Whether you're busy working and have limited free time, are away from friends, or simply enjoy being on your own, here are ten solo activities to make the most of your summer.
1. Go to an art crawl
If you love art, food trucks, live music, and street performances, then art crawls are for you. Most major cities hold art crawls, or something similar, by opening galleries and museums to enthusiasts of all ages. Since it's summertime, there's usually plenty going on both indoors and outdoors. So, stroll the streets and sip on some complementary wine, all while supporting your local artists.
2. Go to the park
Spending some time at the park is a classic pastime. Pack a picnic, bring a book, take your dog for a walk, if there's a pond, why not fish? There's plenty of possibilities and plenty of parks to choose from.
3. Get an ice cream
Hot summer weather calls for a cold treat. Don't wait for the ice cream truck to come through the neighborhood- go out and out grab a fresh scoop yourself! If you're feeling especially adventurous, challenge yourself to hit every ice cream shop in town.
4. Go to a movie
Sometimes the 90+ degree heat can be too much. Luckily, movie theaters are well air-conditioned. Plus, seeing a movie on your own means you can find a secluded seat where no one can see you bawling during the sad scenes, swooning at the rom-coms, or make fun of your laugh while watching a comedy.
5. Visit a museum
Another nice indoor option is a trip to the museum. Depending on the museum and the exhibits, you could spend hours exploring it all- and since you're on your own, you control the schedule, so explore away!
6. Hang out at a coffee shop
If you're looking for a place to relax, or maybe get some work done, coffee shops provide the perfect environment. Chill vibes and iced coffee are great for a slow summer day. And if you're not a big coffee drinker, no problem. Most shops provide tasty alternatives like sparkling water, juice, and soda.
7. Head to the mall
It's easy to get carried away at the mall, but if you're by yourself, you can take as long as you like! And if you're strapped for cash, don't worry. Window shopping is just as fun.
8. Go to the neighborhood pool
The most obvious summer activity is taking a dip in the pool. And no matter where you live, there's probably one nearby. Check to see if there's a neighborhood pool or a community pool at the park. Admission usually ranges from 4 to 10 dollars, but most are on the lower end of that. And if you make a day of it, you'll definitely get your money's worth!
9. Find a new hobby
There's no better way to fill your time than practicing a hobby- and the choices are endless! Whether its painting, photography, writing, fishing, baking, jewelry making, or a whole host of other options, you're sure to find something you'll enjoy doing solo on a summer day.
10. Go for a walk or bike ride
If you're looking to get some exercise, consider a walk or bike ride. You can enjoy the outdoors, do some exploring, and create a route that's as intense or leisurely as you want.
So, if you have some time to yourself this summer and are wondering what to do, take a look at this list and have fun!