6 Easy And Cheap Ways To Enjoy The Last Bits Of Summer

Hard as it is to believe, the unofficial end of summer is just a couple of weeks away.

We have had a great summer as a family.  We’ve been camping a number of times, we’ve visited a family member who has a lake house, and we’ll be heading out next week for a weeklong trip on a lake cottage (along with the in-laws).

Here are a few ways to enjoy these last days of summer, without breaking the bank:

  1. Take a walk – Do you have a park nearby?  Does it have a walking trail?  Head over and take a nice long walk.  If you have someone special to hold hands with, that will make it even better!
  2. Take a bike ride – If you have bikes available, pump up those tires and head out for a ride.  Even going through the neighborhood on a short ride can be a lot of fun.
  3. Go for a picnic lunch – Why not dust off the picnic basket (or improvise and create a lunch-on-the-go pack) and eat outside?  Kids love it if you’re bringing them along, and if it’s adults only, think about bringing a bottle of wine (assuming the place you go allows that sort of thing).  Either way, you’ll love it.
  4. Visit a lake – Do you have a lake nearby? (Or ocean for my coastal readers?) If so, plan some time there.  A day at the beach is fun, and so is a few minutes to take in a sunset.  Water definitely calms the senses.
  5. Fly a kite – On a windy day, head back to that park you scoped out earlier and fly a kite.  Watching it rise and keeping it up is fun for the whole family.
  6. Enjoy a thunderstorm – Unless you’re deathly afraid of thunderstorms, why not enjoy one?  I’m not talking about running around (or flying a kite *lol*), but find a safe, dry place and enjoy the rain, lightning, and thunder.  Nature puts on quite a show, especially during a good storm during the summer months, so take a few minutes and give it a watch.

What are some other ways to enjoy the last few weeks of summer?  Any remaining plans?

23 thoughts on “6 Easy And Cheap Ways To Enjoy The Last Bits Of Summer”

  1. “Enjoy a thunderstorm”
    My first reaction was “Are you kidding me?!” But I continued reading, and saw your caveat: “Unless you’re deathly afraid of thunderstorms.” Yup, that’s me! I’d like to combine all of these into one end-of-summer trip (minus the storms…)

    • Well, in your case I’d recommend grabbing a book from the library while you hide in the basement during the storm 🙂

  2. Bike riding is so much fun and a great way to excersise. At first when I read enjoy a thunderstorm, I thought you were going to say run around in the rain. Although future hubby loves doing that, I am not getting my hair wet! Sitting by the window and watching the rain is fun, I have no problem with that.

    • Yeah, I’m past the days of going out and getting wet. Sitting by the window or on a covered porch is just fine with me.

    • Thanks. That’s not my beagle (we actually don’t have one, they’re just my favorite kind of dog) but it is a great picture 🙂

  3. We don’t get good thunderstoms here — I’m jealous! I love love love summer storms!

    • They are great. We haven’t had too many good ones this year with the ‘drought’ and all though there were a few rumbles of thunder last night that woke me up.

  4. Thunderstorms in Texas make those I experienced in Michigan look easy. We’ve had some brutal storms since moving here. You can see them coming across the Texas countryside for ever, too.

  5. One of the best things about living in southern California is summer is most of the year. I bicycle often (7 times a week) and walk with my wife (7 times a week) too. We have lunch at the beach year round.

  6. How ironic, we had a wonderful thunderstorm today, and we usually get a rainbow afterwards. Picnics rock too. On a road trip last week, we got to have lunch at the spot in the movie, Vacation, where they realize the dog wet on the picnic basket. No dogs around then, but it was a beautiful spot to stop. Summer is just not long enough.

    • Vacation is one of my favorite movies. That’s great that you got to step into their shoes for a moment 🙂

  7. Although I’m not a bible thumper, I do love a good church picnic in the summer…the more ethnic the church, the delicious-er the food and the livelier the music. Our summers are short, so there are all kinds of street fairs and festivals going on. We usually try to hit those because they have free entertainment and good food.

    I also think camping is great this time of year.

    I only wish we had some thunderstorms to watch. Our area has been way too dry this summer. It’s made for a great year to be outdoors, but the yard is a mess.

    • It’s been pretty storm free here as well, though we did get a storm last night plus it’s been raining for the last two days almost non-stop. Fun!

  8. I plan on a girls’ night out before the summer is over. I enjoy the thunderstorms inside my home watching a funny movie.

  9. i love a good storm, for the record 🙂

    we have been enjoying late walks just about every night.. it is very important to get our daily dose of sunshine before the weather gets bad..

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