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?