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300 free things to do

Summer means warmer weather, more time together as a family… and lots of free time. After the hectic pace of the school year, this more relaxed lifestyle is often welcomed at the beginning of the summer, but as the weeks pass by, most families start looking for things to do outside the home. In order to help you find fun and educational ways to thrive with your children this summer at home or away, we’ve compiled a list of activities and events across the Southeast. The best part is that they are all either free or very inexpensive. May your summer be full of water fun, reading good books, watching great movies, and listening to beautiful music!

Note: Some of these links will take you to the correct page, but some have not been updated for summer 2016 yet. Bookmark the sites that are of interest and check back in the next several weeks to get updated information! 

Nation Wide Events

•  Krispy Kreme National Doughnut Day – Friday, June 3
•  Chick-Fil-A Cow Appreciation Day  – Tuesday, July 12, 2016
•  Regal Cinema Summer Movie Express – $1 movies in select cities
•  Kids Bowl Free – 2 free bowling games per day
•  Barnes & Noble Summer Reading
•  Kids Skate Free – Passes to Skate All Summer at participating rinks
•  Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse – $1 movies in select cities
•  Home Depot Kids’ Workshops
•  Lowes Build and Grow Kids’ Clinics
•  Vacation Bible Schools
•  Microsoft YouthSpark Free Summer Camps
•  Apple Camp Free Summer Camp

Free events, museums, parks and camps by state.



•  Birmingham Museum of Art – free
•  Birmingham Public Library Summer Reading
•  Birmingham Botanical Gardens – free
•  Symphony in the Summer @ Railroad Park
•  Flicks Among the Flowers @ Birmingham Botanical Gardens – free
•  List of Central Alabama U-Pick Farms and Orchards


•  Concerts in the Park – free
•  Movies in the Park – free
•  Beat the heat in the Huntsville Splash Pad – free
•  Huntsville-Madison County Public Library Summer Reading
•  Huntsville and Northern Alabama U-Pick Farms and Orchards
•  July 4th Spirit of America Festival
•  Decatur Geocaching Passport
•  Cook Museum of Natural Science

Mobile/Gulf Shores

•  Mobile Public Library Summer Reading
•  Mobile-area U-Pick Farms and Orchards
•  Kids Days in Bienville Square
•  Dauphin Island Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo
•  Balloon Festival
•  In & Out Concert Series
•  Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge


•  Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site – free
•  Saturday Jam Sessions
•  Movie Mondays
•  Alabama Department of Archives and History


Little Rock

• Arkansas Arts Center – free admission
Movies in the Park
• Central Arkansas Library System Summer Reading Club
• List of U-Pick Farms and Orchards in Pulaski County
Peabody Splash Pad @ Riverfront Park



U-Pick Farms in Northern Florida
• Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens
Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve
• Jacksonville Public Library programs
• Jacksonville Beach community events
• South Beach Park/Playground/Splash Pad
• Jacksonville Skyway

St. Petersburg/Tampa

Glazer Children’s Museum – free first Tuesday from 2-7 p.m.
Tampa Museum of Art – free first Friday night of the month
Dell Holmes Park Splash pad
Sunsets at Pier 60
Screen on the Green
U-Pick Farms in West Florida
St. Petersburg Library System events
Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative events


Free Splash Pads in South Florida
Free Movies @ SoundScape
U-Pick Farms in Southeast Florida
The Library for Children
Miami Children’s Museum – free on third Friday of the month
Kids’ Programs at Miami-Dade College Museum of Art
Family Events at the Arsht Center


Winter Park Community Playground
Phillips Community Park and Splash Pad – $1 per person
Lake Eola community events
Outdoor Movies in Central Florida
Free Orlando Museums
Orange County Public Library kids’ programs



Artzeum – free one Saturday afternoon a month
SCAD Galleries – free for kids under 10; $10 per adult
National Wildlife Refuge
Forsyth Park
Live Oak Public Library events
Skidaway Island State Park – $5 to park
Berry Picking at Bamboo Farm
List of parks in Savannah – look for the ones with spray pools!
Southern Savers’ Top 25 Things to Do in Savannah


Children’s Museum of Atlanta – free on second Tuesday of the month
Atlanta Zoo – free for Fulton County residents once per year with Zoo Atlanta Library Pass
Comprehensive list of free things to do in the Atlanta area
Southern Savers’ Top 25 Free Things to Do in Atlanta
Movies in the Park
List of spray pools and splash pads around Atlanta
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
U-Pick Farms in Atlanta and surrounding counties
Best Free Summer Concerts in Atlanta


Uptown Columbus events
Riverfront Splash Pad @ Woodruff Park
Chattahoochee Valley Library events
• Bridging the Gap Playground @ Columbus Public Library
Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center
Columbus Museum – free


Trail Creek Park Splash Pad – $1 admission per person
Athens-Clarke County Library
Georgia Museum of Natural History



Lexington-area Summer Reading Programs
See a free film at the Farish Theater
Listen to jazz at Moondance at Midnight
Explore Legacy Trail
Central Bank Thursday Night Live
Lexington-area free summer movies


Catch a performance of Shakespeare in the Parks
Ride the FAT Friday Trolley
David Armstrong Extreme Skate Park
Louisville Splash Pads
Explore the Parklands
Falls of the Ohio State Park Discovery Center
Summer Reading at the Louisville Free Public Library



Feed baby alligators at the Chateau des Cocodries
Laccasine National Wildlife Refuge
Jennings Carnegie Public Library
U-Pick Farms in Louisiana

New Orleans

Get wet at the Jambalaya Park Pool
Swim at one of New Orleans’ free public pools
Play at City Park
Visit the New Orleans Museum of Art – free on Wednesdays
Ride the Algiers Ferry – free for pedestrians
New Orleans Public Library events
U-Pick Farms in Louisiana

Baton Rouge

Dixie Landin’ Summer Concert Series
Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse – $1 movies in select cities
Baton Rouge Area Guide to Splash Pads, Water Parks, and Pools
East Baton Rouge Parish Library
U-Pick Farms in Louisiana


Shreveport Summer Music Festival
Movies & Moonbeams Outdoor Cinema
Splash Pads
Shreve Memorial Library events
U-Pick Farms in Louisiana
Red River National Wildlife Refuge



Urban Beach Days
Irvine Nature Center Events
Storyville @ Baltimore County Public Library
Hybridoma Organic Fruit Farm
Patterson Park Summer Concert Series
Walters Art Museum – Free on Sundays
First Thursdays Concerts in the Park
Free Family Movies @ Park Heights
Port Discovery Children’s Museum – $2 admission on 3rd Friday of the month after 4 p.m.
Enoch Pratt Free Library
Rocky Point Beach and Park – $7/adult and free for children under 12 on weekdays


Annapolis Towne Center Summer Concert Series
Truxtun Park Municipal Swimming Center – $160/summer for family of 4
Anne Arundel County Library Summer Reading


Play at Centennial Park
Howard County Library System events
Family Fun Day at the Mall in Columbia
Meet the horses at Days End Farm Horse Rescue


We had a truly difficult time finding interesting but free/inexpensive things to do in Mississippi. If you live there and know of some well-kept secrets, please let us know!

North Carolina

Chapel Hill/Durham/Raleigh

North Carolina Botanical Garden
Chapel Hill Parks and Playgrounds
Research Triangle Splash Parks
Museum of Life and Science – free community days throughout the year
Get some exercise at Chapel Hill Skate Park
Visit Genesis Farm
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Organic Farms near Chapel Hill and Durham
Museum Park at North Carolina Museum of Art
Movies by Moonlight – free for kids 12 and under, $5 for everyone else
hNorth Carolina Museum of Art Summer Movies
Downtown Raleigh Movies Series
Rock the Park Concert & Movies Series
NC Symphony Summer Fest
U-Pick farms in North Carolina
Wind Down Wednesdays @ Waverly Place


Free Swimming Lessons and $1 Pool Admission
Reed Gold Mine – free admission; $3 to pan for gold
Summer Outdoor Movies and Concerts
Charlotte Spraygrounds
Harrisburg Movies in the Park
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Summer Reading
U-Pick farms in North Carolina
Schiele Museum of Natural History – free on second Tuesdays and fourth Fridays

South Carolina


Furman University Music by the Lake
Shops @ Greenridge free movies and concerts
Runway Park Scavenger Hunt
Places to swim in Greenville – some are free
Greenville County Museum of Art – free
Greenville County Public Library events
U-Pick farms in South Carolina


• Isle of Palms County Park w/Beach Access
Waterfront Park
Charleston County Public Library children’s events
U-Pick farms in South Carolina
Southern Savers’ Top 25 Free Things to Do in Charleston


Riverbanks Zoo – $1 admission on select summer nights
EdVenture – $1 admission each second Tuesday of the months
Guide to Splash Pads, Spray Parks, Mist Pads, and Water Parks
Explore Congaree National Park
Movies @ Riverfront Park
Richland Library Summer Learning Challenge
Summer Concerts @ Finley Park
Guide to Columbia’s pick-your-own farms



Point Park Battlefield – kids free, adults $3
Mayfield Dairy Farms Visitor Center
Walnut Street Walking Bridge
Explore Coolidge Park
Trade your books at McKay’s Bookstore
Movies in the Park @ Center Park
• Summer Concerts
Get wet at Warner Park Pool and Splash Pad – $2 for kids 3-13; $3 for adults
Chattanooga Public Library events


Movies in the Park @ Elmington Park
Full Moon Pickin’ Parties
Enjoy nature at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
Nashville Public Library Summer Challenge
Get wet at one of Nashville’s spraygrounds
Tennessee State Museum – free
Frist Center for the Visual Arts – free for kids, $12 for adults
Southern Savers Top 25 Free Things to Do in Nashville


Concerts on the Square
Knoxville Splash Pad Round-Up
Knox County Public Library children’s events
McClung Museum – free
Knoxville Museum of Art – free
Observe Nashville from the Sunsphere
American Museum of Science and Energy – $3 for kids 6-17, $5 for adults
Museum of East Tennessee History – free on Sundays; all other days free for kids and $5 for adults


Free Concerts
Memphis Public Library storytimes and summer reading
Woodland Discovery Playground – free
Suggs Park Splash Pad – free
Public Swimming Pools – free when you apply for city access card
Rainbow Lake Playground – free
National Civil Rights Museum – free to TN residents on Monday afternoons
Memphis Zoo – free to TN residents on Tuesday afternoons
Brooks Museum – free to active duty, National Guard, and reserve military personnel and their families; also has free community days as posted on website
Other Memphis Museum discounts
Peabody Hotel Duck March – free daily
Pick your own fruit at Jones Orchard


San Antonio

The Alamo
San Antonio Historic Missions
Party on the Tower Plaza Concerts
Friday Storytime at the Twig Bookshop
San Antonio Museum of Art – free for kids, $10 for adults
Slab Cinema Outdoor Movies
San Antonio City Pools
San Antonio Public Library Summer Reading
San Antonio Parks
Cibolo Nature Center and Farm

Dallas/Fort Worth

Free splash pads and play fountains in Dallas/Fort Worth
Forest Park Miniature Railroad – $4 for adults; $3.50 for kids younger than 13
Visit the Fort Worth Stockyards
Fort Worth Water Gardens
Ride the M-Line Trolley – free
African American Museum of Dallas
Play at Paradise Pond – $1 per person
Dallas Museum of Art
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Watch the planes at Founders’ Plaza


Art Car Museum-free
Southern Savers Top 25 FREE Things to do in Houston
Hermann Park Zoo – free admission from 2 p.m.-close the first Tuesday of every month
Children’s Museum of Houston – free on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m.
Holocaust Museum – free on Thursdays from 2-5 p.m.
Public Splash Pads in Houston
See bats at the Waugh Drive Bat Colony
Houston Arboretum
Explore Houston’s underground tunnels
Catch a performance at the Miller Outdoor Theater
Shows at Historic Market Square
Discovery Green Park


Austin Fire Museum
Visit the turtles at the UT Turtle Pond
Southern Savers Top 25 FREE Things to Do in Austin
Mayfield Park
Book People
Play Disc Golf
See the stars at the University of Texas
Catch Tadpoles at Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
Play with toys at Terra Toys
Play at the Central Market Playground
Enjoy nature at one of Mueller’s Parks
Check out the Play Zone
Discover dinosaurs at the Austin Nature & Science Center


Virginia Beach/Norfolk/Chesapeake

Beach Street USA
Norfolk Public Library kids’ events
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum
Virginia Legends Walk
Virginia Beach Library Summer Reading Challenge
Portsmouth Splash Park


Dogwood Dell Festival of Arts
Richmond Public Pools and Splash Pads
U-Pick Farms in Southeast Virginia
Library of Virginia
Three Lakes Nature Center
Henrico County Public Library Summer Reading

Washington, D.C., and Fairfax County, Virginia

• Top 14 free museums/attractions
Free/Cheap Spraygrounds
DC Public Library Summer Reading
Free Summer Concerts in the DC Area
DC Outdoor Films (also includes info on Maryland and Virginia)
Rock Creek Park Planetarium – free
Movies Under the Stars
National Air and Space Museum – free
Fairfax County free summer concerts

Did we miss something fun and free in your town or area? Is your town missing from our list? Let us know and we’ll be happy to add it!

    • Karen

      In Athens, GA there is the State Botanical Gardens (free) and Bear Creek Zoo (free)

    • Jenn

      The Zoo Atlanta pass is at all Georgia libraries now, not just Fulton County.

    • Amy L.

      How do you know WHICH nights are $1 at Riverbanks Zoo??

      • Chelsey

        They haven’t announced the dates yet… I would advise you to keep checking their website as the summer goes on. :)