How to enjoy your summer locally—on a student budget
During the academic year, when the stress of school dominates your waking—and sleeping!—hours, the promise of a long summer may keep you going. For good reason! If you’re studying at Seacoast Career Schools Sanford Campus, you may already know that Sanford happens to be a great place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the lighter and longer days. Summer is the perfect time to explore the fun attractions in the area, and we want to make sure you’re aware of all the options.
There are some great inexpensive day trips you can enjoy. Here are some ideas to beat the boredom this summer in and around Sanford:
Visit a truly great beach
If you haven’t explored Ogunquit beach, make a day trip this summer! On user reviews for Yelp’s The 10 Best Beaches in Sanford, ME, Ogunquit beach is ranked #1. Only 30 minutes away, it’s a great combination of rocky coastline, soft sand, and clear water. During low tide, the golden sands go on forever! Parking can be a bit of a hassle, so maybe get an early start. It’s worth the view.
Explore local parks and take a hike
Start at Gowen Memorial Park, which has something for everyone, with its pavilion for picnicking, tennis courts for the active or sporty crew and competitive of spirit, woodland paths for a shady stroll, and plenty of seating if you’d just like to sit and contemplate along the pond. Each summer the park hosts water activities, festivals, and even farmers’ markets. The park also has a trailhead for the Mousam Way Trail, which extends for several miles along the Mousam River and through neighboring urban areas.
Party in the park with live music
Nostalgic for the heavy metal of the ’80s? Grab your AC/DC t-shirt and your Def Leppard headband! Don’t miss the ‘80s Party in the Park on Saturday, July 1 at Goodall Park in Sanford. Take a blanket or chairs (and maybe some earplugs) and kick back with friends for some rockin’ live music. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and you can get tickets at the gate, but save $5 if you buy them in advance.
Discover street fairs and festivals
Kids of all ages have fun at a street fair. Greater Portland (the city is only 30 minutes away) hosts a series of fairs throughout the summer, from the Yarmouth Clam Festival to Art in the Park in South Portland, where The Mill Creek Art Festival celebrates the wonderful as well as the wacky.
Spend time in nature
Take time over the summer to take in the natural beauty of the Harvey Butler Memorial Rhododendron Sanctuary, a 30-acre nature preserve filled with wildflowers, birds, and Great Laurel (a very rare species in Maine). It’s a truly beautiful place to relax—and Alfred is less than 5 miles away.
The Sanford area is a treasure, especially over the summer! Check out Sanford, Maine Vacation Guide for more ideas on how to make the most of the summer freedom in Sanford, ME.
This post is part of the Seacoast Career Schools weekly blog. At our campus in Sanford, ME, we offer professional training programs and hands-on experiences for students as they strive to launch the career of their choice. Contact us today to find out more or to schedule a tour.