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20 Free Summer Family Outings

Jun 21, 2022 | Family Life, Fun & Games | 9 comments

We love our summer family outings! It’s fun to have an activity or two planned in the week that we can all do together. If you know me well you also probably know how much I love to find a good deal. A family activity for an affordable price and even better free is a gem! Taking our family of eight gets expensive really quick. The best is planning activities that don’t cost a thing! There are so many awesome family outings that are completely free. Here’s a list of ideas to get you started!

20 Family outings to try this summer

  1. Float the river – this is a perfect way to cool off during hot summer days. Make sure to sunscreen up as you’ll likely be on the river for a couple of hours.
  2. Splash pad – look for local parks with splash pads and depending on where you live you might have a few in your area. If you don’t consider doing a DIY splash pad in your backyard with sprinklers and a tarp!
  3. Hike – If it gets too hot where you live plan the hike early in the morning so you’ll still enjoy it. We live near some mountain ranges that are a little high elevation, this is also a great option to get a little cooler weather.
  4. Geocaching – You can use the free geocaching app on your phone or go to their website. Without paying anything there are a select few geocaches you can do. If you pay for the app you have access to all their caches. But either way, it’s fun and cheap! Bring along some little trinkets or small toys to replenish the geocache. Our boys love geocaching! I think they have done all the geocaches close by.
  5. Lake Day – Bring your water toys and a picnic to the lake.
  6. Parks – try to pick a new park each time your go, that way your kids don’t get bored.
  7. Family Bike ride – Fun places to look for are, big parks with walking paths, river walks, bike trails, or anywhere else you can think of.
  8. Visit National Parks – Do you have a kid in fourth grade? They get into national parks for free.
  9. Petting Zoo – This hands-on outing is especially fun for little kids!
  10. Nature walk – Look for nature walks in your area by the river, a park, the forest, etc.
  11. Festivals, and fairs – Check your local library, the city website, city hall, or a Facebook page in your area to find upcoming events. Here are some of the festivals you might find in your area: art festivals, cultural festivals, county fairs, and music festivals.
  12. Farmers’ market – Hands down the farmer’s markets have the best fresh foods. They are not always the cheapest though so you might have to do a little price comparison. Even if you’re not buying anything it’s fun to look at all the local handwork and listen to live local bands.
  13. Outdoor Movie Night – Lots of places host free family movie nights in the park. Check your local town to see what they offer.
  14. Attend a free concert – There are typically a few you can find in your town or nearby that will be free.
  15. Home Depot crafts – Check your local home depot if you have one. They often do workshops for kids on Saturdays. You buy the materials and they teach the class. It’s usually only a few dollars.
  16. Free Museum days – look for days when your local museum offers admission for free.
  17. Visit Historical sites – Search for local historical sites you can visit/tour in your area.
  18. Summer reading programs – check your local library for summer reading programs and summer craft activities.
  19. Factory Tour – Visit a factory and learn how something is made. If you go to a cheese factory they will often offer free samples!
  20. Get library books to read – Here are some of our kid’s favorite book series to read: Harry Potter and Warriors.

Free Printable – Family Outings

Download our free printable of these summer outings and post it on your fridge for an easy summer adventure idea board!

20 free summer family outings

Make the most of this summer by planning activities with your family that are fun and free! I am sure there are so many more fun family summer outings that I’ve missed. Please share in the comments if you have a favorite family outing that I haven’t already shared.



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