With the awakening of the flora and fauna, the buzzing of bees, the chirping of birds, the growing warmth of our days and the extension of the glowing sun, its safe to say that summer is upon us, waiting to play host to a bevy of events and add to our adventure. If you are like me, then summer means all the things I like come out of hiding, crafts shows, hot air balloon events, festivals, carnivals, amusement parks, the boardwalk, and shore time excursions, not to mention a Ren Faire here and there!Time to paint the toes, pull out the colorful skirts, pastels and whites, pack a straw bag with coconut and lime delights and head out on an adventure. Perhaps make a practical bucket list that you can actually achieve everyday. I'd start with treating myself to a cherry lemon ice one day, a creamsicle from the Jersey Shore the next, followed by a Jelly Apple aka Candy Apple from Jenkinsons Pier, add in a journey to Hershey Park, a Great Adventure day with the girls and a picnic in the park. Your summer bucket list can be filled with all the things you can achieve in one summer, start easy and grow it.My list last summer consisted of a photographic fun day at Hershey Park in Hershey, PA, eating park food, soda floats and cheese fries, walking from themed area to themed area, enjoying the fun rides and games, with winning a game or two, followed by an evening unwind inside the Hershey Museum area and eatery, this trip was on my bucket list and filled with magical fun.I'd recommend heading to the park early, as it is huge and there is just so much to see and do, that you will need at least 8 to 10 hours of exploring to cover the whole park and take in some food at the same time, they even have a vintage style Nathan's hotdog stand there, but for the real thing add a trip to Coney Island for the day on your list and get the real deal, the corn dogs are the best.
If heading to the Jersey Shore here are some fun facts to know:
-New Jersey is the location of most of the boardwalks in the U.S., with nearly every town and city along the shore having one. The first and longest boardwalk in the world is in Atlantic City, New Jersey and is 135 years old. This boardwalk gained fame due to the board game Monopoly, which was based upon the trading and dealing of real estate in Atlantic City; in the game, Boardwalk is the most expensive property to purchase and develop, but also yields the greatest rent payoffs to its owner. In the fall of 2010 HBO launched the drama series Boardwalk Empire, which is named after and constantly returns to the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
-Asbury Park's boardwalk is in the process of revitalization and has recently been connected to the neighboring town of Ocean Grove, New Jersey.