Since the weather has finally cooled off and we might have a few calories to burn off after Thanksgiving dinner, this week's 5 under $5 list is aimed at getting you outside to find some free and cheap fun while sneaking in a little exercise to boot.
1Sunday Bicycle Rides: This week's group ride brings a Davis Islands tour. If you join the group for the free ride, it will be a 15-mile trek at 10 to 14 mph. The route includes a tour of waterfront homes, the airport, dog park and boat basin. Helmets are required. Meet at 8 a.m. Sunday at Sandra W. Freedman Tennis Complex, 59 Columbia Drive, Tampa. (813) 598-4999.
2License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day: This Saturday is one of the few times in the year that Florida offers a free fishing day, giving you an opportunity to dig out that rod and reel or maybe introduce the kids to fishing or take your visiting out-of-state relatives. A saltwater fishing license normally costs $17 a year for Florida residents and $47 for nonresidents. Some fishing piers, such as the Skyway Pier, have blanket licenses for all. If you end up having a great day on the water, you can obtain a license at myfwc.com.
3Saturday Guided Hike at Weedon Island: Ages 6 and older can join this hike through coastal mangroves and upland ecosystems to learn about the environment and the area's early inhabitants. 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Weedon Island Preserve, above, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free, registration required. (727) 453-6500.
4Seasons of Florida Photography Hike: Join photographers and naturalists to explore and photograph the Brooker Creek Preserve in Tarpon Springs. There will be photography tips along the way. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at 3940 Keystone Road. Free, registration required. (727) 453-6800.
5Wildflower Walk: Take a guided stroll through the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg and discover Florida wildflowers. 9 a.m. Saturday at 1101 Country Club Way S. $3, $1.50 children. (727) 893-7326.