Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Find Things to Do in Your Own Town

"How do you find these things?" is a question I hear often from the husband. I am constantly finding new things for us to do near us. After hearing this question a few different times, I finally realized that it would make a great blog post. So, today I'm bringing you my tips for finding things to do in your own town!


1. Facebook

Some people love Facebook and others hate it. We have mixed feelings in our household. The husband rarely ever uses it and I use it way too often. One of the things I love about it is that it helps me find things to do. Sometimes things come up in my ads (thank you Facebook algorithms) and other times, I go searching the events section for "events nearby." It was through Facebook that I found the Sonoma Homebrewers Competition. It was a random find but I think we were both glad I found it.  Some towns and areas even have their own Facebook groups. Try typing in the name of your town in the search bar and see what comes up!


2. Craigslist

Craigslist has several sections where people will list upcoming events and festivals. It's worth a browse from time to time to see if anything is coming up. I don't use this one as often as Facebook, but I do give it a browse every now and then.


3. Google

Searching for something to do? Why not start with a search engine. I recently used Google to search for nearby playgrounds to take my nephew. We found this amazing pirate playground that my nephew enjoyed a lot simply by searching "Charleston playground."  Don't have kids? Try searching for fair or festival instead. You might be surprised by what comes up.


4. Newspaper

There's always the classic newspaper (not everything has to be internet - right?). Pick up a copy of your local newspaper and give it a browse. Pay attention to the advertisements and classifieds. They are full of people trying to share their events with you.


5. Local Places

Browse fliers and ads at your local establishments. Many places allow people to post flyers or leave business cards to advertise their events. Community bulletin boards are also helpful to check out. You never know what cool events might be advertised.


6. Word of Mouth

Just like the newspaper isn't out of date, neither is the classic word of mouth. Listen to your friends and family when they're talking to you. Let them know that you're interested in cool events and happenings that they hear about. Sometimes a friend can be the best resource for finding cool new things to do.


What are your favorite things to do around your town?


17 comments:

  1. I agree. There's more in our town than we know. I love exploring new places but also, I find pleasure in discovering new things in the familiar. :)

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  2. These are great tips! I love to find events and things online or in the newspaper! Our city is pretty good about promoting events in the paper.

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  3. We have these HIP sites here in middle Tennessee. They usually tell of all the coolest things going on around town.:)

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  4. We live in a small town so it's difficult to find things to do, but there are several things to do that we get out and explore from time to time.

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  5. Lots of great suggestions here. We have a FB group for our town and there's always a ton of advice there. The internet always has some great recommendations too.

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  6. these are great tips & I know personally that there are many places/ things I would like to go see/ do in my town that I need to go do.

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  7. I love exploring surrounding areas you never know what you might find, that's why I am saving up for a camera to snap any secret gems that I might stumble across!

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  8. This time of year there seems to be a festival or event every weekend, I love it!

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  9. Great ideas here! There are always things we're surprised about that are close to us.

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  10. Those are great tips. I am part of a local facebook group and it helps finding things to do

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  11. I find so many events to go to with our kids in the local circular, and even the local news channel website has a bunch of local activities as well.

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  12. Great tips on finding things to do in your own town. I like word of mouth, because then you can get an honest first hand opinion.

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  13. This is great! We just moved to a small town but it still seems like there are things going on all the time here!

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  14. I'm lucky to live an hour away from a pretty big city since we live in such a small farm town and everything is being shut down left and right. Great ideas!

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  15. I'm lucky, I live in a town that has something going on nearly every weekend. So we can always walk right into town and have something to do!

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  16. Great tips! I have a friend who is part of a Coastie couple and she just manages to find people and places no matter where they move! I give you Coastie wives (and the mamas) major credit for resourcefulness and resilience.

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  17. I didn't read through all of your comments, but have you considered "Meet Ups." Before we moved to Okinawa, I found them to be a place to meet people with common interests and they were always doing fun activities!

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