Have a drink outside
The weather is gorgeous, the drinks are cool, and there’s nothing quite like that cold beer at a barbecue. Or, go for the tropical cocktail -- summer is the only reasonable time to drink piñas -- especially if you’re on the beach.
Go tubing / rafting
A cooler of sandwiches, a bag of beer tied off the side to cool in the water, and a lazy drift down a few miles of river? Brother, that is heaven. Do the right thing and pack every bit of trash out with you, unless you want bad karma.
Host an all-day BBQ
No rush, just some low and slow meat, plenty of snacks along the way, a game of volleyball, lots of laughs in the sun. This is the way barbecue food was meant to be enjoyed.
Try and fail to get a beach bod
It’s a ritual of the summer: try, fail, and then *gasp* go to the beach anyway. You look great.
“Enjoy” a music festival
If you can overlook obnoxious teens dancing to blaring music in the blistering heat, the vibe can usually be pretty cool. Just be sure to pack in plenty of water and sunscreen unless you want to look like a well-cooked lizard by the end of the day.