19 Fun Activities That Can Be Done For Nearly Zero Dollars

Going out and enjoying yourself doesn’t always have to involve a large sum of money. An internet survey recently asked, “What’s your favorite cheap/free thing to go out and do?” Here are the top answers.

Free Admission Art Museums

Free Admission Art Museums
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“If you ever find yourself in Glasgow, Scotland, you will love it. Nearly every museum and gallery is free.”

“I’ve also found that many college campuses have free art museums! It’s a fantastic way to spend some time.”

The Beach

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“Something about water as far as the eye can see and waves to jump into is very soothing.”

“As someone who’s lived on an island all his life, trust me, going to the beach gets boring after a few years.”

Walking to Far Landmarks

Walking to Far Landmarks
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“You’ll spend hours walking to them. It’s incredibly satisfying and great exercise.”

“This is an enjoyable way to experience a new city.”

Bonfire Down at the River

Bonfire Down at the River
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“That can add up. You need alcohol, beer, wine, liquor, alcohol, and beer.”

“I love a good bonfire. Just ensure you stay above board with any city ordinances or no-burn notices.”

Hiking

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“I love hiking; I don’t even care where. We have a ton of flat land in my state (ND), so we take what we can get.”

“I like to go for walks in the nature parks in my city and listen to audiobooks, it’s super relaxing without having to dedicate a lot of time/energy to it, but depending on where you live, it can be hard to find nice natural areas nearby.”

Go To Open Houses

Go To Open Houses
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“Dress semi-well and pretend like you guys are moving into a new place, fight over who gets which room and how you want to set up the kitchen. Did this on a second date once, and she loved it.”

“Plus, you get free cookies, vegetables, and dip.”

Walking

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“I can walk quite a bit more than I used to, so I take advantage of it when possible. I hope to be able to go hiking again.

“Same. Got in the habit 4 or 5 years ago. I get 5 miles (8 or so km) daily.”

Take Bus Routes I’ve Never Taken Before

Take Bus Routes I_ve Never Taken Before
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“Busses bounce a lot, so I thought of them like roller coasters except more scenic. My mom did that last one with me one day, just riding the whole bus loop, and it made my whole year.”

“I’ve done that with my kids a couple of times. Once downtown, we’d go to a museum or historical site. I hope they have good memories from that.”

TripAdvisor Recommendations For Your City

TripAdvisor Recommendations For Your City
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“It’s easy to overlook the neat stuff in your town when you’re local! Approach it from a tourist’s perspective, and you’ll find some fantastic (and cheap) places you wouldn’t stumble across otherwise.

“I’ve lived in my town for 20 years and started doing this about two years ago. I’m… still finding new things to see and do. Plus, I’m finding many things to see and do in surrounding areas within an hour’s drive.”

Purge Your Closets, Then Donate Items

Purge Your Closets, Then Donate Items
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“Your house gets a bit more organized, and you’ve done an awesome thing by donating stuff you don’t use.”

“You don’t understand! What am I supposed to do? What if, in the future, I’m going to NEED that sweater I’ve never worn before? Wear one of the other five sweaters I’ve also never worn? Crazy talk.”

Geocaching

Geocaching
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“My dad used to do this years ago. It would always drag me along, and I’d haaaaate it. Then, some time passed, and I got older and grew out of that moody teenager phase where I hated everything my parents suggested. Now, I love it and can’t get enough of it!”

“It’s hiking….with a purpose!”

Play Dungeons and Dragons

Play Dungeons and Dragons
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“Sadly, this requires friends.”

“If you do theater of the mind gameplay, all you need is a dice, pencil, and the character sheet. Some might argue it’s not how D&D is supposed to be played, but there’s no right or wrong way to play it.”

Feed Ducks at the Park

Feed Ducks at the Park
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“I keep old, stale cereal for this purpose (labeled in tubs as “duck food”).”

“Thank you for suggesting oats, not bread! Also grapes, seeds, and veggies.”

Visit Dog Parks

Visit Dog Parks
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“Great place to meet people. I actually met some pretty good friends at the dog park.”

“I love seeing all the cute dogs, and my dog likes it, too.”

Play Pokémon Go

Play Pokémon Go
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“I love Pokemon Go. It’s like a more fun version of geocaching.”

“It’s a good excuse to walk around the city and go places I probably would not.”

Birdwatching

Birdwatching
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“We had some stunning blue jays in the yard the other day. The feather colors were beautiful like they were airbrushed. I like seeing all the different kinds of birds at the bird feeder!”

“I love birdwatching. Had a bear in the yard this spring (first in 10 years), so now I can only put my feeders up Dec. 1- Apr. 1. I miss it so much!”

Disc Golf

Disc Golf
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“You can get a starter set for around $20; many courses are free or nearly free to play. Cheaper than regular golf and more fun.”

“No green fees, just a great game of skill on the cheap.”

Playing Pool

Playing Pool
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“My boyfriend and I started having regular evening trips to the pub where we would play a few games of pool, have a couple of drinks during happy hour, and enjoy the pub special of the night.”

“Enjoy the little things. Plus, you can always meet new people, bring along other friends or play a few intimate games.”

Picnics

Picnics
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“I love this! My SO and I do this all the time. We grab a hammock, make a couple of sandwiches, and hike until we find a good spot to hitch up. 10/10.

“Picnics are so underrated. All you need is a park, a blanket, and some food. Great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.”

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