I am someone who loves to do things and gets bored easily. When I was growing up my mom would give me experiences as presents instead of material things. She taught me that memories and moments were more valuable than anything you could buy. This summer I don’t want to catch the boredom bug and I also want to spend more time with my boyfriend. That is why I have created a list of fun activities I want to do this summer. Every week I’ll try to post a different list of 10 activities you can do this summer. These can be done by yourself, with friends or family or with a significant other.
Hiking is a great way to get some exercise and be in the fresh air. It is also a great time to spend some time with friends or loved ones and catch up on life. There is nothing to do but take in the scenery and enjoy the company of those you are with. Although I am not a morning person what so ever I have always found sunrise hikes to be completely worth it!
Thankfully I own a kayak so I can go whenever I please but if you don’t own a kayak they are pretty cheap to rent. I think it’s typically around 10 dollars an hour. You can paddle out amongst the wildlife (I go in Morro Bay where you are amongst the Otters and Sea Lions). You can pack a little picnic. You can start a water fight. The fun is endless.
Go to your local drive in theater
I went to a drive in theater a couple years back with my dad (we watched Transformers 3 and it was awesome) but I’ve never been to the local one here in SLO. Wrap up in blankets, throw some pillows in the back of your car, make some popcorn and you’re set. I think the drive in theater is a more memorable experience than regular movie theaters and they are relatively inexpensive.
Take a trip to your local winery/brewery
Now that I am finally 21 I want to explore all the wineries around me. Since I am a wine girl I tend towards wineries but if beer is your thing go explore the breweries your town has to offer. The other day I was looking on Groupon and there are some fabulous deals out there. I find wine tasting a perfect opportunity to get all dressed up and take pretty pictures as well but it can also be relaxed.
Take a road trip
I have a love hate relationship with road trips. I don’t really like being crammed in a car for hours on end. However I love the places you get to see and the conversations that emerge from it. Going on a road trip allows you to see parts of the country you would probably normally pass up. You can stop into the local mom and pop shops and ask the locals where the best places are.
Create a chalk drawing
I baby sit a 4 year old and 2 year old. They are constantly in go-go-go mode but the other day I got them to spend an hour or so just sitting outside playing with chalk. I was proud of myself but it also reminded me how much fun chalk is! Go outside in your driveway or backyard and create a masterpiece. Roll of your sleeves and let your creativity go!
Go mini golfing
I absolutely love mini golf so of course it had to be on the list! Again, it is one of those things that brings me back to my childhood and lets me let loose and goof around. I suck at regular golf but like to think I have mastered the art of mini golf. It is another inexpensive activity that can lead to fun and laughter.
Whenever I look up at the night sky I always look to find the Big Dipper, as that is the only one I really know. Stargazing is a calming thing and can be the perfect setting for reflection and great conversation. Throw a bunch of blankets and pillows in the bed of a truck or lay out a blanket in an open field. Get away from the city and forget about any responsibilities and just enjoy the moment!
Make a bonfire
Bonfires are my favorite activity from a group of people. Making s’mores and exchanging stories never gets old. You can get a group of friends together, play at the beach during the day, enjoy the sunset and then light up a bonfire. If you are with your significant other you can cuddle with them in a warm blanket to make it more intimate.
Go to the zoo/acquarium
I love love love animals. I go to our local animal shelter to pet the cats and dogs (my mom says I can’t adopt one yet). Though you can’t really pet the animals at the zoo or aquarium you can go and appreciate their presence. You can spend a whole day wandering around, taking pictures and having fun!
Comment below and let me know what your favorite summer time activities are!