The typical vision of a backyard oasis includes a swimming pool, but with an average price exceeding $23,000, many find it hard to make that vision a reality. But you can have fun for a lot less money: check out this list of 10 things that can be done in just about any backyard for less money.
Mega Water Slide
Kids and adults can cool off on hot summer days with a 75-foot water slide found on Amazon for $149.95.
Backyard Adventure Water Park
Nobody will complain about not having a swimming pool if they have their own water park. It comes with a giant beach ball, slide arches, obstacle beams and sprinkling palm tree.
The pieces have four-way connectors allowing any formation you can imagine. The Backyard Adventure Water Park is available from Amazon for $466.07.
Swing to the gentle summer breeze in a hammock. Amazon sells a two-person hammock with a stand and sunshade for $219.99.
Jumping on a giant trampoline is not only fun but great exercise. Walmart sells a 15-foot trampoline with a safety enclosure for $279.99 each.
Enjoy summer nights around a fire pit in your backyard. Home Depot sells quality fire pit kits starting at $349. They include stones and a steel insert — so that your fire pit will last for years.
Watching colorful birds outside your window can relax and entertain you at the same time. Purchase a bird feeder station for $24.99 — and a set of two bird feeders for $17.99 from Amazon and you’ve created a new hobby for $42.98.
Spend the whole summer nurturing your own backyard vegetable and herb garden. Buy a seed kit from Amazon for $22.95 and harvest the benefits in the fall.
Set up your own volleyball court and invite your friends and neighbors over for a little friendly competition. Everything you need is included in a volleyball package from Walmart priced at $76.99.
With an inflatable movie screen ($249.99) and wireless projector ($299.99) from Best Buy, you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood by hosting outdoor movies.
Treat your kids to a camping experience without leaving the yard: Put up a six-person tent from Target ($80.99), throw in as many pillows and blankets as you can find and sleep under the stars.
How About All of the Above?
Unbelievably, you could do all of the things listed for $2,238.89, which is still a fraction of the cost of a swimming pool.
Just imagine how much fun your backyard would be with all of these things in it — or at least more than one of them.
Readers, would you rather have a swimming pool or all of these things at a fraction of the cost?
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