FREE Things to Do Before the Summer Ends {2019}

free summer things to do

When you’ve got all summer long to keep the kiddos having fun, things can get pricey. We’re here to help!  Try out all these FREE things to do (or nearly FREE) all summer long. Put them on your summer bucket list, write them on your calendar, or gather friends to do something fun!

  1. Heckrodt Nature Preserve, Menasha
    Boardwalk nature trails, animals, aquariums and more. Learn more about Heckrodt here.
  2. 1000 Islands Environmental Center, Kaukauna
    Enjoy hiking along the Fox River and also check out the indoor animal exhibits. Learn more about 1000 Islands here.
  3. Go Fishing
    Kids 16 and under can fish without a license in Wisconsin! Find a great spot to fish with kids here.
  4. Splash Pads
    If you haven’t heard or visited Wanick Choute Park and splash pad in Sherwood you are missing out. Opened in 2015 this is a fantastic splash pad for all ages to enjoy for FREE. Check out this round up of splash pads here.
  5. Kids eat FREE
    Find Kids Eat Free deals here.
  6. Beaches
    Neshotah Beach in Two Rivers, Clark Lake in Door County, Dodge Memorial County Park, Sunset Park, Hattie Sherwood Beach in Green Lake, South Park Beach in Waupaca and Partridge Lake, Public Swimming Beach in Fremont are all FREE. More information about our favorite beaches here.
  7. Walking and Biking Trails
    Not only are these trails family and kid friendly, they are also FREE. Check out our favorites Terrell’s Island, Newberry Trail and Trestle Trail. Find more here.
  8. Movie Theater
    Beat the hot summer days on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 am through August 14, 2019 for your favorite family friendly movies for just $3! More information here.
  9. Movies in the Park
    Grab the blanket, bug spray and pack of the kids to see one of these outdoor movies under the stars with the kids.
  10. Music
    Live music, city bands, Appleton Rock School … we have so many options around the area. Check out some suggestions here.
  11. Menominee Park, Oshkosh
    Zoo, Beach, playground are all FREE. The whip ride is $1.00, the train ride is just $1.25. Learn more about Menominee Park in Oshkosh here.
  12. Farmers Markets
    Take in the sights and smells for FREE as you stroll through a market. Many of our local markets are more than just food vendors, enjoy art and music with the community. Find an option every day of the week here.
  13. Kids Runs
    Check out these fun run options here.
  14. Plamann Park Children’s Farm, Appleton
    Open daily from 9 – 4:30 through Labor Day, 2018. Check out baby pigs, a calf, donkey, sheep, goats, bunnies and more. Because of special diets, you can not feed the animals. This is a local family favorite. Learn more here.
  15. Bookworm Gardens, Sheboygan
    Located on the UW-Sheboygan campus, admission is free for this children’s garden inspired by many classic children’s books. Make sure to pack your suits and swim at Deland Park. Find more information about Bookworm Gardens here. Find Sheboygan day trip tips here.
  16. Water Ski Shows
    Check out FREE shows from local water ski teams around Northeast Wisconsin for FREE. For more information here.
  17. Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Green Bay
    Zoo, geese, nature building, waterfalls and more. Grab a couple dollars for corn to feed the geese otherwise its FREE. Find tips for your next visit here.
  18. Indoor Playgrounds
    Did you know we have 8 McDonald’s playgrounds from Neenah to Appleton to Kaukauna to Green Bay. Don’t want to spend a lot of money? Enjoy ice cream and play for less than $5. Check out all the locations and more here.
  19. Henry Vilas Zoo, Madison
    It is one of the only free admission, community sponsored zoos in the country. The zoo is open daily, year-round, with the exception of a few holidays. Parking is also free. For more tips for visiting Madison, check out this.
  20. Head to the library
    Find lots of FREE programs on our calendar or just explore. The Kaukauna library is our newest facility and has a beautiful play area for little ones.
  21. Check out one of these favorite parks
    The Rocket Park, Fritsch Park, and Memorial Park are our favorites. Check out our Park Series with reviews, photos, and details about multiple area parks!
  22. Ride the Trolley
    The Appleton Downtown trolley runs until September 29, 2018 on Thursdays & Fridays from 5 – 11 pm and Saturdays from 8 am-11 pm. The rides are FREE for everyone but donations are greatly appreciated. More information here.

Check out our complete Summer Bucket List here.



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