The first official day of summer is in just two weeks. While the hot, humid days ahead may send you running for air conditioning, remember this from James Spencer, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York: “being out in the sun boosts our mood, improves sleep and promotes vitamin D production” (just don’t forget sunscreen!). Maximize your fresh air time this summer with our ideas for making the most out of summer.
Head for the Park
Sounds cliché, but one of the easiest ways to spend time outdoors is to grab a blanket and head to the park. You can go for a walk, toss a Frisbee or take time to read a good book while sitting in the shade of a large tree. If you have a dog, find a dog-friendly park in your area for a fun outing with your furry friend.
Take a Beach Trip
Being from New Jersey, trips to the shore are a summer staple. If you live within driving distance of water (whether it is an ocean, lake, or river), be sure to add a day trip to your summer to-do-list. Head there early in the day as these are likely popular destinations and parking can be troublesome. Before you go, check to see if there are restrictions on bringing coolers or other food items on the beach – you’ll save money if you pack a lunch.
Attend a Sporting Event
Sites like StubHub.com and Groupon can help you score inexpensive tickets to professional games, provided you are flexible on which date you go and who your favorite team is playing. You can also try looking for minor league stadiums near you– the tickets are usually reasonably priced and some offer group rates, which may include snack options. You don’t have to be an expert on the sport to enjoy an afternoon or evening at a stadium, but be sure you know who you are rooting for!
Take in an Outdoor Concert
A lot of cities offer free outdoor summer concerts, which can be the perfect way to see new artists or cover bands of your favorites. Your local or state newspaper will likely list the concerts and you can easily search for a list online. If you happen to be in NYC this summer, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation is a great resource for finding concerts in any of the city’s boroughs.
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