Sometimes, you just need to relax and return to a simpler way of life.
Since nostalgia is in the air, we’ve tracked down a handful of old-school summer activities that you can pursue today — loving every minute.
Bring your retro-modern instant camera along, because Polaroid-style pics are the perfect way to capture these adventures.
Ride a Classic Roller Coaster
You can still get the feel of an old-fashioned trip to the amusement park at Canobie Lake Park, which opened in 1902. Grandma really might have done this loop-the-loop.
85 N. Policy St., Salem, N.H.
Walk a Boardwalk
Soak in the summer sun by walking the boardwalk at Nantasket Beach, complete with a carousel from 1928, mini golf, an arcade and all the fried food your heart could desire.
212 Nantasket Ave., Hull, Mass.
Go to the Drive-In
Nothing says retro like a drive-in movie theater. Snack on some fresh popcorn, roll down the windows and enjoy a classic like “Funny Face” at the twin-screen Bangor Drive-In.
1674 Hammond St., Hermon, Maine
Paddle a Rowboat
Maybe buy a parasol for this occasion. Spend a relaxing day in an old-school rowboat on a lake at Hopkinton State Park. Fishing poles, picnics or good books welcome.
164 Cedar St. Hopkinton, Mass.
Walk in a Field of Flowers
Pop over to Lavender Pond Farm for a romantic (and aromatic) meander through extensive lavender fields. Bonus points if you’re hand-in-hand with a loved one.
318 Roast Meat Hill Road, Killingworth, Conn.
Mass Audubon hosts regular Firefly Nights at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, with a quick lesson on how the bugs work and then free rein to catch and observe them at your leisure. Don’t forget a jar!
293 Moose Hill Parkway, Sharon, Mass.