• July 2, 2024
  • Posted by General Electric Credit Union
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Cheap or Free Summer Activities in the Tri-State

Summer is the perfect time to unwind, enjoy the sunshine, and make memories. But when a vacation isn't in the budget, it's easy to feel like you're missing out. The good news is you don't need to spend a lot of money to have an amazing summer. Here are some cheap or free summer activities to help you make the most of the season.

Add these low-cost activities to your summer itinerary 

1. Explore nature 

Often, we overlook the treasures in our own backyard. Spend a day visiting nearby parks, trails, and nature reserves to take in the fresh air, greenery, and wildlife. Many parks offer free or low-cost activities such as hiking, bird watching, and archery. Just keep in mind you may need to pay admission to enter the park. 
Some options in or near the Tri-State include:

2. Cool off

Select parks have bodies of water for families to enjoy. For example, East Fork State Park’s beaches present the perfect opportunity to build sandcastles without having to travel to far off places. Or try your hand at kayaking along the Little Miami river. These destinations will keep you and your family busy for hours, making them the perfect option for a day trip. 

Alternatively, there are splash pads around the city to cool off in, such as the one at Washington Park in Over the Rhine. These are especially ideal for families with small children, as they allow them to play in the water without the hazards of a large body of water or swimming pool. Consider packing snacks or meals to stay fueled. 

3. Get together 

Consider hosting a potluck barbecue or picnic with friends and family. Everyone can bring a dish to share, making it an affordable way to enjoy a variety of foods and good company. Set up some lawn games like frisbee, badminton, or cornhole to add to the fun. 

4. Give back 

Many organizations welcome extra help during the summer months, and volunteering can be a fulfilling way to spend your time. It's a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills, and make a positive impact on your community. 

  • General Electric Credit Union’s (GECU) Giveback Partners program selects several local nonprofits a year to support. Visit us online to discover our picks and consider volunteering at one of them yourself!  

5. Visit a museum 

Cincinnati has a wealth of museums to visit. From the Cincinnati Fire Museum to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Cincinnati Museum Center, there are many destinations to plan an outing. Some even have free admission for kids under a certain age. 

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a memorable and enjoyable summer. With a little creativity and planning, you can make the most of the season right where you are! When you do go to swipe your card, whether for museum tickets or potluck ingredients, use your GECU credit card and earn points or cash back on your purchase.

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