Things to do during summer 2021

By Angelica Melara

With the school year rapidly coming to an end and summer quickly approaching, people have started thinking about things to do this summer. The CDC has issued a statement saying that once people have gotten both vaccines, they can be outside in groups without masks. This changes how we will be able to hang out with friends this summer vs. last summer. 

If you’re looking for fun things to do with your friends this summer, here are a couple of suggestions to make this summer the best it can be. 

1. Go to an amusement park

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The sound of roller coasters whooshing on the tracks as you walk past them in any amusement park is something thrilling. Yes, waiting in line might not be the most fun thing to do, but getting to go on a roller coaster and having the thrilling feeling of adrenaline rushing through your body is something that people should be experiencing. 

“This past year has been so not entertaining,” says Brianna Fitzgerald, a junior at SUNY Plattsburgh. “Since it’s been so boring and no one’s really feeling any type of excitement, I think going on a couple roller coasters will do everyone some good.”

2. Go to the beach

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If you’re looking for something a bit more relaxing than roller coasters, maybe the beach is the way to go. It’s a great way to get your Vitamin D and is perfect for having a laid-back day with your friends and family. 

“Going to the beach is my favorite thing to do,” says Sarah Cook, a sophomore at SUNY Plattsburgh. “I like just kind of laying on the beach with my friends and hearing everything around me. Just don’t forget your sunscreen. No one wants to be a lobster this summer.”

3. Rent out some jet skis

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Jet skis are a bit on the pricier side of things to do this summer, but if you have some extra cash to spare, it might be the type of adventure you’re looking for.

 “If you’re looking for something kind of thrilling to do and semi-easy to learn, jet skis might be the way to go,” says James Meigel, a junior at Vaughn College. “Learning how to drive a jet ski is no easy task, but once you get the hang of it, it’s so much fun.”

4. Go on a camping trip

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After having been stuck indoors for such a long time, you might’ve forgotten how important it is to spend time in nature. 

Taking a two day, one night camping trip might be exactly what you need to get away from the technology we’ve been kind of forced to be around this past year. 

“I am already planning my camping trip with my friends,” says Gina Martinez, a freshman at Stony Brook College. “I can’t wait to just spend time outside with my friends, and kind of disconnect with the world for a bit, and I hope other people give camping a try because it’s super relaxing.”

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