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Eleven things to do this summer in

It’s that time again…the air smells sweeter, the days are longer, the festive (and festival) season is upon us and Adelaide is alive with activity. So get out there and make the most of it. Here are some of our top picks for big and little kids over the summer.

1. Hit the beach

It seems an obvious pick for summer, but many of us head for the same favourite beach as soon as the weather gets warm. This sunny season, try a few new beaches you’ve never been to – they might just become your new favourite. Bordered by some of the most stunning coastlines in the country, we’re spoilt for choice in South Australia when it comes to beach options.

Visit Port Willunga to see the old jetty ruins, shipwreck and fishermen’s caves, or head down to Second Valley to some of the most secluded pockets of pristine crystal water and towering cliff faces.

Further North, try Grange or Semaphore on those warm days when Henley and Glenelg are packed to the brim.

Feeling adventurous? Try a surf lesson with Surf & Sun or Surfing South Australia.

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2. Browse the breweries

While we’re known for our beautiful wineries in South Australia, boutique breweries are on the rise in our foodie state. Let’s face it; there’s nothing quite like a cold brew on a hot summer’s day. Not only can you sample some fantastic local beers, but breweries are more often than not a very family-friendly option.

Goodieson Brewery in McLaren Vale is a popular local haunt for families, the property backing vineyards with plenty of space for little ones to roam and explore while you taste a few of their ales on the deck.

In the Barossa, Barossa Valley Brewing offers tastings and food in their casual beer garden space. Bring the kids and share a pizza.

Likewise, the Hills has their fair share, including Lobethal Bierhaus with plenty of outdoor space to relax and enjoy the summer sun.

3. Talk to the animals

On those really hot days, Adelaide Zoo can be a beautiful place to visit to escape the heat. With all those leafy boulevards and rainforest enclosures to wander through, you can cool off with the animals. Watch the hippos have their teeth cleaned with the hose, or head to the children’s zoo with the little ones to pat the deer. Taking a slow wander through the bird and rainforest enclosures is a great activity for families to cool down. Our tip? Give the kids a task to spot the birds and see how many they can find. It’s educational, fun and can be a great way to while away the hours on those hot afternoons.

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