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Get Outside With These Cheap and Fun Summer Activities

June 27, 2018

Put down your phones and enjoy these low-cost, high adventure activities.

2 min read

If fresh air is free, then why is enjoying the great outdoors so expensive? Between parking, permits, camping gear, and gas, you could be shelling out $50 on summer activities or more before you even leave the car.

You can still get out of town and into the wild without throwing your money to the wolves. Put down your phones and enjoy these low-cost, high adventure activities. No beach access required.

Brunch in the park

Eating brunch outside at a restaurant is nice but is it really worth $20 to sweat under a table umbrella just for some eggs and a coffee?

Instead, call your friends, tell them to bring a blanket, pack some sandwiches, chips, watermelon, and cold drinks. Or better yet, have everyone bring something, to divide up the food cost. You can all hang out together (no need to ask the hostess to jam three tables together) and talk without having to shout over a crowd.

Plus, you can bring your dogs. Frisbee anyone?

Bird Bingo

Put a bird on it! You may not know it, but there are amazing bird species all over America, many unique to your part of the state. Log onto the internet, choose six birds that are indigenous to your region, print out the images, slap them on pieces of cardboard, and you’ve got a free board game.

Head out to your local park with some binoculars and get to know your local tanagers, cardinals, grackles, and robins.

America the Beautiful Passes

America is beautiful. This $80 pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. This pass covers entrance fees at national parks, national wildlife refuges as well as national forests and grasslands.

A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees, and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas.

Bonus: Kids under 15 and military service members (and their families) also get in free. More info here.

Rent a Log Cabin

Get rustic. We found log cabins on acres of peaceful woodlands that can sleep up to 10 people for under $300 a night. The more amenities the log cabins have the more expensive they can be. But if you want to rough it, you can live out your Abe Lincoln fantasies for less than the cost of movie tickets for two and popcorn. Check out Airbnb, FlipKey, or VRBO for inspiration.

Save for the things you love

Whether your favorite summer activities involve staying local or traveling to distant lands, saving money for the things you love is just a few clicks away.

Download Stash and get Smart-Save to automate your savings toward all the things you want to do this summer or any day of the year.*

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By Lindsay Goldwert
Lindsay Goldwert is Senior Editor at Stash.

*Please note, the Smart-Save feature is not a savings account offered by a bank. Smart-Save is a feature that may be turned on and connected to the checking account that is linked to your Stash Invest account. This feature can automatically transfer a percentage of your available funds from your checking account into your Stash cash balance. The percentage that is transferred from your checking account is determined by a methodology that studies the spending patterns of each individual user.

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