10 Great Things To Do This Summer Besides Going To The Beach

10 Great Things To Do This Summer Besides Going To The Beach

Because getting sun burnt every summer sucks.

If you're like me, you know that every vacation you go to isn't always the best considering it's mostly to the beach. Now don't get me wrong, the beach is great, but when you are a very pale, very fair-skinned person, it is not as enjoyable as it is for everyone else. Every beach trip ensures salt water, sunburns, and many people comparing my skin to that of a lobster's. Oh and more freckles of course. So if you are as pale as me or if you just don't like the beach and are looking for more exciting things do, then here are ten great things to do besides going to the beach.


There are many great things to do outdoors that don't require you turning into a giant lump of skin cancer. Sitting by a fire, eating s'mores, and/or sitting by a lake is one good way to spend your summer, even if it's just in your backyard. And you can go hiking just about anywhere, especially if you live in the south.

Ice Skating

This one is different, but still tons of fun! It's definitely difficult when you first get on the ice, but it'll be worth it in the end. Oh yeah, and dress warm. It may still be summer, but it is cold in the rink.

Amusement Parks

Most people I know have been to Six Flags or at least one amusement park in their life, but if you haven't you are definitely missing out! Roller coasters, log rides, and more are in store at these places. If you are looking for a thrill, but still want the swimming experience, an amusement park is a great place to go.

Road Trip

Now this is a great vacation to do with your friends if you'd rather not go to the beach. Instead of just going and getting the same beach experience, you can travel cheaply and see many different sights around the country.


Although these are more on the expensive side, you can still enjoy going to the beach with this idea. And instead of going to Panama every year, you can cruise to cool places like the Bahamas and other places around the country.

Concert/Music Festival

Everyone loves music and now that it's summertime, there are plenty of concerts and festivals fast approaching for you to have the best summer of your life. You can go and see all of your favorite bands and meet new people.

Art Museum/Gallery

Now this one may not appeal to most people unless you're artsy-fartsy like me, but there are several places you can go that show amazing art. And you don't have to just go to an art gallery. There are many different kinds of art that you can enjoy. You can go to an art museum, you can go to a ballet, hell you can even go to a sculpting class and get artsy yourself. You may never know if you have an artist residing inside you until you go to one of these places.

Cave Diving

Now I've personally never done this, but it sounds hella fun! You may have to travel a little ways away to find a cave to go diving in, but it is definitely an experience not everyone can say they have done.

Haunted House

You may not know this, but it doesn't have to be Halloween for you to go a haunted house. Get this, there are actual haunted houses around the globe filled with actual ghosts. GASP! I know, I know. You're probably thinking that ghosts aren't real and it would be a waste of time. Well, we don't know that for sure so why don't you go and find out. Plus if you don't see anything, you can at least get a cool history lesson of the place and an excuse to travel.


This trip can bring back memories for sure! Most people have been to at least one of these places as a kid and now going back, it is so much more fun. Now you can really enjoy it and it might bring out your inner kid, which is always fun.

While the beach may be fun, it's only fun for a few hours (at least for me it is). Besides going to the beach every year and calling it a summer, why not spice it up a bit and do a little more. Go to the beach, but also do stuff locally or try things you haven't done before. The summer is only here for a limited amount of time, so make it fun!

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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To The Stressed Out College Student, Be Optimistic For Spring Quarter

I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter.


As a strenuous ten weeks of winter quarter is finally coming to a close, there is no better feeling than to be rewarded with a week of spring break. For most colleges and universities, this period of time is one of excitement and relief, as students approach a summer vacation that begins in May. Yet, for students with schedules revolving around the lovable (and often hatable) quarter system, it feels as though summer is far from our reach.

On a personal note, my previous ten weeks of classes have been bearable at best. I can proudly say that I have been counting down the days until spring break since our winter quarter began in January, though now that the week is finally approaching, I am reminded by the fact that I have yet another ten weeks of school in the near future. Interestingly enough, I have not started the countdown to June 18th quite yet. Instead, I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter that will leave me feeling energized and accomplished as I enter into a fresh summer.

I believe that the spring quarter withholds a sense of refreshment and newfound energy in comparison to that of fall and winter. Though students on the quarter system will end classes later than others, there is something to be said for spending days on campus when the warm weather finally breaks. Time seems to pass faster than it did in the dark and ominous weeks of winter quarter, and everyone seems to have a more positive attitude - as we can all see that vacation is approaching.

To the stressed out college student, be optimistic for spring quarter. Though tests and finals will still be ever-present, the completion of another ten weeks of classes is excellent motivation to achieve success and reward yourself within the coming months.

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