As summer winds to an end, and thoughts turn to back to school plans, make the time to squeeze in a few more sun-drenched memories. It’s a great time to catch up with family and friends, and exchange summer vacation stories. Plus, it will be easier to transition to the school season if you feel like you’ve made the most of the last days of summer vacation.
Before summer ends, take the time to try out a few of these seasonal activities:
1. Have friends over for a barbecue. — Nothing says summer like a late afternoon barbecue with family and friends. To save on costs, make the side dishes and ask everyone to bring their own hamburgers and hot dogs to throw on the grill. Be sure to stock up on s’mores supplies for dessert!
2. Go to an outdoor concert or performance. — Many cities have outdoor performing arts venues or summer stock theatre, and some also offer free summer concert series. Take in one last show under the stars before summer ends.
3. Lounge by the pool or at the beach. — Whether you spent most of the summer poolside, or only managed sporadic trips, one last day at the pool or beach is a great way to relax. Set aside a good part of the day and enjoy the sunshine, but don’t forget the sunscreen.
4. Have a picnic at a local park. — Pack a Frisbee, a large blanket and a basket full of your favorite picnic treats. Meeting up at a local park is a great way for friends and family to have an end of summer get-together without any single family playing host. If you have a large group, call ahead if you want to reserve pavilion space.
5. Shop at a farmer’s market. — Finish up the summer by stocking up on fresh fruits and vegetables at a local farmer’s market. If you live near a major city, look for a large farmer’s market that you don’t usually visit. In addition to the fresh produce, you can often find freshly made bakery items, cheeses, and even fresh meat or seafood.
6. Visit an amusement park. — The end of summer is a great time to fit in one last trip to a nearby amusement park. The rides, games, shows and concession stands offer fun for everyone in the family. To cut back on some of the crowds, try to plan your visit on a weekday.
7. Take a mini-vacation. — A full blown summer vacation may be too stressful at the end of summer, as you’re also busy planning for back to school. However, a few days away at a nearby resort or travel hot spot may be just the thing to wrap up summer in style.