Want to plan a summer the family will never forget? Create a Boro bucket list and let the kids check off the activities one by one. There’s still something magical about putting pen to paper and little ones will especially enjoy marking off one adventure and looking forward to the next. There’s no shortage of things to do in Statesboro during the summertime so make 2022 the best summer ever!
Plan Main Street Farmers Market Saturdays – Appreciate the sights, sounds and tastes all summer long! Introducing children to more fruits and vegetables means they’re more likely to eat them. Let them pick something new to try and encourage them to ask the farmer about their choice. Grab a snack from one of the food trucks and picnic out back. Visit Statesboro’s new venue has a lush area of greenspace that’s perfect to sit and enjoy the live music or DJ, so bring a blanket and enjoy every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Beat the heat at Splash in the Boro – Relax as you float down the 768-foot-long lazy river or brave the water slides at Georgia’s most affordable and family friendly waterpark. Rent a private cabana for the day so you can still enjoy the fun and have a place to take a break from the sun. The kids will love the wave pool while little ones can build up their water confidence in the zero-depth entry play pool. A new edition in 2022 is pizza made by local Italian favorite, Tarantino’s Restaurant!
Celebrate the 4th of July – When you think about summer in Statesboro, Firecracker Fest immediately comes to mind! Greased pole climbing and frog jump competitions harken back to family fun from days gone by but that’s not the day’s only entertainment. Food and craft vendors, live music, community exhibits, and inflatables will keep your crew busy until the evening’s fireworks finale, which usually takes place around 9:15 p.m. As always, admission and parking are both free.
Cool down and create – Southern Pottery and Art Studio is the perfect summer spot for your family to make memories while creating decorative or functional pieces you can enjoy all year round. Choose from hundreds of pieces of pottery, canvas, clay, wood or glass to paint in the studio or you can even take your items home if you want to have a private paint party of your very own. They also offer themed nights, classes, and summer camps for kids ages 5-12 years old so there are lots of opportunities to discover your inner artist!
Explore the great outdoors – Remember when kids spent countless summer hours outside? Now’s the time to take a technology break and get the entire family moving outdoors where you can enjoy one of Statesboro’s many public parks. Mill Creek Park is the home of Splash in the Boro, several tennis courts, multiple playgrounds plus a 1.25-mile walking trail that includes exercise stations along the route. Feed the geese and fish at the newly renovated Edgewood Park just off Gentilly Road. Stroll around the pond on a walking trail and 103-foot-long wood bridge before settling into one of the park swings to enjoy the view. Luetta Moore Park re-opened in 2021 and now features a pool, basketball courts, playground area and pavilions with grills for gatherings.
Catch a Tormenta FC game – Understanding teamwork is a valuable life lesson and cheering as a family at live games is a wonderful bonding experience. Are you a soccer novice? Engage with your kids and exchange questions then look for the answers together. Tormenta FC is expected to open the doors on their new 5,300-seat stadium during the 2022 season so there’s even more excitement to come this summer regarding this local franchise.
Day trip at Georgia Southern –Start your day at the Botanic Garden then explore the recently renovated Georgia Southern University Museum. Have lunch at the dining commons that boasts nine different serveries and a wide range of cuisine choices from across the globe. Tour the Center for Wildlife Education and make a stop at the Zach S. Henderson Library which is also open to the public. The Brain Booth is located on the second floor and has activity stations that include origami, VR headsets and massage chairs. Finish the day by stopping at everyone’s favorite, Chik-fil-A, in the Russell Union.
This handful of options will get your Boro bucket list started but we’d love to see what other fun activities you find to do this summer. Tag us in your pics on social media and we’ll share with folks who plan to visit Statesboro!