10 Things To Do On A College Budget In Summer

By Victoria Berggren on June 17, 2016

1. Hiking: Top of the world, Laguna Beach

When a luxury vacation is not in the cards, the next best thing is to explore your own backyard. Getting outside and taking a hike is an inexpensive alternative to travel, killing two birds with one stone by combining exercise and adventure.

2. Outdoor movie night: Mission Tiki Drive-in Theater, Montclair

A fun way to spice up a regular movie night is to take the theater outside. Drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback and locations are popping up all over southern California. What is more fun than a retro night with friends?

3. Beach: Treasure Island

If you have access to a beach, take advantage of it. Many beach locals often forget about this gem in their backyard. The beach is a fun, and most importantly, free spot to swim, hang out, and work on that summer tan.

4. Bonfire: Huntington Beach

The fun at the beach isn’t just limited to the day. When the sun goes down, continue the fun with a bonfire. S’mores and hot dogs are a quintessential part of the summer tradition.

5. Picnic: Crescent Bay Point, Laguna Beach

Going out to lunch is always an expensive endeavor, so when you want a 5-star meal on a 2-star budget, the best alternative is a picnic. Not only do picnics create an adorable ambiance for an affordable price, they are also customizable. Good food, good view, good company: what could be better?

6. Museum: The Broad, Los Angeles

L.A. is teaming with new, exciting art exhibits. Going to a museum is not only fun, it’s also free. Many of the hottest exhibits in L.A., like the Broad, have free admission.

7. Comedy show: Laugh Factory, Long Beach

It’s scientifically proven that laughing is an essential part of health. So why not make a night of it and head over to a comedy club? 

8. Zoo: L.A. Zoo, Los Angeles

For only $20 you can go to the Los Angeles Zoo and meet the new baby hippos.

9. Anaheim Packing District, Anaheim

The Anaheim Packing District is home of several different small restaurants. From gourmet crepes to authentic Phö, this place has something for everyone.

10. Free yoga on the beach: Belmont Shore

When you are tired of hitting the gym but still want to squeeze in a workout, look no further than free yoga on the beach. This is a great way to get in touch with yourself and nature without breaking the bank for a trending workout class.

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