Social Distance Friendly Summertime Activities

by Elisabeth Kleppinger
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As the United States starts to open up, we seem to be in an ‘enter at your own risk’ kind of situation. For those of you in areas where businesses are still closed or you don’t feel safe resuming all normal activities, there are plenty of social distance friendly summertime activities. The way we live our whole lives has changed entirely. I know I miss seeing and hanging out with my friends and family members. Of course, we have Facetime, Zoom, and social media which we should be forever grateful for continuing our communication through tough times, but digital communication only goes so far.

It is time to think of new and creative ways to adhere to the social distance without being socially distant towards your friends or family. Here are seven  social distance appropriate activities for summertime that you can use with your friends or for dates. 

Picnic in the Park 

The weather is starting to approach summer, so why not take advantage of spending time outside? This is an amazing date idea since you can enjoy being outside and it is kind of romantic. Super fun and affordable, too. All you have to do is pick a nice location and bring a blanket, and either make snacks at home or pick up takeout on your way. This is also a great way to enjoy lunch in the park with friends. 

Go on a Hike

Various state parks and local hiking trails have stayed open, so take advantage of what is available. Hiking trails or walking paths are a great way for you to get exercise while being social. There are thousands of trails across the United States, so you can explore a new one every time. The app All Trails is super helpful with downloadable maps, so you never get lost on the trails. This has to be one of the easiest social distance friendly activity for summer.

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Bonfire

As the quarantine is being lifted, larger groups are allowed to mingle together. If you are still hesitant about having a bunch of people in your house, having a bonfire is a great idea. Of course, you need to have a firepit, but there are tons of cheap and portable options. There is something so soothing about sitting around a firepit, playing music, and laughing with friends and family. 

Get Takeout and Eat in the Car

This is my personal favorite social distance friendly summertime activities. I like to pick up ice cream and park in an area where I can watch the sunset, so you support local restaurants while getting a change of scenery. Another great option is picking up whatever food you like and parking near a great view, possibly the rooftop of a parking deck or near a body of water to enjoy the art of nature and your community.

Plan an Outdoor Photoshoot

This is a great way to create content for your Instagram and be creative with your peers. You don’t need to be a trained photographer to have fun while doing this: use your iPhone camera, Polaroid, or whatever you have. Take props outside and check out cool locations in your area by stalking geotags on Instagram. Plus, we have been inside in loungewear for so long, this is a perfect opportunity for you to dress up and style new outfits. 

Arts and Crafts

This is such a simple and creative activity. This could be painting on canvases, drawing, or coloring in a coloring book (these are super fun and time consuming). A huge trend for this upcoming summer is beading bracelets, so instead of buying them, buy a starter kit and make them yourself. 

At Home Dates

At home dates don’t have to be boring. Mix it up with board games, movie nights, or cooking a new recipe together. Someone once said, “variety is the spice of life,” so change up your activities every night. Online dating has increased recently so there are still ways to meet someone new.

Our world may have changed to where concerts, summer trips, and eating out are not our norms right now. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t numerous ways to get together and see those that matter to you with these social distance friendly summertime activities. We are social beings, so make sure you still connect. 


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