75 Dirt Cheap Ways to Enjoy Yourself around Richmond

being silly at maymont

being silly at maymont

OK, so this is a riff on 101 Dirt Cheap Ways to Enjoy Yourself but localized. I kept some, removed some (even thought some I agree with…), added some:

  1. Check out a book or movies from the library and read/watch the afternoon away.
  2. Picnic at Maymont.
  3. Bake and eat homemade cookies.
  4. Start a blog.
  5. Hike outdoors and explore somewhere near like Belle Isle.
  6. Head anywhere with someone and a digital camera or two.  Shoot as many funny and interesting photos as you can.  Then go home and sort through them all.
  7. join the Chesterfield or Richmond Freecycle communities and find old stuff in your attic, and offer them on the list. While you’re there try to be quick and reply on other odd offers of stuff that people don’t want… all for free!
  8. Play old-school board games like Monopoly and Scrabble.
  9. Brew a fresh pot of coffee (or tea) and share it with someone over an interesting conversation.
  10. Learn to play guitar (or any musical instrument like a piano) online.
  11. Go swimming at a local pool or in the James River.
  12. Fly a kite.
  13. Host a long night of $10 Texas Hold’em Poker with 9 of your friends.  Make sure you understand poker odds.
  14. Learn to play other card games too… especially Spades!
  15. Find and pick beautiful wild flowers.
  16. Fire up the backyard BBQ and invite some friends over you want to get to know better.
  17. Browse around thrift stores like the Family Thrift Center.
  18. Take a moonlight stroll holding hands with someone you love. Maybe stargaze.
  19. Make a pizza pie from scratch.
  20. Craft some artwork.
  21. Write poetry.
  22. Eat fresh strawberries sprinkled with sugar or covered in chocolate.
  23. Go camping (close = Pocohontas State Park, or further west in the mountains).
  24. Take an easy, breezy bike ride.
  25. Rent 3+ funny movies and host a funny movie marathon.
  26. Hit up local carnivals, zoos, museums and weekend festivals. There seems to always be one somewhere around town. Libraries sometimes have good but small kids programs on the weekend.
  27. Make your own ice cream!
  28. Massage her feet if she promises to massage yours.  ;-)
  29. Go canoeing or kayaking (we just was graciously given a canoe – thanks Barb and Georg!, but what local place has cheap rentals?).
  30. Sit riverside (I like Pony Pasture) and skip rocks across the water.
  31. Go tubing down the river.
  32. Watch the sunrise and sunset.
  33. Organize a sports game with your friends.  Touch football, anyone? Frisbee golf? Volleyball?
  34. Tailgate and attend a local college sporting event.
  35. Learn cool magic tricks online.
  36. Master a new simple skill you’ve been meaning to learn.
  37. Go bowling – duckpin bowling at Plaza Bowl is cheap!
  38. Create and maintain a square foot garden.
  39. Watch old home movies or look through old photo albums.
  40. Create a digital video highlight reel of all your favorite digital photos and video clips.
  41. Go fishing.
  42. Visit model homes to get simple DIY decorating ideas.
  43. Play Catch Phrase or Charades.
  44. Drive out to VA Beach and spend a day surfing or boogie-boarding…
  45. Host a water-gun war with water-balloon grenades.
  46. Remember, really long Slip ‘N Slides never get old… especially when they end in a pool of water.
  47. Pick fresh fruits and veggies at a local farm (like Chesterfield Berry Farm), farmers market or find a local wild spot like blackberry patches near you!
  48. Try letter-boxing or geocaching.
  49. Dream an afternoon away in your cozy bed.
  50. Make all kinds of paper airplanes and see which are best
  51. Get to a peaceful, scenic location and stare off into the distance.
  52. Hit the magazine rack at the local book store (just don’t buy any).
  53. Host a wine tasting party where everyone brings a cheap bottle of wine.
  54. Take on a small DIY woodworking project and build something.
  55. Call an old friend and catch up on things.  Use your night and weekend minutes.
  56. Climb up a large oak tree, hang out and think (not too high).
  57. Host an outdoor egg toss competition.
  58. Learn to juggle.
  59. Look at the current ingredients in your cupboard, find some recipes online and cook a feast (or something simple) you’ve never made before.
  60. Get free tickets to a comedy club like Funnybone
  61. Put together a framed photo collage.
  62. Wink at complete strangers in a busy public setting.
  63. Play with puppies at the local pet store.
  64. Give people unexpected compliments and watch them smile.
  65. Make a rope and tire swing.
  66. Clean the bed sheets, make the bed, and snuggle into the freshness.
  67. Relax outdoors on a sunny day.
  68. Reminisce about old times with your closest friends.
  69. Take a short jog and a long relaxing shower.
  70. Give someone you love a long hug.
  71. Pillow fight!
  72. Jump on a trampoline
  73. Build a fort in the house with blankets.
  74. Make your own list…

I know I’ve missed a lot, but didn’t take a lot of time to put it together. Please add away additional ideas in the comments! I’ve only lived here a few years, so I’m by no means the best resource 🙂


3 responses to “75 Dirt Cheap Ways to Enjoy Yourself around Richmond

  1. I lived in Richmond from 1986-1990 (6th through 9th grades). I haven’t been there to visit since 1996. I still miss it. Thank you for the trip down memory lane.

  2. Great post…I’ll be sure to check this out when I need some ideas 🙂

  3. This is a good idea. I think I may do it for my home town.

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