If you’re looking for some exciting things to do this summer, why not check out the list below! We’ve tried to come up with some not-so-ordinary ways to spend your time this summer and we hope you enjoy them!
1. Camp on the Beach
Everyone wants to go camping in the summer but not many people know that there are some beaches who allow you to camp on the beach itself! Florida is one of the best places to go for this as they have over 900 camping grounds and many of them are on the beach! You can read more about it at Visit Florida’s website and get your next camping trip started!
2. Picnic in Your Backyard
You don’t have to drive to a park this summer to have a picnic! Why not enjoy your own backyard? Too many times we have beautiful yards but rarely spend time in them. So, this weekend, pack a basket, set up a beach blanket, and enjoy a nice lunch in your own backyard!
3. Swim in a River
While tons of people go each summer to the beach or to lakes, not many think about swimming in a river instead! Of course, you need to be careful which river it is as some can be dangerous, but there are plenty of lazy rivers that would make for an awesome day of swimming.
4. Hike in Your Park
While it’s fun to head to the mountains in the summer and go hiking, you don’t have to go that far to hike! Why not check out your local park or one in a nearby town? All you need a mile or two of good trails and you can spend the afternoon hiking and enjoy nature!
5. Tour a Neighboring City
While touring your own town became a summer staple a few years ago, we suggest heading to a neighboring city maybe 30 minutes to two hours away. Do things that typical tourists would do! Check out museums, art galleries, shops, and maybe try a few of the fun things to do. A great place to get ideas is Tripadvisor.com. Just type in the city and state name and look for “things to do.”
6. Ride Horses in the Mountains
Maybe you’ve ridden horses at a stable, through a field or forest, maybe even on the beach. But this summer, try something new and head to the mountains! There are plenty of ranches that offer horse riding tours and adventures. See the mountains from a new perspective and maybe even get to know some lovely animals.
7. Create a Community Garden
If you love to garden then why not take the time this summer to share that love with others? Find out if your neighborhood allows a community garden, and if not, there may be a local park or other city areas that will allow it. Community gardens are not only great for socializing but also for planting vegetables and fruits that all can share and enjoy together!
8. Go on a Roadtrip
Road trips aren’t just a thing of the past. We think that they should become something you do as a family or with friends every summer! Just make sure your car is ready for long-distance travel and that you have enough money to have a great time. The best way to go on a road trip is not to plan ahead. You can plan ahead on any other trip, but a road trip is best when it’s spontaneous. Just pick a road and drive and see what you can see.
This may not be your first choice of things to do in the summer, but volunteering can be a lot of fun! Find some friends to join you, or go alone and make new friends! Volunteering helps us get our minds off ourselves and onto the needs of others and what we can do to help. You can volunteer with the homeless, the elderly, wounded veterans, animals, and so much more! If you’re interested in volunteering, check out volunteermatch.org which can help you find the perfect place for your next volunteer opportunity!
10. Take Photos
This may seem like a no-brainer, but we’re not talking about selfies or taking photos of your food. Spend an afternoon at the beach, in a park, or touring a city and just take photos of anything that interests you. Use a camera or your phone but have fun with it! Take unexpected photos, use weird angles, find shadows or lighting that interests you. You don’t need to be a professional photographer to have a great time taking photos this summer!