If the last bits of summer are approaching, it means you can say goodbye to spending time with your kids and enjoying vacation time and gorgeous weather. It’s your duty to ensure that you and your family get the most out of the last few weeks. These are some suggestions for activities you can do to ensure you send the summer off with a bang.
1. Scenic Drive
Scenic drives are trips that give you lots of picture-taking opportunities and time to reflect on life and enjoy the last bits of summer. You can think of many places to head out to for your last summer drive. For example, you might want to head out to Key West. You’ll see plenty of beautiful water and palm trees on your way. Then you’ll have loads of activities to do once you get there.
You don’t have to go far from your home to take a scenic drive, however. You can most likely find a back road that leads to farmland, gravel, or secluded private properties. You can drive down stretches of those roads and capture worthy pictures and videos.
Ensure that your car is in excellent mechanical condition. Check to see that you have insurance that covers auto body work in case your car gets dented by a stray rock, or you accidentally hit a deer. Also, ensure you have a number to a roadside rescue team and your mobile phone gets amazing reception. If you do those things first, you’ll be fine for a scenic trip.
A camping trip would be a spectacular way to spend the last bits of summer with your family before the beautiful summer ends. You’ll get to spend some time in the wildlife and enjoy the last few weeks of perfect weather. You’ll also get to teach your children a lesson about surviving out in nature.
Search for camping grounds close to your home and contact each site to find out the price for staying in one of these communities. Some sites offer Wi-Fi, and others don’t. Thus, you’ll need to decide whether you want access to it.
Once you choose a campground to visit, you’ll need to gather the essentials you need for camping. Sleeping bags and pads are an absolute must for this type of adventure. You’ll also need some flashlights and some food or drinks. You could take a cooler with you and some dry foods and fruits. You might want to bring some marshmallows and gather a firewood supply if you want to have more of a classic camping experience. Maybe you’ll want to try rubbing some sticks together to make a fire, so your kids learn a new survival skill.
3. Horseback Riding
Horseback riding can be an amazing adventure if you’ve never done it before. It can be a spectacular way to end the last bits of summer. This fun activity will teach you a new skill and allow you to learn more about some friendly animals.
There are two ways you can go about horseback riding for your summer blastoff. You can contact a company in your neighborhood that offers horseback riding lessons at an hourly or fixed rate. You’ll visit that establishment on a scheduled day and learn how you can ride a horse safely. Then you will leave when you’re done with your session.
Alternatively, you can go the expensive route and purchase a horse to keep on your personal property. You may want to do that if you intend to ride the horse often and have the means to care for it. You will definitely need a barn or shelter to house your horse in. You’ll also need to contact a fence company to install the appropriate fence for keeping the horse contained. You can choose from multiple types of fencing, too. You can go with a wood rail or wire mesh fence, which professionals recommend for keeping horses. You can also choose to go with an electric fence, but be mindful that it could cause harm to the horse if it wanders off.
You’ll need lots of available time to care for a horse. Thus, you’ll need to consider your schedule and decide if you’re up for caring for this animal. It might be in your best interest to schedule a one-off horseback riding session and be done.
4. Road Trip
You can make a road trip with your children, friends, and other family members if you so desire. You can collect these individuals and then go on a long trip to any destination you desire during the last bits of summer. For example, if you live on the East Coast, you can travel to California by car and see what life is like in that area of the nation. You could also travel upward to Alaska or downward to Florida.
Alternatively, you can travel to Canada if you have the appropriate paperwork to do out-of-country traveling. It might do you some good to see how people in other countries live. It will also give you a chance to breathe in a new environment and rid yourself of any stress that might be in your life at this time.
Ensure that you have traveler’s insurance, roadside assistance, and the phone number to a respectable accident attorney. That way, you have everything set up if you encounter any difficulties while on your trip. You also need to schedule some time off from work to take your vacation without any worries. Put your PTO or vacation time in weeks or months ahead to ensure you’ll have those days off for a fun-filled trip.
5. Golf Trip
A golfing trip may be in order if you like to play various sports. You might not have played golf before, or you’ve only been to miniature golf sites. This time, you can register at some popular golf clubs and spend time with your loved ones there. Golf clubs are usually set on several acres of gorgeous land, offering drinks, food, and convenient carts to drive your golf equipment.
Golf club membership prices vary, but they shouldn’t be too expensive. Some may even offer discounts for additional members you can take advantage of during the last bits of summer. The best part about joining a golf community is that you’ll be able to meet many new people. You can turn it into a social event and make new friends you can golf with anytime.
6. Relaxing Walks
Some relaxing walks can fit the bill if you’re trying to think of something inexpensive to do to sign off on the summer. It doesn’t cost anything to ‘drive’ your ‘Chevy Two-Footer’ with your family members and head out to an interesting destination. Walking provides a wealth of benefits that you and the people who travel with you can benefit from. For one, it’s the perfect activity to get your legs and glutes in shape and give you a cardiovascular workout. Secondly, it can be an excellent addition to the elderly care you might already be giving to a cherished family member.
Another benefit of taking a long walk during the last bits of summer is that it can give you a nice mental health shift. Getting some sunlight and cardiovascular exercise can boost your positive brain chemicals while providing you with plenty of vitamin D. You can think of several places to take your walks. One suggestion is to find a nearby park or recreational center and walk your family there. Some large recreational centers have a broad selection of activities you can do while you’re there. For instance, you might find one with a basketball court, racquetball wall, skating rink, or fishing equipment. These features are usually in addition to sitting benches and pigeon-feeding stations.
7. Outdoor Concert
A concert might be the perfect end-of-summer event if you love music and spending time outdoors. You might be able to find some tickets to see your favorite band perform outside. You’ll have access to food, drinks, and souvenirs like shirts and keychains with your band’s emblem. Please reserve your tickets early and save money on them before the crowd comes in and buys them all. Show up early to get a good spot in the event chairs!
Alternatively, you can save money on the last bits of summer by looking for an outdoor concert in your local area. A new or unestablished artist might be performing outside, or your community organization might be performing as a part of a charity event. You might luck out and attend the concert for free or offer a small donation to help the cause.
8. Outdoor Shooting Range
Another fun thing you can do during the last bits of summer is to visit an outdoor shooting range. Shooting ranges typically rent out guns. Remember that people are there who can help newcomers learn how to use their devices.
The fees for spending time at a shooting range usually aren’t that bad. You can visit with your adult family members and friends and spend a day doing target practice or taking lessons. You will probably have to be over the age of 21 and not otherwise barred from possessing and using firearms. You can make a whole sport of it by purchasing gun camo, shooting glasses, and other items that will make the experience more real for you.
9. Pool Party
A pool party is probably a more classic way to end your summer. You’ve probably seen plenty of pool parties in your favorite movies, and it looked like those individuals were having loads of fun. You can do the same thing as your favorite actors and throw a party with food, drinks, loud music, and a lot of laughs.
The work is already cut out for you if you own your own pool. All you’ll need to for a party during the last bits of summer do is provide the DJ, games, and entertainment. However, you’ll need to contact an inground pool company if you want to install a pool in time for the big event.
You have many options to choose from in terms of design, size, and maintenance. Please speak to a professional about your options and find out what they recommend you do. Then make a decision based on what you’ve learned from the provider. He or she might introduce you to an option you didn’t think you had. There may also be various discounts and deals available. Schedule your consultation today so that you can get an expedited installation if possible.
10. Exterior Renovations
The final suggestion is to involve yourself in getting exterior renovations on your home. You can probably think of 10 things you would change about your home if you had the time. Nothing is stopping you from taking the time to do just that. Grab a pencil and paper, jot down ideas about things want to change, and then secure the funding to do it.
Requesting a patio service is a good idea that you might consider. You can have some builders create a front or back patio and install a swing so your visitors and relax and take a nostalgic swing while watching the sunset. You could also invest in landscaping to make the overall area look interesting. Furthermore, you may want to put some money into adding a pool or fence to your yard.
New pools always add value to homes, and the right fence can make your house stand out within the community. That means more people might be interested in buying your property than you think. Speak to a relevant contractor about some of your ideas and find out how much it will cost to make those ideas a reality. You might find that the renovation you desire is affordable or repaying the lending institution is 100 percent doable.
The above-mentioned activities are a small list of things you can do during the last bits of summer. You’ll probably think of more, but we wanted to give you a starter list. Make sure to start planning today!