With summer packing up its bags and fall knocking on the door…it’s safe to say lazy hot days will soon be a thing of the past. With a few weeks of hot, sticky weather left it’s time to fill your summer bucket list with these 12 things you MUST do on a hot summer day in North Carolina.
1. Beat the heat! Wake up early and take a walk on a gorgeous trail.
North Carolina has an abundancy of parks, trails, and greenways. Pick one closest to you for a sunrise stroll.
2. Make a fruit-filled breakfast from farmers market goodies.
You can find so much fresh, seasonal fruit at a local farmers market. Nothing beats a sweet breakfast on a hot day. Don't forget to grab something for lunch too!
3. Work in the garden before it gets too hot!
Make the most of what is left of the morning with watering the plants, picking some flowers, and cultivating your garden.
4. Cool off with a sweet tea.
You've had a productive morning! Now it's time to relax with a cold glass of sweet tea.
5. Time for lunch.
Using fresh tomatoes from the Farmers Market, nothing beats a BLT on a hot summer day. My personal favorite is skipping the bacon and putting fat, juicy tomato slices between bread with mayo and cracked sea salt. Yum!
6. Take a dip!
By early to mid afternoon it's basically too hot to do anything. That's why spending the rest of the afternoon at a pool is a relaxing way to spend the rest of your day.
7. Or find some adventure...
Hike to a swimming hole or use one of my guides to find the perfect one for you. There's nothing like cool mountain water on a hot summer day.
8. Have a popsicle party!
If the pool, swimming hole, or beach is not an option host your own popsicle party! Set up some sprinklers in the backyard and invite the neighborhood for a fun-filled day. If you have children, they'll love having their friends over and you'll love the break to hang out with the other moms.
9. Fire up the grill!
As it starts to cool off in the late afternoon fire up the grill and have a delicious family dinner.
10. But finish dinner early because it's time for a sunset walk!
Take in the ridiculous beauty of our state by enjoying a Carolina sunset.
11. It's time for relaxing!
Have a few sweet teas, or a few spirits on the front porch with friends and family. Nothing like enjoying the sounds of a North Carolina night with some rocking chair relaxation.
12. Time to party...you've earned it!
What an event filled day. End the night with some awesome live music at a nearby bar.
Sounds like the perfect hot summer day to me! What are your favorite things to do on a hot summer day? Tell us in the comments below!