$5 or Less Sunny Summer Fun with Kids!

Sometimes the lack of school and routine can make for some rough days during the summer.  Also, if mom is used to some fun activities with other gals throughout the year, this can make summer extra difficult.  Here are some fun ideas to get out in the sun in our local community – $5 or less per kid, or even better – FREE!

  • Blowing Rock Pool – This is a fun one, especially if you’re looking to cool off.  The pool is actually heated so it feels like the perfect temperature for hot and cooler days.  I can’t stand stepping into a pool that is too cold on a hot day.  A word of caution:  it can become quite crowded in the afternoons and there are no chairs so you’ll need to bring your own.  I believe the charge is $5 or less per person but you might want to call to confirm this year’s rates.  Want to skip the crowds?  Head on over to the Mountain City pool or the indoor pool in Boone if you’re looking to escape the heat.  The Mountain City Pool  (206 College St, Mountain City, TN 37683) – (423) 727-9252 is open from 11am-5pm from Monday through Friday and open only for pool parties on Saturdays.  Keep in mind that they do shut down for lunch from 12:45-1:30 each weekday.  Costs are $4 for ages 13 and up, $2 for ages 5-12 and children under five are FREE.
  • Cascades Waterfall and Hike – Take a little northern jaunt on the Blue Ridge Parkway to this easy hike and you’ll see a fun, gushing waterfall (no playing in this one) on this thirty minute round trip walk.  A good friend of mine recommended it to me and she, her three kids (ages 2-6) and baby girl (riding in the Ergo, of course) and myself enjoyed a lovely walk and picnic.  And the best part besides the fun time we had with our friends?  It was FREE!

  • Wildcat Lake & Banner Elk Park – A fun place for swimming, canoeing and lots of fun!  Make a day of it and visit the park, as well!
  • Jones House Music – Free music on the lawn at 5pm each Friday during the summer – this is especially a fun one if you walk the streets for the First Friday Night Art Crawls.
  • Bass Lake – A FREE, lovely walk around Bass Lake and a little picnic at Moses Cone make for a wonderful summer day.
  • Valle Crucis Park – This is my favorite park in the area.  Who wouldn’t love a river to splash in, a smooth walking trail, fun playground equipment, picnic area and plenty of shade on a hot day?

  • Price Park & Lake – We love to walk around this lake, although we haven’t tried the canoe rentals yet.  Technically it’s $13 for a canoe, but if you divide that by two people, you’re at $5.50 a person.  J  The park is also fun for some FREE water fun in the river and some Frisbee after a yummy picnic or cook-out.
  • Hickory Ridge Homestead – Learn a bit about our county’s history by touring the homestead.  Located next to Horn in the West, the cost is a suggested donation of $3.

Have fun exploring the High Country this summer!  Let me know of some other great ideas from your family!



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