Summer Isn’t Over Yet, DC/Annapolis
Make the Most of The Rest of the Summer with These Simple Ideas
Summer is almost over, back-to-school shopping is in full swing, and you may be regretting some of the things you didn’t get to over the past two or three months. But not to worry – there’s still some time this summer to check a few things off your bucket list while enjoying time with family and friends. The best part is that none of these ideas require a lot of planning or traveling, so they can be done easily during these last few (not so) lazy days of summer – right here in the DC/Annapolis area.
Get to the Beach
It’s just not summer without a beach day. Fortunately DC/Annapolis is surrounded by water so we’re never too far from a sandy spot. In fact, Sandy Point State Park is only about an hour from DC and less than that from Annapolis. This 786-acre Maryland State Park is on the northwestern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Take a swim in the warm bay water, pack a picnic and enjoy the views or bring a fishing pole or crab pot and catch your own meal! You can also access this park by boat and a marina store and docks are available.
Spend a Day on the Bay
Speaking of the Chesapeake Bay, this world-famous body of water is best enjoyed by boat. Whether you’re fishing, crabbing or just enjoying some leisure time, the Bay is accessible from both DC and Annapolis and is a boater’s paradise. Don’t have a boat? That’s OK! Join a boat club such as Carefree Boat Club that gives you access to a wide variety of boats for whatever activity you’re looking to do without the hassle of actually owning a boat. And when you don’t have to worry about things like maintenance and insurance, you can actually enjoy your time on the water instead of stressing about it.
Spend a few days being a home-town tourist. Residents of DC and the Annapolis area live in one of the most visited places in the country. Allow yourself to be a tourist for a day and enjoy all the city has to offer. Beat the heat by dropping into some of DC’s famous museums including the always-free Smithsonian of your choice. Visit some historical sites and beef up the kids’ history lessons before they head back to school. Do that one touristy thing you’ve never done: take a tour of the white house, climb the Washington Monument, or snap a photo with Lincoln.
Read a Book
If you had a really optimistic summer reading list set up for yourself and haven’t even cracked the binding on your first book, then now is the time. Set aside a day one weekend – or maybe even take one of those vacation days you never use – and just stay home and read. Enjoy some much needed quiet time before the hecticness of fall, school and work return.
Remember, summer isn’t over yet. There’s still time to do those activities you’ve been pining for but have somehow managed to be too busy to do. So set aside a few days this month to make some new summer memories.