5 Summer Things To Do In Raleigh

5 Summer Things To Do In Raleigh

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Summer has kicked off in Raleigh, North Carolina! I've lived here for 11 years off and on and each summer seems to stretch on and on as I get older because now I am not waiting for the first day of school every August. Aside from going to the beach, what else is there to do here? Here are some ideas!

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Science is always a fun place to go in beat the heat! Nestled in downtown Raleigh, this is a fun museum to check out if science is your thing.

The North Carolina Museum of History has an interesting American Indian festival every year. My favorite exhibit they have done so far was about the Titanic and there was an iceberg you could touch!

My husband and I use to go on dates to the North Carolina Museum of Art all the time when we started dating. What is more calming than gazing at art?

Lake Lynn is a fun place to feed the ducks, to walk around the lake, or just watch the sunset. It is a relaxing activity either way.

If you are looking for a pretty spot to have a picnic, Pullen Park is the place to go! It's perfect for warm summer evenings.

Summers in Raleigh are my favorite time of the year. Between beach walks with my husband, to swimming laps in the mornings before the heat of the day, there is so much to do in the summer in Raleigh.

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3 Tips For Saying Goodbye For The Summer

When a few months feels like forever...

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Summertime is wonderful! You get time out of school, you can do all these fun things you've been wanting to do, and you get to spend time with your friends. Sometimes, however, your friends have to go off for the summer. Whether they're visiting family, going on vacation for a while, or even just working all the time and not able to see you, it can be hard knowing that your friend isn't gonna be around during what's supposed to be the best time of the year. You know it's temporary, but it still stinks!

Well, I've had to do this a couple of times, so I know a thing or two about dealing with your friend being gone for the summer. I hope that these tips will help your friend feel a little bit closer and the wait seem a little bit shorter:

1. Set up a scheduled system of communication.

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Call, text, email, snail mail, etc. You guys chose the easiest method of communication, and you stick to it. Knowing exactly when to expect a phone call means a lot when you miss someone. It may be difficult finding time that works for both people, but even a scheduled call one time a week is better than not even knowing when you're gonna hear from someone. You can even have a unique way to communicate. Do you like games? You can do multiplayer games online and spend time together that way. Are you old fashioned and like writing letter? Send them a letter to let them know how you are. We live in a world with so many methods of communication, so find which one helps you stay in touch.

2. Stay busy.

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I have spent my fair share mopeing around, waiting for someone to call and hoping that they'd be back soon. That is the worst way to spend your time! Instead of wasting you summer waiting by the phone, go out and do something. Spend time with other friends, go to the beach, do anything you want! Don't waste your summer trying to make time go faster; it doesn't work. Do things that'll help get your mind off of your friend being gone. It'll get easier as time goes along, so make use of the time you have.

3. Don't hold it in.

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Having your friend go off can be tough, especially if it's a person you're very close with. It's okay! You aren't being silly if you feel sad. Some people may even feel hurt, like they're being left behind. That's okay too! What isn't okay is bottling it up and not talking to someone about it. What isn't okay is taking that fear and frustration out on other people, especially the friend that's gone. Talk to someone about it. Write some journal entries about how you're feeling. Don't sit around feeling sad and lonely and left behind. Get out of your own head and realize that everything will be okay. They didn't leave you behind, you're not gonna be sad forever, and everything will be okay.

Well, I hope you have a good summer! Yeah, that person has left, but they'll be back soon. Just live your summer day by day, and they'll be back before you know it!

Good luck!

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