The Best Parts Of Spending Your Summers In A Small Town
Start writing a post

The Best Parts Of Spending Your Summers In A Small Town

Small towns are picturesque...especially in the summer.

The Best Parts Of Spending Your Summers In A Small Town
August Meyers

Growing up in a small(ish) town in South Central, PA, my memories of summer are those of summer camps, lazy days by the pool and day trips to the lake. Now that I'm older, not much has changed. Summer camp still occurs, but this time I take the role of spectator as I drop off and pick up my younger longer a participant as a camper or counselor. Lazy days by the poolside turn into lazy evenings and weekends because let's face it, summer jobs are an unfortunate reality. Day trips to the lake still happen but are sometimes switched with day trips to the beach.

In my area, school has officially let out and with that, summer has officially began. For my family, the next ten or so weeks are going to be filled with the activities mentioned above and more.

I've experienced both small town and large city summers and I do have to say that there is something to be had for small town summers. If you're interested in a never-ending, hustle-bustle kind of summer with plenty of activities to do, then a city summer is for you however, if summers mean relaxing and taking it easy, there is nothing better than summer in a small town. Plus, in a small town, you are almost guaranteed to have direct access to someone's pool almost everyday, no matter who you are.

In my area, if you are willing to travel a few hours in any direction, you can have the best of both worlds. New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington D.C. are all within four hours or less.

If you're looking to cool down, the eastern shore is within a few hours driving distance. The beach isn't for you? Not a problem. Pennsylvania also boast several lakes and rivers that are perfect for swimming and boating. Pools are also plentiful and community pools are almost always open.

When you live in a small town, whether you like it or not, you are bound to see a familiar face no matter where you go. This is especially true in the summer when more people are out and about. In a city, it can be nice to go days without running into someone you know, however, sometimes it can be comforting to see a familiar face. In a small town, you are almost guaranteed to see a familiar face no matter where you go.

Summers in small towns are perfect for those who like to get out and spend time outside. At least where I live, there are plenty of parks and places to hike if you want to get out of your house. The best part is that it doesn't take too long to get to those places.

If you live in a small town, what are some of your favorite things to do?

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
I'm Tired Of Being Told My Standards Are Too High By People Whose Standards Are Too Low

There is no question that our generation has put a whole new spin on the dating scene.

Keep Reading... Show less

What If The U.N. Actually United The Nations?

This is me taking a break from being cynical and imagining how the world could be one day.


By now, people are probably sick of hearing me talk about myself, so I’m changing it up this week. In keeping with the subject of my J-Term class, I’m asking myself a political what-if question. What if we could create a sovereign global government firmly grounded in justice that could actually adjudicate Earth’s many disparate nation-states into one unified world government?

Keep Reading... Show less

100 Things I'd Rather Do Than Study

Procrastination Nation, unite.

Panda Whale
Here are 100 things I'd rather to than study. I know the semester just started, but

    1. Watch a movie
    2. Take a nap
    3. Have a dance party
    4. Eat ice cream
    5. Bake a cake
    6. Cry just a little bit
    7. Knit a blanket
    8. Learn to ride a bike
    9. Build a crib
    10. Watch a hockey game
    11. Watch any game
    12. Play with my hair
    13. Dye my hair
    14. Go grocery shopping
    15. Learn to crochet
    16. Do 50 jumping jacks
    17. Drive cross country
    18. Take a bubble bath
    19. Squeeze lemons for lemonade
    20. Sell the lemonade
    21. Make heart-shaped ice cubes
    22. Moisturize my knees
    23. Paint my nails
    24. Find the cure for cancer
    25. Run a marathon
    26. Just kidding, run down the hall
    27. Squat my bodyweight
    28. Eat my bodyweight in French fries
    29. Hibernate until Christmas
    30. Cuddle my body pillow (unless you have a boo)
    31. Think about all the work I’m not doing
    32. Wash my bed sheets
    33. Vacuum my apartment
    34. Play mini golf
    35. Go swimming
    36. Tan in this Texas heat
    37. Sing like I’m about to win American Idol
    38. Blow up balloons
    39. Pop the balloons
    40. Make lists
    41. Write an Odyssey article
    42. Pet a puppy
    43. Adopt a puppy
    44. Pay my rent
    45. Order a pizza
    46. Start a garden
    47. Cook a turkey
    48. Find new music
    49. Clean my waffle iron
    50. Learn to make jam
    51. Jam to music
    52. Play scrabble
    53. Volunteer anywhere
    54. Celebrate a birthday
    55. Watch a makeup tutorial I’ll never use
    56. Go through old pictures on my phone
    57. Make a playlist
    58. Take a shower
    59. Clean my room
    60. Curl my hair
    61. Climb a rock wall
    62. Get a massage
    63. Play with Snapchat filters
    64. Roast a chicken
    65. Go fishing
    66. Chug some Snapple
    67. Ride in a cart around Walmart
    68. Count the days until the semester is over
    69. Overthink about my future
    70. Think of my future baby’s names
    71. Pin everything on Pinterest
    72. Text anybody
    73. Pray about life
    74. Watch a sunset
    75. Watch a sunrise
    76. Have a picnic
    77. Read a book (that’s not for school)
    78. Go to a bakery
    79. Snuggle a bunny
    80. Clean my apartment
    81. Wash my dishes
    82. Rearrange my furniture
    83. Physically run away from my problems
    84. Make some meatballs
    85. Learn to make bread
    86. Google myself
    87. Ride a Ferris wheel
    88. Get stuck on a Ferris wheel (that way, it’s not my fault I’m not studying)
    89. Wash my car
    90. Get on a plane to Neverland
    91. Find Narnia in my closet
    92. Jump on a trampoline
    93. Learn to ice skate
    94. Go rollerblading
    95. Ride a rollercoaster
    96. Carve a pumpkin
    97. Restore water in a third world country
    98. FaceTime my family
    99. Hug my mom
    100. Tell my friends I love them

    The Basics Of The United Nations

    As the General Assembly convenes, here is the United Nations 101


    For an organization that literally unites the nations, it amazes me how little is taught about the United Nations in schools, or at least where I went to school. It wasn't until I went to college and got a higher education that I learned the basics of the United Nations. I believe that every American should know at least the basics of what the United Nations does, especially since our country is one of the 5 permanent members. So here are the main "organs" of the United Nations.

    Keep Reading... Show less
    Student Life

    Wine Wednesdays!

    How to get through the best Hump Day get together.


    What would Wine Wednesdays be without wine? Grab a bottle of red and a bottle of white so that you have some variety. If you feel like splurging, get a bottle of Rosé too.

    Keep Reading... Show less

    Subscribe to Our Newsletter

    Facebook Comments