This week felt longer than most, and I can't be more excited to start the weekend after work today. To make it even better, it's Memorial Day weekend; the unofficial "kick-off" for summer. Most of us are taking road trips, seeing family, or spending a much-needed relaxation weekend. Whatever you're doing, I'm sure I'll have a suggestion of things to do for you in this post ;) Today, I'm sharing my Five Favorite Summer Activities (that you might not think of doing)!
drinks + dessert on the patio
After dinner, head to a restaurant with your girlfriends or S.O. for a drink and shared dessert! It's nice to hit restaurants after their busy hours because you can relax and enjoy time with the people you love instead of feeling rushed to get out the door, so the next table can be seated. If you're trying to save money (like me!), this one is also perfect for you. You'll save a lot of money (and calories), by eating at home then going for a shared dessert + drink than you would if you went to happy hour, had dinner, and then had dessert. Also, if you go past 9 or so , most restaurants have a "dessert deal" or happy hour starts again. Win. Win.
Be a Tourist in your own city
I'm pretty sure everyone says this, but it's such a great idea. We all get stuck in our same routines. We drive to work the same way. We eat at the same restaurants and often order the same things. We never really branch out and try new things because we are stressed or exhausted from everyday life. I'm guilty of it too. I have to push myself to cook new recipes, run different places, and go shopping at different stores. It's hard. But, that's also what makes it great. So, take an afternoon explore a place you've never been in your city, and then grab a bite to eat at a restaurant you've never been to. You never know, it might become one of your favorites!
Kayaking + Bike riding
If you live by any body of water, this is definitely a good idea for you! Most cities offer a place to rent kayaks or canoes for the day, so you can be out on the water. Not only is this good exercise, but I also believe it's great for the soul. Leave your cell-phone at home, and enjoy the peaceful silence of the water. My favorite times to go are at sunrise or sunset. There's something magical about watching the beautiful colors as you're kayaking through the water.
If you don't love being in the water, I equally enjoy renting bikes (or using your own) and explore new trails for an afternoon.
Picnics are one of my favorite things to do. This might be my number one suggestion from the list. Now that I've turned 21, I love them even more. What's better than packing up a great bottle of wine, cheeses, crackers, and fruits and spending the afternoon at the park or your favorite place? Not much if you ask me. After eating, you can take a nap or read a good book. Most people usually do this with friends or their S.O., but to be completely honest, I love going by myself. It's relaxing and reenergizing to have a little time to myself sometimes. I also love going to movies alone, so you might not want to take advice from me. ;)
Watching the sunrise
A lot of us make a point to watch sunsets during the summer. And, don't get me wrong, they are GORGEOUS. But, sunrises are, in my opinion, even more magical. So, wake up early one morning, brew your favorite coffee, grab your devotional/ a good book, and sit on your deck and watch the sunrise. Believe me, the experience of the day beginning and the the stillness of the morning might just turn you into a morning person.
I hope sharing my favorite summer activities gave you some inspiration to spend your summer soaking up the sun and making each day count. We only get so many warm summer days in SD, so make sure you're out living the life you love for each and every one of them.