By Hannah Butera
We all reach that point over the summer where we feel like we’ve run out of things to do. Going to the pool day after day gets old, and it’s become the routine to lounge around and watch Netflix all day. The thought of wasting away a summer after a strenuous school year is devastating. Thankfully, we live in an area where there are endless things to do to keep your summer busy, fun, and adventurous. Here are a few ideas to keep your summer alive:
Go hiking! It's great exercise, a lot of fun, and the view can be spectacular. Not to mention it's a great way to bond with your friends or family. Senior Keelin Johnson, who enjoys hiking regularly, said "Adventure is everywhere around us, from Patapsco state park to Sugarloaf mountain.” We live in an area with a multitude of different hiking options. And the best part- it's free! Try Sugarloaf Mountain, suggested by Johnson, which is located nearby, in Frederick Maryland! Pack a lunch, have a picnic, and enjoy the view.
Another great idea is a visit to old Ellicott City. The scenic historical city is a great way to spend a beautiful summer day. “Over the summer my family goes to Old Ellicott city often to walk around. It's a great way to spend a nice day,” explained Sophomore Leya Prezelski. The city has rapidly recovered from severe flood damage, and it's adorable stores, scenic environment, and fabulous restaurants are not something to miss. There are parking meters, so make sure you pay to avoid receiving a ticket.
Looking to go on a day trip? Try North Beach, Maryland! Junior Maddie McSally has always loved visiting this area. She commented, “Going to Chesapeake beach has always been one of my favorite activities from when I was younger. Collecting shark teeth with my friends is always a friendly competition.” Chesapeake beach has an abundance of shark teeth along with several cute stores and restaurants. It is about 45 minutes away, but the drive is worth it! It costs ten dollars for access onto the beach, and it is worth every cent! You can swim in the water, lounge on the beach, and walk around the different shops. Try the mexican restauraunt located right near the main beach!
Last but not least, Baltimore is always a great option! The Baltimore Inner Harbor is filled with shopping, restaurants, and not to mention a beautiful view. There is nothing more spectacular than the view of the Harbor from the top of Federal Hill! We are lucky enough to live so close to one of our country’s 0majors cities, so take advantage of that this summer! Maybe make it to an Orioles game, which start as low as $10 Friday night games (for students).
Now there is no excuse to lay around all summer! Even if going to one of the places listed above is too difficult, it is still important to stay active and make something out of your summer! Whatever you choose to do, make your summer count because the days are limited!