Whether you are social distancing due to COVID-19 or you just want to stick close to home this summer or need to stay close to home there are still many things you can do to enjoy your summer close to home. Here are just a few of the things that you can do and still have a ton of fun without going too far or spending a ton of money!
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The first and probably my favorite on this list is backyard camping. Have a tent and normally go camping every summer? Need to stay close to home this summer? Why not camp in your backyard if you have one. Set up your tent in your backyard. Inflate your air mattress, spread out your sleeping bags or blankets, and enjoy the outdoors in your own back yard! Why not? Who doesn’t want to enjoy summer close to home? I know I do! As I have mentioned before I love to camp, my husband loves to camp, my whole family loves to camp and this is exactly what we’ve done this year at my parent’s place.
They have 2 campers, one is a pop-up tent camper and the other is a medium-sized tow trailer. They have set them up in the back yard near the pool. Don’t have a trailer, camper, or tent? You can purchase one on Amazon for a decent price. Obviously, not everyone can or will want to do this one, so if camping in your backyard is not for you (or you don’t have a backyard) then read on for more ideas.
If you have a car a great idea that you can start out close to home is Geocaching. This is one of our favorite things to do. You can start out locally but you can Geocache just about anywhere in the world. Geoching is essentially an outdoor treasure hunt (sort of like Pokemon Go only it’s real-world with real objects) with GPS. You can use your cell phone to start out using the Geocaching App available for both Android and Apple.
You will also need to purchase some geocaching supplies, which honestly don’t have to be expensive. We started out at the dollar store with a plastic container such as this. Again you can get them for cheap from the dollar store or maybe even in bulk from Amazon. Other than that pick up some little trinkets called swag such as little toys, stickers, etc from the dollar store. Here are some other geocache swag ideas from Pinterest. Such a fun way to enjoy summer close to home! You can make up day trips or just tick off some quick caches on the way to somewhere. Super fun!
Visit Local Attractions
You may be amazed just how many attractions there likely are within a 1-2 hour distance from you. I think people underestimate the number of things that there are close to them. Sure that may not always be the case. maybe you really don’t have anything close by or you’ve seen it all. Amazingly though I seem to find things on a weekly basis close to me that I never knew were there.
This could be anything from a restaurant or pub, to a water or amusement park, to a provincial or federal park or just a beach you have never been to. It could be a corn maze (yes we have them in the summer as well), to anything really. There are likely local historical places, galleries (even private ones such as painting gallery of a local painter who sells paintings out of their house or property), parks, heritage museums, heritage farm museums, natural museums, festivals and so much more. Get out and explore! What better way to enjoy summer close to home!
Walk Or Hike The Trails
One of our favorite pastimes is going for a walk or hiking paths close to us. Sometimes we go on gravel paths, in provincial parks and sometimes we search google for local waterfalls, beach boardwalks, lighthouses, or other attractions such as this local one for us called Burnt Coat Head Park (pictured above, click link to the left for more) here in Nova Scotia. Even if you are not on the coast on near water, you will likely have places to check out with natural wonders or neat places where you live and places to walk or hike along trails or even in the woods (as long as you are familiar with going off the path and know what you are doing and where you are, always tell people where you are going, when you will be expected home, have a cell phone with you and a compass or handheld GPS in case the phone does not work).