12 Affordable Summer Activities

With summer now upon us, as well as high gas prices and inflation, many of us are searching for fun, and exciting things to do that won’t break the bank. Here are 12 suggestions that might be helpful in finding summer fun.

1. Visit a Farmers Market

Every community has at least one farmers market. They are a fun day out and a chance to explore what the local farmers have to offer. Check out this USDA website to find a farmers market in your area: https://www.usdalocalfoodportal.com/.

2. Have a Picnic in a Park

Grab your cooler and BBQ and head to a local park for a day in the sun. There is always something for everyone at a local park. A quick Google search of “local parks near me” is all you need to discover a previously unknown little slice of paradise.

3. Attend Free Festivals

Check local online community sites to find free events in your area. Here’s a great article for seven free music festivals: https://www.mapquest.com/travel/free-music-festivals-in-the-usa/.

4. Visit a National Park

There are so many things to see in this great country of ours, and a visit to a National Park is a great inexpensive way to see the sights and learn about the nature that surrounds us. The National Park Service has a wealth of information to plan your visit: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/index.htm.

5. Go Camping

A favorite summer activity for many is going camping. Camping is an inexpensive way to experience nature and spend time with friends and family. You may want to find a camping site a bit closer than usual, with the price of fuel this summer. Again, the National Park Service is a great resource: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/camping/campground.htm.

6. Plant a Garden

Gardens offer natural beauty and fresh vegetables. It doesn’t have to be a farm, just a little spot to plant flowers and/or vegetables. It’s also a great family project. This MasterClass article is an excellent resource for the beginner: https://www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-start-a-backyard-garden.

7. Hit the library

Spend a family day at the library. There is so much to explore and learn. Find your local library: https://librarytechnology.org/libraries/uspublic/.

8. Take a Hike

Research nearby state parks for good hiking trails, or ask a friend for recommendations on their favorite hiking spots. Grab a hat, some water and snacks, and get out there. The National Park Service remains a great place to start your research: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/trails/index.htm.

9. Go for a Swim

Hit the local pool or a nearby lake. Swimming is an excellent way to exercise and stay cool. To find swimming lessons in your area, visit the Red Cross website at: https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/swimming.

10. Ride a Bike

There are probably many biking trails around your town. You can find local trails through your state and local park services, be sure to read user reviews to get a better idea of each location. Be sure to wear your helmet. To ensure your bike is ready for the road, visit: https://momentummag.com/get-your-bike-summer-ready-with-a-tune-up-checklist/.

11. Go Fishing

Kids love to fish (for 5 minutes, anyway) but add fishing with a boat ride, and now you’re talking. I’m sure you have a favorite spot, but it can’t hurt to explore more possibilities. Good luck! This website provides information on everything from getting your fishing license to registering your boat to finding local fishing holes: https://www.takemefishing.org/.

12. Learn a New Skill

Learn to play an instrument, paint, draw, dance, etc. Summer is a chance to try something new. Maybe you have a novel you’ve been meaning to write or an interest in pottery. There are classes and other resources available online, so go have a look, and let your creative juices flow. Lifehack.org has an article on ways to learn new skills faster and enjoy the process: https://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/17-steps-acquiring-new-skill-faster-than-you-thought-possible.html.

Whatever you choose for your summer adventures, we hope you make the most of it. If you need marking supplies for camping gear or sports gear, or if you need pens and markers for your artistic masterpiece, we have what you need, and Xstamper.net is your resource. If not, get out there and have fun; summers are short.

A Summer of Rediscovery

After more than a year of isolation, mandates, quarantining, shutdowns, and all the other unknowns, it appears we may finally be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. And that light is the warm sunshine of summer!

Considering all that we have been through, everyone deserves a little fun and to enjoy something other than binge-watching shows from their couches.  It’s time to locate your camp gear, sports equipment, beach umbrella, suitcases, waterskis, and all your other favorite summer items that have been in storage for far too long.

What are your plans… a long overdue trip to see family members, a road trip to some long thought about location, a trip to a theme park, a resort vacation, or just some stress-free time in the great outdoors?  Or maybe something a bit more local, like visiting a nearby beach, lake or museum, catching a few movies, picnicking in the park, barbeques with friends, or hitting your favorite sports team’s games?

The possibilities are once again endless, and all your favorite activities are waiting to be enjoyed.  So get out there and soak in the sun and all that this summer has to offer. Whatever you and your family choose to do, be sure to enjoy the sunshine, be safe, and make it one to remember!