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Retro Roadmap List of Summer Fun Things To Do

Posted on: July 14, 2012

I’m a gal of lists, so I thought I’d share with you some of the things on my “It isn’t summer until we do this” list. Please share what’s on YOUR summer list in the comments!

In no particular order:

See a movie at The Drive In:

Sunset Drive In Neon Marquee is your source when you’re wondering “Where is the Drive In Near Me?”

(I’ve mentioned before that I’m really concerned about how the transition away from 35mm film to digital projecting is going to affect these independently owned mom & pop businesses, as so many of them are only open seasonally. In a perfect world we wouldn’t see any of them close because of this, but with it being reported that the conversion costs around $100,000 I’m really afraid that next summer their numbers will have sharply declined. So get there while you can – and put your money in their pocket so they can afford to make the switch!)


Eat at a Seafood Shack!

Happy Birthday to Me!
Since this is my list, and I’m a New England gal, this means fried clams with bellies, and on my birthday,if I’m lucky, a lobster! and nothing fancy, please – a cardboard box and a picnic table are all I need.

Get Burgers and Hot Dogs!

French Fries and Daisy BurgerTake your pick, or eat both – perfect summertime foods!
Foot Long at Circus Drive In

 Road Trip to Someplace You’ve Never Been:

Asbury Park Boardwalk
Do you know why I decided why we should go to Asbury Park, NJ last weekend? Because we hadn’t been there before! We had a great time – it’s fun to “splore!”

Get Ice Cream!!

The Spot - Ice Cream Stand Sign
Ice cream in the summer always hits…”The Spot!”

Ride on a Vintage Carousel:

Dentzel Carousel Horse Weona Park Pen Argyl PAYou’re never too old to try and get the brass ring!

Visit a Wacky Roadside Attraction:

First you’ll see this,
Ostrich Land Sign.

Then the next thing you know you’re doing THIS!

Feeding the Ostriches

Play Some Classic Arcade Games:

Silverball Museum Arcade
You can have your video games, give me classic pinball or skeeball anyday!

 Play Miniature Golf:

Miniature Golf - Weona Park Pen Argyl PA

The sport of miniature kings.

Get Car Hop or Curb Service!

Circus Drive In Curb ServiceNothing says summer to me more than eating a meal in the Retro Roadmobile with the food and drinks perched precariously on a tray hooked to the window. Bonus points if there’s icy root beer in a frosted glass mug!

Mug From A Window

Visit a Regional Fair:

We had a great time at the Kutztown Folk Fest last year!

Go to a Vintage Amusement Park!

Retro RoadFamily at The North Pole

We took the Retro Roadfam to Knoebels and they LOVED IT!

Go To The Beach:

Go To The Beach

Or Just Hang Out on The Patio:

Patio, Daddy-O!

It’s all good!

So what’s on YOUR summer fun list that isn’t on mine? I’d love to hear all about it!

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15 responses to "Retro Roadmap List of Summer Fun Things To Do"

  1. Gunnar Jul 15, 2012 at 13:53

    Road trip to some place you’ve never been…that’s my favorite!

    • Mod Betty Jul 15, 2012 at 18:27

      Gunnar, wouldn’t you agree that’s the best part – the excitement of the unknown, and possibilities of discovery?! Love it!

  2. rick Jul 16, 2012 at 06:02

    I better get busy if I’m going to do everything on your list! Have any suggestions for the Adirondacks?

  3. letthemwin Jul 16, 2012 at 09:41

    Our unknown are all the estate sales with in less of a mile from our new to us mid-century home. We have been filling it with items from all around our neighborhood and that aspect means so much to us.

    This weekend a day trip to a once a month flea market!!!!!!

    • Mod Betty Jul 16, 2012 at 12:43

      congrats on your new MCM home! I love decorating the Hacienda with garage sale and thrifted items, and love Estate Sales, that’s great that you’re doing the same. Enjoy!

  4. Kristina Jul 16, 2012 at 12:18

    Great list!
    For me it’s enjoying a campfire in our backyard firepit making s’mores with the kids, biking along the Lehigh River and then rafting there too.
    I was just at Circus Drive-In last weekend, too! I’ve eaten many a meal there when I rented in Belmar many summers ago. Now we take the kids and they love it especially the huge hot dog!!!!! You should try Hot Dog Johnny’s in Buttzville, NJ.

    • Mod Betty Jul 16, 2012 at 12:39

      Kristina – we’re looking to get a portable fire pit for our patio, great idea for the s’mores!
      Retro Roadhusband was surprised at the size of the hot dog but loved it as much as your kids must’ve. And speaking of kids, I can’t help but snicker when I see a place called Buttzville, NJ. OMG I just looked it up on the internets and it looks fab! We’ve got to make a visit!

      Thanks for the tips, and enjoy your summer!

  5. Kristina Jul 16, 2012 at 15:20

    I know, Buttzville always makes me laugh! The hot dogs at Hot Dog Johnny’s are an acquired taste but the fries and the neon atmosphere make it worth a try.

  6. wacky tacky Jul 17, 2012 at 00:54

    I feel like such a good, little roadmapper; I have already done almost everything on this awesome list this summer. The only things I haven’t done are the vintage amusement park (on the books for the end of the summer) and eat at a seafood shack (which is actually never going to happen at any time of the year). I eat like a non-New England 6-year-old – bring on the burgers and dogs!!!

    • Mod Betty Jul 17, 2012 at 08:08

      WT you get a gold star! I still have a number of those things on the list that I need to do, but it’s good motivation. And the more burgers and dogs you want means more clams and “lobstah” for me! It’s great when things work out like that 🙂

  7. Lizzie Jul 17, 2012 at 11:48

    Let’s see..

    An overnight at our favorite 1950s motel – the Pink in Cherokee, NC.

    A long margarita afternoon with my girlfriends on the patio at our favorite Mexican place.

    And for late summer, a trip to Atlantic Beach, NC to try out a 1960s motel, the Atlantis Lodge.

    • Mod Betty Jul 17, 2012 at 12:44

      Lizzie – sounds perfect! Can’t wait to hear/read about your stay at the Pink Motel – that’s how I first found out about you and your swell blog! And I’m just about to introduce an up-and-coming 11 year old who is into Fashion to it too, she’s suddenly realized I’m cool b/c I collect vintage clothing 🙂

      Just added “Long Margarita Afternoon” to my list, tho it may be on the Hacieda Patio 🙂

      The Atlantis Lodge looks awesome! Again, can’t wait to hear about it.

      I’d tell you to have a swell summer, but it sounds like you’re all set 🙂

  8. Mary Jul 17, 2012 at 18:17

    I have already done twos things on my summer list……loaded up the kid in the RV and headed north to MA and met IN PERSON a Flickr Friend of 3 years and then spent a few days in NH and then high tailed it over to Niagara Falls for a few days.
    I want to go on a relaxing ride down the river in a tube (hopefully in a few weeks)
    Go fishing and crabbing …….went fishing last Friday!
    Go to the boardwalk…..doesnt matter which beach.
    Hit some good flea markets!
    This weekend we are going to Boonsboro MD to the caverns and spend the day exploring the town and on Saturday morning, go to the Harpers Ferry Fleamarket to find some treasures

    • Mod Betty Jul 17, 2012 at 19:20

      Mary- all your stuff, both done and undone sounds like a lot of fun! I just realized with everyone elses lists, you’ve all inspired me to add some of your ideas to my list- thanks!!