A Guide To Your Minnesota Summer Bucket List

A Guide To Your Minnesota Summer Bucket List

Minnesota is full of different fun places to spend the summer, and here are a few of the things I plan to check off during this hot Minnesota summer.

Every year, we all make goals for the summer, even if we don't complete or follow through with them. My favorite thing to do around this time of year is to make a bucket-list. 99% of the time though, the majority of the things on my list don't get checked off and just sit getting dusty, waiting for the next summer to roll around. My goal (or at least one of them) for this summer is to actually follow through with my bucket-list this time, hoping to get them all on the grid before school rolls around this fall.

Minnesota is full of different fun places to spend the summer. Here are a few of the things I plan to check off during this hot Minnesota summer.

1. Minnehaha Falls

A common attraction during each season throughout the year, the falls is a great spot to spend a hot summer day. Though I've actually never been, I can't wait for this summer to see all the hype over it.

2. Nice Ride MN

One of my absolute favorite things to do in the summer is ride these green bikes as they are a hit during the summer months. Located in multiple different spots around the Twin Cities, at just a small fee of $6 a day for a rental Nice Ride MN is great for biking around the lakes and anywhere in between.

3. Minnesota Zoo

Though there is the Como Zoo which comes at a free price for entry, the MN Zoo is packed with all different types of wild life and animals at just a fee of $18 a trip. Great for a trip out with the family, or even friends, the zoo is full of different shows and attractions.

4. Canterbury Park

I mean, who doesn't like to go bet on horses to win a race and enjoy the nice weather and food all day?! I mean, a lot of people would probably enjoy other activities much more, but the Canterbury Park is a great way to spend a day out, whether it's Father's Day or just a casual Sunday.

5. Candy Land in Downtown Saint Paul

One of the greatest Candy Shops, hands down. Take a trip downtown to enjoy their delicious homemade chocolate or their delicious flavored popcorn. Either way, it won't disappoint.

6. A day in Downtown Stillwater

This cute small town right on the water is perfect for a day out for lunch, or a trip to shop around.

7. Vali-Hi Drive In

Located right off of I-94, this place is perfect to park your car and sit back and watch the movies that are shown. The movies showing usually changes every weekend, leaving a variety of different shows to see. Only $8.50 a person, Vali-Hi is great for a night out with friends.

8. The State Fair

And last but not least, the Great Minnesota Get Together. Great for a day full of fun, food, and drinks, this is my absolute favorite part of the summer. The State Fair is great for a day out with family or a night out with friends, and will never disappoint to anyone who comes around for it.

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10 Boxes To Check Off Before Your Summer Vacation

Now that Spring Break is over we are all counting down the days until Summer Vacation.

Now that Spring Break is over we are all counting down the days until Summer Vacation. But before we lose ourselves in the fun to come, we must remember to do everything we can to get ready for the long-anticipated freedom. Here are ten things to do before Summer Break.

1. Focus on school

While the upcoming break is exciting we have to make sure that we don't let our grades suffer before it comes. Be sure to continue studying and working hard from now until finals, you will regret it if you don't.

2. Make plans with friends

Once summer starts and plans are already made it can be difficult to squeeze in other events, especially if you have to coordinate with other schedules. This being said, make plans ahead of time so that you can be sure to see your friends and have fun over the break.

3. Get that beach body ready

Summer means beach time! Swimsuits on and skin out. Make sure that you are at a place where you are comfortable with your body so that you can enjoy your time in the sun.

4. Look at the Blockbuster line-up

Movies that come out over the summer are always amazing. Be sure to look ahead at what movies are coming out so that you don't miss a good one.

5. Get your tattoos now people

If you are thinking of getting a tattoo then get it now. After you get a tattoo you have to go two weeks without it seeing sunlight so that it can heal and the ink won't fade. That being said, don't wait until June or July to get one because that could throw a wrench in your plans. A tip for those getting white ink, don't use bronzing lotion because it will turn the ink brown.

6. Talk to family out of state

If you have family that lives out of state, the likelihood is that you haven't seen them in a while. Talk to them and make plans now! Maybe they could come down for a week while you are off or maybe you can fly up to see them.

7. Start saving now

Money is a necessity, especially when you are going on vacation. Souvenirs are a must and you can't get them if you are broke. So start saving your birthday money now so that when you go away over the summer you can get yourself something nice to remember the trip by.

8. Make travel arrangements now

Whenever you go somewhere a hotel is a must. Book ahead of time so that you can save money in the long run. The same goes for airplane tickets. Be sure to shop around and delete the cookies from your computer before you switch sites so that you can find the best deal.

9. Make a summer reading list

Summer break is a time to relax and unwind and what better way to do that then to read? Start looking for books that you want to read but never have the time to because of school work. Put them on a list so that you can do it when you are free over the summer. You can read on the plane to your destination or even by the pool while you tan.

10. Breathe

We only have a little while to go but that doesn't mean that the road will be easy. Just remember to breathe through the stress and look toward the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Nature is the escape of negativity

You are walking in the forest, feeling the nice cool breeze on your skin, tasting the fresh air of nature, and seeing alluring plants, trees, mountains, hills, valleys, lakes, and more The best place to have breathtaking adventures: off-road mountain biking, hiking, camping, sight-seeing or relaxing on your hammock.

Me, my family, and my grandma went to Lake Placid at the Adirondacks for a vacation. We had a blast: we ate great food, watched great movies, went kayaking, had nice walks, and climbed Whiteface Mountain where the view was prodigious and magnificent. Being on Whiteface Mountain and seeing the vast lands and waters was one of the best experience in my life.

Nature is the best way to escape from stress, and have fun. But why aren't we embracing the nature? Simple: distraction; using enhanced technologies so-called phones. Phones that have so many abilities that can be tempting and distracting that will hinder your efficiency and effectiveness of work. Not only phones but other distractions like people, loud noise, daydreaming, and hobbies (bad hobbies like computer games, watching Netflix, do things that's not productive or meaningful to your lifestyle).

Embracing nature could increase productivity and concentration of your work. Just go outside, set up a hammock, grab your work and begin the grind. Or go to a place where you have a great view of the outside world, like sitting on a mountain, and read the Bible. Or how about kayaking in a calm lake and look at the beauty of the water. Or walk in the woods with a friend and talk about life and the Word of God. You can do many things for nature.

I have experienced difficulties concentrating on my work because of stress and depression. I went outside, sat on a bench and started my work. Surprisingly, I was able to finish a great portion of my work. Working outside tremendously helped me focusing my work and I was able to work more productive.

Psalm 96:11-12 says, "Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it. Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy..." God created nature. When I walk in the Houghton woods, I felt happy and joyful because I can have self-reflection to God and thank Him for creating a beautiful world.

I encourage you, for who's reading this article, go out in the woods, find a place that looks suitable for you and ponder, work, eat, sleep, relax, yell, laugh, cry, talk, run, and most of all pray to God for being thankful of his creation of nature.

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