Labor Day Activities
Loads of Last Summer Fun
Quick, cram in all the Labor Day activities you can. It's the last hurrah of summer, and we have cool ideas for activities that take some of the sting out of saying farewell to the sunny season. Actually, for some of us the summer zoomed by so quickly that these jaunts are the "firsts" of the summer rather than the "lasts."
Whichever it is for you, pack up the car with good food and great family and/or friends, and take off for any or all of these destinations. And if this plethora of Labor Day activities leaves you with time to cram in still more fun, check out our Memorial Day activities and 4th of July activities.
Amusement park. Screams, ice cream, cotton candy...they delightfully transport you back to the simpler days of childhood. Of all the Labor Day activities, this one lets you celebrate the holiday with the best ride of them all: the roller coaster.
The best thing about a roller coaster isn't the fabulous thrill, no, it's the ability to still ride it when you're old and everything else makes you nauseous! Spinning is bad...very, very bad.
For those aficionados who want to experience the best of the best, here are the top 10 theme parks in the world, according to the readers of Coaster Grotto. The ranking order changes time to time, but they can be counted on for a thrilling time year after year!
- Cedar Point, Ohio, United States
- Islands of Adventure, Florida, United States
- Europa-Park, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
- Six Flags Magic Mountain, California, United States
- Holiday World, Indiana, United States
- Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
- Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire, United Kingdom
- PortAventura, Tarragona, Spain
- Knoebels, Pennsylvania, United States (been there, it's great; like stepping back in time, but with really good rides)
- Alton Towers, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Beach weekend. For this last beach jaunt of the season, you may want to fill a tiny jar with sand to carry you through the dark winter days. The end-of-summer sales are a great incentive to visit the beach, too. Labor Day activities like this one are a golden opportunity to stock up on all of your beach supplies for next year:
- paddle ball (and a bag of extra balls—they're so little you lose them)
- rash guards
- sun hats
- bathing suits
- beach towels
- boogie boards
- skim boards
Baseball game. Root for your team at one of the last games of the season. Soda, hot dogs, a beer for the big guy, and you're in the groove. For some fans that may be near impossible to do live, as all of the games may be sold out.
But, you could go to another city to see your favorite team. Or gather a group to watch on your—or your neighbor's—big screen with popcorn and beer on hand. Or, how about trying out the minor leagues? They're especially fun with kids what with all of the contests and fun activities each inning. This is the kind of Labor Day activity that creates memories to be shared years down the line.
Drive-in theater. That is, if you can still find one in existence in your area. Boy, I remember a carload of us kids going to the drive-in for a dollar, but I digress. If you're lucky enough to have one near you, you know what to do. If you don't, do what our neighbor does: make one in your own backyard for your next Labor Day party. Check out Backyard Theater for the details and enjoy.
Outdoor concert. The kind where the whole group of you sit in the cheap seats on the grass behind the real seating. You lucky folks get the music and the stars.
Most communities have these types of concerts. Take your beach or camping chairs or a sheet (lighter than a blanket or a quilt), as well as a couple of big throw pillows. Those pillows are great to have when the ground starts getting hard. Pack a backpack with drinks and snacks. Look for your neighbors and catch up on the gossip between sets.
Picnic by a lake. A body of water makes everything more special. Of the possibilities for Labor Day activities, this has got to be the quintessential one. Can't you just picture an entire weekend getaway? The lake, the dock, the fireworks you watch from the dock over the lake. A late afternoon swim, the last one of the summer. You spread out your blanket and unpack your summery foods: fried chicken, potato salad, and mixed fruit (lucky you, recipes can be found on our Memorial Day Menu and 4th of July Food pages). Pour your lemonade, eat and sigh, eat and sigh.
Mountain cabin. During the day, hike through the woods. At night, roast marshmallows over an open fire. This Labor Day activity is such a blissful balance between healthy and sugary.
And it's so much fun to sit around the fire telling stories of summers past. Who braved the cold water at the beach in June. Who saw the best fireworks over the 4th. Who learned to surf in August. You get the picture. If you want to go all out, have little certificates, ribbons, or trophies for everyone with their summer accomplishments printed on them.
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