What a summer it’s been so far. And while it’s hard to believe, August is just days away. Now there is still a month until school, but August is about the time we start to remember that we are, in fact, students, as summer reading and shopping for school supplies come back on your to-do list. As the first day of school approaches in the not-too-distant future, be sure to soak up all that summer has to offer by following this guide to the top five summer activities.

Sang Lee Farms produces at the East Hampton Farmer’s Market.Barbara Lassen

Farmers markets

From organic produce to homemade jams and pastries, Farmers Markets are committed to providing delicious, fresh, local food. Especially if you’re going to school in New York, East End Farmers’ Markets offer a unique opportunity to partake in a rich cultural experience and sample fresh produce, all while supporting local farmers. Be sure to savor the experience in addition to the food!

Tubing is a fun, kid-friendly alternative to waterskiing.
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Nautical sports

Facing 10 months of dedicated study in September, students should partake in that one activity that provides them with enough adrenaline to carry them through the school year: water sports. From water skiing to tubing, water sports are a fun way to enjoy the water and the summer weather. Get ready to rent a boat and/or jet ski before heading back to your stuffy classrooms.

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Several local farms offer pick-your-own berry opportunities.
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pick berries

In addition to being refreshing and delicious, berries are an excellent source of fiber and nutrients. And on a hot summer day, there’s nothing better than a carton of freshly picked berries. Whether you’re looking for strawberries, blueberries or blackberries, several East End farms are open for berry picking. Summer is peak berry season; go get some!

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Bonfires on the beach can be fun – with the proper permits, of course.
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night at the beach

Everyone goes to the beach during the day, whether it’s to swim in the ocean or play soccer with friends. However, the beach is much less crowded at night. This emptiness, along with the sound of the waves lapping the shore, makes it the perfect spot for a bonfire — complete with s’mores, of course. Don’t talk too much about this activity to a lot of other people; otherwise, everyone will be rushing to the beach for late-night bonfires! But most importantly, don’t think about starting a bonfire until you’ve read the rules of the beach you want to hang out at – some require permits, others prohibit bonfires altogether, so be responsible.

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miniature golf

For those who love golf but don’t have the patience to stay on the green for hours, mini golf is the perfect summer activity. For just $15, rent a putter and golf balls at Hamptons Mini Golf, an 18-hole mini-golf course with historic landmarks in the Hamptons. Mini-golf is a great activity for the last month of summer, and with a vanilla milkshake in hand, forget it!