Spring Into Summer for Free


This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer; a time when most families hit the road in search of sun and fun.  Whether you are heading to the Jersey Shore, making tracks to Florida’s coastal communities or cruising to California, you can experience sun, sand, and surf without sacrificing your entire summer travel budget. The trick is to take advantage of the free activities and amenities offered at your vacation destination.

For example, if you are planning to travel to San Diego this summer, there are a slew of family-friendly options that won’t cost you a dime to enjoy, including:

Concerts:  Pack a picnic and relax in Spreckels Park on Sunday evenings throughout the summer.  On the first and third Sundays of the month Coronado’s Summer Concert Series takes place.  The live music extravaganza allows you to bask under a setting sun while listening to a variety of popular tunes.

Cultural Events:  On June 8-9, you and your family can experience an incredibly enriching event at historic Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside.  The Annual Inter-Tribal Pow Wow attracts tribal members from across the nation.  The groups showcase cultural dances, Native American arts and crafts, as well as authentic food items.  If you can’t make it to town in early June, then head to the House of Pacific Relations in Balboa Park for the free International Cottages’ Lawn Programs.  Each Sunday, from now through November, a different country will be highlighted and you’re invited to soak up the international flavor with ethnic foods, music and dance.

Fishing:  This summer, the San Diego Fly Fishers club is offering free fly-fishing lessons.  Each Sunday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at La Mesa’s Lake Murray, you and your family can learn how to cast a line and try to catch lunch.  If you don’t have your own gear, arrive 20 minutes early and enjoy a free equipment loan.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.