How often do you find yourself scrolling endlessly through your city's events calendar and having nothing to do?
There are so many free activities to enjoy in your city, but unfortunately, they are not always well advertised. We've compiled a list of 10 free activities to enjoy in your city.
- Go For A Hike
Hiking is one of the best things to do for your body and brain. There are hiking trails all over the world, some more challenging than others. It'll get you out of the city and into nature, which will recharge your energy levels and help you reconnect with yourself. Not only that, hiking helps shed extra pounds from your body, relieves stress and boosts endorphins.
- Visit The Library
How often do you visit the library? If you're like most people, you haven't been there since high school or college. Libraries are much more than just books these days; they offer many free activities such as book talks, movie nights, story time for children and yoga classes! Most libraries also have free Wi-Fi so it makes for a great place to work remotely if you don't have a home office or just need to get out of the house!
- Take a free walking tour
Most major cities have several companies offering free walking tours of the city. In general, these tours last about two hours and hit the major tourist attractions in the city — the city center, historic buildings, places of interest and so on. You don't have to pay anything up front; instead, you're expected to tip your guide at the end, so money is only exchanged if you had a good time. These tours aren't for everyone, but if you're in an unfamiliar city and want someone to show you around for a bit, this is an easy way to get started.
- Watch a street performance
You can find buskers — musicians and other performers — in just about any large city. They'll be playing music or juggling or performing magic tricks or doing something else entertaining on a street corner near you. Just take some time to watch them perform and toss a couple of dollars into their hat when they're done if you enjoyed it — it's not expensive and doesn't take much time out of your schedule.
- Go to the beach.
Even if it's not summer, a beach trip is always fun! All you need is some sunscreen and an umbrella for shade and protection from the sun's harsh rays. If you live near an ocean or lake, then take advantage of it! Beaches are a great place to relax, or even go surfing or swimming if it's warm enough outside.
- Outdoor concerts and movies
One of the best, and most fun, ways to spend a summer night is at an outdoor concert or movie. With warm summer nights, comes a variety of entertainment to go along with it. If you enjoy being outdoors and seeing live music, you’re in luck.
More cities are offering outdoor concerts and movies for free or for a very low cost thanks to sponsorships from local businesses.
- Go to an open mic night or poetry reading.
People-watching is all well and good, but why not get the chance to hear a few local artists’ work? Most big cities have open mic nights at bars and coffee shops, where comedians, poets and musicians can work out their material. Or you can find a poetry reading at a local bookstore or arts center. Either way, it’s free entertainment with an interesting twist.
- Visit your local botanical gardens/arboretum/nature center.
Many cities have botanical gardens or arboreta, which are where they grow trees. They're often open to the public, and you can stroll through them or sit on a bench and relax. You'll see plenty of interesting plants and flowers, enjoy the fresh air, and maybe even see a squirrel or two.
As a bonus, many botanical gardens host events, such as garden tours or concerts, which may be free with admission to the grounds. (Some host fee-based events as well.)
- Go window-shopping at an upscale mall or shopping center
Part of the fun of traveling is taking in the local culture. And a prime spot for observation is the mall. Head out to the fanciest shopping center around, grab a cup of coffee, and people-watch. You can also check out how people dress, how they interact, and what brands are popular. You never know — you might even see a celeb!
10.Find free Wi-Fi
You can connect to the internet anywhere but sometimes it requires money. If you're traveling on a budget, you probably don't want to spend your money on Wi-Fi — or maybe you'd rather save it for other things. In that case, do a search for free Wi-Fi in your city and start exploring! Many cafes offer free Wi-Fi as long as you buy something off the menu once in a while.
Most cities have at least one organization that is looking for volunteers. Whether it’s a soup kitchen, The Humane Society, or a church group looking to serve the community, there are many ways to volunteer to help make your city a better place.
12.Visit an animal shelter or petting zoo.
Spending time with fluffy friends is a great way to beat stress and anxiety. Shelters often have programs that allow volunteers to walk dogs or snuggle cats, and some even have animals available for adoption. And if you're more of an omnivore than an herbivore, visiting a local petting zoo can be just as therapeutic as playing with rescue pups.
- Take photos of things and places around the city you've never noticed before.
One of the best free activities to do in your city is to take photos of things and places around the city you've never noticed before. Get a group of friends together, or hit the streets alone. It's pretty simple: just plan a route and walk around looking for interesting places to take pictures. At the end of the day, get together with your friends and compare your photos, or post them online.
The key is to look at your environment with fresh eyes. Don't just walk down the street, notice what's going on around you. Be aware of your surroundings. Pick out interesting buildings, people, plants, or other things you can use in your composition. Don't forget about taking pictures from creative angles!
The easiest way to do this is with a smartphone camera or digital camera. However, if you want something more creative and challenging, try shooting with film cameras. You can buy old film cameras for cheap at garage sales and thrift stores, or pick up disposable ones from any photo store. Make sure to carry extra film and batteries!
When it comes to the best free things to do in your city, there really are only two requirements. The first requirement is that the activity has to be free. The second requirement is that it has to be able to happen in your city. We’re not sure why it works that way, but it does. And when you have those two requirements established, you can’t go wrong, because you have all sorts of things to choose from!