Our Summer Bucket List

Our Summer Bucket List

We love summer… laid-back beach days, late nights for the kids, dining al fresco, and hanging out in the backyard. In an effort to savor our remaining summer days (and nights), we have put together this list of decidedly summer activities that will help you take full advantage of the rest of this good vibes season. 

Make Homemade Popsicles | Making popsicles in the summer is the equivalent of baking cookies in the fall and winter. Use the season’s freshest fruit for the best favors! Here are a few of this year’s top rated popsicle molds to try out.

Run Through A Sprinkler | Nothing beats this for sheer unadulterated fun. The days are still hot and it’s a great way to cool off. Don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy this summertime classic.

Visit a Garden | Spend time outside surrounded by natural beauty. Norfolk Botanical Garden is a 175-acre garden and is home to 52 distinctive themed gardens, 95 species of birds, and 30 kinds of butterflies. They have classes, kayaking, biking, yoga, and more all within the property. Another garden that is a must-see is the Hermitage Museum, a waterfront estate featuring an Arts and Crafts-style mansion located along the Lafayette River. With over 12 acres of gardens and grounds, a permanent collection of over 5,000 objects representing 30 countries, outdoor concerts, year-round classes, and an art camp, and is a popular location for weddings. 

Drive A Convertible | A convertible is the most fun way to experience summer driving. If you are not lucky enough to own one… you can rent or borrow one for the day and take to the open road. Even better, consider a family road trip for the day or weekend in one.

Make S'mores | A summer staple. A summer camp favorite. Graham cracker + chocolate + marshmallow goodness. The classic is great, but if you want to get adventurous, look at these creative s’more recipes

Pack A Picnic | Sometimes food just tastes better outdoors. Pack up your favorites and head to a park, the beach, or your backyard and enjoy a picnic. Here are some picnic idea starters and recipes for packable food. No time? These local caterers offer picnics to go - Catherine’s Catering, Posh Picnixs, and Hampton Roads Private Picnics. The Virginian Pilot has noted some of our best picnic spots too.

Go For A Bike Ride | You can take to our local streets, trails, or beaches. Or, rent bicycles on vacation to get your riding in. Great exercise and a way to enjoy the outdoors. Locally, we can suggest trail riding at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach and Indian River Park in Chesapeake. Great paved trails include the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, and the urban Elizabeth River Trail

Shop At A Local Farmers Market | Get the freshest, in-season produce grown by local farmers, and look for meats, cheeses, baked goods, honey, and flowers from local makers too. You might be surprised at all the good stuff you can bring home. Some of our favorite farmers markets are listed here.

Spend A Day On The Water | We have so many options here in Hampton Roads and Northeastern North Carolina. Get creative, and do something you haven’t done before. Brunch on a boat. Dine on a dock. Swim in a lake. Float on a lazy river. Whatever you choose, it can be an ideal place to soak up the last days of summer. 

Treat Yourself To A Lobster Roll | This classic summer sandwich is pricey, but definitely worth the splurge at least once a summer. Our favorite is from A Bite of Maine in Virginia Beach, watch for their food truck too! Or, you can make them at home yourself. Yum.

Watch A Movie Outdoors | Backyard movie screens are all the rage this year. All you need is a blanket, projector, and snacks. 

Read A Book In The Park | Get a well-deserved dose of vitamin D, and take a break from technology. Here are some great summertime reads

Catch A Sunrise Or Sunset | There is nothing like watching the sun rise or set surrounded by nature. Don’t forget the Eastern Shore, Cape Charles has the best of both worlds. 

Volunteer Locally | As we close out this bucket list, can we suggest that you give back to our local community by volunteering to a cause that is important to you. Ideas include feeding the hungry, planting or maintaining a community garden, and picking up trash. Every little bit makes this a great community. Check out Volunteer Hampton Roads for more ideas on how to connect with organizations. 

Let us know what is on your summer bucket list in the comments below. Happy summer!

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