There is less than a week and a half of summer left, and it's officially time to panic. If the pumpkin-flavored everything and Halloween decorations in Walmart aren't obvious enough, fall is almost here. Admittedly, this is not as troubling for South Floridians as it is for the rest of the country, but the end of summer still bums us out.
The only thing we can do about the summer coming to an end next week is get out and enjoy some of the things that just won't be the same once the holiday season is in full force. Here is a list of activities you should consider doing before September 22 arrives.
10. Grab some ice cream and take a stroll on the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk.
The Hollywood Broadwalk isn't going anywhere, but your last chance to feel optimal sun on your back as you walk in your ocean-drenched board shorts is fast approaching. There is a different feel going to the beach in summer, and Hollywood Beach itself is unique during that time. Take one last shot at grabbing some food truck grub or some ice cream on the beach and take in the sights and sounds of summer before it's gone.
9. Grab a drink and enjoy the ocean views at Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails.
In South Florida, you can always have an adult beverage and take in a beautiful view — those opportunities aren't in short supply — but with the summer dwindling away, now is the time to check in on some of South Florida's most beautiful spots. Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails sits firmly inside the category of outrageously picturesque places in Broward. If you're going to toast it up for the summer with one last drink, this is the place to do it.
8. Catch some Pokémon in the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea courtyard.
What better time to enjoy a game that's meant to be played outside? Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is one of the best beaches in South Florida, and the crown gem that makes it such a tremendous place to visit is the outdoor courtyard that sits just steps from the beach. Take this opportunity to grab those last rays of sunshine while playing your favorite time-killing app.
7. Take a jog along Deerfield Beach.
There are few things better than a light summer jog along the beach. It just feels so good to hear the waves crashing, feel the ocean mist spray across your face, and take the sun in while you're running off yesterday's day-drinking-by-the-pool regrets. Deerfield Beach had the perfect setup if all this sound good to you. It's a less-populated beach with amazingly well taken care of grounds.
The boardwalk is just long enough so that you can circle around and head back from whence you came without passing the same people twenty times. Summer is almost over; take a jog on the beach before it's too late.
6. Take a dip in the W Fort Lauderdale Hotel pool.
If you're going to make a list about things people need to get out and do before the summer ends, you have to include swimming at some point. This isn't just any place to swim, though — this is the place to go for a dip in Broward. The W Fort Lauderdale Hotel pool was voted the New Times Best Pool of the Year for a reason. It's basically a small piece of heaven.
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This is the place you go to spend way too much on a tropical drink, order an appetizer you'd otherwise never contemplate eating, and live it up like a celebrity for a day. You can be Ronaldo or Taylor Swift for a good eight hours here (at least in your mind, anyway).
5. Go fishing at the Pompano Beach pier.
Fishing and summertime go hand in hand, and there are few better places to enjoy both than the fishing pier on Pompano Beach. Following some of the storms South Florida had over a decade ago, the city of Pompano Beach put quite a bit of money into remodeling and refurbishing the pier. The layout is extra-easy to get your fishing in, and if you have no supplies, the pier will rent you a pole that comes with a bucket and bait all for under twenty bucks.
4. Grab some coffee, lie out, and watch boats go by at the Hillsboro Inlet.
One of the most peaceful places in South Florida sits just outside Lighthouse Point in a place most will tend to overlook. The famous lighthouse that sits at the Hillsboro Inlet is the perfect place to soak in some of the last rays of sunshine summer has to offer while sipping on some coffee. The rocks that line the south side of the Inlet are a wonderful place to sit and relax as you watch the boats glide by.
3. Watch the sunset at Dania Beach.
Dania Beach is another underrated South Florida spot that makes for the perfect location to take in the last moments of summer. The beach is private and secluded, which may be the reason it's overlooked so often. Most tend to go to Hollywood or Fort Lauderdale beach instead, but Dania Beach offers postcard-perfect views of the sunset. There is something to be said for taking your face out of your phone for a minute so you can enjoy the last moments of the most beautiful time in South Florida.
2. Have one last beach party at Fort Lauderdale Beach.
Inviting twenty of your closest friends to get drunk on the beach and play some volleyball just doesn't seem like as much fun in October. Take advantage and throw a Last Days of Summer beach party on Fort Lauderdale Beach like you used to in high school before classes started. Hell, make it a family affair and tell everyone to bring the kids. Start up the grill and throw some meat on the flames. Be a walking human summer commercial; it's almost over!
1. Get lit at Bahia Cabana Beach Resort on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
This is the sort of pool where you double fist Coronas (see above) and dance to electronic music. Is that the sort of thing you can picture doing in November? When is the last time you got invited to a Thanksgiving pool party? You've got until next week to get your pool party on, and Bahia Cabana Beach Resort is just about the best place to get wild.
With the final days of summer winding down, your goal should be to soak up some of those prime sunshine rays, spend some time outdoors, eat some great food, and toast it up to another successful summer. The snow tires aren't exactly coming out next week, but things just won't be the same.