Summer Activities on a Budget

School’s out, the weather is warm and Michigan’s chilly winters are but a distant memory. You know what that means — summer is finally in full swing! Now that you’ve got a little extra time on your hands, we’ve got six budget-friendly summer activities for you to try out.

Animal Admirers

Spending the day at your local zoo or aquarium can be a great way to get the family out of the house and see some adorable animals too! Instead of waiting at the door, buy your tickets for the Detroit Zoo or Auburn Hills’ SEA Life Michigan Aquarium online and save around $5 per person.

Movie Buffs

If a night of movie-watching sounds more your style, check out this list of free outdoor film screenings happening in Metro Detroit. Bring some chairs, a blanket and pack a homemade picnic before leaving home to transform a regular summer evening into dinner and show.

Festival Frequents

Michigan is famous for its never-ending list of summer festivals. No matter what city you live in, there’s sure to be fun, free fairs and fests celebrating some of the state’s best music, art and food. From offerings like the Grand Rapids’ GRandJazzFest to the Romeo Peach Festival, you can browse through a full schedule here.

Outdoor Explorers

If you prefer to be one with nature, use the summer to explore Michigan’s beautiful parks and trails. You can hike, bike or skate through most trails in Metro Detroit for free. If hiking isn’t your thing, another inexpensive way to explore Michigan’s hidden gems is to take advantage of the free D Discount Pass. With this pass, you’ll get discounted rates for awesome local activities including Segway tours of downtown Detroit or kayak tours down the Detroit Historical Canal.

Music Fans

There are few better places to spend a summer night than at a concert. If you’re looking to get outside and support local musicians, consider attending one of Metro Detroit’s free summer concerts. Again, bring some lawn chairs, snacks and your family and friends for a great night of music and memories.

Water Lovers

Take advantage of the abundance of lakes in Michigan and pack up your car for a day at the lake. If you’re one of the lucky ones with a neighborhood pool, jump in to escape the heat this summer. Don’t have those options available to you? Turn on the sprinklers and break out the slip ’n slide for a low-cost cool down day at home.

Whatever your interests or budget, there’s no limit to the amount of fun you can have this summer. What are some of your favorite budget-friendly summer activities? We want to know!

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