Fun Summer Getaways: 20 Ways To Have Fun Outdoors

The average person spends greater than 90% of their time indoors.

For students, a lot of this time is spent in classes, studying, and participating in other indoor school-related activities. When those are all said and done, students spend their down time watching TV, playing video games, and visiting social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. They’re lucky if they are able to get fresh air walking to and from their vehicles, or to and from class. In the article below, I’ll share 20 fun summer getaways that will get you off the couch.

Whether you’re still in high school, you just graduated, or you’re in college, summer vacation can be a rewarding time to break away from academic stresses. While you’re taking a break from those, why not take advantage of soaking up some sunshine? Being out in the sun gives you a dose of Vitamin D that helps prevent many medical conditions such as cancer, bone disease, depression, and other illnesses. It can also help play a role in reaching weight loss goals and recovering from stress and fatigue.

The following are 20+ fun summer getaways to do during the summer months. While a lot of these activities might remind you of being a kid, don’t be afraid to indulge in them. As a young adult, this is your time to savor having the freedom to do whatever you want. Have fun, and don’t forget the sunscreen and bug repellent!

1. Go to a water park. Put on your swimsuit or swim trunks, grab some friends, and splash the day away! Gliding down various water slides and attractions is the perfect way to cool off on hot summer days. Heck, you can even visit multiple parks to experience a few different fun summer getaways.

2. Watch the sun rise or sun set. Stay up all night and wait, or set an alarm to wake up before the sun does. If you’re not a morning person, watching the sun set might be a better option. If you’re feeling really ambitious, you could do both all in the same day. Check here to find out what time the sun will rise and set in your location.

3. Have a bonfire. They’re not just for chilly fall nights! Pile up some wood, light it up, and roast some marshmallows for s’mores!

4. Catch fireflies. Grab a jar and poke holes in the lid. Use the jar to catch lightning bugs and fasten the lid. They’re nature’s night lights!

5. Go to a carnival, fair, or amusement park. There are the typical state and county fairs with carnival rides and a plethora of other events. Other types include art and craft fairs. Amusement parks are similar to carnivals and fairs in that there are more rides and attractions such as roller coasters. These are great fun summer getaways.

6. Attend an outdoor festival or concert. From Bonnaroo and Summerfest to Warped Tour and Lollapalooza, there’s a musical festival out there to fit everyone’s musical tastes. Many musicians also do their own separate tours during the summer. Check your favorite band or artist’s website for more information.

7. Watch fireworks. Many displays go on around the 4th of July, but others can be seen at various other times throughout summer. You can even buy your own and set them off! Just be safe and don’t break any laws!

8. Go to a beach or lake. Enjoy the breeze, sink your toes into the sand, and build sand castles! These type of fun summer getaways never get old.

9. Jump on a trampoline. Check here for trampoline game ideas.

10. Go to a park. Swing on the swings. Climb on the jungle gym. Slide down the slides. Hang from the monkey bars. Do whatever you please!

11. Run a marathon. It can be for a cause or just for fun. Select the type of run you want to do along with your skill level, distance, gender, and age group to find events near you here.

13. Play flashlight tag. Wait until it’s pitch black outside, scrounge up some flashlights, and play a more illuminated version of the classic playground game. Playing in an area with lots of hiding places makes for more fun.

14. Go hiking. Head to the local nature trail or venture on over to the nearest state park to work your muscles while enjoying a beautiful scenery! Check out different state parks to turn this into a variety of fun summer getaways.

15. Run a lemonade stand. Do you have a young sibling, neighbor, or relative? Maybe you babysit a school-age child. Whip up some lemonade with them and set up a lemonade stand! Add some yummy treats to go with, and it’ll be a hit on the block!

16. Go jet skiing. Even if you don’t own one, rentals are available. Remember: You have to be at least 18 years old to ride one, and depending on your state’s laws, a special license might be required.

17. Have a water balloon fight. Fill up balloons with water, put on your swimsuit, grab a friend or two, and have at it!

18. Play in the mud. Grab a hose and spray the nearest patch of dirt you can find. Don’t be afraid to get dirty–no one is there to scold you this time. When you’re done, use the hose to clean yourself off and cool yourself down.

19. Cook on the grill. Hot dogs. Hamburgers. Brats. Campfire potatoes. Grilled corn on the cob. The char-broiled possibilities are endless!

20. Do yard work/odd jobs outdoors. Go door-to-door to see if any of your neighbors have any yard work you can do like mowing and gardening, or odd jobs like painting and car washing. You might even get paid for it!

Other outdoor activities include: Camping, tubing, playing on a Slip ‘n Slide, jet skiing, mini-golf, riding a bike, riding in a hot air balloon, frisbee golfing (or “frolfing”), stargazing, having a picnic, and going to a drive-in movie.


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Britni Roberts

Britni Roberts

Britni Roberts is a senior at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois pursuing a degree in English Writing. She has been an Editor for the North Central Kindling humor magazine, Assistant News and Arts Editor for the North Central Chronicle newspaper, as well as a DJ and Rock News Reporter for WONC-FM 89.1, her college’s radio station. She enjoys listening to music and spending time with her friends, boyfriend, and his cat Willow.