51 Fun & Free (or Cheap) Things to do in Flagstaff, Arizona
47. Stroll the Pumphoush Wash nature trail in Kachina Village
This relaxing nature stroll is located about 7 miles south of Flagstaff in the little town of Kachina Village. Although quite short at just 3/4 of a mile each way, it’s a lovely walk through shady ponderosa forest. You’ll also have the opportunity to see a rare Arizona wetland. And because it’s not heavily used, your chances of seeing wildlife are much greater than anywhere else in town. Common sightings include elk, especially during the fall season. Fox, deer, bald eagles, and all sorts of birds are also commonly seen.
48. Feast on an Indian buffet like no other at Delhi Palace
Delhi Palace isn’t just Flagstaff’s top Indian restaurant, it’s the best food in town, period. This authentic Indian restaurant serves the best Indian food you will ever taste. And for just 9 bucks, you can treat yourself to an all you can eat buffet featuring a variety of the best Indian dishes. If you are new to Indian cuisine, the buffet will enable you to try a variety of dishes to see which you like best. The delicious homemade Naan bread served complimentary is worthy of a visit on its own. Service is great, everything is clean and restocked, and the decor is pleasant. Lunch in Flagstaff is a no brainier – Delhi Palace wins, hands down!
49. Make your own tasty frozen yogurt creation at Cultured
Cultured is a coffee bar and frozen yogurt bar in one: a strange idea, yet pretty popular with both locals and tourists. Although the coffee here is quite disappointing (with the exception of the tasty seasonal pumpkin spice latte), the frozen yogurt bar is quite delicious. For just under 50 cents an ounce (roughly 3-5 bucks a cup), you can customize your own yogurt creation picking your own base (the dark chocolate and green tea are delicious!) and variety of candy and fruit toppings.
Free sampling is available, so you can try out several flavors before committing to one. Dairy-free? Not a problem as they always have at least one coconut based option for dairy free guests. Cultured has a nice little upstairs seating area with great views of the mountains. Visit on a Friday night when they feature live entertainment and you have a budget friendly little date idea!
50. Attend free summer events
The summer lineup in Flagstaff typically includes a number of free events. Yes, there are lots of really pricey events like Pickin’ in the Pines, Sip and Stroll downtown, and seasonal Symphony shows. However, art fairs, the community market, Pets in the Pines, The Urban Flea Market, a multi day 4th of July lineup of festivities, the Route 66 Days festival, and Bike to Work Week are just some of the freebies on the yearly lineup. Check on the Flagstaff’s Recreation Center’s annual Lineup for this year’s events.
51. See a Tuesday Night Classic at Harkins
Every Tuesday night, Harkins Theater in Flagstaff screens an old favorite as part of their “Tuesday Night Classics” series. Movies are only 5 bucks compared to the usual $9. Movie themes typically change along with the seasons with airings of Halloween/fall classics like The Lost Boys and Halloween in October, and A Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation during December. It’s a great way to get out for the night without spending big bucks!
What are some of your favorite budget friendly activities and attractions near Flagstaff?