Summer Activities During COVID-19

While this summer may look different than years past, there is still plenty of socially-distanced fun to be had this season. Enjoy outdoor activities including farmer’s markets, berry picking, metro parks, water sports and more!

Local Produce and U-PICK Fields 

If you’re in search of fresh produce or would like to pick fresh berries, visit DJ’s Berry Patch or Buckwheat Farm, both located in Apex, NC. 

DJ’s Berry Patch – 1223 Salem Church Road, Apex, NC 27523

Families can pre-order fresh produce boxes or stop by for an afternoon of berry picking. At this time, DJ’s Berry Patch has the following fresh produce available: red potatoes, zucchini, squash, spring onions, cabbage, cucumbers and peppers. Also available: tomatoes, peaches, blueberries, cantaloupes, watermelons, succulents and fresh flower arrangements. Visit their Facebook page for more information. 

Buckwheat Farm – 2700 Holland Road, Apex, NC 27502

At Buckwheat Farm, stop by the produce stand for fresh produce and, most importantly – blueberries! This time of year, blueberries are ready to be picked and used for everything from pies to muffins, cobblers and more. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Community Parks

If you’re itching to get outside and work up a sweat, then a local park may be your best option for socially-distanced outdoor activity! Here are three local options currently open during the pandemic: 

  • Apex Community Park – 2200 Laura Duncan Road, Apex, NC 27523
  • Salem Pond Park – 6129 Old Jenks Road, Apex, NC, 27523
  • Kelly Road Park – 1609 Kelly Road, Apex, NC 27502

Visit the Apex Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Facebook page for more information, including the latest COVID-19 safety precautions and hours of operation. 

In addition to visiting your local park for a picnic or long walk, consider learning a new outdoor water sport this summer! 

Outdoor Water Sports 

Cape Fear Adventures – 100 South Main Street, Lillington, NC 27546

If you’re interested in kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding or tubing this summer, visit! Equipment is fully sanitized after each use and online reservation booking, online payment and detailed trip descriptions are available, reducing the need for close contact with individuals. Learn more about how the Cape Fear Adventures team is keeping visitors safe during COVID-19 here:

In addition to Cape Fear Adventures, Endor Paddle offers kayaking and river tubing in Sanford, NC. Visit their website to check available dates and pricing information. 

Even if you don’t live near Apex, NC, there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy during the summer of COVID-19. With a little research and determination, I’m sure you’ll find a number of options to stay busy and safe as we navigate the summer months.