Here are the 5 things you absolutely have to do before summer is over

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Some of the best patios in Dayton

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Summer is soon coming to an end with the start of school, and fall will be here soon.

However, there are a few more weeks until the official start of fall on Sept. 22, so don’t break out those scarves and hats just yet.

Here are a few things to do before summer’s end:

Get the most out of the solar eclipse. On Monday, those in the Miami Valley will be able to see a near-total eclipse during the afternoon. The Great American Eclipse will begin in the Dayton area around 1 p.m. and reach its peak at 2:29 p.m.

» LEARN MORE: 5 things you need to know about the rare solar eclipse

Kayak on the Great Miami River. This summer, Five Rivers MetroParks debuted its newest addition, the RiverScape River Run. It offers a seven-mile paddle from Eastwood MetroPark through downtown to Carillon Historical Park, passing through two white water features.

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Great Miami River overruns River Run in Dayton

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Relax on one of the area's best patios. Before fall comes with its scarves and boots weather, enjoy a bite on one the best patios in the Dayton area while the temperatures are still warm. To name just a few, there are The Trolley Stop, Jimmie's Ladder 11 and Lily's Bistro.

» FULL LIST: 15 great patios in the Dayton area

Get on the newest ride at Kings Island. If you have yet to ride the newest ride at Kings Island amusement park, Mystic Timbers, you still have the chance. Kings Island will start its fall schedule this week, opening the gates from Friday through Sunday, Aug. 18 through Sept. 3, and then the schedule once again changes to accommodate Halloween Haunt weekends.

» MORE: Kings Island celebrates 1 millionth rider of Mystic Timbers roller coaster

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Journal-News photographer Greg Lynch and writer Eric Schwartzberg ride Mystic Timbers, the new wooden roller coaster at Kings Island.

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Go to the drive-in. Make the last of the summer nights memorable with a movie at the drive-in. Two such theaters in the area are: Dixie Twin Drive-In in Dayton, and Melody 49 Drive-In in Brookville.

» WATCH: These amazing drive-in views are some of the best nostalgia around