These Are the Best Things to Do on Labor Day Weekend

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Saying goodbye to summer is always hard, but if you embrace all the best things to do on Labor Day weekend, you'll feel like you did summer right this year. This is your last chance to fit in all your favorite summer activities, so you'd better make it a good one!

Have Lunch at an Outdoor Food Festival

The trick to having a good time is to go to a festival hungry. Eat everything you can get your hands on—from grilled corn, to skewered meat, to hot dogs.

Plan a Staycation at a Hotel

While the rest of the pack flees town, stay behind and check into a cute hotel nearby. You'll get to explore your city from a different point of view.

Go on a Mini Road Trip

Speaking of driving, this is the perfect weekend to take a car ride. Pre-plan your destination, or just pack your bags and see where the road leads you.

Take a Hike

Embrace the beautiful weather, grab some friends, and go on a trek through nature. Life can seem very "go, go, go" sometimes, so it's important to stop and smell the roses (or whatever wildflowers you encounter) along the way. 

Try Paddleboarding

Step outside of your comfort zone. This water activity can be relaxing, and it's a killer workout, so you can skip the gym that day (bonus). 

Explore a New Museum or Exhibit

Break up your outdoor excursions with a visit to see a new exhibit. Another perk? You can bask in the air conditioning while you learn about art, history, or science.

Have Cocktails at a Rooftop Bar

Cheers to the almost-end of an awesome summer. Head to the rooftop at night for killer views (and Instagram-worthy photo ops). If you have your own rooftop, you can play bartender there. 

Head out on a Dinner Boat Cruise

You just can't beat getting on a boat for summer holidays like Memorial Day and Labor Day (Fourth of July, too). A dinner boat cruise is so chill, and it can be romantic if you're with someone special. 

Try out Glamping

Explore nature and the outdoors the pampered way. Rent a luxury tent or visit a location with more hotel-like accommodations. Whatever you do, don't forget to make some s'mores!

Go on a Brewery Tour

Grab your friends and indulge in frothy tastes galore. While you're there, pick up some of your favorite brews to crack open at home.

Watch a Parade

Labor Day parades are pretty popular, so check out where the nearest one will be to you. Deck yourself out in some red, white, and blue to really get into the spirit of the day.

Shop Your Heart Out

This is the time to take advantage of all the Labor Day sales going on. Whether you've been eyeing something or just want to treat yourself, we're giving you permission to go for it. 

Unwind on a Pool Float

All the adorable pool floats are making us want to chill out with an umbrella drink in hand. Just be sure to take a dip when the rays become too much. 

Eat Ice Cream at a Creamery

Once you have fresh ice cream, it's hard to go back to the store-bought kind. Try out all the top flavors at the most popular creamery near you (although some are even worth a long drive!).

Have a Bonfire

There's something about gathering around a fire pit that brings out great conversation. Invite old and new friends over for some appetizers, drinks, and a trip (or two) down memory lane. 

Host an Alfresco Dinner Party

If you love to entertain, then this is a perfect weekend to do so. Everyone will be looking for some good plans, so host a nice sit-down meal with your favorite summer foods.

Need some Labor Day menu inspiration? These three mouth-watering seasonal seafood recipes are perfect for a warm summer day.

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