Weekends are the time to relax, hang out with friends, and wipe away the stress of the previous days at work. Although it would be nice to grab a nice dinner and see a movie, that isn’t always in the budget. Or maybe, you’re just looking for activities that are more outside the box. We’ve put together a list of 5 low-cost things to do on the weekends that are both fun and will save you money.
- Go Hiking
- I think too many of us take advantage of the fact that we are a ten minute drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hiking is a free activity that will help reduce your stress levels and get your heart pumping. It’s hard to worry about anything when you reach the top and get to stare off at that perfect view. However, there are some spots you might want to avoid. Rough Ridge is packed almost every weekend. It’s an awesome hike, with an amazing view, but take the weekend as an opportunity to try out some other lesser known spots.
- Live Outdoor Music
- One of the best activities of the summer! There are two big options here. “Music on the Lawn” at The Inn at Ragged Gardens is an outdoor concert series that is held every Friday from May to October. Bring some blankets or chairs to enjoy the free music and the beautiful venue. Outside food and beverages are not allowed, but they do have a cash bar and a lawn menu. Another option for free outdoor music is The Outdoor Concert Series at the Jones House. Every Friday from June until August guests are invited for live music in the heart of downtown Boone. All you need to bring is a blanket or chair to sit on.
- Have a Picnic
- Instead of going out to eat, you can make a couple sandwiches and enjoy lunch out in the sun. There are so many great spots to choose from, so we made a separate blog here with some choices.
- Go to the Farmers’ Market
- The Farmers’ Market is an all around good time. For starters, you’ll feel good about waking up early to go. (Ok, maybe it’s just me that has trouble waking up before noon on a Saturday.) Also, it’s just such a beautiful environment to be in. All the vendors are very friendly and sell an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables, jams, honey, plants, and even wildflowers. Grab everything you need to make dinner and then decorate your table with flowers for a summer evening treat. Even if you don’t buy anything, Horn in the West is a nice place to take a walk with the Daniel Boone Native Gardens nearby.
- Visit Local Attractions
- Even though they’re called “tourist attractions” that doesn’t mean they’re cheesy, overpriced, or boring. I will say I was honestly surprised when I visited Mystery Hill for the first time. I actually had a really great time on the tour and was a little spooked by the “Gravitational Anomaly” room and honestly, pretty astounded. Tickets are relatively inexpensive ($9) and you’ll leave with some cool pictures and stories. Another Boone attraction that’s on my list is the Mysterium Escape Room located in downtown Boone.
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