Looking to save on your vacation, but not skimp on experiences? From museums, to thrifting, to a little healthy sport competition, Kent has plenty of activities around the city for under $10 per person.
1. Pop in to a thrift shop or antique store
Wander through thrift and antique stores to grab some of your favorites: vinyl records from the hopping 1950s, funky home decorations, or retro clothes to put a pop in your wardrobe. Lucky Lemons, Melissa’s Antiques & Fancy Goods, Treasures and Threads and Things Consignment Boutique promise an eclectic day of shopping.
2. Let the disc fly at Lake Fenwick Park
Relax along the waterfront and enjoy a competitive game of disc golf at Lake Fenwick Park. (Don’t forget to pack a disc!) Spend the afternoon exploring the trail—through the woods and up the 177 metal stairs—or picnic in the park.
3. Skate (or climb) your way to the top
Bring along a set of wheels to Arbor Heights 360 skate park. While you’re there, practice your tricks, take your try at the rock wall (bring a harness, experienced climbers!), free climb or scooter around to get the most of the park.
4. Stroll the artsy Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks Park
Immerse yourself in nature and public art with a stroll around Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks Park. A curvy trail winds throughout the series of sculptured and landscaped spaces. Cyclists can trek the sight-worthy, self-guided bike tour.
5. Compete at Pickleball Station
Drop in for a healthy dose of competition at Pickleball Station. Grab a paddle to score points against your biggest rivals: friends and family. Open-play sessions are only $5 per person, per session for up to three hours of fun.
6. Snack at Cow Chip Cookies
Sit back and snack. Cow Chip Cookies dishes out warm and gooey treats, from classic chocolate chip to the more adventurous lemon sugar. Hit the store early to pack-and-go with a bundle of discounted day-old cookies under $10, sold while supplies last.
7. Take To The Ice
Why wait for winter when you can ice skate year-round? The Kent Valley Ice Centre holds public skate sessions for under $10 per person, not including skate rentals. Go Tuesday night for cheapskate sessions, only $6.16 per person. No balance? No problem. Batting cages and mini golf are available right outside the rink.
8. Art it up at Third Thursday Art Night
Carve out time for the free Third Thursday Art Night in downtown Kent, featuring local artists, live music, food and an art activity for kids. Take a walking tour of murals and public art lining the streets, or take part in spontaneous demonstrations led by local art instructors—from mini paint sessions to baton twirling.
9. Connect with another time at the Greater Kent Historical Museum
Flash back to the past at the Greater Kent Historical Museum. Wander through permanent exhibits and see the seven period rooms decked out in the styles of the turn of the 20th century. Admission is free. A $2 donation is suggested.
10. Race on the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum
Fan of Seafair? Ogle at the nation’s only public museum dedicated to powerboat racing. The Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum charges just $10 general admission for a day exploring the history—and present—of racing on the water. Discounts for seniors and students under 16; members and kids under 6 get in free.