My husband and I bought our first home together this past January. Escaping city life, the noise, the smell, the traffic, was at a premium, but worth every penny we have spent! Although we moved just 8 miles from our old home, we are surrounded by trees, deer, birds, woods, and live in one of the best school districts in the area (and State!). The move was worth the effort, hard work, and sacrifices
In the city, we were privy to many public swimming pools and splash pads – all free of course. But free also means, crowded, not maintained as well as you would expect, shoddy lifeguards busy playing with their phones and flirting with each other, and a bit of chaos. Here in our new neighborhood, the town pool is located in a beautifully maintained town park. The park offers several miles of hiking trails, tennis courts, an amphitheater, pavilions for rent, and a large playground. If you are a town resident, entry to the park is free. If you are a non-resident, entry into the park is $10 on weekdays and $20 on the weekend. I assume this fee helps maintain the cost of pool and park up-keep.
The pool is spectacular with a newer pool house, snack bar, designated kiddie pool and large Olympic size pool, complete with a diving board and lap lanes. Entry into the pool is $3 per adult and $1 for kids 12 and under. Reasonable prices. A typical family of 4 would pay $8-10 per pool visit. They also offer a “family” pool pass for $100. This is what we bought. For 100 bucks we have unlimited visits to the pool for the entire season. We have been to the pool 3 times this week (a total of 6 hours pool side) and summer has just begun. Since we live only 5 miles from the park, going to the pool after work is completely doable and fun for the kids.
We also have the Empire Pass which gives us access to all of the New York State Parks. Rather than paying $8 to enter each time we want to go hiking or swimming at a State park, we paid $65 for the whole year (April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019). This is great, especially when we want to rent a kayak, go camping, or let the girls swim among the minnows and dig in the sandy beach. Personally, for a family of 5, I think $165 for summer fun is inexpensive, especially when we pack all our food and snacks for the day. We could even make it into a series of day trips by visiting the different State Parks around us. All we need to do to stay within our means is to think creatively.
What do you do for frugal, summer fun?