For me, Fremont is not hard to enjoy without spending a lot of money. I find people watching naturally fun and interesting. However; spread your wings a little bit and look for ways to dig a little deeper and see what you can find.
My first recommendation is good on both a sunny or rainy day. Check out Fremont Vintage Mall. I do not recommend it because you need to go there and spend money. The store holds an impressive amount of shit. I am not calling it shit in the sense that it is worthless but it is random as hell. I like looking at vintage pictures, furniture, paintings, cards, and clothes. I employ no interest in acquiring said random bullshit but history is my favorite subject. I am always curious how random ass family photos from the 1920’s ends up in a fucking vintage shop. It is also interesting that random people want to buy these pictures and do something with them. I am not jabbing at anyone who likes to collect vintage stuff. Whenever I go to a friend’s house who collects, I am always impressed how they tie it all together and make their houses look cool. I did not inherit that collecting gene but more power to you if you like it. Whether you just want to pass some time in an interesting spot or have interest in buying, check this shop out.
I try not to spend a lot of money in restaurants and bars anymore. However; I am not perfect and do tend to slip up. When I slip up, I try to make it at a spot that will give me an experience vs. a mindless spending of my money. Today I went to the Fremont Coffee Company. There is a great front porch where you can chat with locals, tourists and enjoy a coffee. I drink filter coffee so I tend to spend no more than $2.50. Today I spent most of my time debating world issues with my wife like the rise of Donald and Bernie and what it all means. When we finished we both laughed it all off and enjoyed the blue sky and sunshine. Fuck it right?
We decided to get a little more exercise in and headed down by the river. There is a nice path that you can bike, walk, run or roller blade. If you own a kayak, drop it in the water and take off. It is a nice area to hang out and enjoy. We took a walk for about 30 minutes and let the sun rays blast our pasty ass white skin. Afterwards, my wife sat back in a public sitting spot and did a little more people watching while resting her tired feet. Fuck, where did the time go? We ended up spending 5 hours and we only checked out a few spots.
Do you have any recommendations for free or low cost shit to do in Fremont? Anything super hidden? I know there is an art walk every Friday during the spring and summer. I also know there is a $5 outdoor movie which sounds sweet. I have not checked out the movies yet.