June 21st officially marks the first day of summer, also known as the Summer Solstice. On this day, we’ll experience the most amount of sunlight — making it the longest day of the year. And if you ask us, there’s no better way to celebrate than by spending time outside in nature. Today on the Vibrant Health blog, we’re sharing five outdoor activities to do on the Summer Solstice in order to ring in the new season.
5 Outdoor Activities to Do on the Summer Solstice
1. Try a Walking Meditation or Outdoor Yoga Class
2. Host an Outdoor Dinner Party
3. Get Crafty in Nature
4. Embrace the Water
5. Go Picking for Strawberries
Try a Walking Meditation or Outdoor Yoga Class
Shake things up by bringing your yoga and meditation practice outside! Find a shaded spot under a tree to spend some time reflecting on your intentions with a guided Summer Solstice Meditation like this one from Insight Timer. Feel free to take your yoga practice to the beach or your own backyard, or browse outdoor classes at studios near you if you prefer a group setting!
Host an Outdoor Dinner Party
Gather your best friends and family together for an outdoor Solstice Dinner Party. Bust out the twinkly lights, set the table with pretty flower vases, and pop on your favorite summer playlist! You can have everyone bring their favorite summer dish as you gather around the table to ring in the new season. For dessert, opt for one of these healthy summers treats to keep you cool — and satisfy your sweet tooth!
Get Crafty in Nature
Spend some time on the Summer Solstice to tap into your creative side — letting nature be your inspiration! Perhaps you can journal on a hammock, paint “en plein air” (outdoors) as you soak up the beauty of the sunset, sunrise, or colorful flowers in your garden, or even try making some DIY floral arrangements and flower crowns (perfect for your dinner party guests).
Embrace the Water
There’s nothing like being by the water when it comes to summer in New England! Kick things off on the Summer Solstice by heading to a local beach or lake for some outdoor water sports. Take a dip in the water for a swim, go kayaking or try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding. Many places in New England offer seasonal boat rentals you can rent by the hour or day as well!
Go Picking for Strawberries
Late June marks the start of strawberry season in New England. Literally, get a taste of the season by heading to a local farm to pick berries. Use this handy U-Pick Farm Locator to browse farms in your area based on your produce preference!
Looking for more summer fun? Here are 6 New England day trips to take this season!