Are you ready for some summer fun? I’m sure many of us had a quiet summer in 2020, but with more people getting vaccinated (I got the Pfizer vaccine!) I’m ready to have a little bit more adventure this year, even if we’re still being cautious.
I’ve made a list of 50 activities to put on your summer bucket list. If you’re in summer quarantine I’ve got you covered, most of these things can be done at home for free or very little money, but I have some summer adventure ideas for you too.
Remember to follow your local governments health advice, Covid-19 isn’t gone yet and we want to be safe and not pass anything on to other people. We can still have fun while being responsible.
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Put on your SPF and lets make it a summer to remember!
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2021 Summer Bucket List
1. Make a Summer Playlist
I don’t know why but summer needs its own playlists. Make a playlist that feels upbeat and fun to you and will take you back to what will hopefully be a magical summer of 2021 when you listen to it in the future.
Summer isn’t just about hanging out in the sun, it’s those warm clear nights with the stars twinkling above you and maybe someone you care about beside you. We can get so bogged down in what’s going on in our lives, but when I look at the stars I remember there is so much more out there and the petty little things we let bother us everyday just don’t matter that much.
3. Have a Picnic
Pack a lunch and take it outside. Go to a park or just put a blanket in your backyard.
4. Take a Long Bike Ride
Get some exercise and go someplace new. Maybe see if there are places nearby that let you rent a bike and take it on a trail.
5. Build a Bird House
Spend an afternoon building a birdhouse. If you have a kid do it with them, but you can do all by yourself if you want, I won’t tell! You can buy a birdhouse kit on Amazon or at Target.
6. Tie-Dye Your Clothes
Make your clothes one of a kind with a clothing tie-dye kit. It’s summer, you’re suppose to look like a rainbow threw up on you! I’m going to get a kit this summer for my niece (but really for me).
7. Start a Morning Meditation Practice
Daily meditation is a great way to start the day off right. Meditation is known to calm the nervous system and reduce anxiety. I like to use it as a time to set intentions for the day and just tune into my body before I get distracted by stuff.
8. Grow a Plant
Make this summer the year you become a plant lady!
Ok so maybe you’ve left a trail of dead plants behind you in the past but why not try again? Try something easy like a succulent or an air plant.
9. Makeover Your Patio or Balcony
Make your outside space someplace you love to be in. Whether you have a patio or a small balcony, you can make that space inviting and fun. Sweep away all the dirt and leaves, hang up some patio lights, get a cute outdoor rug, put some plants out there, and get a cozy chair you can read, meditate, journal, or just hang out in while you think important thoughts.
10. Take a Road Trip
Take a little road trip this summer. You don’t have to go far or stay the night anywhere, but you can take a drive to someplace you’ve never been and explore for a while. Google “things to do in (city)” and see what interests you.
11. Watch a Sunset
Enjoy as many sunsets or sunrises as you can this summer.
12. Have a Girl’s Movie Night
Watch a favorite movie from your teen years with a girlfriend, you can even do it when you aren’t physically together with group streaming. My picks would be Clueless and Mean Girls.
13. Have a Bonfire With Friends
I don’t know why sitting around a fire is fun but it is and you should do it! Get together with some friends and light a bonfire while you have deep discussions and share scary stories about that Karen lady you saw yelling at the grocery store (ghost stories aren’t in season ok! we gotta make do).
14. Paint a Sunset
Exercise your creative muscles and make some home decor by painting a sunset. It’s one of the more simple things to paint if you’re not a great artist, but there are also some nice paint by number kits you can use too.
15. Make Lots of Smoothies
Stay cool with smoothies all summer long. Try different flavor combinations, make smoothie bowls, have a good time eating something that’s healthy and refreshing.
16. Go to a Thrift Store
Take a day to visit some thrift shops. Challenge yourself to get a new outfit in a more eco friendly way, or upgrade your home decor with pre-loved furniture. Maybe you could paint over something to give it a better look.
17. Read a Guilty Pleasure Book
18. Start a Daily Gratitude Practice
Want more good things in your life? Start being grateful for what you already have. When you do this your subconscious mind starts looking for and creating even more things to be grateful for.
There’s a whole psychological process that I’m not going to go into in this post, but when you shift your focus you shift your reality. Try my list of 10 journal prompts for gratitude to learn more.
19. Go Kayaking
If you love being at, in, or on the water like I do look for places around you to go kayaking. It’s such a nice way to spend a summer day.
20. Do a Coffee Shop Tour
An awesome idea for your summer bucket list is to explore and support small businesses in your area with a coffee shop tour. You can do it over the course of a week or two, just go try new things and get your caffeine fix.
21. Make S’Mores
What’s summer without some s’mores? Did you know marshmallows were invented in ancient Egypt? Only the Pharaohs got to eat them (rude!), but thankfully we all get to enjoy and make delicious treats with them now.
22. Make Ice Cream Sundays
Take ice cream up a level by making an ice cream Sunday. Add your favorite sauces and toppings. If you add a cherry on top that makes it healthy, right?
23. Take an Outdoor Yoga Class
Find an outdoor yoga class in your area to stretch your body and zen out your mind. Sometimes these classes will even be free or donation based, so you don’t have to spend much money.
24. Do a Summer Photoshoot With Friends
Set up a fun outdoor summer photoshoot with your friends. You could get a fun pool float, or if you don’t have a lot of space you can get a kiddie pool and make tropical drinks. All the cool
influencers kids are doing it.
25. Make Homemade Strawberry Lemonade
Get some lemons and strawberries and make lemonade from scratch. Mmm, refreshing!
26. Fly a Kite
27. Have a Water Gun Fight
Challenge someone to a water gun battle, you’ll both get cooled off and you get the satisfaction of crushing the ego of your foe.
28. Draw on the Sidewalk with Chalk
Draw on the sidewalk with your friends or your kids. Show the neighborhood your mad skills!
29. Have a Lake or Beach Day
Summer means getting in the water so you can connect to your inner mermaid. Take a trip to the nearest lake, river, or beach and splash your fins around.
30. Watch a Movie Outside
Watch a movie outside this summer, whether that’s at a drive in movie or in your backyard on a projector.
31. Make Homemade Popsicles
Freeze those summer smoothies to make popsicles for easy access later. Bonus points if they turn your tongue a funny color!
32. Play Old Video Games
Did you used to be a master at Mario Kart? Dig out your old gaming system or borrow one from a friend and brush up on your skills.
33. Visit a Public Garden
Spending time in nature is scientifically proven to be good for your health. Boost your serotonin levels by going to a local garden. Take deep breaths of that fresh air, admire the plants, make friends with the birds and butterflies. Sing to the squirrels like a Disney princess (no? alright fine).
34. Make a Blanket Fort in the Living Room
Blanket forts are a staple of childhood, revisit yours by building a fort, making some popcorn, and watching an old movie you love.
35. Visit an Animal Sanctuary or Zoo
A day at the zoo is a wonderful way to spend time outside in the summer. I love learning about all the animals that live there. My grandma loved going to the zoo so it brings up fond memories for me.
36. Make Homemade Pizza
Homemade pizza isn’t always as good as take out, but when you make the dough yourself (or buy pre made dough) and put it all together it’s definitely more rewarding than pizza made by someone else.
37. Visit an Aquarium
Take a day trip to an aquarium, just check to make sure it’s an ethical organization and not known for abusing their animals like Sea World.
38. Put a Fun Color In Your Hair
Summer is the perfect time to experiment with fun hair colors. Whether you just want to add a hint of color or go all out with neons, express your inner wild child.
39. Build a Sand Castle
Get more than your toes sandy, build a sand castle so epic the other castle builders are ashamed.
40. Go Hiking
Pack up water, SPF, and some snacks and take a morning hike with a buddy.
41. Make Cupcakes
Make some cupcakes in summer flavors like lemon or strawberry, or swirl them together (I haven’t tried this but it sounds great in theory!)
42. Go to a Theme Park or Fair
A day at a local fair or theme park is a must for your summer bucket list. Enjoy the rides, get your face painted, and sample as much food as you can!
43. Take a Midnight Swim
Take a nighttime swim under the stars.
44. Make a Crystal Terrarium
Maybe planting a whole garden isn’t for you, but crystal terrariums are a great way to bring color and magic into your space. All of my crystals are from Etsy, I have a list of the best ones here.
You can use a decorate bowl, mug, pot, an empty candle jar, or a glass dish. Fill it with pretty rocks, add some fake moss from a craft store, put a crystal or two in there and you’ve got instant high vibes in your home.
45. Play on a Slip-n-Slide
Put a slip-n-slide out on the lawn and get out the hose. It’s a great way to cool down and if you film it you might just get a moment worthy of America’s Funniest Videos.
46. Try a New Salad Recipe
Sometimes you just want a light meal in the summer, and salads are a great way to do that. Try a new recipe and make your own dressing.
47. Go to a Farmers Market
Support your local farmers with a trip to the farmers market and get some fresh fruits and veggies for your smoothies and salads.
48. Rent a Cabin for a Weekend
The busy time for cabins is usually winter, so during the summer you may be able to get a good deal for a weekend getaway in a cabin in the woods.
49. Go Camping
Being forced to sleep in nature where there are bugs and critters is personally my worst nightmare, but if YOU enjoy it then put it on your summer bucket list! If you aren’t able to go somewhere then do it in your backyard.
50. Go Bird Watching
This year a bird made its nest right outside my window and it’s been cool to watch the mama bird come and go. I also have a family of hummingbirds that hangout around our aloe vera plants. They’re so cute and it’s made me realize, birds are cool. See if your city has any good bird watching spots, or just take a look around your home.
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