School is finally out for the summer. Now it's time to relax, unwind, and try out some fun summer activities. Regular go-to activities like heading to the movies or your local museum will always be great ways to spend your time off, but why not try something new this summer?
It doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, there are lots of fun summer activities that will cost you less than $10. Here are some of my favorites.
1. Take a Cooking Class
Summer is the perfect time to learn how to cook, and deals sites like Groupon are a great way to find affordable classes. You can also search your local community education newsletter for a cooking class near you. You'll be showing off your new skills before you know it. If you're not a chef but you love to trying new foods, you should also check out your local culinary institute. Some culinary schools offer free public tastings or will allow you to purchase a meal for a small fee.
2. Find an Exercise Class
What's more fun than getting into shape under the sun with your friends? Luckily, it's not hard to find inexpensive ($10 or under) or even free outdoor exercise classes during the summer months. Athletic stores like Lululemon often partner with local athletes or trainers to offer free classes and events, and running stores often offer free run clubs. Make sure to check out what your local library or YMCA has lined up too!
3. Tour Your Local Winery or Brewery
Many local wineries and breweries offer free tours of their facilities, and all you have to do is pay a small fee for a tasting. It's a fun way to try before you buy, and not to mention, you'll get to learn a lot about how your favorite wine or beer is made.
4. Enjoy an Outdoor Concert
One of my favorite things to do during the summer to unwind is to grab a bunch of my girlfriends and go see an outdoor concert. Many of the concerts I attend are sponsored by a local company, which makes the entrance fee either free or under $10.
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5. See a Play
Another one of my favorite fun summer activities is to go to Shakespeare in the Park, an outdoor theatrical production put on by a local community arts organization. Not only is it free, but I'm also allowed to bring in my own food and drinks, which saves me a lot of money. Check your local community listings to see where you can enjoy a free or inexpensive show near you.
6. Laugh at a Comedy Show
There's nothing like a good laugh to help you de-stress after a long school year. Try visiting your local improv company for an inexpensive way to get your laugh on. Many comedy clubs offer discount tickets when you purchase them online.
7. Master a New Language
Use the summer to fulfill your dream of learning a foreign language. Duolingo is a free app that I'm using to learn Spanish. You can learn just about any language you desire at your own pace for free. If you want to remove the ads or need more helpful hints, it will still cost less than $10 per month.
8. Join a Book Club
If your way of relaxing this summer is to curl up with a good book on the beach, then you should consider joining a book club. It's a great way to meet new people, and you can minimize the cost by borrowing the books from the library rather than buying them. If you can't find a local book club that meets in person, check out some of the online book clubs you can join right now.
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9. Go to a Charity Fundraiser
If you're looking to have an affordable good time while giving back to others, look for fundraisers or charity events to attend. When the weather is nice, many organizations, schools, and children's sports teams host fun events such as raffles, auctions, yard sales, and sporting events. Use Eventbrite to find an upcoming charity event near you.
As you can see, partaking in some fun summer activities during your summer vacation doesn't have to put a hole in your wallet. You can have an enjoyable summer without spending a lot of money.