5 Essential Things To Do Before Summer Ends
Posted on August 09 2019
by Alanis Stallknect
I know. I know. Who wants to hear that summer is dwindling to its end? Yet, here we are and it’s August. Soon, plenty of you will be off to school and the rest will continue their regular work schedule. Even though the end of summer is creeping upon us, that’s no excuse to stop the fun. Listed are at least five activities you can still do before the end of summer.
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Take your friends and family to the nearest lake
What’s the point of a summer in Montana if not spent at the lake? Naturally, I would suggest spending a weekend on the Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake West of the Missouri River. A tourist magnet, the lake brings family and friends from all over the state and surrounding states. Grab your swimsuit, towel, and maybe a tube, and head over the Wayfarers State Park to enjoy a day in the sun. There are businesses who also offer boat rentals, kayak rentals, and paddle board rentals in the surrounding area.
Take a hike in Glacier National Park or Yellowstone National Park
If you’re looking for a relaxing day off that’s rewarding before the summer ends, hiking is a highly recommended option. Luckily, there are two gorgeous National Parks in Montana. According to the National Park Service, more than 3.3. million people visited Glacier National Park last year and 3.8 million people visited Yellowstone National Park. If you want to avoid the crowd, I suggest waking up early for both parks. Grab your friends and your family and enjoy a day of adventuring before summer ends.
Build a campfire, share some drinks, and roast some marshmallows
At the end of a long day of swimming or hiking, sitting back and relaxing in front of a campfire is the perfect end to a summer day in Montana. Before doing so, I would recommend checking with your local forest and fire agencies to see if any fire restrictions are in place. Make sure your fire is completely out and doust with water before leaving the area. Wildfires are common in Montana and although campfires are fun, it’s important to be cautious. Who doesn't love ending their day with a messy s’more?
Go to an Art Festival
Lots of food, music, and art; find an art festival near you. Usually on weekends, art festivals are a great excuse to walk in the sun and buy cool items. Art festivals sell anything from jewelry, pottery, decorations, paintings, or anything the locals have to offer. If you’re looking for an art festival this weekend, Whitefish will be hosting the Huckleberry Days Art Festival beginning Friday, August 9th through Sunday, August 11th. Google “art festivals in Montana,” and you’ll be sure to find more before the summer ends.
Attend a concert at your local county fair
Kids love it. Teens love it. Parents love it. What’s more fun than a weekend full of rides, farm animals, and cotton candy and funnel cake? On top of all that, most local county fairs have a concert. This years Northwest County Fair will host Gretchen Wilson as their main event. Research your county fair for who the live event will be!
As you now know, there’s still plenty left to do with your summer. Stock up on these fun events and give yourself a well-deserved weekend off. If you have anything you’d like to add to this list, leave them in the comments!