Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Longer Summer Days

March 20, 2018

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

hike 020 by cherublisa, on Flickr
hike 020” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by cherublisa

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

basket by balachandar, on Flickr
basket” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by balachandar

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

Some friends playing frisbee on the beac... by DJHeini, on Flickr
Some friends playing frisbee on the beac…” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by DJHeini

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

Set Table On Porch by slgckgc, on Flickr
Set Table On Porch” (CC BY 2.0) by slgckgc

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?

Water Baloons by TimShoesUntied, on Flickr
Water Baloons” (CC BY 2.0) by TimShoesUntied

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

picnic by waferboard, on Flickr
picnic” (CC BY 2.0) by waferboard

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

Hammock by silverfox09, on Flickr
Hammock” (CC BY 2.0) by silverfox09

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

raised bed vegetable garden by normanack, on Flickr
raised bed vegetable garden” (CC BY 2.0) by normanack

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

Grill by letizia.barbi, on Flickr
Grill” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by letizia.barbi

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

kids in the treehouse by Stone Soup Institute, Harpswell, Maine, on Flickr
kids in the treehouse” (CC BY 2.0) by Stone Soup Institute, Harpswell, Maine

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.

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