Sunday, September 19, 2010
People often say that there's nothing to do in a small town. To some degree they may be correct. No mall, no museums, no live shows, bands don't show up here... sure, there are limitations. However, there are lots of things you can do if you live in a small town.
Dinner and a Movie: Yes, we do have movie theaters. We may not get the independent films, but we get all the big shows. Also, we tend to have some great Mom and Pop restaurants as well as a few of the big chains.
Take a Drive in the Country: Although this may not be as big of a deal to people who live in the country, taking a drive out in the country can be fun. Grab a map or your GPS and explore parts of the world you've never been to. As someone who has worked for both the Conservation Dept and the Highway Dept, I've had the privilege to see some parts of the Ozarks that people don't see if they don't get off the major highways. Venture beyond the beaten path.
Spend a Day at the Creek (River): There's nothing like taking a picnic and heading down to the river. Some rivers even have old mills that you can tour. This is also a great thing for photographers! There are lots of photo opportunities out by the river. If you are up for a float, it can be a day of fun. Whether you are in a canoe or on an inner tube, just remember to bring your sun screen! Also, if you want to avoid the city-people who don't have a clue what they are doing...stay away from the big rivers (they're not as fun anyway).
Scout Out the Local Attractions: I know the Ozarks has lots of great attractions, and I'm sure other areas do as well. There might be a great day trip just around the bend. Do some research on what is available in your area.
Throw a Party: Invite your friends over for grilled burgers and some games! If you invite people over, they will often reciprocate. Getting together with friends can be great. You don't need to go anywhere to have a great time with great people!
Plan a Day of Shopping: For me (and people who live in my neck of the woods), shopping has to be planned. You need a full day to really get it all in because you have to drive a 100 miles to get to the "big city" where there are lots of choices. Get together with a friend and make a day of it. Go out to eat at a restaurant they don't have where you live. Spend an hour just looking at books in Barnes and Noble. Shopping is a different experience when you only go a few times a year because you can't just swing by the store on the way home from work.
My recommendation is to check and see what your area has available for you to do. You can find things close to home, or a few hours away. You can find things to do solo or with friends. There are activities that take a few hours and some that are daylong excursions. Just be willing to try something new once in awhile!
What "small town" things do you like to do?