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Summer Bucket List

Free summer bucket list template and summer bucket list ideas to make sure that you get the most out of your summer!

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I often used to put things off until the summer when I stayed home with the kids and thought I would have a lot of spare time. When summer came around I entered survival mode trying to keep the kids from hurting each other and staying sane. Even though we planned to do lots of fun things in the summer we often didn’t get around to doing them.

Last summer I made a Summer Bucket List and actually managed to get most of the things done. As a result, we were busy most of the time and the kids didn’t fight as much. I actually had more fun than I usually do during the summer vacation. From now on, I will make a summer bucket list each year!

Summer Bucket List Ideas

  • Movies you want to see
  • DIY projects you want to do
  • Places you want to visit
  • People you want to see
  • Things you want to learn
  • Recipes you want to try
  • Things you want to buy
  • Sport goals you want to achieve

Here are some specific ideas:

  1. Go on a road trip to a destination you’ve always wanted to visit.
  2. Have a picnic in a local park or beach.
  3. Learn how to surf or try another water sport.
  4. Attend an outdoor music festival or concert.
  5. Take a hike or go camping in a scenic location.
  6. Try a new adventurous activity like zip-lining, rock climbing, or skydiving.
  7. Explore a new city or town and discover its hidden gems.
  8. Have a bonfire on the beach and roast marshmallows for s’mores.
  9. Volunteer for a local charity or community organization.
  10. Learn to cook a new recipe or host a barbecue party with friends.
  11. Spend a day at an amusement park or water park.
  12. Start a garden and grow your own fruits, vegetables, or flowers.
  13. Go stargazing and learn about different constellations.
  14. Take a bike ride along a scenic route or through a nature trail.
  15. Have a movie night under the stars with a projector and a cozy blanket.
  16. Try out different ice cream or gelato flavors from local shops.
  17. Have a DIY photo shoot at a picturesque location with friends or family.
  18. Attend a sports game or play your favorite outdoor sport with friends.
  19. Visit a local farmer’s market and try fresh produce.
  20. Take a yoga or meditation class outdoors in a park or by the beach.
  21. Take a scenic boat or kayak tour in a nearby lake or river.
  22. Visit a nearby vineyard or winery and go wine tasting.
  23. Go on a fishing trip and try to catch your own dinner.
  24. Take a scenic helicopter or hot air balloon ride to get a unique view of your surroundings.
  25. Explore a local museum or art gallery and expand your cultural knowledge.
  26. Take a painting or drawing class outdoors and capture the essence of summer through art.
  27. Visit a local water park and enjoy thrilling water slides and wave pools.
  28. Take a day to explore your own city as a tourist, visiting popular attractions and landmarks.
  29. Attend a local food or wine festival and indulge in different culinary delights.
  30. Learn to salsa, tango, or another form of dance at a summer dance workshop.
  31. Volunteer at an animal shelter or participate in a wildlife conservation project.
  32. Explore local farmers’ markets and experiment with cooking fresh, seasonal produce.
  33. Take a scenic train ride through the countryside or along a coastal route.
  34. Have a beach bonfire and tell stories or play acoustic music with friends.
  35. Take a day trip to a nearby botanical garden and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.
  36. Take a day trip to a nearby waterfall or swimming hole and enjoy a refreshing swim.
  37. Join a local sports team or participate in a sports tournament.
  38. Take a photography workshop to improve your skills and capture stunning summer moments.
  39. Visit a local farm and go on a hayride or pick seasonal flowers.
  40. Try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding or take a SUP yoga class.
  41. Take a coastal or river cruise to explore new destinations and enjoy the scenic views.
  42. Participate in a local charity run or marathon to support a cause you care about.
  43. Plan a themed party with friends, such as a Hawaiian luau or a retro ’80s beach party.
  44. Try your hand at stand-up comedy and perform at an open mic night.
  45. Take a pottery or ceramics class and create your own summer-themed masterpieces.
  46. Visit a local water sports center and try activities like jet skiing, parasailing, or windsurfing.
  47. Take a scenic train journey to a picturesque destination and enjoy the passing landscapes.
  48. Have a spontaneous adventure day where you make decisions on the spot without a plan.
  49. Learn to sail or rent a sailboat and enjoy a day on the open water.
  50. Take a scenic hot air balloon ride and enjoy breathtaking views from the sky.

Summer Bucket List for Teens

  1. Plan a beach day with friends, complete with swimming, sunbathing, and beach games.
  2. Create a DIY tie-dye project by customizing your own shirts, bags, or other accessories.
  3. Organize a movie marathon with friends, featuring your favorite films or a specific genre.
  4. Set up a backyard camping experience with tents, campfire stories, and stargazing.
  5. Explore a nearby hiking trail and have a nature adventure with friends.
  6. Have a themed photoshoot with friends, dressing up in fun outfits and capturing great memories.
  7. Plan a bike tour of your city or neighborhood, discovering new places along the way.
  8. Host a talent show or open mic night for friends to showcase their skills and talents.
  9. Start a summer book club where you can read and discuss books together.
  10. Take a day trip to a local amusement park or water park for thrilling rides and water slides.
  11. Volunteer at a local community center, animal shelter, or environmental organization.
  12. Learn a new dance style or choreograph a dance routine with friends.
  13. Explore your city’s art scene by visiting galleries, street art, and attending art workshops.
  14. Plan a DIY spa day with homemade facemasks, manicures, and relaxation activities.
  15. Set up an outdoor movie night in your backyard with a projector and comfy seating.
  16. Take a cooking or baking class to learn new recipes and culinary skills.
  17. Learn to skateboard, rollerblade, or ride a scooter in a local skatepark.
  18. Start a summer fitness challenge with friends, setting goals for workouts and healthy habits.
  19. Host a themed party or game night with friends, like a retro ’90s party or board game tournament.
  20. Create a summer vlog or YouTube channel to document your adventures and share with others.
  21. Take a photography course or experiment with different photography techniques and themes.
  22. Learn a musical instrument or form a band with friends and have jam sessions.
  23. Plan a DIY room makeover or redecoration project to give your space a fresh look.
  24. Volunteer for a beach or park cleanup project to help preserve the environment.
  25. Start a journal or blog to write about your summer experiences and reflections.
  26. Attend a local music or cultural festival to enjoy live performances and discover new artists.
  27. Take a day trip to a nearby city and explore its attractions, museums, and landmarks.
  28. Join a summer sports league or try out a new sport like beach volleyball or frisbee golf.
  29. Learn to code or develop a new tech skill by taking online courses or tutorials.
  30. Take a day to unplug from technology and enjoy outdoor activities, games, and quality time with friends and family.

Summer Bucket List for Kids

  1. Have a water balloon fight in the backyard with friends or family.
  2. Build a sandcastle at the beach or in a sandbox.
  3. Go on a nature scavenger hunt, searching for specific items like leaves, rocks, or animal tracks.
  4. Have a picnic in the park with your favorite snacks and treats.
  5. Set up a lemonade stand and donate the proceeds to a charity of your choice.
  6. Create a DIY bird feeder and observe the different bird species that visit your backyard.
  7. Organize a backyard Olympics with various fun games and competitions.
  8. Visit a local farm and pet and feed the animals.
  9. Go on a camping adventure in your backyard or a nearby campsite.
  10. Have a movie night under a blanket fort with popcorn and your favorite films.
  11. Take a day trip to a zoo or wildlife sanctuary to see different animals up close.
  12. Start a garden and grow your own flowers or vegetables.
  13. Have a themed dress-up day and play pretend with friends or siblings.
  14. Learn to ride a bike or improve your biking skills by exploring new trails or paths.
  15. Create a scrapbook or art project with summer memories and crafts.
  16. Attend a local community event or fair with games, rides, and activities.
  17. Visit a nearby playground and have fun on the swings, slides, and jungle gyms.
  18. Organize a family game night with board games, card games, or charades.
  19. Set up a DIY water park in the backyard with sprinklers, water slides, and water games.
  20. Go on a nature walk and try to identify different plants, insects, and birds.
  21. Take a trip to a local library and participate in storytelling or book reading sessions.
  22. Learn to make homemade ice cream or popsicles with different flavors and toppings.
  23. Create a backyard obstacle course with hula hoops, cones, and jumping ropes.
  24. Visit a local children’s museum or science center and engage in interactive exhibits.
  25. Have a themed cooking day where kids can help prepare their favorite meals or treats.
  26. Join a summer sports camp to learn and practice a new sport with other kids.
  27. Take a trip to a nearby water park for thrilling rides and water slides.
  28. Explore a nearby hiking trail and have a nature adventure with the family.
  29. Have a backyard campout with tents, sleeping bags, and campfire stories.
  30. Create a DIY science experiment or craft project using household items.

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