Summer Fun Doesn’t Have To Break The Bank

By Bailey Daniels

Summer can be a busy and fun time, but sometimes it’s difficult to get out and make plans when you don’t know where to start or what to. This is especially hard when you don’t want to spend a lot of money on activities. Here are a few things to do this summer for $10 or less:

Organize a pick-up game of sand volleyball. Sand volleyball is an easy way to get a big group of friends together outside and getting some exercise! USI and Wesselman Woods have great courts, so grab a group of friends and a volleyball! Check for court reservations on USI and Wesselman’s websites, just in case a recreational league is using the courts.

Go on a walk by the river. It’s beautiful and a little bit cooler to walk by the water. The Newburgh riverfront is a beautiful and safe area to go on a walk with family or friends! At the end of your walk you can head up the road and enjoy a $1 soft serve ice cream cone from Rivertown or shaved ice on St. Joe Avenue by Mesker Park Zoo if you choose to walk the Evansville riverfront.

Plan a bonfire. This is a summer classic. Divide the supplies list among your friends so that everyone brings something and don’t forget the chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers! This is an awesome way to spend a nice summer night relaxing outside and catching up with friends.

Explore new places you’ve always been curious about. Everyone has certain stores, restaurants or places they’ve always wanted to go into or try out, like Thai Papaya on the east side or Kite & Key that just opened up on Franklin Street. Have you ever been to the Evansville Museum? Don’t miss out on the Koch Immersive Theater. The Downtown Farmer’s Market, Franklin Street Bazaar, Newburgh Farmer’s Market, and one-off events are all promoted heavily on Facebook and local event calendars. Grab a friend and make a day of trying new things. It can be as inexpensive as you want it to be! You might just find a new favorite spot.

Visit a rock quarry. Falling Rock rock quarry in Louisville is a great way to spend your day! Pick a nice day, pack up some floaties, friends and a bit of food and carpool to the quarry. Everyone can chip in for gas and the entrance fee is only $10. It’s a fun and exciting way to spend the day outside and cool off in the summer heat by swimming around in the quarry. It’s safe, with lifeguards, and there are rocks to jump off and beautiful sights.

Bailey Daniels is the summer Development Intern at Youth Resources and a YR alumna. She just finished her sophomore year at Indiana University where she studies nonprofit management.