Remember summer camp—and the endless days of hiking, swimming, campfire fun and s’mores that went along with it?
Summer camp may be for the kids, but it’s easy to enjoy the carefree fun it’s known for. Just take a look at today’s blog for a few of our favorite ideas and destinations to try!
Bouncing on the water
One of the best parts about summer camp as a kid was the fun on the water! The quintessential camp experience features lakefront fun in the way of inflatable slides, trampolines, and other thrills in the water. It’s an easy, laidback way to bounce around and cool off in the process—and you can still do it today!
Water parks such as the brand-new Whoa Zone at Indiana’s Whihala Beach (located on Lake Michigan) provides the whole family with a chance to experience that simple summer pastime. This spot is complete with inflatable slides, obstacle courses, climbing walls, and more. You can even rent a paddle board or kayak to experience the water in an all new way. The best part? Thanks to Whihala Beach’s prime location on Lake Michigan, Whoa Zone is just the start of the fun—you can easily cruise up the coast on your Monterey and continue the adventure.
Looking for a way to kick back on a hot day? Swimming holes in lakes and fresh springs offer families a chance to enjoy the summer months in a more laidback way.
If you find yourself in the Sunshine State of Florida this summer, there are plenty such spots to jump into. Ocala National Forest, for example, keeps a big secret nestled in its woods: the sparkling blue allure of Silver Glen Springs! This tucked-away spot is the perfect place to cool off, in a setting surrounded by lush natural beauty you can’t find just anywhere.
Accommodations under the stars
If you’re going for the true summer camp experience, you’ve got to switch up your accommodations! One natural way to do this is to pitch a tent and go camping under the stars, an overnight plan that invites you to travel light and focus on the natural beauty that surrounds you. Another convenient option, especially for larger parties, is to rent a cabin by the water. At Lake Tahoe, for example, you can rest up after a day of on-the-water fun in a cozy cabin for the whole family—before rolling out of bed to do it all over again the next day!
The classic summer camp treat
Finally, it wouldn’t be a true summer camp experience without at least one campfire (and the delicious roasted treats it can help you cook up). Enjoy hot dogs, beans, and, of course, a big batch of s’mores for a sweet dessert at the end of the night.
If you find yourself on the water for a long stretch of time, you don’t need to go without delicious campfire fare. On board, your galley microwave can offer up its own take on s’mores if you’ve got a hankering for that gooey treat. Just assemble the bottom half of the s’more (the graham cracker and marshmallow) then pop it in the microwave for around 10 seconds, watching as it puffs up. Then, take it out and add the chocolate and top graham cracker—the whole thing will warm up in your hands and provide for an easy makeshift s’more, no matter where you are on the water.
The effortless fun of these camp-inspired activities is easily accessible from your Monterey. Hop on and enjoy your summer to the fullest!