Iowa June 11, 2015
10 Things To Do In Iowa This Summer – Without Opening Your Wallet
Think you can’t have fun without spending money? Well think again, because here are 10 fun things to do in Iowa this summer, without opening your wallet.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Have a BBQ, and invite your friends
Have a BYOB BBQ, and have your friends "bring their own brats," or hot dogs, and use what you already have at home.
2. Go fishing
There are countless spots to go fishing in Iowa, and you could easily spend an entire summer visiting them all. Bring a couple lawn chairs, your pole, and a cooler full of snacks and beverages, and you will be good to go.
3. Go berry picking
You can do this for free by visiting nature trails or forests in your area. No matter where you are, if you look hard enough you will find those hidden berry bushes and you can get the freshest berries, right off the branch. And the best part is, it's totally free.
4. Go swimming
Forget paying to swim at the pool, just head to the lake for a fun, free day of swimming! Plus there is a beach for building sand castles, something that the pool can't offer.
5. Go boating
Boating is a great way to spend a summer day. If you don't have a boat, just ask a friend or family member. Chances are, someone will have access to a boat, whether it be a paddle boat, speedboat, sail boat, or canoe.
6. Hit the Farmer's Market
The Farmer's Market is great way to spend a summer morning. You don't even have to buy anything if you don't want to, because there are always more than enough delicious free samples to make it worth the trip.
7. Take a bike ride
There are so many gorgeous biking trails in Iowa, and all of them are free. The High Trestle Rail Trail near Woodward, Iowa is a favorite spot for many bikers and walkers alike.
8. Visit a park
Whether it's your local city park, a state park, or the Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines, it's important to just get out and get some fresh air, and the park is the perfect place to do it.
9. Go on a picnic
Gather up your friends or family, and hit your favorite picnic spot for a free, fun-filled afternoon meal. Use things you already have, or do a bring-your-own-dish picnic.
10. End the day with a bonfire
Invite all your friends over, bust out the smores, and spend the perfect summer night laughing and exchanging stories over a crackling bonfire.
What are some of your favorite, free things to do in Iowa? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!