Sometimes the biggest challenge when summer rolls around can be finding fun activities to fill your time with. Here are 12 ideas of fun things to do with your friends that won’t hurt your wallet too much!
1. Have A Picnic
A picnic is definitely one of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful summer weather. Go to a local park or beach with some delicious food and enjoy each others’ company while also enjoying the food and drink. It’s one of the best ways to spend time with your friends and if you all bring (or make) some food, it’ll do almost no damage to your bank account.
2. Have A Beach/Pool Day
Head on down to your local beach or pool and soak in the sun. You can get your tan on and enjoy being outdoors with your best friends in the most relaxing way possible. Summer is basically meant for relaxing and getting some colour, so what are you waiting for?
3. Have A Potluck
Home-cooked meals really can’t be beaten. Assign everyone a dish to make from finger foods to dessert and you can spend your day stuffing your face in the company of your favourite people. If you’re someone who can’t cook then you can just pick something up and try to pass it off as your own, we won’t tell.
4. Visit A Museum
Local museums typically aren’t super expensive and are a great way to pass the time. Some local museums (like the ones around me here in Montreal) have constantly changing exhibits that mean you can go back to the same place multiple times and have entirely different experiences. On the not-so-sunny days this summer it’s a great way to experience some culture.
5. Check Out Local Thrift Shops
Thrift shops can sometimes have some of the cutest and most stylish clothes for next to nothing. Some of them also have cute accessories or neat decor for your room as well! If you’re on the hunt for some cute summer clothes but don’t necessarily have lots of money to spend, this is the perfect solution.
6. Explore Your City
Most of us tend to take our own cities for granted, and so summer time is the perfect time to change that and take in every little thing that our city has to offer. Whether it’s hiking, walking around downtown, or anything else you can think up, be sure to act like a tourist and make the most of everything around you!
7. Go On A Road Trip
The road trips I’ve been on thus far have been some of the most fun days of my life. Almost nothing beats singing along to your favourite songs in the car with your best friends and not a worry in the world. Summer road trips are a great way to bond with your friends and explore something new!
8. Go To An Amusement Park
Sometimes the perfect thing to do an a beautiful summer day is to go to your local amusement park and relive your childhood by going on all the rides. Amusement parks are packed with all kinds of fun games and rides to try and will guarantee you don’t spend your day bored in the slightest.
9. Go Bowling
Honestly whenever I go bowling I’m reminded of how much fun it is. It’s such a cheap and easy activity that allows for tons of great memories to be made with your best friends. This summer you should make sure to try all kinds of different activities with your friends, and bowling should be at the top.
10. Go Camping
Nothing says summer quite like packing up your stuff and going on a weekend getaway camping. Enjoying your days/nights out under the stars around a bonfire with your closest friends is what summer was made for. Bring some snacks (and some bug spray) and make the most of your time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
11. Have A “Staycation”
I’ve always wanted to do this, but can’t say I’ve gotten around to it just yet. Book a hotel room or Airbnb in your city and enjoy some time in a home away from home. Room service, spa days, the possibilities are endless for what you choose to do, but it’s a super fun activity to do this summer.
12. Have A Spa Day
Summer to me means relaxation, and what better way to achieve that than by having a spa day? It’s a great way to unwind with your bffs and treat yourself all at the same time.