If there’s one reward for making it through yet another long slog of a winter, it’s taking a sunny day off from work or getting out of the house on a warm weekend and getting stoned.
Of course, your mileage may vary depending on several factors, including your local cannabis laws. We don’t want anyone doing anything illegal, after all. But if you happen to live in one of the 10 states (and Washington, D.C.) where recreational cannabis is totally chill, or you’re visiting one of those states, there are plenty of options.
Whether you’re finding a bright spot to lay out and embrace a sunshine daydream or a cool, dark corner to relax away from the heat, there’s a range of places outside of your home that are worth the trip. Just make sure to find yourself a designated driver and be careful to not overdo it, especially if you’re outdoors. No one needs to suffer through sunburns while stoned.
1. An aquarium
Aquariums are cool, dark, and magically lit — the halls taking on a blueish glow, thanks to the enormous tanks of fish, sharks, and other undersea creatures. They’re also typically quiet during the summer. Or, at least, quieter than they are during the school year when they’re jam-packed with schools on field trips.
Suggested: The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a stunning Open Sea exhibit that features a 90-foot wide window to plop down in front of like a giant IMAX screen of the sea.
2. A baseball game
This may seem pretty boring to some folks but hear me out. As a huge baseball fan, one of the things I love about going to games is the relaxed atmosphere of sitting back in the warm air, sipping beer, and letting the game unfold. Throw in all kinds of jumbotron spectacles, the occasional fireworks, cheap hot dogs, and insane mascots — you’ve got yourself a recipe for a fun time.
3. Any art museum
Sure, you’ve looked at Picasso but have you looked at Picasso on weed? Seriously, though, the hushed, cool atmosphere of your local art museum is a great place to be reflective, take in great works of creativity, and churn through all those deep thoughts. Plus, it’s a great place to just wander with no set agenda.
Suggested: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has a big Andy Warhol exhibit that looks worth spending a few hours scoping out before heading out to one of the city’s many green spaces.
4. An outdoor concert
It doesn’t matter what kind of concert you choose — bands playing for free at your local park, an outdoor orchestra show, or even a rock show at a large amphitheater — getting outside and listening to music stoned is one of life’s true pleasures. And if you’re lucky, your surroundings (like, say, the famous Red Rocks amphitheater in Colorado) will make the experience that much better.
Suggested: There are too many to name but a few big ones that could be fun are Kacey Musgraves at the aforementioned Red Rocks, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s outdoor summer series, or the Grateful Dead successor Dead & Company’s three-night run at The Gorge in Washington state, a gorgeous venue for music.
5. The beach
Do I really have to explain this one? The beach is a great, relaxing place to spend a summer day, be it along the ocean or on a lake, a combination of sun, sand, and a nice, cool breeze.
Suggested: Whichever beach is closest to you! The entire Pacific Coast shoreline is made up of states where recreational marijuana is legal. In the Midwest, Michigan touches on four of the Great Lakes which gives you ample beach space. And in the Northeast, Massachusetts and Maine are states with legal weed that touch the Atlantic Ocean.
6. Amusement Parks
Sure, it’s a bit of sensory overload at times but an amusement park is a great wandering experience filled with junk food, rides, and plenty of things to occupy your time. Whether or not the rush of a giant roller coaster works for you while stoned will vary from person to person, but it would sure make for an interesting experience. Plus, with most parks open into the nighttime hours, there’s always some fun light shows to be had.
Suggested: California has a wealth of amusement parks, from Knotts Berry Farm to Six Flags Magic Mountain to, yes, Disneyland. All of these are probably fun — and the crowds more bearable — while stoned. Watch the below clip from the original, animated Dumbo and tell me drugs aren’t a part of Disney’s long, rich cultural history.
7. A spa
If your goal is relaxation, then you’d be hard-pressed to beat a massage and steam treatment while enjoying the herbs of the earth. The only question is if you can manage to stay awake the entire time.
8. The movies
The best place to spend a hot summer’s day is in a dark movie theater with snacks and the air conditioner on full blast. Like the beach, this one is pretty self-explanatory. And if you can time things right, you can even make it a double feature.
Suggested: Literally any movie. Even the terrible ones will probably be better with weed and some popcorn. But, just for the sake of stoner humor, let’s say Good Boys.
9. Create art
Sometimes, marijuana can unlock some truly original thoughts or means of expression. Or it could just result in a lot “deep talk, man.” Either way, a fun thing to do is channel that energy towards creating art, be it drawing, music, or painting.
Suggested: The Puff, Pass, and Paint class, in a few select cities, is a new weed-themed version of the popular cocktails and painting class.
Like kayaking, camping for a night is a terrific mix of activity and relaxation. Getting away from the noise of city living offers a terrific break for your mind and spirit. Just you and nature (and maybe some bears, so be careful) joined together in a communal experience. Plus, s’mores taste delicious while stoned.
11. Botanical Gardens
Maybe you prefer plants to people, in which case there’s a good chance there’s a botanical garden or similar venue nearby. Perfect for lots of inhaling.
Suggested: Portland’s International Rose Test Garden is a gorgeous setting to wander and offers some stunning views of the city below and Mount Hood in the distance.
12. Under the biggest tree in the park
If you want to spend some time outside but don’t things like camping or kayaking down strike your fancy, take a simpler approach. Go to the local park of your choice, find the biggest tree, and plop yourself down on a blanket in the shade.
13. Open-air markets
Ah, the smell of fruit, vegetables, and cooked meats wafting through the air as you lazily wander from stall to stall, checking out all the best produce local growers have to offer. Sure, depending on how deep you go on your intake, it may be a bit of sensory overload, but in the best possible way. Plus, high-quality food is literally at your fingertips if you need a snack.
Suggested: There’s a reason that Seattle’s Pike Place Market is such a popular destination for tourists and locals alike: it’s a terrific place to visit. Plus, just behind the market is the Elliott Bay Trail, the giant ferris wheel, and, yes, the Seattle Aquarium, all terrific places to head if you get your fill of food.
Disclaimer: Please remember, when getting stoned, to do so responsibly. Don’t drive under the influence or do anything dangerous. Be safe, first and foremost. And be sure to limit your marijuana intake only to states where it’s currently legal. Also, don’t overdo it. Low and slow, people.