Oh I’ve got one! It takes a certain kind of person but you know you’ve found your soul-mate when they also think it’s fun.
You also have to be in New York.
There is a free ferry on the weekends that will take you from the pier in Manhattan to an Ikea location in Brooklyn. The ferry goes by the statue of liberty and that Ikea location is built right next to a really nice waterfront park.
Walk around the park, take in the waterfront, walk around ikea and get an ice cream and cinnamon roll in the food court. (Buy furniture I guess?)
Then take the ferry back to Manhattan.
Total cost: $whatever the ice cream and furniture cost.
@ApplePI@f00l That is honestly hard to beat. And yes definitely a sorting-filter for “so, you like having fun and being cheap at the same time, too?”
Also if it seems to be working by the Ice-cream-at-Ikea time, and she hasn’t decided to ditch you and run for the next ferry back, you can start picking out cheap Ikea furniture for when you move in together. (why pay for 2 places when we can save money this way?). Maybe try out the beds.
@ApplePI@f00l@pmarin Actually, I think I can top that if you are in NYC… by heading down to the Whitehall Street Ferry Terminal in lower Manhattan.
From there you can take a trip on the Staten Island Ferry., which docks at St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island.
On the way from lower Manhattan to Staten Island, you can see Ellis Island, and Governors Island, and the Ferry passes within about 2,500 feet of the Statue of Liberty. The Ferry boats have inside seating and outdoor viewing areas, free Wi-Fi, & a snack bar (and of course, restrooms).
The Ferries depart every 30 minutes, 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week, and trip is approx. 25 minutes in duration.
And the cost for riding the Ferry is $0.00, zero, zilch, zip, nil, Absolutely Free .
The Ferry terminals at both ends have free Wi-Fi, as well as vendors where you could pick up some take-out, or you could pack a bottle of your selected beverage, cheese & crackers, etc., and walk to a nearby park to enjoy a picnic.
Then you take the free Ferry ride back to Manhattan, whenever you want. Or, if you really like boat rides, take the trip back and forth again!
I own a pair of Kayaks. So the kayaks aren’t free but once you have them, any activities on the water are free.
Since I’m in Florida, it’s easy to get a free date with a beach visit. Bring a beach umbrella and a bluetooth speaker. Wirh a small cost you can even pack a lunch.
We also have dozens of free state parks to go hiking in. (Although some may require a $3 parking free)
If you’re not into the beach scene, create a cell phone photo scavenger hunt and search for items downtown. Create a list before you leave, you night even ve able to download one for your city online. Search for the items together (resist the urge to make it a competition against each other as that’ll lead to less conservation) . Bonus points if you get strangers to take a photo of the two of you at each find. Then you also have date pics to remember.