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Your Take: What is Your Favorite Free Summer Activity?

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Hiking TrailheadOne of the best parts about the summer is the plethora of free summer activities available. Whether it’s free movies in the park or visiting your favorite hiking trail, there are a dozen things you can do on any given weekend and most of them are absolutely free. In the past, we’ve done entire series on free summer activities and this week, for the Your Take, I want to know your favorite free summer activity. It doesn’t have to be for weekends only nor does it necessarily have to be free, just relatively inexpensive.

For us, I think our favorite free summer activity is “hiking.” These days, it’s more like walking along paved or marked trails in the woods and less true “hiking,” but it’s usually free. It’s also good exercise and a great way to enjoy nature when it’s nice out. Sometimes, depending on the location, you might have to pay for parking at a national park but it’s usually free.

What’s your favorite free summer activity?

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14 Responses to “Your Take: What is Your Favorite Free Summer Activity?”

  1. Barb says:

    I get a book or magazine and walk the mile to Lake Michigan and go read in the sun.

  2. Along the same lines as hiking would be camping. Sometimes it costs a few bucks for a site, but its nearly free and always a great time.

  3. We usually like to go for walks around the neighborhood with our kids after dinner – it helps get the energy out before we put them to bed. 😉

  4. Ray says:

    I leisurely do my work, walk and window shop. My ‘free activities’ include; Cleanup the house, mow the lawn, pull weeds, maintain my residence, repairs to the car, computer, tools, health, read instruction booklets, surf the internet and seek paid jobs. I’ve been unemployed a long time and figuring out how to survive – Nothing is free.

  5. Here in NYC, they have free movies at Bryant Park, free concerts at various locations and there are always festivals and fairs that are free. One of the reasons I love the city.

  6. dmosinee says:

    Disc Golf!

    Disc golf is a fun, casual sport that is way more approachable than regular golf. Most courses are on city/state land and can be played free of charge (you should check first though, some of them do have minor fees). Entry level discs only cost 6 to 10 dollars each, and you only need two (driver and putter) to get started.

    I keep a bunch of extra drivers and putters around so if friends and family are visiting and its a nice day, I can take a whole group out even if they’ve never played before.

    I encourage anyone who is looking for some active summer fun to give it a try; check out to find courses in your area.

  7. SLS says:

    Free movies, concerts, and plays in the parks here in Portland, OR. We bring a picnic and relax outside.

  8. Huskervball says:

    In Omaha there are many free concerts, Shakespeare on the Green, the Joslyn Art Museum, fairs and ethnic festivals.

  9. We have free concerts in the park or the downtown. We have pools that cost a buck and a half a person. Our libraries have free activities for the children.

  10. Shirley says:

    Day trips to the beach with a picnic lunch are one of our favorites.

  11. admiral58 says:

    trips to the beach

  12. Shafi says:

    Walking and jogging is my favorite free summer activity.

  13. Steve says:

    Kayaking, fishing, hiking, concerts in the park. 4th of July fireworks and music after dark. Biking and BBQing, walking dogs and collecting fireflies with the kids.

  14. ace carolla says:

    i movie hop. it’s not free, but it reduces the overall cost. load up on mcdonalds first since the theater concessions are too pricey. then, pay for one movie, but then stay for 3 or 4 of them.

    the other week i saw star trek, world war z, and superman in one day. im so smug.

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