Summer is winding down. Here, we list six quintessential experiences to squeeze into your summer bucket list before the season slips away.
The days are slowly getting shorter, back-to-school commercials are invading our TVs, and we’re beginning to think about those things that we meant to do this summer but haven’t gotten to yet. It’s not too late! Here, we highlight six summer things to do in Opal resort destinations before summer 2017 finally takes its last breath.
Eat a Lobster in the Rough at Stewman’s Lobster Pound [Bar Harbor, ME]
If you want an authentic Maine lobster – we’re talking the real deal – look no further than this classic lobster pound overlooking Frenchman Bay. With indoor and outdoor seating on two floors, it’s a local favorite, not just for the fresh dishes but also for the picturesque views of the classic bay peppered with small islands that the seating affords. The go-to order for many is The Downeast Lobster Experience: clam chowder, a 20-ounce steamed Maine lobster, mussels, buttered sweet corn and potatoes, and finally, homemade blueberry pie for dessert. You’ll be kicking yourself come the middle of winter if you don’t make it here before the summer expires.
Take a Stroll to the End of the Rockland Breakwater [Rockport, ME]
Neighboring Samoset Resort, the jutting Rockland Breakwater stretches almost a mile out into the Atlantic Ocean, and while it was built for practical purposes, it’s known to locals and tourists as a one-of-a-kind phenomenon that offers a sailor’s view of the Rockport coast. Watch your step – the breakwater is made out of granite, but it splits in places and isn’t a perfectly smooth path. It’ll surprise you how long this memorable walk feels because there’s nothing between you and the lighthouse at the end of the breakwater – except water to your left and water to your right.
See a Couple of Drive-In Movies in Ruskin [Ruskin, FL]
Located 30 miles southeast of Treasure Island, Ruskin Family Drive-In is a throwback to another era – not just the drive-in movie part, or the clean, family-friendly environment, but the price, too. Admission is just $6 per person (kids ages 5 to 8 are only $1!), and that covers not one but two movies – a far cry from the paycheck-eating theaters we’ve become used to. These aren’t old movies, either: they’re first-run, just like any other movie theater, though they tend to be a little more family-focused. There’s a snack bar with all the movie staples: popcorn, candy, nachos, and even dinner foods like hot dogs, burgers, and pizza. Get there early – as you might imagine, space fills up quickly.
Take a Hike…Without Tech [Lake Placid, NY]
The trendy mental health mantra of “put down the phone” doesn’t always seem realistic. However, summer affords a chance to disconnect a little bit, so why not do it while on a hike in Lake Placid? Fully experience the 4,098-foot Cascade Mountain and leave your phones at the base (though, it’d be wise for one member of your group to bring theirs along for emergencies). The five-mile hike, while not too difficult, offers enough of a challenge to qualify as a workout, and its summit gives you views of most of the other High Peaks, Lake Placid, and on the right days, Lake Champlain.
See a Sunset in Mallory Square in Key West [Key West, FL]
You’ve seen sunsets before, but not like this. The Mallory Square Sunset Celebration is a nightly, almost religious experience that attracts tourists from all over the globe. Food vendors, artists, musicians, clowns (and other unique performers) serve and entertain the crowd each night, starting two hours before sunset. Bells and whistles aside, the main draw is and always will be the sunset itself, which features a dramatic, awe-inspiring blend of blues, purples, reds, and oranges.
Host a Beach Olympics on Lake George [Lake George, NY]
With enveloping views of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains, Million Dollar Beach (located at the southernmost tip of Lake George) is the perfect site to organize your very own “beach Olympics.” Grab some friends, split up into a couple of teams, and bring your lawn games of choice, like cornhole, Kan Jam, washers, Spikeball, and bocce ball (there’s a volleyball court there, too). Tensions may run high at times, and the “athletes” may want to break for a meal. Luckily, the beach is well-equipped with picnic tables and grills (in addition to showers and changing rooms, for when the festivities are over.)