Fun Summer Activities
July 18, 2013
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal
After extended heat waves in the West and East this month, shut-in fever is starting to overwhelm Americans from coast-to-coast. Here are a few ideas to get out and enjoy the summer before it passes you by:
Visit the neighborhood pool: An old-time favorite. Most community pools are open until close to sunset, meaning that you can work on your cannonball dives late into the evening when the sun isn`t as strong. Bring a book or magazine, or just talk with your neighbors when you aren`t in the water. Added bonus: The community pool is pretty much a required stop for any ice cream truck!
Hike near your area: Take a short drive away from home, and get out into the countryside. Many areas have hiking trails that will allow you to climb small mountains in an hour or two. Even if you live in a completely flat area, there is often a hiking trail that runs along the banks of a nearby river. Listen for the sounds of nature or bring your favorite music to entertain yourself on your hike. Take a few pictures to share with friends.Added bonus: You can get out of the city, and you`re getting lots of great exercise!
Travel to the beach: Be it the lake, ocean, or river, the beaches are always a great place to enjoy the summer weather. Water warms much slower than the surrounding air and pavement, so you`re all but guaranteed to have your dip be a cool experience. Added bonus: Most beaches are large enough that you`ll have plenty of space to spread out that beach umbrella, towel and chair.
- Go to the water park: Always a great idea when the summer heat just won`t relent! Whether it is the wave pool or the super-slides, water parks are a great place to cool off. Added bonus: Many water parks are located within an amusement park, and your entry ticket will allow you to ride the roller-coasters.
Before you head out this summer, though, take a couple of precautions to make sure you`ll have a fantastic time. Bring sunscreen with at least an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30, so that you don`t burn. If you`re heading to the woods or anywhere in the evening, bring insect repellent with you. Finally, bring plenty of water or non-alcoholic liquids. Alcohol causes your body to become more dehydrated, overheating the system when you need refreshment the most.
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Story Image: A vacationer enjoys the beach in Ocean City, N.J., in June 2013. (Judith Eldridge, WeatherBug user)
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