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16 Photos That Will Get You Excited for Summer

Time to get excited for undisputedly the best time of year.

With social distancing still in full affect due to the coronavirus pandemic, summer as we know it will look a little different this year. Some amusement parks may still be closed, evening baseball games will be nonexistent, and public pools will remain vacant. Even though the highly-anticipated season will be a bit unlike other years, there is still so much to look forward to. These photos will get you feeling excited about summer again and maybe even spark some inspiration for some socially-distanced warm-weather ideas.

A beautiful field of wildflowers

You can almost feel the warmth radiating from the sun.

Sunsets over the water

There’s nothing more beautiful and peaceful than a classic summer sunset. See more beautiful photos with the most photogenic beaches in the world.

Refreshing snacks

Summer is arguably the best season for fresh fruit with watermelon, berries, and pineapple at their peak. Here’s how you can tell if a watermelon is ripe.

A tropical paradise

White sand, blue water, and a margarita. What more could you ask for?

S’more s’mores, please!

Nothing beats a backyard bonfire with the family. For those stuck in city apartments, you can improvise by roasting marshmallows over the stovetop. Don’t miss the one ingredient you haven’t been adding to your s’mores that will change your view on the gooey delicious treat.

Mountain views

Summer doesn’t always have to take place on a sandy beach. Some of the best hiking weather occurs during the warmer months. See more stunning views with these photos of national parks.

Ice cream cones

Realistically, summer is just an excuse to eat ice cream all the time. Here are 10 ice cream traditions from around the world.

Grilled dinners

You don’t need a large group to fire up the grill. Steak for one? Absolutely! Check out these amazing summer recipes for some motivation.

Road trip!

Airplanes may be out of the question, but long car rides to the mountains certainly are not!

Who doesn’t love this sight?

You can probably already hear the nearby squawking seagull eyeing your sandwich.

Iced coffee

While most of us still drink iced coffee in the winter, we finally won’t have to explain ourselves for a little while. This is the iced coffee hack you never knew you needed.

A night under the stars

There certainly won’t be any germy public restrooms out in the wilderness to worry about. Check out these campsites that should definitely be on your bucket list.

Just hanging around

Crack open a good book and settle into an outdoor hammock for some quality relaxation.

Fruity cocktails

A few refreshing drinks to sip on in the backyard. You can even try some of these festive summer cocktail recipes.

A cute picnic

You can have a picnic right in your backyard. The mosquitos will still be there, but so will the fun.

Even dogs are in a better mood

A happy dog makes for a happy human. Next, check out these facts you probably never knew about the summer solstice.

Emma Taubenfeld
Emma Taubenfeld is an assistant editor for Reader’s Digest who focuses on digital lifestyle topics such as memes, social media captions, pick-up lines, and cute pets. When she’s not working, you can find Emma reading corny young adult novels, creating carefully curated playlists, and figuring out how to spice up boxed mac and cheese.