Briana Hansen
August 09, 2016 6:00 am
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Since summer is usually filled with some pretty great weather, it makes for a spectacular time to get out and about for all sorts of new adventures. And all those new adventures don’t have to take a toll on your wallet (though, TBH, once-in-a-while splurges can be totally fun, too).

If you live in or around a city, there are tons of different, creative, fun, and (most importantly) ~totally free~ options to still make the most of the awesome weather.

Here are just a few ideas we came up with to get you started.

Get cultured at a local museum.

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With just a little research, you can find some pretty spectacular museums no matter where you live. A lot of times, you’ll be delighted to learn that access to these fascinating places is free. But if it’s not, they often have certain times of the year (or even days of the week) when it is free to the public so be sure to take advantage of those.

Have an outdoor adventure + picnic.

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Let’s be real for a moment. There’s nothing that feels more summery than spending time outside just taking the beauty that surrounds you. Every city protected spots of nature where you can get some fresh air and (ideally) get unplugged from the hectic world around you. Do some googling to find a new place you haven’t been before or go out of your way to visit your favorite spot regularly.

Create a tourist-style scavenger hunt for yourself.

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This one may take a little bit of work but it’s totally worth it. Find some local landmarks that you’ve either seen or want to see, get a few friends together, and organize a mini-competition. Of course, you can always pay a professional to do this for you. But if you’re willing to put in a little elbow grease, you can have an absolutely memorable day exploring your community. 

Take a trip down history lane.

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Every city is filled with fascinating origin stories and brimming with little spots where major history went down. Look up something from the past that fascinates you (even if it’s just a place where you favorite movie was shot) and go out of your way to take some sweet selfies there for the world to see.

Go on a mini road trip.

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No matter where you live, it’s likely that there’s a place nearby that you have always wanted to check out but have never made the time. Take advantage of the longer summer days, get some buddies together, and go explore that new town without any agenda or expectation. 

Discover a subculture.

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Summertime is filled with so many festivals, parades, and opportunities to discover completely different worlds that all co-exist in the same place. Make a point to get out to one of these opportunities that is way outside of anything you know so you can really get lost in another world (right in your own “backyard”). 

Get in a zen zone.

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Lots of cities are filled with picturesque locations you’ve never checked out. But even more fascinating sometimes are the religious and holy places where people have worshipped their respective beliefs for years. Many of these are breathtakingly beautiful places and will often offer free tours throughout the week (with no strings attached). 

Star gaze.

The warmer weather makes it nice to spend an evening looking up at the stars (and, totally optional, thinking about life). You can always download an app if you want to get really specific about what you’re looking at. Or just take a deep breath and enjoy the nighttime sparkles.

Sweat it up.

It can sometimes be hard enough to motivate yourself to get to the gym and workout. But if it’s gorgeous out and you’ll be doing a fun workout on a gorgeous day surrounded by like-minded people, you may actually be able to convince yourself to get out there (maybe even more than once). Summertime offers all sorts of awesome fitness meet ups and group sweats in every community.

Give yourself goosebumps.

If you were lucky enough to have a childhood that involved getting to a camp at some point, you likely had the opportunity to sit around the fire and tell ghost stories. Every city is filled with supposedly haunted places that are fun to check out (even if just for their history alone) whether or not you’re a believer. 

Fill up at a Farmer’s Market.

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Strolling up and down your local Farmer’s Market can be one of the most satisfying routines you incorporate into your summer. Between the free samples, the awesome smells, and the rotating food options, you can easily satisfy all your senses.

These are just a few of the free ways you can help yourself have one of the most epic summers ever. There’s plenty more where these came from so happy (free) adventuring!

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