Summer is my favorite season! I love the warm weather, the laid back vibe of the season, and all the summer fun things to do. My summer is always busy, and there are some things I do every year. With summer winding down, it’s time to pack in the last of your favorite activities. Here are my top ten picks:
1. Hit the Beach: Whether it’s an ocean or a lake, it’s always relaxing to chill on a beach. It’s also a great time to catch up on your TBR (to be read) list.
2. Go to a baseball game: Nothing goes together like summer and baseball. If there is no major league team near where you live, there is probably a minor league or independent league team. You can find out if a minor league team is nearby at http://www.milb.com/milb/tickets/.
3. Check out local carnivals: Most places have some kind of carnival that comes to town every summer. They make a fun night out, and many are fundraisers for local charities. You can find out about these from your local paper.
4. Visit a national park: Since this is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, many parks are hosting special events. You can find nearby national parks at https://www.nps.gov/index.htm.
5. Find a 5k: This one may require some preparation if you’re not used to running or walking, but a 5k is not as long as it sounds – 3.1 miles. And most of the time, you can walk some or all of the race if you aren’t into running. Also, these races usually support a worthy charity. You can find races nearby here: http://www.runnersworld.com/race-finder.
6. Catch a concert: Concerts abound in the summertime. Some are even at great outdoor venues. And sometimes you can get discounted tickets through Groupon or Living Social. You can locate nearby concerts through http://www.ticketmaster.com/.
7. Attend a festival: Like concerts, there are festivals aplenty in the summertime. My favorite kind of festival is the book festival, but there are many kinds. From music to books to history, there is a festival for everyone. An internet search can help you find the kind of festival you want and where said festival will be.
8. See local attractions: Summer is a great time to check out the attractions in your own town that you may have overlooked. Museums, zoos, aquariums, and historical sites are just some of the options cities and towns may offer.
9. Have a picnic: There are lots of places you can go to have a picnic. You can even have one in your own backyard. Perfect for dates or get-togethers with friends, it’s also easy on your budget.
10. Visit your state fair: State fairs take place at different times depending on where you live. In the Midwest (where I grew up), the state fair was at the end of the summer after all the county fairs had taken place. The winners ( in 4-H, and arts and crafts) from the county fairs would go to the state fair to compete there. In Maryland, the state fair actually happens before many of the county ones. Like a farewell to summer, it runs through Labor Day week. There’s plenty of good food, entertainment, and fun to be had.
So in these last few weeks of summer, squeeze in all the fun you can! And let me know in the comments – what is your favorite summer activity?