Top 10 Free (or Almost Free) and Fun Things to Do When RVing (or even at home)

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February 19, 2009

  1. Take a walk in nature – breathe deep, walk softly, and observe your surroundings.
  2. Take lots of digital photographs (works best as a freebie if you already own a digital camera) and share with friends and family.
  3. Visit museums on their free days – most have at least one a month.
  4. Take a factory tour – sometimes you’ll even enjoy bonus samples.
  5. Visit wine country and sample some of your favorite – or new – varietals (but assign a designated driver – those “sips” can really add up!).
  6. Pack a picnic and spend an afternoon at a local park relaxing, eating, talking, reading, exploring, daydreaming…did I mention relaxing?
  7. Window shop a fancy part of town. End the afternoon with a cup of coffee, tea or other refreshing beverage in said “fancy part of town”.
  8. Check the local paper for free community events including concerts in the park, lectures, plays, etc.
  9. Shop a local farmer’s market and chat with the folks selling the fruits and veggies. Pick up something “new to you” and ask them how to prepare it – then go home and try it.
  10. Visit your local library and check out a few movies, make some popcorn, set up the TV outside the camper and have a date night or family gathering under the stars.

What else free and fun can you think of? Please do share!! Leave a comment below for everyone to enjoy!


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  1. Karen

    We’re really big on the free stuff!
    Some more ideas –
    Self guided walking tours of historic towns -visitor centers often have mapped routes
    Tours of state capitol buildings often with a free guide
    Flea markets
    County fairs -free or very inexpensive
    National parks -free with a yearly pass
    Check at visitor centers for paved hiking/biking paths
    And one of our favorites , not free but very economical – yearly passes for museums, zoos , even amusement parks that have reciprocal memberships.
    This only pays off if you do a lot of traveling but we’ve always gotten well over our initial investment.

  2. Hi guys,

    Thanks for the comments.

    I, too, am a photo-fiend. I’ve set my screensaver to display random images from My Pictures file and believe it or not, we sit in front of the laptop guessing and talking about where that picture was taken…making almost an evening of it!!

    As for geocaching, what a great idea! Half of us is psyched about it…the other half isn’t too sure…if you get my drift :>

    Anyone else with “free or almost free things to do when camping” suggestions?


  3. I take lots of photos and put the best ones on my trip journal. Another great freebie after you are set up is Geocaching. You need a good handheld GPS along with access to the internet. We have been to so many places that we would not have visited without geocaching. It gets you out doing some very interesting activities as well as good exercise!

  4. Larry Gallagher

    I couldn’t agree with you more on the digital pictures. We just returned from a month long excursion from Knoxville Tennessee to California and back. We took 335 pictures of different areas and attractions. What grea memories to look back on. We also had our laptop with a verizon air card, so we kept everyone up to date with emails and pictures on a daily basis. This was our first time with the air card and I have to say it’s a winner. We were able to send emails even when cell phone service wasn’t available. Larry Gallagher, Maryville Tennessee.