Low cost activities to enjoy with friends, 2023 edition

Finding something to do can be a difficult challenge. It is even harder to do when you're on a budget and want to keep costs low. These are some options that allow you to have fun without having to spend too much money.
A photographer takes pictures of surfers on Midtown beach in Palm Beach on Nov. 7, 2021.

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A photographer takes pictures of surfers on Midtown beach in Palm Beach on Nov. 7, 2021. Img 2502 / Kimberly Miller / USA TODAY NETWORK

Enjoying the nightlife and entertainment industries is a lot of fun, but all the activities involved come with major price tags. The more you look to get involved in those spaces, the faster your bank accounts tend to get drained. That is why it’s always important to have ideas for how to have fun that do not cost much if anything at all. These are three fresh ideas that you can take advantage of to have fun alone, or with friends without having to dig too deeply into your pockets.

Visit a museum

Many major cities have museums that can easily be overlooked as a fun activity. Tying together education and fun is a quick way to lose interest of some individuals, but museums are an interesting attraction that can quickly suck you in and hold your attention. Cities such as New York, Washington DC, and Philadelphia are known for several museums that rank among the best in the country. The same could be said about the aquariums in some of those cities, as some of those do not have an entry fee as well. Look around your city and take stock of what museums are in play because it can quickly become a fun activity without spending any cash.


Hiking became all the rave during the pandemic. It was one of the few ways that people could get together, while still meeting all the health mandates put in place. Since the world has opened back up, the interest in hiking has waned, but those in the know keep the practice in their lives. It’s a great option if you’re looking to have fun without spending much money. Pack some of your favorite snacks, throw on your athletic gear, grab your dog, and hit the trail.

Take a photography walk

This is a low-cost activity hack that combines walking your favorite paths and breaking out your camera. Now, there can be a price tag for those looking to buy an expensive camera, but that does not always have to be the case with such high-powered cameras on our smart phones. Take advantage of that tool and snap away while walking through the city or while on a nature trail. You can even make this a fun activity by challenging friends to take specific photos of locations or items in the wild to see who produces the best picture.

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