Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Longer Summer Days
As winter turns to summer, longer days bring promises of sunlit fun. With more daylight to burn, now is the time to take full advantage of what life has to offer. Here is our list of the top 10 activities to enjoy with longer days in sight.
1. Go for a Hike
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A brisk walk on a temperate summer day is the perfect medicine for whatever life throws your way. Get outside and explore the lesser-known trails around your neighborhood.
2. Play a Few Games of Pickup
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Not everybody can sink shots like Curry, but basketball is great exercise, and cool summer nights are prime hours for local outdoor courts. No matter your skill level, put yourself out there for a few games, and your finesse on the court will follow.
3. Throw a Frisbee
There is something cathartic about grabbing a friend and simply throwing a Frisbee for an hour or two. It’s an easy way to get outside and enjoy great weather and great company.
4. Read a Book on Your Porch
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Heavy reader or not, watching the sun go down while getting lost in the pages is the stuff of storybooks. Extra points for those who read in a hammock and sip sweet tea between pages.
5. Water Balloons, Anyone?
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Filling water balloons is a pain, but the 10 to 15 minutes of drenched chaos that follow make it all worth it. Besides, if you have the right equipment, prepping for battle isn’t all that difficult.
6. Go on a Picnic
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You don’t need a red and white checkered blanket for an on-location feast. Grab your lunch and enjoy it on a local park bench with friends. Fun times will follow.
7. Take a Nap in a Hammock
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Hammock naps are a different level of naps. Hang your human cocoon between any two trees and see what all the hype is about.
8. Start a Garden
Gardens are a ton of work, but it all pays off when you throw together a salad from the cornucopia of vegetables straight from your backyard.
9. Break Out the Grill and Have a BBQ
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You don’t need to be Bobby Flay to host your own backyard grill-fest. Cook up some burgers and snag a couple 2-liters for a fun-filled Saturday afternoon. Break out a slip-and-slide for the kids, and you have the perfect recipe for a legendary summer day.
10. Build a Tree House
Don’t let a lack of carpentry experience slow you down. A couple of planks to stand on and a ladder made of two-by-fours is a great one-day project kids can enjoy all summer long.