Make the Most of Summer


For many of us, summer means family vacations, visits to the zoo or theme parks and time at the beach.  The warm weather motivates us to get outside and explore our surroundings. It’s also a great time to get physically fit and try new things. Whether summer means playing a round of golf, canoeing down a river or biking on the trails, being outside is a rejuvenating experience for people of all ages. 

But as we’re nearing the end of July, it may seem like summer has just passed you by. So what can you still do to have a great summer?  We have a few suggestions:

1. Be a Tourist in Your Own Town
Your hometown may seem hum-drum after all this time, but this summer you can treat it like a new-to-you destination.  Go check out the local landmarks or spend some time visiting your local eateries. Take an out-of-town friend along to experience it from their eyes.  

2. Go Camping
What’s summer without the crackling of a campfire, roasting marshmallows, and sleeping under the stars?  You don’t have to go far to enjoy camping out.  Find a cheap campground nearby or pitch a tent in your own back yard.

3. Watch Fireworks
The 4th of July has passed, but there are still plenty of fireworks to be found.  Several communities host annual events capped off by fireworks.  Check out to find some in your area.

4. Go for a Swim
Nothing says summer quite like a cool swim on a hot day.  Even if you don’t own a pool, there are plenty of beaches in Michigan where you can find a place to cool down and splash around.

5. Take a Road Trip
A road trip is another option and can be a perfect family vacation without being expensive. Explore new experiences along the way, make random stops at unique shops or local restaurants and create lasting memories.  (Don’t forget your camera!)

And if none of these ideas appeal to you, you can always go to an outdoor concert, have a picnic at the beach, visit a county fair, host a backyard BBQ or experience America’s pastime and go to a baseball game. 

See what activities you can mark off your list before Labor Day to make the most of the rest of the season.