Summer is traditionally the time when you want to be outdoors, enjoying fresh air and sunshine. But what about after the sun goes down? Summer nights can be some of the best times to escape the heat and experience something new. So while you’re relaxing on the patio, drinking a glass of wine and watching the sunset poetically over the horizon, you can start planning your next move. Dare to spice up your typical evening plans this season with some of these great ideas:
Festivals and Cultural Events
In these hectic times, we long for connection. The summer months are packed with fun celebrations and events that bring people together with common interests. Whether you love music, art, food, or just meeting new people, there are festivals, food and wine walks, fourth of July celebrations, bonfires and other traditions that will delight the senses and transform ordinary nights into extraordinary memories. Try some live music at the scenic Biltmore Estate Summer Outdoor Concert Series in Asheville, NC, or explore local arts and crafts at the Charleston City Night Market in Charleston, SC. Who knows? You might even meet a friend or two.
For those looking for something even more adventurous, try exploring Florida’s Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge in Titusville, FL for some popular bioluminescence kayaking. Or try stargazing for meteor showers. Local science centers or colleges with observatories often plan events. Birmingham, AL Botanical Gardens presents Flicks Among the Flowers, and Winter Park, FL enjoys Popcorn Flicks in the Park for a charming outdoor movie night. Bring your picnic blanket.
Drink and Dance
What would an evening out be without a little food and beverage? Many restaurants offer patio seating which is especially nice on a summer night. Look for waterside dining along your favorite local river, lake or beach. Take in nature’s best under a canopy of trees. Or reach for the stars at a rooftop spot where live music often comes with a view. The sky really is the limit.
Evening Themed Tours
Everything looks different by moonlight. A city you see every day may take on a new, enchanted, or even spooky appearance once the sun goes down. That’s part of what makes evening themed tours so much fun. Many cities have surprising ghost tours or beautiful architectural tours to enjoy. Savannah, GA offers a Haunted Pub Crawl and Ghost Tour for brave souls. Or for a more cultural experience, try the Art and Wine Stroll on Market Street in Celebration, FL.
Host your Own Summer Party
Nothing beats getting together with your favorite people to celebrate the summer. Having friends and family over for a relaxed garden dinner can be a great way to make memories on a warm summer night. Use string lights and candles for added atmosphere. Or host an outdoor movie night. Grill-out. Have a bonfire. Or try gathering friends at a local venue for sunset drinks by the pool or a rooftop serenade under the stars. Whatever you decide, you will be spicing things up and embracing a new adventure!
The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Embrace the fresh air, escape the heat and try something new this summer.