Stay Local This Summer: How to find new activities in your area

This summer you may find yourself in the place you’ve lived all your life feeling like you’ve explored everything there is to explore, or maybe you’re in a brand new place with endless explorations ahead and you don’t know where to start.

Either way, we guarantee you can find plenty of ways to make your summer fun fresher than ever!

Let’s start with you hometowners. Depending on the size of your city, it might be a challenge to find some new activities or sights for the summer and that’s when creativity is key. Become a “local tourist” to see your city through a new lens.

  • Explore a local coffee shop or a downtown boutique that you’ve walked by a thousand times but never stepped foot in. Just make sure to keep an eye on the kids around the expensive breakables and hot beverages. 🙂
  • Check out your local library. Most have a calendar full of events each summer (especially for kids and teens), and if nothing else you can find a new book. Or if reading really isn’t your thing, consider some of the other resources a library has to offer.
  • Gather a group of friends, your kids, or neighbors, to go on a “chase for an ace.” You decide what it is you want to “chase”; best smoothie, juiciest burger, freshest cheese curds, and order one from every place you can. Split just one order every time so you keep the cost down and your appetite up until you’ve tried every variation. Once you decide which is an absolute “ace”, you’ve found your go-to for the rest of the summer.
  • Visit your city hall’s bulletin board or check your community’s website. Chances are, there are concerts, sports leagues, rummage sales, and more in your area that you never knew about. This is a great way to embrace your locality and get to know more of your neighbors.

New in town? Don’t even know where the city hall is, or what it is for that matter? Fear not, this is 2018 and there’s an app for that.

There are now dozens of apps you can download for finding upcoming local events!

  • Meetup is the perfect app for finding friends and getting involved in your community by allowing you to create or join groups for just about any interest. Whether you’re looking for a new hobby and trying to find people to join in on your current favorites, this app does the job.
  • Hangtime is an app targeted at college students, but really anyone can use it to coordinate schedules with friends and see what events they’re attending. You can even link it with your Facebook account and it will suggest local events based on your recent activity.
  • Songkick is for the music lovers who want a heads up on any or all concerts coming to the area! You can even import your music libraries from Spotify or Apple Music to be sure you get all the updates on your favorite artists.

 

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