Let’s face the facts, folks. We are mired deep in a very brutal recession. People’s portfolios are in the pits, and if you live in Flagler County, the chances are quite good that you could be unemployed. With an unemployment rate of 14.2% in the month of February, the outlook is anything but positive.
But pick yourself up and dust yourself off, good citizens of Flagler! Despite having the highest unemployment rate in the state, you do not have to sit and wallow in self pity. There are plenty of free and inexpensive things to do that will make you forget about the proverbial hole in your wallet.
1.) Linear Park
Our first stop is Linear Park, where the bicycling trails intertwine and the boccie courts are almost always open. Take a small snack with you or stop off at the local Walgreen’s before you go venturing on the five miles of bike trails. If you have boccie balls, you can while away a lazy afternoon at one of five boccie courts, a small hidden gem in Palm Coast, Florida.
2.) Flagler Beach
OK, this recession trip could cost a couple of dollars, especially if you are not aware of the blazing overhead sun that beats down in the middle of the day. Buy yourself some sun-tan or be prepared to pay for some aloe gel later! Watch the gentle rolling of the waves and experience the crash against the coquina rocks. Feel your recessionary issues roll off your back at least for a little while.
3.) Coquina Lanes
Speaking of Coquina, bowling remains one of the few activities that does not burn a large hole in your wallet. And at $3 a game at Coquina Lanes Bowling alley, even if your game is, well…like mine, you will undoubtedly get plenty of practice. Rental shoes are cheap, the ambiance screams old-school bowling, and the atmosphere bespeaks of how Flagler County was before the population exploded. Go for a strike!
4.) European Village
OK, good people. Here, one must be careful. The price to eat at one of these catchy restaurants in European Village borders on outrageous in some respects. If the recession has your wallet gasping for air, bring nothing more than $5-10 before you come here. Trust me, you will be tempting by the quality of good eats. However, if you are just looking for atmosphere, you could not come to a better place. The buildings are all quaint replicas of European cafes and restaurants. Often, live entertainment at night gives people a taste of culture that sometimes seems lacking in Flagler County. Stick around, order a light snack to keep your wallet happy, and sit outside for a breath of fresh air and relaxation. Live entertainment ranges from smooth jazz to classical acts.
5.) Holland Park
The first significant park in Palm Coast Florida, this free to the public park has a variety of recreational activities. From Basketball to outdoor grilling, one can work up a sizable appetite hitting those elusive three point shots and then firing up a grill and making some dogs. Bring the condiments to make a masterpiece and watch the sunset over a tree-filled horizon. Bring a bicycle for extra fun; the trails here wind through the neighboring “F section” and connect with the afore-mentioned Linear Park.
Sometimes, one must live like a millionaire on a breath of fresh air. If any of these five activities in Flagler County interest you, pack light, bring some small change, and escape reality at least for one day. This recession is not going away any time soon. Might as well make the best of it!