In addition to being a celebration in honor of America’s workers, Labor Day has also come to symbolize the unofficial last weekend of summer. The Language of Friendship wishes you a long weekend full of relaxation and quality time with friends.
If you’re looking for activities, we have some suggestions for enjoying meaningful late-summer moments with people in your life who are important to you:
- Explore an outdoor garden: I toured one of my favorite places this week, Cape Cod’s Heritage Museum & Gardens, which is set on a stunning property with many acres and paths to explore. Along with the hundreds of gorgeous plant species, we were lucky enough to spot a bald eagle in the sky, a groundhog in the grass, butterflies in the flowers, and a few frogs making their way along the lily pads blossoming in a pond. You should be able to find access to a botanical garden and/or an arboretum in your local area, and they are almost always worth visiting.
- Jump in a lake: Whether it’s an ocean, lake or neighborhood pool, this weekend is a great time to get outside and enjoy the water while you still can. Grab your swimsuit, paddle board, canoe or whatever else you might like to try, but don’t miss this opportunity for late-season water adventures.
- Walk a labyrinth: A labyrinth is an ancient narrow circular path with an entry point that leads around and around, and then finally into a center point. In ancient times, labyrinths were used for rituals and ceremonies, but now they are really meant to be enjoyed as a relaxing and meditative stroll. They can sometimes be found in peaceful bucolic locations, such as parks or museums, but click here to find a labyrinth near you.
- Dine al fresco: Some restaurants are known for their outdoor gardens – Oleana in Boston and Aba in Chicago come to mind – but many restaurants began offering outdoor seating during Covid and have continued to do so. And you don’t need to go fancy to experience the joy of eating under the stars. Picnics, barbeques and food trucks are also great options for enjoying meals outside with friends.
- Visit an outdoor art installation: Fortunately, outdoor art can be a year-round feast for the senses, but the late summer weather makes the timing to perfect to soak up inspiration from outdoor art. Here are some ideas to get you started.