Twenty Ways to Have Fun Sober this Summer!

Life is an Adventure

Extra resources are just one of the many benefits of living a sober lifestyle. From all the money that is saved from not using drugs and alcohol to all the extra time you’ll find from not being high or hungover you can learn to really start living life to the fullest.

1. Swimming

Swimming is the ultimate Summer past time. Whether it be at a pool, beach, lake or river it’s pretty hard not to have a good time in the water.

2. Hiking

Hiking provides an excellent combination of enjoying nature and getting away from the hustle and bustle of life. Depending on your point of view the bad cell phone reception can create an added bonus! ;)

Amusement Park

3. Amusement Park

Another Summer classic are amusement parks! How much more enjoyable is a roller coaster without a hangover? For those with extra courage, the drive-through parking lot carnivals provide an added dose of suspense. You never know when those rickety rides are gonna break down.

4. Hot Air Balloon

Why not see the world from a new perspective? There is a good chance it may change your entire outlook on life.

5. Learn a New Skill

Have you always wanted to learn how to play guitar, learn a new language or paint a beautiful picture? Why not start this Summer? The time spent investing in a new talent will be repaid over the course of your lifetime.

6. Road Trip

For those who have the time and resources, a cross-country road trip is a great way to make some great memories and see far off places. In the United States, we are lucky to have the opportunity to see such a diverse amount of locations without ever having to leave the country!

7. Concerts

Some people have the misconception that a concert or music festival is only enjoyable while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. A wonderful side effect of enjoying a show sober is that you’ll actually remember all of it!


8. Camping

Camping, people either love it or they hate it. If you haven’t tried it now is the time. There are even a variety of options that range from roughing it in a tent to enjoying a laid-back experience in an RV.

9. Fishing

Even if you don’t catch anything it is still possible to have an enjoyable time fishing. Depending on how you go about it fishing can either be a relaxing day at the lake or an adventure up in a canyon.

10. Ice-Cream, Ice-Cream & More Ice-Cream

Need I say more on this one? Who doesn’t like ice-cream??? If there was an official “food” for summer, it would have to be ice-cream. If you are lucky enough to live somewhere that has multiple ice-cream shops, why not go for the gold and try them all out over the course of the summer?

11. Sports

Even if you are not very good at them you can still have lots of fun playing sports and maybe even make some new friends. Most cities and towns have plenty of opportunities to join adult recreational teams.

12. Art & History Museums

If you research and time this right you may even be able to find a free day to visit. Talk about a win/win.


13. Gardening

Gardening provides the opportunity to be productive out and nature and to create a beautiful space to enjoy all at the same time. It’s a great way to make the world a more beautiful place.

14. Exploring

Driving around some old country roads with the music blasting and the windows down can be a great way to kill some time and find some new places.

15. Biking

Whether you prefer a leisurely ride through downtown or an adventurous trip through the mountains, riding a bike is a great way to see the sights and get some exercise.

16. Reading

Books provide a world of opportunity to travel without ever having to leave home. You can learn about a new subject or get lost in a beautiful story, either way, your mind will thank you. Reading increases brain power and there are never any annoying commercials.

17. Fireworks

Summertime in the USA just wouldn’t be the same without some fireworks in July. Depending on where you live you can either watch a beautiful show or make your own.

18. Mini-Vacations

Why not rent a cabin in the mountains for a few nights or a swanky hotel room with room service in the city? You don’t have to travel far to have a much-needed vacation.

Mother and son

19. Spending Quality Time With Loved Ones

Addiction often causes people to pull away from the people who love them the most, that’s because they are often the same people who are expressing their concerns over it. One of the most valuable things a person can gain from sobriety is the opportunity to not only heal but improve the relationships that matter most.

20. Creating Lasting Memories

Drug and alcohol abuse often steals our memories. It can be hard to remember certain experiences while we are under the influence, and sometimes substance abuse creates experiences many people would rather forget. With a clear and sober mind, we are able to be fully present and completely engaged with the world around us. We are better able to remember the beautiful experiences that life has to offer so that one day we can look back with a grateful heart at the lives we have lived. At the end of the day, that is what sobriety is all about.

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After overcoming her own addiction in 2012 Julie went on to become certified as an addiction counselor in order to help others achieve a life of recovery. She worked in the addiction field for 8 years and now uses both her personal and professional experiences with addiction as an influence for her writing.