As the hotdogs continue to digest and our skin continues to be sun-kissed leading up to the July Fourth holiday, we finish out the last few days of June. As the sixth month in the year, the month has always been packed with celebrations from Graduations to Father’s Day to National Doughnut Day. It’s an all-inclusive month, packed with 30 days of celebration. While you may be having a hard time deciding where to channel your energy, we are here to help you focus on the best part of June during these last few days–National Great Outdoors Month! Can you think of a better way to spend your summer, than to be outside?
In case you didn’t know, June 21st was the Summer Solstice, the first official day of summer—oh and it was also National Swim a Lap Day! If you were worried about letting one of the arguably best months of the year slip by, we’ve got you covered on just how to spend the remaining days of the month no matter where you are.
Feeling stuck in the concrete jungle of New York City, lost in the sterility of Washington D.C., or even losing sanity in the bumper-to-bumper traffic of LA? We know city life can be mentally exhausting, and the weekends seem to come and go in the blink of an eye, so we’ve created this list of things to do in the great outdoors and on the water!
New York City
Though its known for its lack of nature, NYC actually has many waterways – all of which offer free kayaking (or canoeing). That’s right—free, and it offers some of the best views of the city! From Long Island City Community Boathouse to Manhattan Community Boathouse to the North Brooklyn Boat Club, no matter your borough, you can be sure to find a free kayaking experience.
Some other great-outdoors activities to enjoy:
- Enjoy an authentic Nathan’s Hot Dog on the sand at Coney Island Beach
- Speaking of beaches, what better way to bum in the city than to be a beach bum! From Jacob Riis Park Beach to Fort Tilden, your beach options are almost endless – almost.
- Take a ferry to another island, like Randall’s Island and enjoy the views of the East River.
- Missing the luxury of swimming in the suburbs? NYC has that too, and you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg at an expensive sports club. Splash on over to Astoria Pool or McCarren Hotel and Pool; just be sure to avoid the public pools, after all, it’s still New York.
If you have seen all of the monuments, visited every museum, or just need something different to do in the nation’s capital—D.C. has many outdoorsy activities to indulge in this summer! Though the National Cherry Blossom Festival has passed, the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers continue to offer endless activities to enjoy all summer long!
- Soak up the sun and admire the stunning views of the Washington Channel at The Wharf’s Recreation Pier.
- Visit the Tidal Basin, picnic or simply stroll along the waterway. Even without the cherry blossoms, the dazzling view of the sun reflecting off the water is hypnotizing.
- Paddle board down the Potomac River in Georgetown, just be sure to balance yourself well—there are many onlookers waiting for your demise.
Although its practically Summer all year-round with mild temperatures and constant sunshine. But summertime in LA brings longer days and cooler nights, and without the humidity of the East Coast you can practically be outside 24/7 without getting overly exhausted.
- What’s better than a music festival in California, a music festival in California at a Palm Springs Resort. Yup, that’s right, not all music festivals have to involve dusty air, porta-potties and stinky bodies. Slide on over to SPLASH HOUSE Palm Springs Pool + Music Weekend. Enjoy some of your favorite (or now new favorite) tunes and feel the groove all poolside in this weekend music festival like no other. If you missed out on June’s dates, no worries, SPLASH HOUSE is having an encore weekend in August. Don’t wait too long, second chances don’t come around often.
- Love being at the beach, but tired of washing your hair or getting sunburned? Starting this month, Alfredo’s Beach Club is offering free Moonlight Movies on the Beach every Tuesday, June 19- Aug 21.
- Riding waves or walking the shore, Santa Monica is always a go to. Surrounded by the beach, mountains, palm trees and the Pier – it’s a place where you can spend what you want and always leave with a great experience.
- Did we ever mention that June is also home to National Doughnut Day? To make up for it, L.A offers some of the best shops in the country, and to sweeten the deal, most of them double as a creamery!
For everyone in between the coasts, despite not being able to celebrate World Ocean Day (June 8th) without taking a trip, you have the best of it all—lakes! In fact, you have it so well, we’ve already compiled a couple of articles detailing so: check them out here and here!
Tired of simply, going down by the lake—how does the term party cove sound to you? Better? Good! ‘Cause here’s a list, brought to you by us, of the top ten in America, and most of them are the middle states! As quoted from friends in Montana, “city lights got nothin’ on country nights,” although we’re pretty sure it’s from a Pinterest Board.