10 Budget-Friendly Summer Activities

Although summer technically does not start until June 21 this year, Memorial Day weekend typically signifies the beginning of summer.

For those who are still in school or have kids in school the end of Memorial Day weekend means a mad dash to wrap up school projects, study for finals, attend graduations and plan summer vacations/activities.

According to statistics, each year nearly 45% of Americans take at least one summer vacation. In fact, in the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans take approximately 657,000,000 long distance summer trips with the most popular destinations being Florida, California and New York.

Additionally, most summer vacationers plan their trips around a specific beach, city, national park or resort.

However, while going on a trip is fun, sometimes finances or busy schedules don’t allow for them so we have compiled a list of fun summer activities on a budget that don’t require much travel.

Try Geocaching

Geocaching is like a real-world treasure hunt where participants are given coordinates to hidden ‘treasures’ that they must go find and typically replace with a treasure of their own. Many communities have geocaching groups. All you need is a GPS to help you find the way. This website provides more information http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=198818 .

Take a Virtual Museum Tour

One of the top reasons many Americans visit specific locations on vacation is to explore popular museums and historical landmarks. Several popular museums offer virtual tours through their websites.

Go to a Local National Park

With our busy lives sometimes we forget that we don’t need to travel to visit new things. There are tons of National Parks all across America and chances are you may be living by one that you know of but have never deeply explored.

Go to the Library

Many libraries have local events taking place on any given day. Not to mention the fact that books can transport you to a different time or place without leaving the comfort of your favorite reading nook.

Backyard Camp

Pitch your tent in the backyard and enjoy the cool night air as you sleep outside under the stars. It’s out of the ordinary and will help you feel like you’re doing something different.

Go on a Local Hike

There are hundreds of thousands of miles biking, horseback riding, and hiking trails all across the country. Connect with a local hiking club and start exploring the nature in your backyard.

Visit a Local Tourist Attraction

Each town, no matter how big or small, has tourist traps that draw crowds. Pretend to be a visitor in your own town. Who knows, you may learn something about where you live that you didn’t even know.

Go to a Local Festival or Town Celebration

The summertime is a popular time for towns to host city-wide celebrations or festivals. Check your local paper for listings. They almost always have great food.

Watch a Local Sports Game

Many local sports minor, semi-pro, or even kids leagues play tournaments throughout the summer. Pack your sunscreen and enjoy a day full of sports and ballgame food for a very low price.

Take an Exercise Class

Is there an exercise class you’ve been eying but with your busy schedule haven’t had the time? A summer staycation can be healthy and fun at the same time. Vacationing locally provides you with the time to fit it into your schedule.

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