Checklist for summer activities

Summer time is all about enjoying the sunshine, having some fun, and doing all the things you couldn’t do during the year. Take a look at this all-inclusive checklist of what you should be doing this summer! What can you add to this list? How many things are you going to check off? Bring back the carefree nature of summer, regardless of your age!

  1. See a movie under the stars at the drive-in rather than sitting inside a stuffy theater.
  2. Take a walk on a boardwalk and listen to the old weathered boards creak under your flip flop-clad feet.
  3. Blow bubbles outside.
  4. Play tag, hopscotch, or one of your favorite childhood games.
  5. Ride a rollercoaster, screaming and laughing with your hands up the whole time.
  6. Play miniature golf or laser tag.
  7. Win a prize at the fair.
  8. Catch fireflies and bottle them in a cool mason jar.
  9. Build a sandcastle at the beach (or lake, depending on where you live).
  10. Enjoy a lobster or stone crab.
  11. Pick berries or fruit at a local farm and make a recipe with them.
  12. Buy ice cream from the neighborhood ice cream truck.
  13. Roast marshmallows over a fire one night and make some good old fashioned s’mores.
  14. Make lemonade from scratch.
  15. Eat grilled corn on the cob.
  16. Make sun tea and enjoy it on a warm summer day.
  17. Eat a slice of fresh watermelon.
  18. Buy fresh produce at the local farmer’s market.
  19. Dig your own clams, mussels, or oysters.
  20. Have a barbeque with all your friends or for the neighborhood.
  21. Go fishing and eat your catch!
  22. Take a little snooze in a hammock in your backyard.
  23. Have a picnic in the park, complete with a picnic basket and red checkered blanket.
  24. Swing the afternoon away on a porch swing.
  25. Stargaze while lying down in the grass one evening.
  26. Watch the sun set while sitting on the beach.
  27. Dangle your feet off a dock.
  28. Bring a blanket and enjoy an outdoor concert.
  29. Pick wildflowers and arrange your very own bouquet.
  30. Swim in a lake and practice your cannonballs.
  31. Rent a bike and explore your city.
  32. Go camping, sing campfire songs, and make fire-roasted food with your friends and family.
  33. Play tennis and perfect your swing.
  34. Go for a hike and explore nature.
  35. Go kayaking, canoeing, or paddle boarding.
  36. Toss a Frisbee on the beach or at the park.
  37. Collect seashells at the beach.
  38. Make a scrapbook.
  39. Take a last-minute road trip with your friends.
  40. See a summer blockbuster and eat popcorn.
  41. Read a trashy romance novel on the beach in a beach chair.
  42. Walk barefoot in the grass and enjoy the fresh air.
  43. Get caught in a summer rainstorm – but don’t rush inside. Instead, soak it in and enjoy it.
  44. Sleep with the windows open to hear nature and feel the evening summer breeze.
  45. Make a summer playlist to define your summer.
  46. Smell freshly cut grass in the morning.
  47. Lay out in the sun with a good book and ice cold lemonade.
  48. Go to a baseball game.
  49. Roll up your pant legs and go wading in the water.
  50. Go for a morning run before the heat takes over.
  51. Run through sprinklers.
  52. Plan a vacation and actually go on it!
  53. Lay on a raft in the pool, at the beach, or at the lake.
  54. Grill fresh fish for the neighbors.
  55. String up lights around your back porch and eat dinner outside.
  56. Read five New York Time’s Best Sellers.


What will you do this summer? Remember that summer time is a time of growth, learning, and doing things you’ve always wanted to do. It doesn’t matter if you’re a student, a worker, or a retiree – make the summer special, regardless of your place in life. As a student, I looked forward to summer as a break from school and time for family vacations. Now, as a working young adult, I still love the summer months, even though I’m working. My weekends consist of beach days and road trips and my first stop after work is my condo’s pool, since the sun is still sweltering at five-o-clock. Don’t stop enjoying summer just because you’re older! Soak in the sun, feel the breeze on your back, and get outside. Bring back the joy of summer that you felt when you were running out of your school on the last day of class. Never stop enjoying summer and living free during those summer months.