18 Fun Free Things Almost Anyone Can Do

There are plenty of free things you can do that are also fun.

Although what one person might find fun could be different from what someone else does, there’s a good chance that most people will find something on this list that they’ll enjoy. Some of the activities may require the use of things you already own.

Get ready to unleash your creativity!

Host a Potluck

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To keep your potluck free, you and your friends can challenge yourselves only to make food items using items already in their pantry or refrigerator.

Your potluck may be fun and memorable, with the restriction of not buying any ingredients. You could have some interesting, unique dishes.

If you don’t feel like hosting, you could also do this activity at home alone or only with those you live with.


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Volunteering can be fun if the tasks align with your passions or interests.

For example, you may be able to pet cats at an animal rescue or walk the dogs.

Go for a Walk

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You can take a walk in your neighborhood. Or, if you have gas in your car, go to a local park that doesn’t have an entry fee.

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Play a Board Game

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Most people have board games that they haven’t played in years. Dust one off and have some fun with your family or friends.

Go on a Picnic

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Like with the potluck, only take the food you already have on your picnic to keep the cost low.

Also, you could take along yard games that you already own.

No gas in the car? Have your picnic in the backyard or balcony. Enjoy a meal outdoors.

Check for Free Local Events

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Many communities have free festivals and events.

They may have food vendors, people selling art, or trinkets that would not be free.

However, there may be music groups performing that anyone can listen to free of charge.

And, of course, looking at things in vendor booths is free.

Go for a Drive

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If you have the gas, go for a scenic drive.

Enjoy the scenery at this time of year.  Drive around a nearby lake or down a road through a wooded area.

There may also be parks with beautiful views.

Visit Local Attractions

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Are there historical landmarks, parks, museums, or other free attractions that people travel to your area to visit?

Be a tourist for free things to see in your area.

Also, some zoos have free days where locals can get in.


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Crank up the tunes and dance!

Also, many dance-themed exercise videos are available for free on YouTube. You can follow along and get some exercise too.

Attend a Church Event

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Churches sometimes offer free events.

This could be a meal for anyone in the community. Or sometimes they have music worship events.

Or you can attend one of their weekly services to see if you enjoy it.

Kids may enjoy Vacation Bible School events that churches hold throughout the summer.

Look at the Stars

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Become a stargazer for an evening.

If there is too much light pollution where you live,  there may be a nearby Dark Sky park for better viewing.

Work on a Puzzle

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All ages can enjoy a puzzle.

If you do not have any puzzles, most thrift stores will have puzzles for a very low cost.

Go For a Bike Ride

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If you already own a bike, go for a bike ride.

You could also recruit a friend to go with you.

Watch a Movie

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Enjoy a movie you own or find a new one on a streaming service you already pay for.

Some streaming services are free. They may contain commercials.

Get Crafty

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Embrace your creativity to make something using only supplies you already have.

Perhaps you have craft supplies from an old hobby that you abandoned.

Organize a Closet

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Some people find organizing fun. I usually like it when the work is done!

Organizing your home is something that is free. My sister thinks it’s fun to rearrange her furniture occasionally.

Visit the Library

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When was the last time you went to the library?

If it’s been a while, visit your library and see what services they offer for free. Along with books, you may also be able to sign up for a free digital app for digital books and audiobooks.

Browsing the library and seeing what’s changed since you were there may feel fun.

Write Thank You Messages

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You can write handwritten thank you cards if you already have stamps and notecards.

Or, you can quickly send thank you text messages. Someone may be surprised to hear from you.

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Things to Do When Bored at Work

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There are things you can do when you’re bored at work too. Most of them are free!

Fall Activities

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There are things you can do this fall, some of them are free!

Surprising Things When Walking

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Keep your eyes open and you may see some unusual things when out for walk.

Be Productive at Work

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When you become more productive at work, you may be able to get more done in less time.

Author: Heidi Bender

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Expertise: Thank You Notes

Heidi Bender is a writer and author who founded Tons of Thanks. She aims to help people write thank-you notes by providing examples and tips. She is the author of She is the author of A Modern Guide to Writing Thank-You Notes.