Eliminate Summer Boredom with New Adventures

You don’t need to travel abroad to Madagascar to have an adventure this summer. Photo: Molly Jacoby

School is almost over, and nearly every student is excited for summer break. Some students plan to travel abroad, get internships or jobs, go to a camp or spend time with their families. However, most people have weeks without any of these exciting activities planned. If you get bored of NetFlix marathons or sitting by the pool, here are a few ideas to add some excitement to your stay-cation:

  1. Visit colleges! Unless you’re a senior, touring some different campuses can be very helpful to manage your list of potential colleges. This activity can be done at home in Atlanta or while you’re out of town, especially if you’re visiting another city or region. Even if you don’t see yourself ever attending a college, visiting may change your mind or reveal things you want to look for in future visits. Georgia Tech, Emory and University of Georgia are all just a quick drive away.
  2. Take a day trip: There are plenty of parks, trendy towns and attractions close by. Grab some friends and check out the food, shopping and activities that cities like Nashville, Asheville, Athens, Charlotte and Savannah have to offer. If you want to stay in the area, consider visiting Stone Mountain, Six Flags or the Atlanta Zoo.
  3. Chill on the Atlanta BeltLine: There are plenty of things to see and do on the BeltLine throughout the day. Besides walking, running or skating, you can also set up a picnic with friends, people-watch or try busking if you sing or play an instrument.
  4. Set up a scavenger hunt with some friends: You can play downtown, in Buckhead or even in a small neighborhood. Things to look for could include metal plates on roads, streets that contain “Peachtree” in them, high-rises, Chik-Fil-A’s or interesting dogs.
  5. Pick up a new skill: Summer could be a perfect time to learn some self-defense, build something or finally learn how to juggle.
  6. Make some quick cash by having a garage sale or babysitting.
  7. Knock out service hours: Volunteer at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, shelters or even join a build for Habitat for Humanity.
  8. Go to a concert: Lots of big artists will be playing in Atlanta this summer. Don’t miss Luke Bryan (June 16), the Vans Warped Tour (June 29), Metallica (July 9), Blondie and Garbage (Aug. 6), John Mayer (Aug. 10) and J. Cole (Aug. 11).
  9. Check out the local music scene: Plenty of up-and-coming bands of all genres are playing at bars nearby. Spend an evening at Smith’s Olde Bar, The Vinyl, The Tabernacle, The Masquerade or Eddie’s Attic and support local artists.
  10. Attend festivals: There’s always something to do at Atlanta festivals, and they’re not hard to find. Mark your calendar for the Decatur Arts Festival (May 26-28), Atlanta Jazz Festival (May 27-29), Virginia Highland Summerfest (June 3-4) and many more.