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The long dog days of summer can make the season feel endless. But it’s not. Excited to make the most of it, we’re sharing our plans. From picnics to road trips, get inspired to fill the time with fun.
Art and Pop Culture
Summer is definitely my second favorite season (second because I’m a huge fan of Autumn) and that is due to the fact that there are so many fun and interesting things to do and see in the warmer months. My first stop this summer is the PAMM Art Museum in Miami. Debuting in August is an exciting exhibition featuring the Unknown Notebooks of the talented American artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat. This is the first major exhibition devoted to showcasing only Basquiat’s private collection of notebooks. Also starting in August is a campy HGTV show called Tiny Luxury and it caters to those who want to live with less, but without giving up any comforts of living big. This is just one of the several tiny house-themed shows currently on the air, but given the title, I’m eager to see how they deliver! One of best parts of Summer is comic book convention season. Even if I don’t make it to any of the big conventions in San Diego’s Comic Con or New York, the cosplay round-ups are always worth the price of admission. I can catch amazing characters handmade by enthusiastic fans side-by-side by the artists who designed them. —Mateo
Flying High and Higher Education
Next month, I’m checking out a Hot Air Balloon Festival in Western Pennsylvania while on a road trip. We may also stop by the WaterFire Sharon art festival and peruse a few flea markets while we’re on the road. This summer, school is in session for me. When Lifehacker did a roundup of free online classes as part of Lifehacker U, I was intrigued. I didn’t realize there were so many options available! I’ll be learning a few calligraphy techniques, bone up on my photography skills and take in some architecture history. Finally, the fresh produce of the season makes summer one of my favorite foodie seasons. Lately I’ve fallen into a rut with my cooking which is why I’m taking on these 25 Summer Cooking Challenges from PopSugar. Looking forward to adding some new recipes to our grill nights. —Vee
Brooklyn Exploration and Beyond
My summer bucket list revolves around two of my favorite things: sunshine and food. After taking a boat tour around Manhattan with my family, the informative part about Governor’s Island really grabbed my attention: I want to venture out to the former military post for a day of bike riding, nature and to just escape from the chaos of the city. Even though I’ve spent the day at Luna Park in Coney Island, I’ve never actually enjoyed Brooklyn beaches. This summer I’ll take a break from my usual Long Island-beaching and relax on the sand in my own
backyard borough. After a year of living in Brooklyn, I still have not made my way to Smorgasburg (I’m surprised as much as you are)! From ramen burgers to that illusive raindrop cake, I’m excited to finally do a mini food tour of the city. —Lauren
Sightseeing in Upstate New York
Over the summer I, like most people, like to spend as much time outside as possible. I save up my indoor museums and events for the cooler months and head outdoors when the sun is shining. This summer I have LOTS on my “want to do” list. First thing is heading up to Phoenicia, New York. After seeing so many gorgeous pictures of the area on Instagram, I want to pay it a visit and stop by places like the Phoenicia Flea and the landmark diner as well! Only about an hour south is the Walkway over the Hudson, also on my list. The bridge spans the Hudson River from Poughkeepsie to Highland and is a great spot to get some exercise in a beautiful location. Before heading back home, a stop to the Storm King Art Center in New Windsor is on the itinerary. Checking out awesome installations against a beautiful mountainous backdrop to wrap up a perfect weekend. —Chrissy
What’s on your summer bucket list? Share in the comments.