Your Summer Bucket List: 10 Activities for Warm Weather

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It’s almost here — the time of year when many head to the beach for vacation while the forecast calls for two things: warm weather and sunshine.

But if you’re not able to visit the coast this summer, don’t fret. The summer isn’t just for taking a dip in the ocean and working on tan lines. No matter where you are, you’re surrounded by opportunities to take advantage of summer’s fresh air and warm rays.

With these ten activities, you can make the best out of the warm weather this year, no beach trip required.

1. Have a picnic

Pack a lunch — and try a new recipe — for a picnic with a loved one or friend. Try a new, scenic spot like a nearby mountain, botanical garden or lake. Don’t forget the bug spray!

2. Go whitewater rafting

Nothing says summer like whitewater rafting down a river with friends. Not only is it a fun (and usually closeby) getaway, it’s also very affordable for a large group. Trips can be mild for beginners, or expert rafters can enjoy a full day splashing through wild rapids.

3. Try skydiving

Skydiving isn’t just for honeymoons or trips abroad. It’s perfect for a simple summer day to feel the wind through your hair while experiencing an adrenaline rush. Remember to check coupon websites, too — you can frequently find deals for skydiving online.

4. Spend a weekend at a festival

Festival season has officially started, and you don’t have to travel to the major festivals like Bonnaroo or Coachella to spend a weekend seeing great musical performances. Many cities have weekend-long festivals, which is also a great way to discover local music.

5. Go to a drive-in movie theater

Shhh! The movie’s playing — from the comfort of your own car. Bring blankets, soda, candy and popcorn to enjoy a movie with friends at a drive-in movie theater, right under a starry sky on a clear summer night.  

6. Take a boat for a spin

You don’t need a yacht to enjoy some time on the water. Instead, go for a paddleboat or rowboat ride. They’re perfect for a relaxing, scenic and private tour along a nearby river or lake. 

And even if you don’t have a date, bring some friends! Paddleboats and rowboats can seat up to four people. 

7. Watch the sunset (or sunrise)

Watching the sunset with a loved one can be a very romantic way to begin a night. Or, close out a Friday or Saturday night by watching the sun come up. Drive to a spot near a local lake to watch the sunset (or sunrise) over the water.

8. Go on a hike

Clear, sunny days are perfect for going on a hike. Fill up the water bottles, pack a lunch, and bring your dog along for a hike up a nearby mountain. Don’t forget the sunscreen and some doggie snacks, too!

9. Start a garden

Summer is the prime time to start a garden, whether it’s flowers, vegetables — or both! Types of flowers to plant in the summer include daisies, dahlias, marigolds and lilies. Or plant summer vegetables like eggplant, cucumbers and zucchini.

10. Have a bonfire

A bonfire is a great way to bring friends and family together on a cool summer night. Pair it with hot dogs, s’mores, and cocktails for a night by the fire with loved ones. You can even incorporate fun games like truth or dare and twenty questions.

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