Summer... a time to do whatever you please without having the stress of school or work.

But like many others, you may find yourself unsure of how to spend your summer days. So, if you’re looking for something cool to do when it’s hot, consider these ideas:

Get Cultured: Metropolitan Museum of Art: If you’re fascinated with art of all sorts from classic to modern, then this is the museum for you. The Met is famous for being one of the world’s largest and finest art museums located in New York!

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See it - The Adventure Aquarium: The Adventure Aquarium offers exotic underwater sea creatures such as seals and sharks. Located in Camden, NJ, it is the perfect place for families. And don’t forget your comfy shoes!

Go to Great Wolf Lodge: Up in the Pocono Mountains, this resort is the perfect family getaway that offers a large waterpark as well as water slides.

Check out the State Fair Meadowlands: Go big and visit the largest fair in the New York City area with over 150 rides and attractions. With 17 days of action-packed fun, it’s New Jersey’s best value in family-friendly entertainment. Opening Day is June 21 and the fair closes on July 18.

Experience a Free Concert: During the summer there are so many free concerts to go see.  Both Good Morning America and The Today Show have a summer concert series for free that takes place in midtown Manhattan. Another would be the Totowa Summer Concert Series in June, or in August, Fort Lee is hosting a Movies and Music Under the Stars event.

Read a Book: Don't just daydream all summer. Keep your brain sharp daily by reading a book. Just visit your local library, or better yet, spend a day at Barnes & Noble. Once you’ve found the perfect read, head to the park, and dig in. If you can’t find a book that you like, get a magazine for yourself, which you can find at any local Walgreens or CVS.

Visit an Amusement Park: If you live in the Garden State, there are plenty of great theme parks for day-trips. Six Flags, Dorney Park, or Hershey Park are all awesome destinations, filled with great attractions, adrenaline rushing rides and shows.

Go to the beach with friends and family: There’s nothing like the Jersey shore. Get a tan, swim in the ocean, dig your feet in the sand, and have a blast. Just hit the GSP south to a great beach, like Belmar or Point Pleasant. Or check out the legendary boardwalks in Seaside Heights or Wildwood. Friends and family can take a day trip or spend a long weekend soaking up the sun.


Milagros Martinez is a junior at Rosa Parks High School for Fine and Performing Arts and a member of the TAPinto Paterson internship program.