15 Fun, Easy & Cheap Adventures for a Great Summer
Summer has unofficially started and I am very excited. I am putting together my summer bucket list as I believe one has to be intentional about fun in today’s fast paced life. Otherwise, Labor Day rolls around and I haven’t done much in term of summer fun. I thought I would share some easy local adventures you can incorporate into your summer bucket list.
- Go to the beach/lake and take a dip, build a sandcastle or walk the boardwalk.
- Try a new water activity – paddle board, kayak, canoeing or tubing. In the Philadelphia area Bertram Garden’s offer free kayaking and rowboating every Saturday. For a day trip, Wilderness Canoe and Northbrook Canoe offer trips down the Brandywine River that could be combined with a wine tasting (check out Chaddsford Winery) or a trip to the famed Longwood Gardens.
- Go flower or fruit picking. My favorite place to go fruit picking is Solebury Orchards.
- Camp in your backyard or on your deck.
- Make popsicles with all the fresh fruit available in the summer.
- Take a bike ride through your town/city. Don’t have a bike? Most cities now have a bike share program, in Philly it is Indego.
- Take a hop on hop off bus ride like a tourist in your city. I did this 2 years ago and it was so much fun seeing my city from a different perspective.
- Check out the temporary summer activities in your area- In Philly there is the Spruce Street Harbor Park, Free Yoga on the Pier, Blue Cross RiverRink (which this year will have amusement rides), Beer Gardens, Multicultural Festivals and free and cheap festivals including Wawa Welcome to America with concert headliner, Mary J Blige and Made in America with headliners Jay Z and Solange.
- Go on a road trip and check out weird roadside attractions. Roadside America will help you locate oddities in near you. I made a trek through Lancaster County 7 years using Roadside America and saw oddities such as this Barefoot Boy Eats with Pigs statue in Strasburg.
- Throw on some mosquito repellant, pack up your lunch and have a picnic at your local park.
- Watch free movies in the park.
- Stay up late and watch fireworks.
- Turn on the sprinklers for some water fun with the kids.
- If you are a customer of Bank of America, take advantage of their Museums On Us Program and visit local museums for free.
- Go Wine Tasting at a local winery.
Do you have any special summer plans I should consider adding to my list?