Don’t let a tight budget stop you from having a great time in Venice or the rest of Sarasota County. Take the short drive over to Sarasota to find plenty of affordable things to do. You can have fun without breaking the bank!
Visit the Beach
It should go without saying that a trip to the beach is one of the most popular free activities in Sarasota. Just choose your favorite public beach.
Play a Sport
Bring your volleyball or tennis gear to the beach for a unique activity.
Swim at Lido Pool Instead
Don’t want to swim in the ocean? Lido Pool is right next to Lido Beach, and this public pool only costs $4 for adults.
Have a Beachfront Grill Out
Take a separate trip to the beach with a picnic or grill out. Both Lido and Siesta Beaches have their own picnic areas and grills.
Shop at the Farmers Market
You don’t have to spend money to have fun shopping!
Catch a Live Show at Siesta Beach
Go to Siesta Beach for live music. There is always music on Sunday nights.
Or at Friday Fest
One Friday per month through early fall, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has free live music by the water.
Take Advantage of Free Art Appreciation
Go to a Budget Movie
Movie tickets are definitely getting more expensive, but Parkway 8 Cinema still has amazingly cheap tickets. A matinee is just $2, and at night, the price is still only $2.50.
Read at the Library or Outside
Visit your local library in Sarasota or Venice to check out a book to read for free.
Go to the Museum on Monday
Visiting the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art doesn’t cost anything if you go on Monday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Camp at Myakka River State Park
Although it’s not free, camping at Myakka River State Park will only cost you $5 for each person. This is primitive camping with sites several miles from the trail.
Things to Do at Island Park
Don’t want to go so far from civilization? Bay Island Park has lots of free things to do, featuring plenty of grass and blue water.
Enjoy the Sunset
No matter where you choose to watch it, this will be a gorgeous sight.
Go for a Walk
Walk or bike throughout Sarasota. View the water, homes, or nature in general.
Take Advantage of Happy Hours
If you do your research, you can find a place in Sarasota to get a drink or snack for $5 or less during Happy Hour.
Split an App or Drink
Save money any day by sharing a larger drink or appetizer.
Get a Cheap Dessert
Some local places, like Heavenly Cupcakes, have amazing deals on treats.
Or just attend one of the many free or cheap local festivals throughout the year.
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