Cheap summer activities that don’t involve staying at home

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School is out, kids are home and there are so many things you want to do with your friends and family, but will your summer plans clash with your budget? Instead of stressing about how to entertain yourself or your kids, we’ve found some low-cost options that everyone can enjoy.

Get involved in your community

Whether it’s tending to a neighborhood garden or volunteering with different local organizations, there are so many ways you can get involved within your community. If you’re new to the area, this is a great way to get to know it better and make a few friends along the way!

Hike different portions of the Ice Age Trail

One of the coolest things about Wisconsin is we have a hiking trail that stretches over hundreds of miles in our state. The trail covers several counties from Polk County to Waukesha County and up to Door County. Check out where your nearest trailhead is and head for the great outdoors. It’s cheap entertainment with the benefits of mindfulness, exercise and getting to know our state a little better.

Check out your local rec department

Recreation departments offer tons of free or inexpensive activities for people of all ages throughout the summer. Maybe you’ve wanted to get into photography or find programs for your kids now that they’re home for the summer. Your local rec department is a great place to start for new and exciting activities.

Discounted movie days

Most movie theaters offer discounted movie days during the week. Check with your local theater to see if they offer discounts and how often. This is a great option for rainy days or when it’s just too hot to be outside. Pick a movie, gather up some friends or family and see the latest blockbuster for a bargain price.

Look into free local events

Music in the park, art fairs, neighborhood block parties and even dog festivals are among the many local events you can attend free of charge in several communities. If you have a free weekend coming up that you’re looking to fill, check out your community’s website or social media pages to see if there are any free events coming up. This is a great way for you to enjoy new experiences while being conscientious of your budget.

Browse discounts for bigger events

If you’re from the Milwaukee area, you know that there is a festival at Milwaukee’s lakefront pretty much every week throughout summer. While a ticket into some of these festivals can be expensive, there are options like donating canned goods or using special promo codes that allow you to score free or discounted admittance into the festival. The same goes for county fairs all over the state, so be sure to check for discounted tickets before you plan for a festival filled day.

Regardless of your summer budget, no one should be cooped up in their home all summer. By looking into local events and activities, you can get out in the community, discover new hobbies and enjoy your summer without breaking your budget.

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