Frugal Summer Fun in the Northwest

Frugal Summer Fun in the NW

If you’re looking for activities to keep your family busy this summer, look no further! We’ve got a big list of summertime activities.  Also, make sure to check out all of our Summer ideas, where we’ll be adding new fun activities all summer long!

We  offer a free or frugal weekly events list on Friday mornings to give you tons of great ideas of what to do over the weekend or the next week around Puget Sound and Portland areas.

Don’t forget to check out our BIG list of staycation / vacation ideas for things to do in Seattle on a budget for the summer! We also have Portland Staycation ideas here too.

Frugal Summer Fun:

Summer Bucket List – contains free download of  a blank Summer Bucket List sheet to use when creating your own family “Summer Bucket List”

Ways to Save on Summer Travel

Summer in a Jar: Canning 101

Top 5 Tips for Saving Money while Camping

Saving Money at the Ballpark 

Frugal Entertainment Options for Families:

Check out our Summer Fun Ideas page, to get information on free or affordable summer movie programs, kids bowl free, free summer kids, frugal activities for home and more!

Fee Free National & State Park Days:

Northwest Travel:

Ways to Save on A Disneyland Trip

Great Wolf Lodge: 


Road Trip Ideas –

10 Unique Parks in Washington to Visit with Your Family

10 unique parks to visit

4 Best Beaches for Families to Visit in the Olympic National Park

Seattle, WA:


Wings Over Washington – Ways to Save & Review (like having a Disneyland Ride in Seattle)!

Wild Waves Theme Park – Coupons for Wild Waves Tickets + Tips To Save while visiting!

Pacific Science Center – Ways to save on admission, food, transportation & more.

Woodland Park Zoo

Tillicum Village / Blake Island – Cruise & Salmon Bake on Blake Island (or you can cruise out to Blake Island)

iFly Coupons & Ways to Save – fun to experience flying!


Portland, OR:

Portland Family Friendly Activities, Money saving tips & more – tips on visiting & saving at the Zoo, OMSI & more!

Family-friendly Restaurants around Portland – a list of some of our favorite restaurants to visit around downtown Portland

Portland Aerial Tram Ride  – This is a fun, quick & frugal ride to give you some beautiful views of

Summer Adventure Park at Skibowl – fun for all ages at Mt. Hood in the summertime with batting cages, alpine slide, rock wall & more.


Silverwood Theme Park –  North Idaho.  Ideas for budget lodging & ways to save on Silverwood admission tickets, food & more!

Northwest Water Parks: 

Find our Master List of NW Water Parks here. This list includes large destination water parks for Wa, Or and Id, as well as smaller budget friendly water parks!

Rock quarry swimming pool

Check out the Water hole and High Dive at the Rock Quarry Pool!

denny creek natural waterslides

Or the Denny Creek Hike and Natural Waterslides!

Northwest Parks:

Check out our Park Reviews Page, to find detailed information and photos for many NW Parks!

Washington Park Arboretum – Seattle, WA (this is our post about the Fall Colors, but it’s gorgeous during the summer too!)

Northwest Campgrounds & Camping:

Northwest Hotel Reviews:

Find many hotel reviews, and savings tips for traveling around the NW on our Travel Reviews Page here!

Weekly round up of the best NW getaway deals is here too!