It’s all about knowing what kind of search terms to type in to find things to do.
Even if you live in a small town, there are tons of free or cheap things to do on a regular basis which is great if you are trying to save money.
I know it may feel like there’s nothing going on, but trust me – there is!
In this article, we will look at how to find fun things to do near you that your whole family will love.
5 Ways to Find Fun Things to Do in Your Area
We will share the best ways that you can find fun things to do in your area.
It’s not just down to knowing what to put into Google (although of course, this is a good thing to do!), but there are other places where you can find this information.
The types of things that you can get up to will vary from town to town and also depending on the season that you’re in. You will want to think about how much walking is involved with the events too.
For example, there are going to be a lot fewer outdoor activities going on if there’s a heavy snowstorm happening!
If you have a Facebook account then you have probably seen it when there are events happening in your area that your friends have put down that they’re interested in.
You don’t need to wait for it to pop up either as there is a Facebook events calendar that you can access at any time to see what’s happening.
It’s pretty easy to access this via your Facebook account as well. To do this you will need to head on over to the left-hand side of the screen and under the Explore section click on the part that says ‘Events’.
Once you have done this, it will show you all of the events which you have been personally invited to.
In this area, you can also see the events that your friends are interested in, so this is good for bringing up local events or if you have the same interests as your friends, could show you something good.
You also have the option to search for events. You can search by date – today, tomorrow, this week or choose the date.
Then you can choose by the type of event:
As you can see, there is a large range of the types of events that you can choose from, and you can narrow it down to suit you.
If you find an event that you would be interested in going to, you can click on ‘Going’ or ‘Interested’ to get notifications to remind you about it.
The library is a great place to find fun things to do near you because they will have a lot of information about what’s going on in the town.
You could go in there physically, or if they have a Facebook page or website they should have local events listed on there.
A library can be a general hub for local information so try to think of them like that and not just as somewhere that has books!
Local Tourist Centers
You may not tend to usually visit the tourist center in your town as you aren’t a tourist! But these can be ideal places for finding out the events that are planned.
There are all kinds of things that your town could have planned, such as farmer’s markets, sports events, summer concerts and more.
It’s likely that your town has a sports team – whether that be an adult or children’s league – and you could always go to watch them to show support.
A good thing about getting the information from here for the events is that they are generally planned well in advance, so you can plan for these.
This is one of the best places to find events because that’s the whole point of the platform!
Eventbrite is set up as an online ticket system where you can buy or get tickets for free. Even if the event is free you will still have to get a ticket.
It’s a good set up because once you have registered for a ticket then you will get email notifications beforehand to remind you.
You can choose to either browse online events or let the website use your location to show you events happening near you.
The main search filters are:
- For you (this is based on organizers that you follow)
- This weekend
- Food & Drink
- Charity & Causes
The best thing about finding events here is that you could find something that you would have never thought about trying before, and do some new experiences!
Ask Friends and Family
It may sound obvious now, but have you thought about asking your friends and family?
They may know of some events that are planned in your local area, and you could even plan to all go together.
Ask them “where can I find free things to do near me?”
3 Fun Activities Near Me
Hopefully, everyone reading this will be able to do the following things, but it does depend on where you are located.
Nevertheless, these are some fun ideas that you could try at some point!
Parks, Zoo’s, Aquariums, Carnivals, and Amusement Parks
Some of these e.g. parks, zoos and aquariums are generally available all year round, but things like carnivals and amusement parks tend to be around in summer.
You can go to their websites or Facebook pages to see if they have any special events planned – a lot of these kinds of places do special events around Christmas, etc.
A lot of these extra events may even be free!
Geocaching Scavenger Hunt
An activity that is fun to do especially if you have kids is geocaching. Have you heard of it before?
Geocaching is a scavenger hunt app where anyone and everyone can take part!
Your kids will absolutely love it – to geocache, you will need to download an app and use it to navigate to a geocache nearby.
There will be a logbook which you can sign and date to show that you found it. And you’ll never know what else you will find in there!
Kids love this because it’s a real-life scavenger hunt that will be fun for all of the family.
Find a Fun Airbnb
There are a bunch of Airbnb sites out there that are really unique and different. It’s well worth a look to see what types of Airbnb’s there are near you.
You never know what you could find! I’ve personally seen treehouses, castles, Hobbit houses, yurts and more.
Not only that, but Airbnb offers experiences in the local area that you could sign up to. These may only be advertised on Airbnb, so it’s worth looking on there.
We personally love this idea for a budget-friendly staycation.
Finding Things to Do Near Me
There are lots of ways that you can find things to do near you, and hopefully, if you are looking for something, the options in this article should work for you.
If not, there’s another way that you can do this via Google again.
Be Specific on Google
When you head over to Google, try and be as specific as you can be about what you are looking for.
For example, you could use search queries including your town name:
- Free concerts in (my town)
- Restaurant openings in (my town)
- Cooking classes near me
There are lots of different search queries that you can type into Google, but just be sure to be as specific as possible so that it doesn’t bring up a bunch of random stuff.
We hope that you have found these tips exciting and want to get straight to finding some fun activities and events in your area.
When you are stuck for ideas for things to do it can be hard to think of things that sound fun and interesting for all of the family.
We encourage you to have a search through these options and see what you can find!