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Have you ever felt like you haven't done enough in your life? I know I have and this is why I encourage you to have a summer bucket list. By checking items off of it, you can stop worrying about missing out and start living more.
Plus, you can ask a family member or friend to join you… which can make it all the more rewarding an experience. In this post, I've put together a fun summer bucket list filled with indoor and outdoor activities.
What is a Bucket List?
A bucket list is a list of achievements or experiences a person would like to do in a lifetime but hasn't tried yet. Although bucket lists and goals are similar in many ways, the two are also different. For one, bucket lists put a time limit on what a person would like to achieve, while goals are personal aims usually meant for future achievement.
Further, there are several advantages to creating a summer bucket list. For instance, this can give someone more opportunities for family time since school is out, there are longer days and the temperatures are warmer. Besides this, doing healthy activities can be a lot more meaningful than browsing social media, watching television, or sleeping all day.
Summer Bucket List Ideas
When summer arrives, it can be fun to get involved in summer bucket list activities. You can do plenty of these alone or invite a friend along. After all, friends can make every experience better! This list is full of interesting ways to spend your summer, which can be especially helpful if you're bored at home and need something to do… or would like ideas about what to try next.
1. Build a Sandcastle
2. Attend an Outdoor Concert
Check if your community offers a free summer outdoor concert series.
3. Learn to Juggle
Juggling can be unexpectedly easy to learn.
4. Read a Summer-Inspired Book
5. Fly a Kite
6. Rent a Kayak or Canoe
7. Create Chalk Art
Being a child isn't necessary for getting creative. In fact, all you have to do is head to the store to buy inexpensive sidewalk chalk to make your sidewalk bright and colorful.
8. Ride a Bike
9. Pick or Plant Wildflowers
10. Eat Vegan Ice Cream
Whether you're a vegan or not, you might end up loving the taste of vegan ice cream.
11. Try Volunteering
Volunteering can enhance social skills, increase sense of purpose, and boost self-esteem, among other things. You can volunteer online or in your area by joining a community garden, mentoring a child, helping out at a nearby animal shelter, or doing something else you enjoy.
12. Plant a Butterfly Garden
By planting flowers that attract butterflies, you can start creating a splendid butterfly garden at home. This can be beneficial to the environment and insects everywhere.
13. Put on a Puppet Show
You can put on a puppet show for your own kids or just enjoy the process of making unique puppets. And, with the arts & crafts skills you've gained, maybe someone will pay you to put on a puppet show in the future. No matter what, being yourself and doing what you enjoy is important.
14. Start a Hobby
Some hobbies you might like are woodworking, painting, cooking, cycling, acting, parachuting, and filmmaking.
15. Meditate in the Morning
One way I calm my body, mind, and spirit is by doing meditation in the morning, before bedtime, or whenever I feel the need. I recommend meditation because it can also help you be ready to face the rest of your day.
16. Have a Tea Party
No matter your age, you can likely take pleasure in a delicious cup of tea and maybe a savory scone or two.
17. Make a Birdhouse
Birds can benefit from having a house and a birdhouse can look beautiful in a backyard.
18. Do Yoga Outdoors
While doing yoga indoors can be extremely beneficial to a person's health and well-being, doing yoga in nature can be even healthier. You can take part in a yoga class to stay motivated.
19. Start a Beehive
This may seem like an ambitious idea, but starting a beehive is becoming more popular these days. Plus, bees are wonderful pollinators almost anyone can love.
20. Play Video Games
While it can be unhealthy to use technology excessively, playing the right video games can be healthy and still fun. For one, some video games, such as Just Dance and Wii Fit, allow a person to move around and get exercise.
21. Paint or Sketch Outside
Create a fabulous landscape with paint or sketch what you see in an art journal.
22. Hike a New Trail
23. Take a Road Trip
24. Open a Lemonade Stand
This can be a great activity to do with children or if you need an amusing way to earn a bit of extra cash.
25. Draw or Color
You can find plenty of adult coloring books to get creative with. In my free time, I love drawing and I create my own coloring pages to color.
26. Head to a Museum
Free museums exist for children and adults.
27. Make a Pizza
Pizzas can be surprisingly easy to make. Try finding a recipe that resonates with you and get busy.
28. Explore a Different City
The city you choose could be in your state or somewhere else.
29. Learn a New Language
30. Go Swimming
31. Play Frisbee with a Dog
Dogs love to run around and get oodles of sunshine and exercise. Consider taking your pet to a local dog park to socialize and play.
32. Go Bowling
33. Make Healthy Smoothies
34. Go Whitewater Rafting
35. Do Random Acts of Kindness
Since being kind is its own reward, you don't have to worry about what you'll gain from it. Random acts of kindness to try are feeding a stray dog, baking cookies for the elderly, giving someone an unexpected compliment, or leaving a nice note in a book at a library.
36. Create a Summer Playlist
When I need something to distract myself, I turn on my favorite tunes. The songs you put on your playlist can relate to summertime or just make you happy in some way.
37. Ride a Roller Coaster
38. Bake a Homemade Fruit Pie
You don't have to be a baker to bake a mouthwatering fruit pie. Just follow the directions and, with a little patience and practice, you'll get there. I know this from personal experience because I'm no baker myself.
39. Watch a Baseball Game
40. Do a Jigsaw Puzzle
41. Try Surfing
42. Build a Treehouse
43. Play an Outdoor Game
You can have fun in the sun and exercise your brain. Spikeball, cornhole, yard Jenga, and ring toss are examples of outdoor games.
44. Go Camping
45. Try Scuba Diving or Snorkeling
46. Run a Marathon
47. Develop a Good Habit
This idea is more meaningful than anything. But this doesn't mean it's not worth doing. For one, waking up early can be a particularly good habit, since doing so can lengthen each day and your summer fun.
48. Go Skating
Ice skating, roller skating, and rollerblading can provide you with hours of entertainment.
49. Have a Water Fight
You can use a small or large water gun and have a water fight with children or adults.
50. Visit a Farmer's Market
I think one of the best ways to spend a day is to head to the farmer's market and pick up fresh fruits and vegetables to eat later on. Farmers can grow the tastiest peaches, tomatoes, cucumbers, and other foods around.
51. Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Adults and children alike can participate in scavenger hunts at home or in the city.
52. Donate to a Charity
Giving to others can help you gain a sense of purpose and meaning. You can donate a couple of dollars or more to a charity you admire. This could be a charity that supports the environment, feeds hungry children, or gives animals a chance to be adopted.
Recently, I adopted the sweetest little black rabbit and I had to drive over 200 miles to go get the animal. It was one of the most meaningful experiences of my life.
53. Visit the Library
Checking out free books can be an exceptional way to gain knowledge or get lost in a fictional world.
54. Go Offline for a Weekend
I know staying away from technology can be a challenge, but it can be completely worth it. Rather than waste your days surfing the internet, you'd probably like to do an activity that actually matters.
55. Stay at a Fancy Hotel
56. Have a Seasonal Outdoor Job
Whether you need or want to earn additional income, having a summer job can be a fantastic way to spend the season. You might like being a fruit picker, high rope course instructor, or lifeguard. Alternatively, join a sailing or stage crew.
57. Try a Slip ‘N Slide
58. Make Tie-Dye T-Shirts
59. Write a Letter
You can write a letter to a friend or family member or get a pen pal. Another option is to volunteer for a nonprofit and send letters to depressed people or those with cancer.
60. Visit a Zoo or Animal Sanctuary
No matter how old I get, I still love seeing animals at the zoo. I could literally stay all day and never leave. I haven't been to an animal sanctuary but would like to visit one soon.
61. Jump Rope or Hula Hoop
62. Learn to Play a Musical Instrument
Playing a musical instrument can be easy and exciting. You'll have the chance to feel like a real musician and maybe even become one.
63. Grow an Herb Garden
64. Play a Card Game
There are card games for single or multiple players. You can play Solitaire or Memory when you're alone or ask someone to join you for a game of Rummy, Hearts, or Canasta.
65. Go Bird Watching
66. Take Photographs
Go outside and take photos of nature or have a photoshoot.
67. Write a Story
Craft a short story or poem or write a book.
68. Go Rock Climbing
You can rock climb indoors or head to an outdoor rock climbing location.
69. Watch Rain from a Porch
70. Make a Dream Catcher
71. Play Board games
72. Go to a Thrift Store
From designer clothes to collector's items, thrift stores are chock-full of nifty items to buy.
73. Open an Etsy Shop
Have your own business and be your own boss. Get creative by opening an Etsy Shop. You can sell art prints, rugs, or something else.
74. Go Paddle boarding
75. Bake a Treat for Someone
76. Go to a Parade
77. Learn to Dance
78. Have a Spa Day
Pamper yourself at home or experience a local spa.
79. Try Archery
80. Feed the Birds
Feed ducks at the park or give healthy treats to birds at your home.
81. Head to the Beach
82. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
83. Watch the Sunrise or Sunset
84. Relax in a Hammock
85. Have a Movie Marathon
Watch movies all day at home.
86. Go Apple or Berry Picking
87. Make Popsicles at Home
88. Eat Salad Regularly
There's a wide variety of salads to make and you'll likely feel healthier after eating these.
89. Get a Caricature Drawing Done
Have an artist draw a humorous cartoon of you when you visit a fair.
90. Visit an Art Gallery
91. Go on a Picnic
92. Play Mini Golf
93. Head to a Drive-In
Watching movies on a large screen outdoors can be exhilarating.
94. Watch Fireworks
95. Make a Scrapbook
Scrapbooks are useful for recording memories.
96. Do an Extreme Sport
Snowboarding, mountain biking, and wakeboarding are extreme sports.
97. Go Vegan or Vegetarian
Becoming a vegetarian or vegan is a lifestyle change and change can boost positivity.
98. Ride a Ferris Wheel
99. Get a Tattoo
100. Quit a Bad Habit
Getting rid of one bad habit can significantly improve your quality of life. This can give you the freedom to appreciate life more. A few bad habits are biting fingernails, smoking, and spending time with toxic people.
101. Start a Summer Journal
You can write about your summer experiences or just put your thoughts down each day. On the other hand, an art journal can give you a way to express yourself artistically.
102. Enjoy a Sunflower Field
If you don't have any sunflower fields where you live, you can plant sunflower seeds yourself. Sunflowers can grow above human height.
103. Have a Bonfire
Bring on the s'mores!
104. Take a Pottery Class
105. Experience a Haunted Tour
If you like being scared out of your wits like me, you might want to bring a friend along on a haunted tour.
106. Make Snow Cones
107. Take Self-Defense Classes
Not only can it be thrilling to be in control of your own safety, but you can gain self-discipline and self-confidence.
108. Play Tennis
109. Try Paintball
110. See a Psychic
You might actually get an accurate reading that changes your life.
111. Have a Potato Sack Race
112. Sleep in a Log Cabin
113. Visit an Aquarium
114. Make Candles
115. Foster or Adopt a Pet
An animal can be a perfect companion and your new best friend.
116. Go Wine Tasting
117. Go Tubing Down a River
118. Be a Blogger
Blogging can open up opportunities for earning money and you can be friendly with other bloggers.
119. Write a Song
You don't have to be a word wizard to create something beautiful with words.
120. Do a Pencil Puzzle
The simplest activities can be the ones you always go back to. I do crosswords, word searches, Sudoku, and various other pencil puzzles on rainy days or when I need to exercise my brain.
121. Play Volleyball
Final Thoughts on the Summer Bucket List
Now that you've read through our summer bucket list ideas, we hope you've gained some insight and inspiration as to what you'd like to experience and accomplish this summer… or next! Trying something you've never tried before can help you escape your comfort zone, meet new friends and become a more adventurous spirit.
One more thing, you may also want to create an anti-bucket list so you can save your time and remove activities on your bucket list that are not so important,
Life is too short not to truly live it! For more inspiration to kick start your adventure, try reading our article on 22 Goal Ideas to Set and Achieve for a Better 2023.