Don’t Spend Your Time Inside this Summer


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Sometimes we forget that we live in one of the country’s most popular vacation destinations. There is so much to do on Long Island in the summer. Here are just a few ideas to get you out of the house.

Summer vacation is something everyone tends to look forward to, but sometimes it is difficult to find a way to fill those summer days with fun things to do. Here are some interesting activities to do that are cost friendly and fun to do.
1. Go to a museum.
There are many art museums and history museums around New York and some of these museums barely cost anything. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET Museum) and the American Museum of Natural History are museums that offer the option for New York Residents to pay whatever they would like as long as you show an ID that proves you are a resident. There is also the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in the city that has tickets that don’t cost much. So maybe on your next trip to the city, visit a museum and take some nice pictures.
2. Take a road trip.
If you can’t afford to go to places like Disney or another country, you can take a road trip to states near you. You can go with friends or family and spend either a day or a few days wherever you decide to go. Before you go make sure to do your research and find many things to do there.
3. Go to big events around you.
Although there might not be many, you can find big things that are happening nearby. One event that goes on every year, usually, in the city is the Pride Parade in June. So maybe grab a few friends, dress up, and head down to the city to celebrate pride month with many others. Even if you can’t go to a big event, look for smaller events, maybe at your local library.
4. Spend full days with friends.
Instead of being stuck inside by yourself, go out and have fun with your friends. Plan a whole day of activities such as going out to eat, having a picnic, driving around, and having a sleepover. There are so many things you can do with friends, so spend the day doing those things.
5. Go to the beach.
So many people do this already, but on a super-hot day in the summer head down to the beach. You can play sports on the sand, take a walk, swim in the ocean, have a barbeque/picnic, or just sunbathe. Just when you go, make sure you apply sunscreen because the sun can be brutal.
6. Spend a day outside.
You shouldn’t be stuck inside the entire summer, so enjoy some fresh air. You can go for a hike/walk, play with your pet, go to the park, or even just sit in your own yard. If you like to read or make art, try doing it outside on a nice day for a change.
7. Start planning for the next school year.
Even though you may want to get as far away from school as possible during the summer it doesn’t hurt to start thinking about the upcoming school year, especially if you are an upper classman. If you are graduating, you will want to prepare for your first year of college or whatever you plan on doing. If you are going into your senior year you might want to start looking/applying for scholarships, studying for the SATs, and applying to colleges. For the students who are becoming juniors, consider thinking about when you will take your SATs and what college you would like to go to and what you would study.
8. Visit some colleges.
College might seem like it be far in the future, but it isn’t. For the upcoming juniors and seniors, you might want to consider taking a trip to a few colleges you’re thinking about going to and finding the best fits for you. If you can’t physically go to the campus over the summer, try doing your research online and find a virtual tour or answers to questions you might have.
9. Get a summer job.
Each year we mature as people and come one step closer to becoming adults. That may seem scary, but it doesn’t have to be. You can start preparing yourself now by getting a job. If you are anywhere from the age of 14 or older, you can apply for a job. For people under the age of 18 will need a working permit/paper which you can get from the guidance office at school. Having a summer job has many benefits such as giving you experience, meeting new people, making friends, and making money. So, when you have the chance, stop by the guidance office and pick up a form for working papers.
You don’t have to waste your time staying inside the entire summer or even wasting your money; there are many options of fun activities out there that are very simple. Go outside and get some fresh air this summer, just make sure that you are safe doing these activities. Have a great summer.