As the cost of living skyrockets due to record inflation, many individuals might be trying to cut back on their recreational activities to save a few dollars. However, the Nutmeg State has plenty of free activities for residents and visitors alike to take advantage of, including attending concerts, or scouting out a swimming or hiking destination without having to spend a single cent \u2014 aside from the gas to get there. Here are some free events and locations to explore open in Connecticut:\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 Spend an afternoon in a beautiful rose garden. According to the site, it's the "first municipal rose garden in the United States and the third largest rose garden in the country today." It features over 15,000 rose bushes and 800 varieties. The park and conservancy is open from dusk to dawn every day and is completely free of charge. The Wolf Den hosts free performances each week by various musicians. The stage has been visited by performers like Ludacris, Run DMC and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, according to Mohegan Sun's website. Many town beaches require an entry fee, but there are a number of free beaches around the state too. Connecticut residents can explore Silver Sands State Beach in Milford, swim, fish and even visit Charles Island \u2014 which is rumored to be where Captain Kidd buried his treasure \u2014 free of charge, according to CT Visit. In Westport, Sherwood Island offers swimmig, picnic areas, walking trails, a nature center and a large pavilion for hanging out. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset. The Elm Shakespeare Company puts on free, public performances based on Shakespeare's tales in Edgerton Park.\u00a0 This year's performance will be "The Tempest," which will run from Aug. 18 to Sept. 4, according to the company's website. The International Festival of Arts & Ideas offers weekly free events on the green at 195 Church St. Some of these events include performances by musicians like Grammy-winner Gregory Porter and Air Temple Arts, who teach guests their circus tricks, according to the event's webpage. The festival runs from May 6 to June 26. Guests can "storm" a real-life castle from the 1900s when they visit the park.\u00a0 The location is open weekly from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day from May 1 to Oct 31., according to the Meriden website.\u00a0 This museum brings together a century of Husky sports history filled with memorabilia like jerseys, equipment and trophies. Admission is free, according to its website.\u00a0\u00a0 It is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.\u00a0 The Submarine Force Library & Museum documents the history of the Navy's submarine force with exhibits featured around the crews and ships.\u00a0 When docked, visitors can also explore the world's first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus. The ship is currently departed but will return during the summer, according to its website. The museum is open from May 1 to Oct. 31 every day of the week except for Tuesday. Each Saturday until Sept. 24, various musicians will be performing a free concert at the SoNo Garden roof terrace.\u00a0 Upcoming musicians include Drew Angus & Band, Baked Shrimp and Annie In the Water, according to the event's Eventbrite page. \u00a0 This center has free admission and offers an aquarium filled with animals native to the Long Island Sound including horseshoe crabs and Diamondback terrapins, according to its website. The center is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except for Tuesday.\u00a0 Participants can "reenergize, build strength and achieve a state of serenity and awareness" with this free yoga class, according to its Eventbrite description. The class is held at 1 Harbor Point Road on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. This museum, which offers free admission, has a collection of over 3,000 puppets and has archived information about puppet history, according to its website.\u00a0 The institute is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.\u00a0 The Museum of Connecticut History features exhibits about the Nutmeg state's government and military history, according to its website. The museum says admission is always free. The museum is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.\u00a0 \u00a0 Splash pads across the state have turned their sprinklers on and offer a way for kids to cool down for free.\u00a0 More information about the splash pads here. This 722-acre park is filled with hiking trails, scenic views and picnic areas. It also features the Tarrywile Mansion which is listed on the National Register for Historic Preservation. The city of Danbury says most events at the park are offered free of charge.\u00a0 The park is open every from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests who hike the free trail can find the 165-foot Heublein Tower, which contains a museum of local history. The park is open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to CT Visit. For animal lovers, UConn's Storrs campus is open to the public and is home to over 1,000 critters including dairy and beef cows, poultry, sheep and horses, according to the farm's website. The barn is popular for school trips and has a "follow the animal trail" activity for visitors to play. Guests can see cows get milked by a Voluntary Milking System.\u00a0 \u00a0 The Wall Street Theater will be hosting a free concert to celebrate music on June 21.\u00a0 The musicians performing include \u00a0B.A.S.I.C., Ricki Stevens and The Swaye, according to the event's Eventbrite page. This museum, which is free for all guests, features Catholic artwork tracing Father Michael J. McGivney's life and his founding of the Knights of Columbus, as well as a Papal Gallary and 9\/11 memorial, according to the museum's website.\u00a0 The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.\u00a0 Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz's lineup this year includes musicians like Spyro Gyro, Boney James and Fiery String Sistas.\u00a0 The festival is free for all visitors and takes place on July 16 at Bushnell Park.\u00a0 \u00a0 Steep Rock Preserve spans nearly 1,000 acres and features a river, a railroad tunnel from the 1800s,\u00a0an 18-mile trail and summit views.\u00a0 The park is free for visitors and has free parking, however, groups of 15 or more will have to fill out a permit to use the park, according to the website. \u00a0 \u00a0 Guests can explore the 750 acres of plant collections and gardens the site has to offer from dawn to dusk everyday. The site also offers free guided tours for guests on the first and second of each Sunday from May through October, according to the location's website.\u00a0 \u00a0 The public can stare into the stars every Wednesday at 8 p.m. night using a 25-inch obsession telescope at the Westport Astronomical Society. The organization also offers free monthly meetings with astrology experts, according to its page on the NASA website. The car meetup, which is themed around Mercedes-Benz, aims to bring together automotive enthusiasts at Lime Rock Park.\u00a0 Guests who register for free can attend the event on July 10, according to its Eventbrite page. Parking is free for this 2.1-mile loop trail around Lake Mohegan. The area is a popular location for bird watching and for people to bring their pups for a day, according to All Trails. The trail is open every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. This fort was the site of the largest Revolutionary War battle fought in Connecticut history, according to its website. The site also features a museum filled with history about the location. The park is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Memorial Day through Labor Day.