The official start of summer is almost here, but if your excitement hits a plateau thinking about the same old summer activities, you’ve come to the right place. If trips to the public pool, humdrum cookouts, and run-of-the-mill workouts have you bummed about summertime, check out these alternative warm-weather activities that will have you and your family waking up excited every day from now until September!

1. Ditch the pool, and find your oasis close to home. While a day at the pool sounds relaxing in theory, it can quickly turn into a nightmare. Getting the kids up, dressed, slathered in sunscreen, and in the car, only to run into half of your town at the pool can be a drag. You were dreaming about laying by the water and working on your tan or the latest New York Times bestseller, but Susan from two streets over is talking your ear off instead. What a drag. This summer, do some research to find a new watering hole. Splash time doesn’t have to happen at the pool. Even if you can’t make it to the ocean, there is guaranteed to be a nearby lake, waterfall, stream, or hidden gem within a day’s drive. Pack up the family for a day exploring the outdoors, cooling off by the water, and enjoying a picnic lunch as a family. You won’t regret it.

2. Revamp the cookout by creating your own Olympic stadium. Your backyard just became the site of the 2017 Olympic Games. Before the burgers hit the grill, invite your friends and their kids over for some creative outdoor fun. Pool noodle obstacle course, tug-of-war, 50-yard dash — you name it, and it can be converted into a family-friendly event everyone will love. Take it up a notch by purchasing gold medals for the winners!

3. Elevate that summer workout by hitting the trails! If you’re a maven of fitness who has already conquered your neighborhood 5 and 10Ks, take things to the next level with ultra-running. Better for your joints because you’re not running on the pavement, ultra-running tackles long distances on unusual terrain. You’ll sweat your way to that summer body, and your boredom will evaporate with the gorgeous scenery that replaces your view from the treadmill.

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