As summer (and hopefully warm weather) approaches, students love to take advantage of the sun, filling the Main Green with picnic blankets and wearing sundresses and shorts. Here are some of my favorite warm weather activities for once the rain finally stops. In addition, these are all great stress relievers during reading period and finals week.
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Have a picnic
Whether it’s on the Main Green or at the beautiful India Point Park, having a picnic is the ultimate summer activity. Bring some blue room sandwiches (or buy some charcuterie from Whole Foods if you’re feeling fancy) and invite your friends to a relaxing picnic.
Eat ice cream
One of my favorite ways to take advantage of the outdoors is walking to get ice cream. Whether it’s frozen yogurt on Thayer or yummy dairy-free ice cream from Like No Udder, getting ice cream with friends is always a nice treat. If you are feeling extra healthy, walking to get a smoothie is a nice alternative (smoothies at Wildflour and Amy’s are the best)!
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Go for a run
Take advantage of the sun and have an enjoyable workout by going for a run. My favorite places to run are along Blackstone Boulevard and the East Bay Bike Path.
Go for a hike
If you have the time, taking a hike is an especially nice way to enjoy the beautiful weather. Lincoln Woods State Park and Roger Williams Park have particularly beautiful trails.
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Go for a bike ride
Biking with friends can be relaxing and fun, especially if you use the Uber Jump bikes (parked throughout Providence) that have motors so your legs won’t get sore. The East Bay Bike path offers a smooth, paved path, beautiful views, and a long distance (over 14 miles, but you can turn around at any point) to enjoy the outdoors.
While the end of the semester is undoubtedly busy, I highly recommend you take the time to enjoy the gorgeous weather!