Activities for Your Summer Bucket List

Activities for Your Summer Bucket List

Summer is the season for adventures into uncharted territory. It’s the wildest time of year to set goals and achieve them, whether it’s with family, friends, or as a couple. Think back to when you were a kid. School was about to end, and the promise of summer vacation was right around the corner. You and your friends had tons of things you wanted to do that summer: swimming at the pool, going to an amusement park, heading to the beach. You wanted an all-night movie marathon, a camping trip under the stars, and to eat so much ice cream and watermelon that your stomach hurt. The spirit of the season was alive and well for you then, so channel it now and make your summer bucket list. Grab your kids, friends, or partner and make a list of your dream summer activities. It can be as long or short as you want, but try to make the things attainable so you can get them done. If you end up scratching your head or without ideas, here are some activities for your summer bucket list that everyone, kids included, will love!

Go on a Camping Trip (or Camp Out in the Backyard)

There’s nothing like the great outdoors, and a night under the stars is a beautiful experience. Most of the time, you don’t have to go far to enjoy everything a camping trip has to offer. You can find a local spot at a river, lake, or park, or you can even camp out in your own backyard! This is a great option for kids who might decide they want to sleep in their own beds after the fun and for making bathroom trips a breeze. Set up a tent and sleeping bags, and bring your comfy clothes. If area permits allow, build a campfire and make s’mores for the complete camping experience. Kids and adults alike will love this night. It’s a special time to soak up everything summer and outdoors.

Visit an Amusement Park

Nothing says summer like a day at an amusement park, riding rollercoasters, eating carnival food, and screaming with joy on rides. Lucky for us, there are plenty of different amusement parks around, from national chains like Cedar Fair and Busch Gardens to smaller, locally owned family parks. Do some internet searching and find the right attraction for your family before heading out. Consider time to travel, price of admission, and level of amusement park rides. Once you’ve decided where you’re going, set off on your adventure! Dress comfortable and casual for a long hot day in the sun. Don’t forget sunscreen and hats on hot summer days—you’ll be glad you did!

Plan the Perfect Beach Day

A day at the beach is the ideal way to spend a hot summer day. It’ll be a nice, long, relaxing time in the sun and surf. Dip your toes in the sand and enjoy the sounds of the ocean waves. Everyone loves a day at the beach, and with the right packing itinerary, you can make your trip a breeze. Don’t forget family swimwear, towels, beach chairs, sand toys, and sunscreen. Water shoes are a great option for the whole family if you’re exploring murky, unclear waters. Find a beach with a boardwalk to keep the fun going after the sun goes down. You could even make a weekend of it and stay overnight in town! A beach vacation is a classic because it’s fun and relaxing, and everyone loves it. Have fun in the sun this summer with a beach day that’ll give you memories to last the whole year and beyond.

Go to a Ball Game

A baseball game is a quintessential activity for a summer afternoon or evening. The food, the fans, the atmosphere at the ballpark—it’s all part of the recipe for a classic summer experience. Find your local team, from AAA and local to professional or major league, and get tickets that fit your price range. Then, put on your hats and jerseys and get to the ballpark! There’s just something special about being in the stadium on a beautiful warm night. So it’s a great and easy way for a magical night for the whole family. Whether or not your team wins, you’re sure to have a good time at the ball game and cross this summer classic off your bucket list.

Enjoy a Concert or Outdoor Movie

Everybody feels the freedom and fun that summer offers, so there are usually many local, seasonal events! A lot of towns offer free outdoor live entertainment, like local bands, cover sets, or barbershop quartet performances. Depending on your group, you could also find kid-centric concerts and entertainment. Additionally, there are many outdoor and drive-in movie set-ups you can easily get to for a classic retro movie night! Consult the internet for local events and outdoor movies, often in parks, public spaces, and even on beaches. Once you know what entertainment you’re headed to, pack a canvas tote and beach bag with everything you’ll need. From food and drinks to blankets, lawn chairs, or padded seats, you’ll be set for a night under the stars enjoying some live entertainment.

There are endless activities you can put on your summer bucket list. All these choices are classic summer favorites, from swimming and soaking up the sun to thrills and chills under the stars. Whatever you and your crew decide to do this summer, make it a fun and memorable season. You’ll be happy you did.


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