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Summer Bucket List

ONeal Bucket List Pic within BlogWe all have some sort of life bucket list. Maybe it includes reading through a list of your iconic books or exploring exotic lands. Whatever’s on your list, summer is the perfect time of year to start checking things off — and maybe even adding a few to it. Here are some fun activities that should definitely be on your bucket list this summer.

Have a picnic

As one of the most iconic summer activities you can do, a picnic is the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors. Pack your favorite snacks and refreshments and head over to the Furman campus to lounge by the lake. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, hike to a waterfall for a refreshing backdrop. Or, if you’re pressed for time, set up a picnic in your own backyard. The most important things you need to make your picnic a success are good food and great company.

Hike the state parks

Here in the Upstate, there are plenty of places where you can completely unplug and immerse yourself in nature. From Paris Mountain State Park and Table Rock to the less intimidating Lake Conestee Nature Park, there are dozens of trails for you to explore. If you’re interested in something a bit more leisurely, consider strolling along the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville or the Cottonwood Trail in Spartanburg.

Swim in a lake

Once the temperatures start to rise, you’ll definitely need a place to cool off. And while our community pool is wonderful for that, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as jumping into a lake. Check out Table Rock’s swimming area or make the trek up to Sliding Rock in Pisgah Forest. You also can’t go wrong with packing up some kayaks and heading over to Lake Keowee or Lake Hartwell.

Go to a drive-in movie

Take a trip down memory lane by stopping by one of the very rare drive-in movie theatres nearby. There’s one in Greenwood, South Carolina or Shelby and Kings Mountain, North Carolina if you’re willing to make the drive. You can also just stop by the final Moonlight Movies event on July 27 at the Greer City Park Amphitheater. If you don’t feel like leaving the house, set up a projector in your backyard and cuddle on the grass with lots of blankets and pillows.

Watch the eclipse

By now, you’ve probably heard that a rare solar eclipse is happening on Monday, August 21. Thankfully for Greer residents, you don’t have to go anywhere to witness it — it’s path will cross right through our area! Here’s a list of communities within the state that are hosting special events for the eclipse. And here’s everything you need to know about it.

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