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Bowling Green is packed with things for students to do, free or not. Sometimes a guide helps to start fun, save money or provide a bit of direction.


Groceries are a necessity for anyone living anywhere. BG is full of spots to find healthy produce and yummy treats. In Bowling Green there is a Kroger, Meijer and Walmart which all carry a wide selection of groceries. There is also an Aldi and Big Lots which provide cheaper options. The cheapest place to get groceries in BG is Dollar Tree or any other dollar store.


Going to a park is a fun and free activity that anyone can do. Bowling Green has a handful of parks which all offer a different experience and a glance into nature. Some of the city's best include; Wintergarden, Simpson Garden Park, Black Swamp Preserve and City Park. Outside of Bowling Green there are many parks in Northwestern Ohio. On the northside of campus, some parks to check out are Maumee Bay State Park, Wildwood Preserve MetroPark and Toledo Botanical Gardens.


Off-campus restaurants is something BG specializes in. provides a full list of restaurants so everyone has something to choose from. If you’re looking for breakfast food, Kermit’s Family Restaurant, Everyday People Cafe are just a few of the delicious spots. North Main Street is packed with restaurants like Easystreet Cafe, Mr. Spots, Beckett’s Burger Bar and Call of the Canyon Cafe — which also serves breakfast. BG is also packed with pizza options like Pisanello’s, Rapid Fired Pizza, Pollyeyes and D.P. Dough.

How to BG: Cheap places to eat


Bowling Green has a variety of shops all throughout the city. There are bigger stores like T.J. Maxx and Five Below, but there are also plenty of local shops to pick from. A few include; For Keeps Gifts, Eden Fashion Boutique, Ben’s Crafts and Mode Elle Boutique. The list of BG shopping spots go on, and anyone can find a spot to spend money at.

Local women-owned businesses to shop at


If you’re a coffee fanatic, there is nothing to worry about because BG has plenty of options. There are many local coffee spots that students can go to get something to drink or to find a spot to do homework: Juniper Brewing Company, Grounds for Thought, Flatlands Coffee. There are also larger scale coffee shops like Starbucks, Dunkin and Biggby Coffee.

Sweet spots

If you have a sweet tooth, BG has plenty of places to find a treat. Insomnia Cookies and The Cookie Jar are two spots where you can get warm cookies in the area. If you prefer a cold dessert, there is no lack of spots. Some include; Sundae Station, Eric’s Ice Cream Factory, BG’s Frosty Fare, Lola’s and Dairy Queen.


BG has an abundance of nighttime activities. Some local bars offer karaoke nights and trivia nights, while others you can dance the night away with friends. Al-Mar Lanes also offers a “kosmic” bowling experience for a fun night out with friends.

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