Whether your teen is off to boarding school or university, here are four quintessential Bermuda things to do before they go. Enjoy making these memories to cherish when they’re missing home and you’re missing them.

Follow the Gombeys

Though there isn’t a particular place to go and see them, throughout the year (and especially on Boxing Day) you’ll find Bermuda’s iconic Gombey troupes dancing down the streets and alleys. The Gombey tradition on the island goes back to at least the early 1800s – it’s a vibrant blend of African, Native American, Caribbean and British cultures. The dances provided a way for enslaved persons to express themselves and to this day they perform dances that tell stories of resistance and survival. The Gombey dancers are the pulse and rhythm of Bermudian culture.

See the glow worms

On the third night after a full moon, precisely 56 minutes after sunset, the usually uneventful life of a female glowworm starts to get exciting. She springs up from her home on the ocean floor and heads for the surface of the water, where she radiates an amazing green light to attract her mate. Take your kids to watch the glowworms one summer evening, three nights after a full moon and precisely 56 minutes after sunset. The best places? Ferry Reach Park, Flatts Inlet and Shelly Bay.

Walk the South Shore trails

Although the paths and dunes that separate Long Bay and Horseshoe Bay are popular with horseback riders, walking is the best way to experience the natural wonder of the seaside trails. Getting sand between your toes and breathing in the salty air makes the walk pleasant at any time of the year. Be sure to bring your camera to capture some beautiful family photos along the way!

Watch the Bermuda Day Marathon

Bermuda hosts numerous road races throughout the year that welcome participants from all over the world, but on Bermuda Day there is a special race strictly for Bermudian athletes. Locals suit up and hit the pavement to compete in this traditional half-marathon. The best part? It’s not just the runners who get in on the action: nonparticipants line the streets with lawn chairs and wait for the runners to approach; when they do, it’s a screaming-clapping-pat-on-the-back kind of chaos.

Enjoy an unforgettable evening cozying up with your family on the beach at sunset around the warmth of a bonfire. Just remember, permits need to be procured ahead of time to have a bonfire on a public beach. To eliminate the stress of planning, you can always hire the professional at Bermuda Bonfire to take care of everything for you. All you have to worry about is your guest list, beverages and food!