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10 things to do before summer ends

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It's hard to grasp that summer is already coming to an end. Seriously, where did the time go? I always start to panic this time of the year and think, "Did I accomplish everything I wanted to this summer?" The answer is usually no, but this year I'm making an effort to change that! I recently made a list of things I'd like to do before the fall hits.

If you're in the same boat as me, here's a fun summer bucket list you can check off to make the most of your last few warm days!

  1. Have a picnic.

    It only takes an hour or two and it's a fun, relaxing activity with a family or friend. If you can't find someone who is available, bring your furry friend along!

  2. Spend the day at the beach.

    Nothing beats the feeling of the sun on your face and the sound of waves in the distance. If you aren't close to a beach, go to a friend's pool or your city's pool for some water fun.

  3. Go to an amusement park.

    Take the kids and head to your local water park or amusement park to make some fun memories. You'll definitely take some fun pictures and have a lot of laughs!

  4. Throw a BBQ at your house.

    Have you always "talked" about getting together with your friends for dinner, but it never happened? Well, now's your chance! Grill up all of those savory foods you've been thinking about all summer and host a great evening at your place.

  5. Go camping for a weekend.

    If you're craving the outdoors, this one is for you. Pick a weekend to unplug from your life, and soak in the scenery and wildlife.

  6. Stargaze.

    Summer is the perfect time to go stargazing. Drive far away from the city lights to look at the many constellations and planets in the sky! Experts say the best places to stargaze are national or state parks.

  7. Attend a bonfire.

    There's no better way to end the night than with a warm fire and some roasted marshmallows!

  8. Watch a movie at a drive-in theater.

    It's rare to find a drive-in theater nowadays. If there's one located near you, go watch your favorite flick for a memorable experience.

  9. Go to the zoo.

    If you want to do a fun, affordable activity with your kids, this one is for you. They will love seeing their favorite animals up close, and depending on the zoo, they may offer some interactive exhibits for the kids.

  10. Go on a mini vacation.

    If you need some new scenery, planning a weekend getaway will be the perfect cure. Look up the nearest vacation town near you, book the hotel, start driving and don't look back! You'll thank me later.

I have to admit, while these activities sound great, I haven't done one yet this summer! Which is why they're still on my summer bucket list. Before you know it, the cold will be back (in some parts of the country), school will be in session…and you'll be thinking about the smell of that bonfire or how the sand felt between your toes.



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