If finances are standing in the way of DOING, then here's a trick you may want to latch onto. Find out what's FREE and DO IT. All across the U.S., plenty of outfits from museums to gardens, comedy clubs to live theaters roll out free stuff. It's just a matter of finding it.
Here's a sample of some FREE things around the country:
San Diego: Free comedy club routines. "The best up & coming comedians come to San Diego every Tuesday night! Here's the chance to see who's next in Comedy for absolutely no cover charge before 7pm. (Only $5 after) Hosted by Byron Bowers with new comedians every Tuesday!Full Bar & food available at great prices, come laugh the early week stress away!"
Chicago: Looking for a fun evening of FREE classical music concerts in the Chicago area? Why not check out the Park Ridge FREE CONCERT include five concerts by Park Ridge Fine Arts Symphony, a 50-piece ensemble made up of the finest free-lance professional musicians in the Chicago area.
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Seattle: They don't just guzzle coffee here, they do boats, too! Check out the Center for Wooden Boats because every Sunday the center offers free wooden boat tours (all run by volunteers) that will take you around Lake Union. On our ride, we got to stop to check out boats around SLU and, of course, the boathouses in the area.
Houston: Funk meets junk (cars?) in Texas. This free museum will make you feel instantly hip when you traipse on in. The exhibits, including the cars, rotate every few months so you never know what you'll see. The front is staffed with the sweetest, aging hippy volunteers who are only too happy to talk your ear off about art car culture and how the cars are put together.
We could go on talking about free industry tours (and plenty of free eats and drinks where produced), music events, arts events, and whatnot. Finding them is all at your Internet equipped fingertips. Hit your search box and type in "free events" and the name of the closest larger city of interest. You may be able to drill down to smaller cities, but the likelihood of finding free events grows with the size of the town. You can also ring up the tourism center or Chamber of Commerce in nearly any town and ask away about what's for free in their area.