By Anna Kocharian

Published on April 22, 2016

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Photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK

For all those who are lucky enough to get out of work early on a summer Friday, we gathered 75 fun ideas to help you make the most of your sun-soaked half-days! For everyone else, consider your weekends booked!

Make popsicles out of fresh fruit from the farmers’ market.

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Arrange some flowers.

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Photography by @ SARAHMERIANS VIA INSTAGRAM

Head to your local fresh market for produce to last you the weekend.

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Photography by MOLLY YEH

Bake a cake.

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RUN to the beach.

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Host a cocktail tasting hour.

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Photography by WADDELL JAMES

Take a nap.

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Take a day trip to Montauk.

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Host a crab boil.

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Learn how to surf.

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Photography by @ FOODDECO VIA INSTAGRAM

Plan a guacamole making competition with friends—get a head start on perfecting your recipe.

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Finally get to the DIY project you’ve had pinned on your Pinterest board.

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Brush up on some life skills.

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Photography by @ SEALEEURBAN VIA INSTAGRAM

Go on a long bike ride with a drink or dessert destination at the end!

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Skip rush hour and head out for an impromptu road trip!

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Photography by @ MILKBARSTORE VIA INSTAGRAM

Head to your favorite ice cream shop for a sweet treat.

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Go on a food truck crawl.

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Have an inflatable-filled pool day!

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Have a water balloon fight.

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Go flower picking.

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Have a mini stay-cation. Discover the best of what your city has to offer!

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Take advantage of Free Fridays at the MoMa.

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Get a manicure.

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Read a book.

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Make tamarind margaritas because they are the best.

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Rearrange your gallery wall

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Find a local lake and go swimming!

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Go to happy hour in time for actual happy hour.

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Photography by @LIL_RUFIO VIA INSTAGRAM

Take your furry friend on a walk.

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Photography by JAMES MERRELL

Go to the gym.

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Make a Spotify mix to last all summer long.

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Clean out your closet. (This actually IS fun if you consider you’re making room for new stuff….).

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Photography by @ SJANAELISE VIA INSTAGRAM

Do a little rooftop yoga.

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Buy a frisbee and set up an impromptu game at the park.

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Buy cookie cutters and cut watermelon into fun shapes.

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Head to a museum to escape the summer heat.

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Get in touch with your natural side by camping outdoors.

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Make art.

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Set up an outdoor movie theater and have friends over that evening for movie night.

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Photography by GIA COPPOLA

Catch some sun, preferably by the pool.

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Bring out the old board games for a few fun rounds.

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Go kayaking!

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Spend the day at Coney Island.

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Make s’mores.

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Spend the afternoon on the High Line.

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Volunteer at an animal shelter.

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Photography by @CENTRALPARKNYC VIA INSTAGRAM

Go for a boat ride at Central Park.

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Photography by @ GRANDBANKSNYC VIA INSTAGRAM

Dine al fresco at a new restaurant you’ve been meaning to try.

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Go to the library.

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Grill something delicious! May we suggest Mexican Street corn?

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Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

Rearrange your bookshelves.

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Treat your self to a home spa day.

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Photography by THE LITTLE RED HOUSE

Host an outdoor dinner party.

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Catch up on that stack of magazines.

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Do a little gardening.

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Photography by Brittany Ambridge

Go shopping.

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Attend an outdoor food festival (and try to sample all the food!).

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Photography by GRANDMIRAGE

Spend the rest of the day at a bar by the pool. (This is a solid plan for many days, really–not just summer Fridays).

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Photography by NEWYORK

Host a rooftop game night at your apartment (or just go to a rooftop bar!).

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Photography by MOLLY WINTERS

Go on an ice cream tasting tour of your city.

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Photography by ONLINECLOCK

Visit an aquarium.

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Go hiking.

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Photography by ALBIANI MATT

Check GTFO for flights out that night.

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Head to a concert.

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Go camping indoors with the little ones.

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Tackle something new – recipes encouraged.

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Drive out to the coast.

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Photography by CORNETT GRANT

Catch up on thank you notes.

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Photography by PINTEREST

Watch some fireworks.

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Lay on the grass in the best park you can find. (Pack along some sunscreen and a good read, of course).

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Throw a bonfire.

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Watch the sunset.

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Scope out the locale flea markets.

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Photography by THE NEW YORK COMEDY CLUB

Watch a comedy show.

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Plan a trip somewhere exotic.