When you think of summer, you ultimately think of the beach. And while the beach is certainly a lot of fun, there are a number of other summer activity ideas that can be enjoyed without getting sand glued to your body.
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1. Enjoy an outdoor picnic with an old-fashioned picnic basket (and don’t forget the wine)! Stock it with cheese, fruit, sandwiches, cold fried chicken, salads, really anything your heart desires!
2. Snip flowers from your garden or the roadside and create a carefree summer floral arrangement. Paint a mason jar white for a pretty, rustic look. Linda at the blog It All Started with Paint has a mason jar crafting book for kids that you can buy on Amazon.
3. Move your cactus plants outside! They’ll love the extra sunlight. Simply set the pots in a very sunny location and they’ll reward you with renewed health. I gave my cacti to my daughter but I’ve moved my dieffenbachia and hope philodendrons outside. They love the extra humidity and always flourish. If I lived in Arizona I’d fill my yard with a variety of cactus plants.
4. Add more flowers in the garden! Mid-summer is a great time to find some bargains on potted flowers and hanging baskets. Most people are done getting their flowers so prices have dropped. The inventory might not be as plentiful, but you can still find some beauties.
5. Visit a natural waterfall. This beauty is located at Starved Rock State Park just two hours from my house. And did you know that waterfalls release negative ions that are known to enhance your mood and lift your spirits? Not to mention the rocks and water create a cooler climate.
Do a Google search for “waterfalls near me” and I’ll bet you can find one within a day’s trip. Or you can add a waterfall in your backyard like I did with my garden pond.
6. Go river tubing and find your inner child. Why not add river tubing to your bucket list of summer activity outings? It requires no coordination like kayaking or canoeing, and it’s way more mellow than white rapids rafting. Again, you can Google “river tubing near me” to find a close location. I have yet to do this although my daughter goes every year. It’s on this year’s bucket list!
7. Be brave and take a glamping vacation. I think this would be so much fun. In fact, I booked a lakeside yurt for hubby and me for a couple of nights in September. It’ll still be warm and I can’t wait to go.
8. Hang a hummingbird feeder in the garden. It’s so fun to see these fairy-like birds come to visit. Sometimes they’ll fly pretty close to you!
9. Make something with sweet summer strawberries – they always taste better this time of year. A couple years ago I shared a super yummy recipe for strawberry julius that’s so refreshing and easy to make.
10. Serve a summer charcuterie at your next social gathering. Add cheese, fruit, crackers, thin-sliced meats, olives, cherry tomatoes – really anything goes.
I can think of many more summer activity ideas – this is just a sampling. Maybe I’ll do another summer ideas post in August.
And Happy 4th of July to everyone! This is the first Saturday of the month which means I’m sharing July fun and inspiration with my “cozy living” friends. Be sure to see what they have created for you at the links below!
But first – I need to announce the winner of the Global Bohemian book giveaway. Congratulations to Jan P!!! I’ll be reaching out to you to get your shipping address. For those who didn’t win, stay tuned – I have more book giveaways coming up very soon. You can also order Global Bohemian on Amazon!