ! Also, if you plan to stop and shop or have a bite to eat with don’t forget your money!
8. Walking Tours
Peruse the city blocks on feet! Scroll and enjoy the city sights as well as the sounds and smells of the moment. Walking and sightseeing are totally free. Enjoy a petite treat or two at a small cost.
9. Bike Riding Tours
If you are riding your own bike, then touring city blocks on a two wheeled motor-less vehicle is free! Otherwise, you can rent bikes at some city locations. Bike riding tours offer the same pleasantries as walking and trolley tours. If you go bike riding on empty or fail to pack a snack, you can always opt to park your bike and pay for a bite to eat.
10. Play At An Arcade
Search the city for a classic or retro arcade! There is large excitement in childhood favorite games and quarter machines! Indeed, arcades come with a cost. Have fun!
11. Roller Skating
Get the energy up! Enjoy the music, dance, and skate! There is always an entry fee at skating rinks but it’s typically affordable and worth the endless hours of rhythm and wheels! One more thing, it’s a good idea to eat prior to arrival but you’ll probably skate up a sweat so bring some cash for concessions.
12. Visit A Zoo
Animals and insight! My kids and I enjoy learning about animal’s original habitat, diet, gestation period, daily habits, defensive traits, life-expectancy and preference of fun. Also, there is a charge to enter the zoo.
13. Spend Some Time At A Museum
Whether it is a Science Museum, Cultural Museum, or Children’s Museum you can bet on an insightful time with captivating sights! Some museums have entry fees and some don’t. When planning to visit check with the museums in your area to obtain operation hours and rates.
14. Visit A County/City Fair
The food, fun and excitement runs rapid at county and city fairs. These pleasant little winners are smaller in size and more economically priced than state fairs, although state fairs are nice too!
15. Savor Food Tasting Tours
Create your own food tasting tour. The more in your group, the more fun and tastier this should be! When your group agrees on a restaurant, order any combination of entrees and appetizers. Each order can be shared between 2-3 people. Order enough from the menu to go around plus some! Finally, splitting the cost between food tasters. This event can be a low-cost not to mention fulfilling.
16. Enjoy Wine Tasting Tours
Create your own wine tasting tour by simply having everyone in your group order a different type of wine. Ask your server for shot glasses suitable for sharing and tasting. Certainly, this is not a free event, therefore create a budget and have a drinking blast! Additionaly, Decide on Uber or Lyft. In other words, besides proof of age and tips for the bartender, you might need a designated driver!
17. Visit Markets
From flea markets to farmer’s markets or swap meets to trade shows – there is plenty to see. Also, likelihood you’ll find some unique goods at an affordable price is almost guaranteed!
18. Unwind At A Coffee Shop
Find a local and unique coffee shop near you. This is a great place to relax, read a book, as well as participate in small talk with locals. The young ones can have hot chocolate or lemon-honey tea. Further, reading a book or discussing school highlights are good coffee shop behaviors for the babies.
19. Delight In A Dance Class
Search for a local dance class of any kind and try it! Musical cardio is worth a try even if you’re out of town! In the name of enriched entertainment, fun and fitness, do it !!!
Before concluding, I’d like to add that when visiting different areas, it’s a must to experience a stapled tradition to the area. The next spectacular thing you do could simply be a google search away!
Finally, you can simply relax inside and enjoy a good read, conversation, movie or game! Remember, “somethings in life we must purchase, but the best things are free”.
What kind of cost effective things do you do like to do when visiting other cities or in your local town?