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Summer's Almost Over. Here's How to Wind Down the Season

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A Sweet Send Off

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Man, it seems like summer only just got here! But suddenly, it's mid-August, and everyone's favorite season is on its way back out again. When you only have a short while to enjoy something, taking in every last drop of its goodness is that much sweeter. This special season deserves a bit of a fanfare to mark its exit, don't you think? Here are some of our favorite ways to give summer a sweet send-off… even if that sweetness is tinged with just a hint of bitterness, too.

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Fun Summer Activities to Enjoy in August

Don't despair — it's not over yet! Even as summer comes to a halt, consider adding these fun summer activities to your to-do list. We're using every last hour for summertime fun.

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Host A Movie Night

Host Movie Night… Outside

The weather's still warm and the nights are clear and beautiful, so if you're going to huddle around a screen, you might as well do it outside. Don't worry, you don't have to have too much fancy equipment to pull it off. These days, you can purchase a projector for less than $100, and if you have a plain white wall … bam! You've got a screen. In a pinch, a sheet will also do.

Of course, many RVs also come equipped with outdoor entertainment systems, which can make movie night even easier. Add a campfire and some s’mores to take it up a level. Who said the start of the school year had to mean the official end of summer?

Related: The Top Summer Movies of the Past 25 Years

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Go Fish

No, not the card game … although honestly, that might also work for a fun summer diversion, especially if done outdoors! But if you're near any sort of body of water where fish live and you have the proper licensing, grab your rod and go reel in dinner. There’s nothing as tasty as something you caught and cooked yourself, and soon, Jack Frost might just freeze over your lake and you'll lose your chance. (That is, unless you want to commit to the adventure of ice fishing.)

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Grill It Up

Is there anything that says "summer" quite as clearly as grilling up a delicious meal? Whether it's a casual evening with hot dogs and burgers, healthy fare like grilled veggies, or something more substantial like pork chops or steak, the grill makes everything taste better. (Pro tip: Join up this suggestion with the fish you caught earlier for a blissful summer evening.)

Related: The Grillmaster’s Guide to RV Cooking

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Take a Summer Vacation

Summer travel doesn’t have to come to a swift end as soon as you turn the calendar page from July to August. Even if the kids are back in school, you can likely still sneak away for a quick weekend … or make it into an adults-only adventure and leave your kids in the care of a qualified sitter at home. In fact, we'd argue that late summer can actually be a better time to vacation than high summer. Fewer crowds, potentially lower temperatures, and sometimes better deals on accommodations and touristic attractions await. 

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Summer Weekend Getaways

The best summer vacations aren't always the longest. Here are some of our favorite summer vacation destinations that are the perfect size for a quick weekend getaway.

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Stay at the Local State Park

If you've yet to take advantage of America's state parks system, you're missing out. They really are a total hidden gem, especially for RV campers: many offer generous full-hookup sites at bargain basement prices, and you'll often have a camp host who's happy to help get you oriented and show you around. Best of all, no matter where in the country you call home, there's likely a state park nearby. 

Related: The State Park You Don't Want to Miss in Every State

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Head to the Beach

Want to extend summer just a little bit longer? The best way we know how is to head to the coast, where you can kick back and relax with a novel in one hand and a lemonade — or maybe something stronger — in the other. Meanwhile, Junior will keep himself busy building sandcastles and romping around in the waves… and you can stave off your winter pallor for another week or two.

Related: 50 of the Most Beautiful Beaches in America

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Summer Events for Kids

Let's face it: As awesome as summer is as an adult, it's even more special for the little ones in our lives. In fact, there’s a good argument to be made that memories of getting out of school for the season is the whole reason were still so obsessed with summer. Although the school year is beckoning (and in some cases has already started), there's still some summer fun for kids to enjoy before cooler temperatures return.

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Don't Forget About Disney (And Other Amusement Parks)

Disney World — and other major theme parks, for that matter — have an association with high summer. But even late in the game, they’re still worth a visit … and now that some schools are back in session, it may even be a tick less than crazily crowded. If you can swing a weekend to Disney World in Orlando in late August, September, October, or November, you might even be able to participate in the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. Granted, this culinary adventure is a bit more befitting to mom and dad than the little ones, but hey, there are still plenty of rides and fun exhibits in Epcot!

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Ready For Summer Fun?

As you can see, there are all sorts of ways to give your summer a sweet send-off. And after all, there's no need to be too sad, because it's going to come back again. Meanwhile, you'll have all sorts of exciting activities (and hopefully a destination or two) to keep you occupied during fall and winter. 

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