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4 Fun and Interesting Memorial Day Ideas to Kick Off Summer Right

Whether it’s a vacation you’ve planned for months or a weekend getaway, Memorial Day is a great time to start your summer plans. There are opportunities aplenty for fun, relaxation, and simply spending quality time and making lasting memories with friends and loved ones.

According to AAA, Central Florida continues to be one of the most popular vacation spots in the country. New Smyrna Beach, in particular, offers a wide variety of activities to please every member of the family. Here are some of the best ideas to make the most out of your Florida vacation:

1) Plan a Beachside Barbecue

In an era of Airbnb, many visitors are finding cozy and affordable accommodations in residential areas. That means you can easily host a backyard barbecue and invite friends, family, and temporary neighbors to join in the festivities. In addition, some beachside motels allow on-patio cookouts.

Even if you don’t have access to a fire pit or grill, it’s still possible to gather loved ones together to enjoy fellowship and celebrate summer and life in the United States.

2) Pair Fun with Function   

Get your exercise in and have fun at the same time with a leisurely bike ride around New Smyrna Beach. May is National Bike Month. What better way to participate than by exploring all that this quaint beachside community has to offer?

Then, prepare for patriotic parades and parties by making decorations. Kids love to show their creative sides, and even adults will get into the spirit fashioning one-of-a-kind and heartfelt mementos to mark the vacation.

3) Remember Veterans

In addition, this is a great time to teach kids about the sacrifices of U.S. veterans. Encourage children to make flags and other special creations that honor the valiant heroes for whom Memorial Day was designated. 

Tap into the competitive nature of children by seeing who can gather the most interesting facts about Memorial Day, either online or at a local library. Kids will love this fun activity and will learn important information at the same time.

Later, set aside time to remember veterans through music. Firmly established as a Memorial Day tradition, the Country 500 music festival held at the nearby Daytona International Speedway has become a gathering place where veterans and their loved ones recall the valiant service of fallen soldiers.

4) Get Back to Nature

Many people believe the waterways produce a connection to our ancestors and relatives who have since passed on. As such, one great way to mark the Memorial Day weekend is with a quiet and relaxing scenic boat tour.

From the safety and comfort of your seat, you’ll see local wildlife, view area attractions, and learn about the history of and current happenings in New Smyrna Beach. It’s a perfect way to spend a leisurely two hours. Contact us today to book an experience that the entire family will remember and rave about for years to come.