Summer is officially here! It’s time to replace those dreadful projects and exams with some summer fun and adventures. However, college students aren’t exactly known to have pockets full of cash ready to spend at moment’s notice. Keeping that in mind, we came up with a list of free ways you can have fun this summer.
Take a bike ride.
Riding your bike is not only good for you, it’s a ton of fun! Grab a friend or ride solo. Either way, you’re bound to have a good time!
Go for a hike.
Hiking trails are available all over, and it’s a fun and relaxing way to enjoy the nice weather. Make it a goal to see how many trails you can hike by the end of summer. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover something cool.
Play some sports.
Grab some friends and get a game going at the local park or a nearby field. You can even start a summer tournament among your friends if you’re the competitive type.
Start a blog.
This might not necessarily get you outdoors, but it might inspire you to experience more fun activities so that you’ll have something to write about. Your blog can be about anything that interests you. Oh, and it’s also a pretty good resume builder!
You don’t have to spend money on a yoga class to enjoy this relaxing activities. Learn some basics online or on YouTube, then make it a routine to enjoy the summer mornings by practicing outdoors.
Read a book by the water.
Reading is already a fun summer activity in itself, but it’s just more enjoyable when you read in nature. Head to the beach, a park, or just lay out in your backyard and enjoy a good book. Need a good book recommendation? We’ve got a few!
Make a scrapbook.
A scrapbook is a perfect way to compile your memories over the summer. Working on a project like this will inspire you to take pictures wherever you go so that you can add to your collection of priceless moments.
Visit a museum.
If you know where to look, there are actually many free museums out there. Some museums even let you enter for free, but only make you pay for certain attractions. You can definitely pass up those attractions and still enjoy the museum’s free offerings. Also, keep your eyes peeled because many museums that do have an entrance fee will sometimes host special days with free admission.
Have you ever wanted to go on a treasure hunt? You’d be surprised how many geocaching opportunities there are all over. Check out what treasures await you in your neighborhood!
If you’re not trying to pay a fee to use a campsite, why not set up a tent right in your backyard? You can still enjoy the fun aspects of camping – like sleeping under the stars and campfires – but you also get the perks of having your own kitchen and bathroom within reach!
Find local events.
Local communities often host plenty of free events, especially during the summer. These can range from free theatre shows, movies on the beach, outdoor concerts, flea markets, and much more. Keep track of your local community’s event page, and take advantage of these free offerings.
Build sand castles.
You’re never too old to play in the sand. If you have a beach or a lake around, grab some friends and have a sand castle building contest. It’s a good way to effortlessly catch some sun as well!
Have a bonfire.
A campfire is a fun bonding activity for a group of friends. You can exchange stories, roast some marshmallows, and just enjoy each other’s company.
Go to the park.
A day at the park never gets old. It’s always great to spend time outdoors, but parks are the best because they give you access to basketball courts, tennis courts, walking trails, and swing sets (shh, you’re not too old!).
There’s nothing more relaxing on a summer night than laying out and looking at the stars. There are also some great meteor shower events to look out for this summer. If you’re really into stargazing, download the SkyView app and try to learn some summer constellations!
Have a picnic.
You don’t need to dine out at a fancy restaurant to enjoy some food and good company this summer. Grab some sandwiches and friends, then head to the park for a picnic. Enjoying nature is much more relaxing than a busy restaurant, anyway.
Have a BBQ
Summer is never complete without a BBQ. You might have to pay a bit for the supplies, but you can dramatically cut that cost by having each friend bring one item. Everything else – the music, the laughs, and the location – are all free!
With these ideas in mind, there’s no excuse to spend all summer on the couch! Tell us how you plan on enjoying your summer in the comments below or on Twitter.