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5 Activities for the End of Summer

Posted on: September 8th, 2014 by Quik Shade

The school bells once again are ringing, the days are growing shorter, the temperatures are beginning to drop, and fall is just around the corner. Before summer comes to an end, you should make sure to take pleasure in the last of the summer sun and enjoy outdoor activities that may not be possible once the fall weather commences. With the following five activities, you can say goodbye to summer in style.

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Labor day weekend is often a popular weekend to host a backyard barbeque, but it does not have to be the only weekend designated for a good old-fashioned BBQ. Before the evenings become too cold, you should invite your friends and family over from some outdoor fun. You can grill on the BBQ, but you can also just have an outdoor dinner if you do not have a grill. If you do not want to cook for everyone, you can turn it into a potluck dinner instead, and everyone will contribute.

Backyard Campout

Before the nights become too cold, you should enjoy a night of sleeping outdoors, staring up at the stars. Although going to a national or state park provides the most beautiful environment for camping, you do not have to go to an actual campground to enjoy an evening under the stars. Instead, you can just set up a tent in your own backyard. The whole family can enjoy some quality time together before the school year kicks into full gear and takes over everyone’s schedule. Don’t forget to include the s’mores. It is a fun, simple and inexpensive way to enjoy sleeping outdoors.

Explore Hiking or Biking Trails

During the summer, it can sometimes be too hot to enjoy the local hiking or biking trails. Therefore, the end of summer can be the perfect time to get out and enjoy the local natural landscape. The weather begins to be cooler, but the days are still long enough that you can go for an evening hike or bike ride and not worry about it getting too dark.  

Go to a Baseball Game

As summer comes to an end, so does baseball season. Before it is too late, you should take your family to a local baseball game. Even if you do not have a major league team nearby, you might have a minor league or college team that still have games. There is no better way to send summer off than by enjoying America’s favorite pastime with your family. Do not forget to enjoy the peanuts and Cracker Jacks as well.

Go Swimming

The last days of summer provide the final opportunities to go for a relaxing swim. You can go to the local pool, lake, river, or beach and enjoy a fun dip in the water, and even work on soaking up the last few rays of sunshine before you begin to spend too much time indoors. If you do not have access to a place to go swimming, you can still enjoy cooing down with water in your own backyard. You can play with the sprinklers, have a water balloon fight, or buy a plastic kiddie pool and just enjoy sitting and feeling cooler, even if you do not have any young children. You can also go to a water park, if there is one in your area.

There are many outdoor activities you can do with your family and/or friends before summer officially ends. All of the aforementioned activities are family friendly, but they can also be enjoyed by people of all ages. Whether you go out and celebrate the end of summer with your family or just with your friends, you can easily and inexpensively say goodbye in a way that will provide you with enough memories to get through until next year.

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