As summer draws to an end, it can mean the end of school vacations and seasonal changes in the weather. This is not the time for being a couch potato–make a list of all those summer-centric things you've wanted to do and get out there and do them!
1. Drive-in Movie Theater
Nothing says nostalgia like pulling up your car to a parking spot at the good old drive-in, but how many of us have actually attended? Drive-in movie theaters are seeing a resurgence in popularity, meaning there's a good chance that there is one near you. Popcorn, a soda, and some candy with a flick under the stars is a great way to round out your end of summer fun.
2. Baseball Game
Baseball is often referred to as America's favorite pastime! Why not buy some cheap seats and enjoy a few beers with your friends in the bleachers?
It's a great way to spend time with friends and fellow fans, and what's not to love about a pitchside hot dog!
Infamous major league baseball rivalries like the New York Mets vs Yankees and Chicago Cubs vs White Sox are especially entertaining if you live in a big city and can access these special sporting events where they compete.
3. County Fair
Find the nearest county fair, pile on the fried food, and maybe even ride a roller coaster or two. A county fair only happens once a year, and it's full of nostalgia, magic, and happy summer memories with friends and family.
Usually a place for families, it can be sweet to visit your old stomping grounds as an adult and reminisce. If you moved far away, find an adoptive town and take on their county fairs as your own. A visit to the nearest county fair can be a bittersweet farewell to summer days.
4. BBQ Everything
BBQ everything—yes, please! Meat is less fatty and more flavorsome grilled, and veggies retain their nutritional goodness. Summer is the sweetest with a plate of the messy good stuff for dinner. Add some sides like grilled corn, coleslaw, and cornbread to balance your meal, of course. Be sure to invite all your friends and family to a backyard BBQ for one last summer hurrah!
5. Swim in a Lake
It's probably very near impossible that you will feel 'beached out' this summer, but if you are looking for a change of scenery, a weekend lake escape could be just what you are looking for. A visit to a lake can be a great family activity or for groups of friends, and at times, it can be more affordable than planning an elaborate beach vacation.
6. Go Camping
Camping is another wonderful summertime escape before the temperatures start to drop and some campsites close. From kayaking to hikes and swimming holes, the summer fun that camping has to offer is endless. For a perfect camping treat after long days of activities, do not forget the summer s'mores!