Orono Spartans know what it’s like to be bored — whether you’re waiting for the bell to ring or deep into summer break, rewatching the same Netflix series. In other words, it’s easy to run out of fun activity ideas, particularly around the town of Orono. But, never fret, because we’ve compiled this list of thrilling, relaxing, or just plain enjoyable things to do so you and your high school friends can make the most of your year.
Let’s take a look at some great activity ideas for students attending Orono High School.
Hit The Links
Golfing is the perfect activity for those looking for an upbeat but leisurely day. Thankfully, Orono is home to one of the best public golf courses in the Twin Cities. Gather a group of friends and enjoy a round at Orono Public Golf Course, offering challenging but playable terrain. And, thanks to nine-hole rounds, it’s surprisingly affordable compared to the other golf courses around Lake Minnetonka — perfect for those hustling a summer job.
There are many ‘grammable places around the “Lakeshore City”. Not only are you in close proximity to the waters of Lake Minnetonka, but there are many other spaces around Orono that are great for capturing the perfect picture. Impress followers by finding the perfect backdrop at Noerenberg Memorial Gardens, the top formal garden in the Twin Cities. Or, make a trip to Wood-Rill Scientific and Natural Area to find unreal scenery among 140 acres of untouched wilderness.
Explore the many beaches around Orono and spend your summer in the sun with sand underfoot. With its ideal location along the shoreline, students have access to many of Lake Minnetonka’s best attractions. Venture out to Long Lake or Minnetonka Beaches, enjoy grub from lakeside restaurants, or visit the infamous “party cove” on Big Island.
Join A High School Organization
There are many different clubs offered by Orono’s Schools System. From different types of sports to academic-oriented groups, you can find an activity that will likely suit your interests while looking great on a college application. Of course, the school system can’t provide everything — so if you’re searching for a club that isn’t extracurricular in the traditional sense, reach out to peers either IRL or on social media to find other people who are interested in the same things you are. From video game competitions to car clubs to computer coding camps — even aviation enthusiasts have their own flying clubs in the Twin Cities — there’s a group out there for everyone.
Plan Your First Road Trip
While there are things to do all over Orono, you may be itching to make your first trip out of town. A road trip is an important right of passage into the adult world. And, as you’re approaching college, there’s no better time to take your first trip, sans parents, teachers or other guardians. Thankfully, there are many fun, accessible places to visit in Minnesota, that are close enough for a young adult to travel to, without too much worry.
Take Flying Lessons
For those who want to undertake a new hobby that will impress your friends while opening up opportunities in your future, consider taking flying lessons. There is no minimum age requirement, which makes it a great option for high schoolers — in fact, you can take control of a cockpit years before you can get behind the wheel of a car. Plus, aviation is an in-demand industry and can set you up for exciting career paths down the road. If you’re interested in experience flying first hand, try Inflight Pilot Training’s Discovery Flight Program today — you’ll get the chance to hop in the cockpit and fly a plane yourself, while receiving introductory training from a professional pilot.
Do you want to become a certified pilot?
Taking control of an airplane and soaring the skies under the guidance of a professional pilot is an exciting experience and one that’s likely to become a lifelong passion. With our help, you can achieve the certification you want and set yourself up for future success in your education and career endeavors. All it takes to get started is a quick call or email to Inflight Pilot Training to learn more about our curriculum and schedule your first flight lesson.
For additional information on Inflight training programs, contact us today or call (952) 698-3000.