Do you have a summer bucket list? Now's your chance to make one! There is something about summertime that rejuvenates your mind, body, and spirit. Balmy breezes and warm sunshine beckon you to come outside and be part of all that Mother Nature has to offer. Now is the time to create your summer “bucket list.” Let the Great Outdoors be your inspiration for making memories and spending quality time with friends and family this year. Here are a few exciting suggestions to consider:
1. Get an Adrenaline Rush at An Amusement Park
Remember the childhood thrill of riding roller coasters and floating through the air on a Ferris wheel? Why not relive the nostalgia and celebrate the season with a visit to an amusement park? There are four hundred amusement parks in the United States alone. You can visit a park close to home or take an old-fashioned road trip. Enjoy the rides and attractions, and you will feel like a kid again!
2. Plant an Herb Garden
Are you a cooking enthusiast? If so, you know that fresh herbs and spices lend optimal flavor to all your dishes. Instead of paying premium prices for herbs at the grocery store or local farmers market, consider planting your own. You do not need a degree in horticulture or an acre of land to grow a successful garden.
You can grow herbs from seeds. Find a sunny spot in your yard, and start with basics like basil, thyme, oregano, and parsley. Make it a family project, so your children can discover the joy of gardening too. If you do not have a yard, you can still plant your favorite herbs in pots on your porch or even on your kitchen windowsill.3. Bask in The Golden Rays at The Beach
Whether you are a swimmer, surfer, fisherman, or enjoy playing in the waves, the beach offers something for everyone. When was the last time you and your family loaded up your car and spent a week near the ocean? If you do a little online research, you may find substantial discounts on lodging and attractions at your favorite beach town. The Atlantic and Pacific sides, as well as the Gulf of Mexico, have breathtaking shores that are drawing you for a great beach day. 4. Visit Family and Friends
It’s a shame that many family members only get to see each other at weddings or funerals. Don’t be stuck with guilty feelings of “if only.” Do you have friends and loved ones you have not visited in a while? Summer is the perfect opportunity to plan outings. Maybe you could host a family reunion or bbq. It’s the ideal time to invite those you have not seen in years. If you are vacationing out-of-state, make it a point to meet up with family or dear friends in the area.
5. Attend a Local Parade
You don’t need to travel far to make memories. Why not have a staycation? Many summer holidays are celebrated with a parade, like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. Does your town host parades for holidays or annual celebrations? Gather up your lawn chairs, banners, and flags and cheer on the floats and marching bands. Parades foster a sense of community and history to those being honored. A staycation is the best vacation. 6. Take A Picnic to The Park
When you are relaxing on a carpet of grass under a tree, even a bologna sandwich and a bag of chips taste like a gourmet feast. This summer leave the confines of the kitchen and dine al fresco. Load your picnic basket with your favorite sandwiches, sliced summer veggies, and an ice-cold soda. Celebrate all Mother Nature has to offer and enjoy the fresh air.
7. Go Fishing
Ask any avid fishermen what they love most about the sport, and they will probably tell you how relaxing it is. Fishing can be a rewarding past time for your whole family. Make it a long weekend and get a cabin by the lake. Whether you go on a boating expedition or throw a line in a local pond, you will experience the thrill of reeling in a fish. Celebrate your catch with a fish fry and bon fire. Talk about quality time with your loved ones. 8. Nap in a Hammock
Summer may be a time of travel and constant activity, but sometimes you need to rest from it all. After your long weekend excursions, the potluck at friends and family’s homes, and a beach day consider finding refuge in your back yard. Make a frosty gallon of homemade lemonade, lie down, and let the birds sing you to sleep.
9. Visit a National Park
Did you know that the US has more than 60 National Parks? That means that no matter where you live, there is probably one not too far from where you live. You'll probably want to avoid the holiday crowds, but summer is a great time to check out that National Park that some photographer made famous - be sure to bring your camera!
10. Ride A Hot Air Balloon
Wouldn’t it be magical to lift off into the clouds in a hot air balloon? See the world from a different view when you go up, up, and away. You will never forget the feeling of seemingly touching the sky in the colorful balloon.
Are You Ready For A Great Summer?
No matter what road trip you decide to take or the many BBQs that you attend, make sure you spend plenty of time in the great outdoors - and knock some of these off of your bucket list!
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