5 Ways You Can Have a Cinematic Summer

5 Ways You Can Have a Cinematic Summer

It’s the middle of summer; school is out and life is good. You decide to stay in during the day to escape the ghastly heat, but there’s only so much to do. Although spending time relaxing on your phone and browsing Netflix was fun at first, it’s getting monotonous real fast. You’re not the only one experiencing this chronic boredom as FOMO (or the fear of missing out) is sweeping teens across the country.  Experiencing a summer like Dazed and Confused, Grease, or High School Musical 2 is on every teenager’s bucket list.  Here are 5 ways you can do just that in Dallas, TX. 

  1. Go to an amusement park

There’s no better way to add excitement to summer than roller coasters.  Spend the day like Em in Adventureland and stuff your face with street food, take photos in the funhouse mirrors, and spin on a carousel.

 A great option is Six Flags over Texas, which features roller coasters, shows, and attractions that are entertaining for everyone. 

  1. Enjoy the day at the Beach 

Take advantage of the sunshine and spend the day in the water. Your day will feel like ‘Teen Beach’  movie, whether it’s tanning, playing volleyball, or swimming. 

The nearest beach is Little Elm Beach, which is open 24 hours and free to enter! There is also a concession stand nearby. Here, you can enjoy volleyball nets, lots of areas to sit, and the pretty scenery! 

  1. Watch a movie at a drive-in 

Drive in movies have come back in style. Throwback to the 50s like Grease and load up a car full of blankets, pillows, and movie snacks, and find a theater showing movies- new or old. 

The Coyote Drive-in is a retro-style drive-in movie theater in Fort Worth, open at 6 pm daily. Adult (12+) tickets are $8 and the theater shows both movies that are out in theaters and the occasional classic! 

  1. Explore a bike trail  

Nature is always at its peak in the spring and summer months. Like the kids in Stranger Things, hiking is a great way to get fresh air,  exercise, and admire the wildlife!  

Katie Jackson Park in Dallas is a 45-acre park with numerous trails, along with playgrounds and picnic tables. It is open from 5 am to 11 pm and free of charge! 

  1. Spend a night in the woods  

Tents and sleeping bags always have a fun memory behind them. Have a great night and become one of The Kings of Summer by roasting marshmallows, singing campfire songs, and spending quality time with your friends.

A great option in the Dallas area is Willow Grove Park, a scenic lakefront area with fishing, picnic sites, and hiking trails along with campgrounds. For $15.46, a spot can be reserved for a night of fun!

Remember to take lots of pictures! The best part of an adventure is all the memories made. Taking photos on a polaroid or disposable camera is a great way to keep a souvenir