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Been cooped up all winter? Have a serious case of cabin fever? All that's about to change, because spring is here! The skies are clear, the flowers are in bloom and you're ready to playfully romp outdoors. Even while you're trying to save, you can find ways to enjoy the warmer months on a budget. So here are some free or inexpensive fun things to do outside during spring.

1. Visit an Arboretum

Soak in the fresh air and vibrant blooms of spring by visiting a nearby arboretum or botanical garden. These are often low-cost and some even offer free days to the public. If you have a family, you can save money by asking for a group discount. You might also be able to score a reduced rate on a daily deal site.

Want to visit more regularly? Consider a membership. While there is a fee, if you go frequently, the membership will pay for itself. Plus, being a member could get you free parking, guest passes and invitations to exclusive events.

2. Attend a Free Outdoor Concert or Film Series

Spring and summer are peak times for museums and public spaces to offer free evening concerts and movies. Some offer an ongoing series, such as jazz night every Wednesday or springtime flicks on the weekends, so you can count on no-cost entertainment to enjoy on the regular. Up the romance factor by throwing together a simple meal and making a date out of it.

3. Enjoy a Local Art Walk

Cater to your aesthetic by checking out an art walk. These are normally free, and you can weave through different gallery spaces and exhibits to see what local art is brewing. A good place to look for art shows is the calendar section of a local entertainment site. Besides mingling with cultural mavens, you'll also likely get to enjoy some free drinks and light appetizers.

4. Go on a Hike

To get your nature fix, go on a hike. Sites like and Modern Hiker give you an idea of what trails are nearby, and whether a certain trail is best for beginners or more advanced hikers. Whether you're up for a short hike or a half-day sojourn, put on your hiking boots, stock up on snacks, slather on the sunscreen and you'll be ready to go.

5. Attend a Fair or Festival

Fairs are a great way to spend quality time outside for a low cost. Many don't require an admission fee. Plus, you get to check out local talent, artisanal foods and homegrown delicacies. You get a taste for the best your stomping grounds have to offer without having to travel far.

6. Take a Bike Tour of Your Neighborhood

If you're at a loss for fun things to do outside, give your car a rest and hop on your bike. Experiencing where you live is definitely different when you're riding around on two wheels. Even if it's just to visit regular haunts like your favorite local restaurant or to buy a few sundry items from the market, it'll waken your senses. If you'd like to trek off the beaten path, you can create your own neighborhood tour by exploring esoteric spots found on sites such as Atlas Obscura.

Having fun this spring doesn't have to be costly. There are plenty of activities to do to enjoy the great outdoors. Just put on your creative hat and be ready for adventure, and you'll surely find enjoyable and economical outdoor activities.

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