Years of a standard education encompassing 90-odd days of summer vacation and then several months of school work have embedded into many Americans the idea of summer adventures, permeating into our brain that this is the norm of all human cultures long after we have graduated or left any form of education. It’s the impression of freedom, the influence of videos, movies, pictures of bright and vivid colors, lit naturally by the glowing sun that claims our air conditioning bills and peeling skin. It’s the gentle breeze, the laughter of children, the pressure to have fun.
And let’s admit here, there’s a lot of pressure to have fun. But for many budding teenagers, young adults, adults, and growing families, defining fun in the summer time is an all-encompassing question that takes into account the various personalities, hobbies and general interests of those involved.
So HFR decided to make your itinerary planning a little easier and created a list of the top 10 adventures you and the squad can embark on this summer.
Explore your city – The city you live in has more to offer than you know. While you may be bored with the usual malls, eateries and the idea of your city, simply because you live or work there, it’s always nice to take time truly get to know your surroundings. This means looking for those hidden treasures, those local shops, restaurants, entertainment centers. During the summer you may have a lot of free time, so spend it outdoors soaking up the sun as you stroll through your concrete jungle.
Visit Museums – Museums are a great, inexpensive way to get cultured. These days, many museums run rather low prices, meaning either free or the cost of about a fast food meal (take your pic: fast food or inspiring art and history). It is also a great way to keep cool in the summer heat while stimulating your mind, as most museums – especially art museums -keep indoor temperatures look to preserve art and artifacts. Visiting museums can be an effective way of learning in an informal setting as you can choose to learn about the things that interest you the most.
Finally do that road trip – If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, hit the road! For a day, a weekend, or even a whole week, a road trip is the way to go when you’re in need of new scenery. Go alone, with family, or with a group of friends and it’ll be a great experience. Sit back, enjoy the drive and the road, hitting destinations you planned or didn’t plan. Just hit the pedal and go!
Camping – Tired of spacing out in front of your TV/computer/phone? Why not drop the technology and get in touch with nature? Pack up some bare necessities, hit the road for some off-the-road woods and prepare yourself for a night out in the wilderness. Camping is a great way to seclude yourself from the hustle and bustle of work and whatever personal chaos you deal with and is also an excellent way to get closer to friends and family through intimate socialization. You’ll even get great exercise out in the wilderness trekking over the terrain.
Kayaking- With the heat of the summer so constant and naturally working up a sweat on your skin with minimal physical effort, being near large bodies of water can be the most refreshing temptation you’ll need to satisfy. Kayaking is a great way to do, get a little exercise in, and have fun. Bonus: odds are, you’ll get spectacular view of the scene before you as continue to paddle along the river, lake – wherever you are!
Hit the beach – A classic summertime activity, heading to the beach can be a great place to soak up the sun, cool down, and all around relax and have fun. In fact, studies have shown going to the beach can reduce levels of stress and anxiety – the clashing of the waves, the sand between your toes, all of it can be quite therapeutic for the mind. It is also a great way to take in some of the sun’s vitamin D and breathe some fresh air. And the best part is it’s 100% free!
Mosh at Some Concerts and Music Festivals – Concerts are a great way to let loose. It allows you to relieve all your stress without having to think twice about it. At concerts, you’ll have a ton of fun, surrounded by people all looking to have a great time by dancing and enjoying the music. Jump up and down in sync with everyone around and let the good-time ambiance and adrenaline inspire you.
Horseback Riding – Horseback riding yields numerous benefits and is a fantastic way to soak up the outdoors while feeling the wind breeze through your hair. A great hobby for adults and children, horseback riding can be done with many people if you’re looking for a casual way to socialize, or, if you’re looking for some solitary time, a great way to get lost with you and your trusty companion. Gallop along the pasture, along the beach, through the wild and rocky terrain – just be sure both you and your horse are having a good time.
Skydiving – Summer is all about trying new things, so why not check skydiving off your list? – and odds are, skydiving is on your list. This free-falling activity will get your adrenaline pumping as you allow gravity to drop you at increasing speeds, giving you that amazing rush that’ll boost your confidence. You’ll feel limitless and you’ll walk with a new stride in your step once you accomplish this crazy adventure. Not sure where to skydive? We think we’ve got some ideas for you.
Visit the Zoo- If you love animals, the zoo is one way to visit many different kinds of species. See everything from alligators to zebras, amphibians to mammals. Watch as they engage either other, engage trainers, and even engage you as seeing and learning about various species of animals can stimulate the mind. The zoo is fun for all ages and can be a great way to bond with nature while still being in your own human habitat.
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