7 South Jersey Start-of-Summer EssentialsLast Edited: May 26, 2018 3:29 PM
Summer's just around the corner, and that means kicking back, relaxing and spending days lounging around doing absolutely nothing. This lasts for all of a single weekend, after which the quietude gives way to boredom and prompts everyone to look up something to do at the last minute.
Don't be that person. Here are seven ways to start off your summer the right way.
7. THE BOARDWALK
It might not seem like a great idea to visit one of South Jersey's beaches before the ocean warms up enough to swim in, but most of the Boardwalk shops are open for business by the end of May and you'll beat the rush of tourists that swarms the coastline every summer.
6. CONCERTS, CONCERTS, CONCERTS
93.3 WMMR's yearly MMR*B*Q may have come and gone, but with the Foo Fighters, Weezer, Kesha, Macklemore and New Jersey native Charlie Puth all coming to the BB&T Pavilion in Camden this July, there's guaranteed to be a musical act for everyone.
5. GO FLY A KITE
If you're a fan of windy days, check out North America's largest kite exhibition. The 32nd Wildwoods International Kite Festival opens on Friday, May 25, at noon and runs through Memorial Day weekend. Head down to the strip of beach off Rio Grande Avenue to see a colorful fleet of kites take to the air.
4. GET CULTURED
Culture festivals are an excellent excuse to get intimately familiar with the brewing industry. Haddonfield's 2018 Biergarten, sponsored by the Haddonfield Rotary Club and catered by Brauhaus Schmitz, promises an "authentic German dinner" and plenty of beer.
3. SUPPORT THE LOCALS
Farmers markets are an institution in the Garden State, and Collingswood hosts one every Saturday morning during the summer. If fresh produce isn't your thing, head down to the May Fair on the 26th and give some love to South Jersey artists and musicians.
2. PARTY LIKE AN UNDERGRAD
After last year's edition proved a hit with Rowan University students, Glassboro's second annual Summer Fest returns to the campus on June 7. With live entertainment, craft beer and food trucks aplenty, every Thursday night in June and July is a block party at Glassboro Town Square.
1. GET LOST IN THE WOODS
South Jersey is home to dozens of hiking trails, with Wharton State Forest's among the best. The easy four-mile Batsto Lake Trail is perfect for explorers just getting their feet, while the 50-mile-long Batona Trail takes hikers on a three-day nature trek through the Pine Barrens.
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