Welcome to the longest day of the year

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June 21st – the longest day of the year. We get five and a half more hours of sunlight than we would in the winter. I went up to BYU-Idaho’s campus to find out one thing: what will you do with all that extra sunlight?

The result: nothing special. Almost every student told me that their plans for this extended day included extra homework, extra studying, and sleeping. Because it’s a Wednesday [2018: Thursday], students have problems with it. “Maybe if it was the weekend” was a common response. Instead of worrying about classes, get your homework done early. Get out there and soak up the sun until after 9. Find an adventure. Here are a couple ideas on how to take advantage of the extra sunlight.

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Looking for something to do on this the longest day of the year? Take a hike!

Take a Hike

There’s no better way to enjoy the outdoors than going on a hike. Getting out and hiking up a mountain or taking a walk through a forest gives you an appreciation for nature that you can’t gain by simply driving somewhere.

Unsure of where to go hiking? Here’s a list of 100 hikes within 100 miles of Rexburg.

Swimming is a natural thing to do on the longest day of the year.

Swim Around

We should see blue skies all day today. If you’ve had a long and stressful day of homework and want to cool off, go for a dip in a local river or lake. For the more adventurous people, get out with your friends and do some bridge jumping!

If you’re looking for a lake to swim in or a bridge to jump off, check out our list of 14 swimming spots near Rexburg.

June 21 is the longest day of the year.

Go to a Park

If you only have a couple minutes of sunlight to spare, take a short walk to the park. While it might not be the most exciting way to spend your day, it is the most relaxing. Lay out a blanket and watch the sunset, or let the Rexburg wind swing your hammock. The best part about the park is the ability to stay out there even after it gets dark. However, be sure to know when the park closes.

Looking for a place to relax? Here are 8 parks in Rexburg. If you’re an avid hammocker, check out the 10 best places to hammock near Rexburg.

Longest Day of the Year

There’s only one longest day of the year. Don’t waste it by staying inside and doing schoolwork or sleeping. Take advantage of the extra sunlight today, even if it’s only for a couple minutes at the park.

Updated for 2018 repost.