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posted on September 26th, 2016

Summer may be just one all-too-short season, but it’s also a state of mind. Even if the days have begun to shorten and cool, all you need to create your own Indian summer is an artfully carefree schedule and the right mindset. Read on for our favorite activities to make fall the new summer.

Mini golf

Everyone’s favorite first date, mini golf is arguably even better when you’re not sweltering in summer’s heat. Grab your significant other (or, you know, message the guy/gal you’ve been eyeing on Hinge), a light sweater, and head out to conquer the famous windmill shot.

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Camping

Setting up camp and hiking through fresh fall foliage is an ideal way to transition between seasons. Head to a seaside campsite and let the salty air transport you back to the heart of summer, or enjoy the slowly changing colors in the mountains for the best of both seasons.

Beach bonfires

There’s nothing quite like roasting marshmallows over a bonfire while burrowing your toes in the sand. Beach bonfires are even cozier when you’re wrapped in a blanket, so don’t let the end of summer be the end of your beach-going days.

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Lake picnic

Packing a picnic and whiling away the day by the water is arguably one of the most carefree, and hence, quintessentially summery ways to spend the day. Throw in a good book with your baguette and brie, then drive, walk, or bike to your nearest lake to make the most of the still plentiful sunshine.

Rosé on a rooftop bar

Ah, a cool glass of rosé under the summer stars. Lucky for us, rooftop bar season is not yet over, and the sunsets and stars are just as beautiful in fall as summer. We’d bet you’ll enjoy that rosé — or even gin and tonic if you’re feeling wild — just as much now as you did in those halcyon June days.

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Outdoor theatre/concert

Most outdoor venues have event schedules extending well past August. From local theater in your neighborhood park to big-name concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, a little looking is all it takes to find an outdoor venue near you that’s just begging you to grab a six-pack and a lawn chair, and kick back for a performance.

Kayak and SUP

Being active outdoors is one of the best parts of summer — and it doesn’t have to end just because the calendar claims the seasons are changing. Whether you’re near the ocean, a river, or lake, renting a kayak or stand-up paddleboard is an ideal way to get some outdoorsy exercise that’s way more fun than hitting the gym.

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Farmer’s market

As fun as it is to pick your own berries, fresh produce is actually even better in fall. After your Sunday morning brunch, scope out your local market to scoop up some crisp apples, fresh figs, and tasty persimmons.

Virginia is equally enamored with words and globetrotting. Whenever possible, she likes to combine the two through travel writing to help other wanderers discover and fall in love with the world.