The guide to an eventful summer


Living Editor

The ever-anticipated summer season is upon us, and while having no class is a relief, gone are the summers of carefree days lounging by the pool. As college students, most of us will be working or interning somewhere until we move back into our dorms for the fall, so our summers seem to be more work than play these days. 

Despite spending the summer working towards an adult life, it’s still possible to enjoy your time away from school. So what if you can’t go to the beach or soak up rays at the lake all day, every day? 

There are plenty of things to do that can occupy your days off of the job. Here are just a few ideas to make your summer a little more adventurous:

*Take a group of friends to  watch the laser show at Stone Mountain. It’s shown through the summer months, and it’s free besides $15 parking (bring a car full of people and split the price).

*Make a trip to Helen, and go tubing. They open the weekend before Memorial Day and stay open through the summer months. It costs $5 per person.

*Get creative and build a mini beach in your own back yard. Go out and buy a kiddie pool to lounge around in, blare some music and put on your bathing suit in your backyard.

*Drive to Coolray Field to watch a Gwinnett Braves game. It’s cheaper than Atlanta Braves tickets but just as fun. It costs $6 per person for lawn seating.

*Pack a lunch, and have a picnic at a local park with friends

*Go for a hike at Brasstown Bald. It’s the highest point in Georgia, and you can see two other states from the top. 

*Go play mini golf at a local put-put place. Most prices range from $8-10 per person depending on the place

*Find a local animal shelter to volunteer at and play with the animals

These are just a few of the many of things to do in the summer to give yourself a splash of fun here and there. Just because you may not be able to go to the beach or travel across the world, you can still make sure that you enjoy your three months of freedom from class. Get creative and be spontaneous when you can be. Summer is all about being outside and soaking up the sun. So slap on some sunscreen, and make this summer count.