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10 Ways to Extend the Summertime!

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Instead of lamenting the end of summertime, go out and soak it up. Here are a few ideas of how you can live up the last days of summer! Anything you want to add to the list?


  • Rent a Beach House 1 of 10
    Rent a Beach House
    If you live anywhere near the ocean, a river or a lake (you probably do!), take advantage of the last days of summer with a weekend by the water.
    Boothbay Vacation House $1900/wk at Home Away.
  • Have a Picnic! 2 of 10
    Have a Picnic!
    You have to eat, so it should be pretty easy to extend meal time a little with a picnic. Pack a homemade meal or bring your take-out to the park!
    Picnic basket $69.95 at Bellacor.
  • Take a Hike! 3 of 10
    Take a Hike!
    Get out on the trail and go for a walk!
    Vintage hiking pack $68.00 at Miscellany.
  • Go for a Swim! 4 of 10
    Go for a Swim!
    Head to your local swimming pool or lake and take a dip before the weather cools down!
    Striped swim suit $118 at J.Crew.
  • Rent a Boat! 5 of 10
    Rent a Boat!
    Take out your own boat or rent a canoe or row boat at your local lake or pond.
    $12/hour at Central Park. Photo by Chelsea Fuss.
  • Go Berry Picking! 6 of 10
    Go Berry Picking!
    Go berry picking then eat them with a dollop of creme fraiche for dessert!
    Berry basket 70 cents at Wasserstrom.
  • Take a Road Trip! 7 of 10
    Take a Road Trip!
    Even if you don't have time for a week-long trip, save a weekend and drive to a local destination!
    LA Travel guide $13.99 at Lonely Planet.
  • Attend an Outdoor Concert 8 of 10
    Attend an Outdoor Concert
    There's nothing like laying on the grass, listening to your favorite band play live.
    Photo from Edgefield Summer Concerts at McMenamin's.
  • Watch a Movie Outside 9 of 10
    Watch a Movie Outside
    Most cities host outdoor movies in the park for free. Host your own if you can't find one!
    Photo from Movies in the Park at Portland Parks + Rec.
  • Go Camping 10 of 10
    Go Camping
    Even if it's in your own backyard, there's something magical about sleeping under the stars.
    Tent $317 at Beckel Canvas.

Top photo: Chelsea Fuss. All photos from respective sources.

Chelsea Fuss is a blogger and prop stylist based in Portland who blogs daily at Frolic!

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