As we round out August, the end of summer is closing in which means stores are bringing out their fall decorations, kids are getting ready to head back to school, and Halloween candy is already on sale where the sunscreen display used to be. While some of us are looking forward to the cooler weather and the pumpkin-flavored everything, others are still holding on to the sunny beach days for as long as possible, so this post is for you!
After spending over two months soaking in all the summer glory, it can sometimes be difficult to find fun activities to do once the end of August/early September hits when businesses begin to start gearing up to transition for fall. If you’re searching for some fun activities to end the summer off right, we’ve got a few ideas for you.
Have an Outdoor Movie Night
Movie tickets just keep getting more and more expensive, so why not bring your own movie theater to your backyard? A backyard movie night is a perfect way to end the summer. When the weather starts getting cooler out at night, set up some bean bag chairs, blankets, and maybe even a projector to play your favorite film on to entertain yourself, your friends, and the kids too! And we can’t forget about snacks. No movie night is complete without some good old-fashioned popcorn. Luckily, the Sharp Smart Carousel Countertop Microwave Oven (SMC1449FS) is Orville Redenbacher Certified with a popcorn preset tuned for optimal popping results and works with Alexa, so you don’t even have to press a button – just toss the bag in and wait for buttery popcorn goodness to enjoy with your movie.
Take a Beach Trip
A tried-and-true summer activity. The weather stays warm through almost mid-September nowadays so there is still plenty of time to fit in another trip to the beach or two. Whether you want to go for the day to work on your tan, or go later and eat dinner on the beach, you can’t go wrong with a nice end-of-summer beach day. Not to mention, the beaches will likely be less crowded since technically the “beach season” is over, so you’ll be sure to find a prime spot!
Go on a Hike
When the weather allows for it, a hike is a great activity even in the cooler weather! A hike is perfect for clearing your mind, breathing fresh air, disconnecting from work, and getting exercise. The middle of summer usually gets to be far too hot for a nice long hike with your friends or your pup, so why not use the end of summer to your advantage? There are tons of trails all over each state with breathtaking views of mountains and waterfalls that are sure to intrigue even the least likely of hikers. You can even pack some lunch and have a picnic with a view! And always be sure to bring plenty of water with you.
Host Your Own Seafood Fest
Who doesn’t love a good night full of delicious seafood? So, what better way to celebrate the summer than by hosting your very own seafood festival? Gather up your family and friends, lay a big tablecloth across your table, and get the bibs ready for a feast your guests are sure to love. Seafood is a summer meal staple whether it’s sushi or lobster, there’s something that everyone can enjoy. Making a whole meal full of seafood dishes might sound intimidating, but we happen to have a few mouth-watering seafood recipes that you can easily make at home using our Sharp Smart Combi Built-In Steam Oven (SSC2489GS). If you’re a beginner in the kitchen or a regular novice, our Superheated Steam Oven is the perfect addition to your kitchen with features like steam bake and water bath settings, and even a grill function for a perfectly grilled seafood dish. We’ve even got a few crowd-pleasing seafood recipes to check out like Lobster Risotto, Chilean Sea Bass, or Shrimp Tacos on your Sharp Induction Cooktop, just to name a few.
Summer’s ending doesn’t always have to be sad or something to dread as we prepare for the season change. With some fun and exciting activities, make it something to look forward to for your whole family!