Summer Bucket List- 20 Fun Must-Do Activities

Looking for the ultimate fun list of ideas on what to do this summer? Today I’m sharing the best summer bucket list with 20 fun, must-do activities for families and kids. Even better this free, printable list is full of budget-friendly things to do this summer, so you can have fun without breaking the bank!

Looking for the ultimate fun list of ideas on what to do this summer? Today I’m sharing the best summer bucket list with 20 fun, must-do activities for families and kids. Even better this free, printable list is full of budget-friendly things to do this summer, so you can have fun without breaking the bank!

Happy Wednesday! I am so excited that summer is officially upon us and because tomorrow marks the first day of my 13-day vacation, I thought I’d kick things off right by sharing with you an amazing summer bucket list with 20 fun, must-do activities that will have you enjoying every minute this summer!

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Summer Bucket List- 20 Fun Must-Do Activities

Looking for the ultimate fun list of ideas on what to do this summer? Today I’m sharing the best summer bucket list with 20 fun, must-do activities for families and kids. Even better this free, printable list is full of budget-friendly things to do this summer, so you can have fun without breaking the bank!

1. Go to the beach

Nothing like a trip to the beach to start your summer bucket list off right! (I’ll be marking this off my list in 4 days!) πŸ˜‰

Related: Outerbanks Family Beach Vacation

2. Eat popsicles 

What can I say, it’s not a real summer without popsicles! My fave are bomb pops!

Looking for the ultimate fun list of ideas on what to do this summer? Today I’m sharing the best summer bucket list with 20 fun, must-do activities for families and kids. Even better this free, printable list is full of budget-friendly things to do this summer, so you can have fun without breaking the bank!

3. Camp out

Don’t wanna go anywhere? Just pitch a tent in your backyard. It’s still fun, plus you still have all the amenities nearby. It’s a win-win!

4. Make s’mores

And of course, you can’t go camping without making s’mores! Who can resist the marshmallow + chocolate goodness of s’mores?!

Try My Recipe: Delicious S’mores in a Jar

Looking for the ultimate fun list of ideas on what to do this summer? Today I’m sharing the best summer bucket list with 20 fun, must-do activities for families and kids. Even better this free, printable list is full of budget-friendly things to do this summer, so you can have fun without breaking the bank!

5. Watch the sunset

We all should really do this year-round, but there’s something so nice about laying on a blanket outside and watching the sunset. Bonus points for counting stars. πŸ™‚

6. Eat breakfast outside

I’ve never did this, but I’m to the point in my life that I keep asking myself, why not? Why not eat breakfast outside? Seems like a pretty amazing idea to me!

Recipe You’ll Love: Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

7. Go fishing

Okay, so I’ll admit I personally get really bored with fishing( I have zero patience) but I love watching my husband and boys fish, while I relax out in the sun.

Looking for the ultimate fun list of ideas on what to do this summer? Today I’m sharing the best summer bucket list with 20 fun, must-do activities for families and kids. Even better this free, printable list is full of budget-friendly things to do this summer, so you can have fun without breaking the bank!

8. Swim in the lake

We don’t live near the beach, so the lake is the next best thing. It’s always nice to get out and enjoy the cool water in the summer months!

9. Have a picnic

My boys adore having a picnic. From packing up a special lunch to sitting outside on a blanket, it’s so much fun. It always reminds me to enjoy the little things.

Related: Learning to Celebrate Life’s Tiny Victories

10. Drive-in movie

Something at the top of my summer bucket list is a visit to the drive-in theater. It’s literally been years since I’ve went to the drive-in, but I have such great childhood memories of it that I definitely want to pass on the tradition to my kids now.

Looking for the ultimate fun list of ideas on what to do this summer? Today I’m sharing the best summer bucket list with 20 fun, must-do activities for families and kids. Even better this free, printable list is full of budget-friendly things to do this summer, so you can have fun without breaking the bank!

11. Go on a roadtrip

Another summer bucket list must-do? A spontaneous, unplanned road trip! Sometimes a fun road trip is what we all need to clear our minds and have a little fun.

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12. Have a craft day

I personally love crafting but too often put it off. I’m thinking a day of painting with canvases or making a handmade craft is in our family’s near future!

Looking for the ultimate fun list of ideas on what to do this summer? Today I’m sharing the best summer bucket list with 20 fun, must-do activities for families and kids. Even better this free, printable list is full of budget-friendly things to do this summer, so you can have fun without breaking the bank!

13. Play mini golf

Oh how I love mini golf! I’m horrible at real golf, but mini golf? I could be pro. #notreallybutistillloveit

14. Go bowling

Another fun pasttime of ours is bowling! Wanna know the funny part? Our boys are almost better than me and my hubs! πŸ˜‰

15. Read more books

There’s nothing better than getting lost in a good book! I just started reading The Beaumont Series Books and I can’t put them down!

Looking for the ultimate fun list of ideas on what to do this summer? Today I’m sharing the best summer bucket list with 20 fun, must-do activities for families and kids. Even better this free, printable list is full of budget-friendly things to do this summer, so you can have fun without breaking the bank!

16. Tech-free day

I’m challenging each and every one of you to do a tech-free day! Heck, if you can do one day a week, even better! Technology is great, but real life is better!

Related: 8 Ways to Be More Present in Your Daily Life

17. Ride bikes

My husband and I plan to buy some bikes and hit the local trails this summer. It’s been so long since I’ve rode one, and I miss it!

18. Dessert for dinner

How fun would this be? Desserts, for dinner? Yes, please! I’m thinking this would be a great date night idea or fun twist on a family night out. And in case you need some yummy recipes, check out my easy-to-make desserts over here.

19. Have a water fight

If you saw my Insta story on Sunday, you’ll know the kids already succeeded in soaking me with their water guns. πŸ™‚ On a hot, sunny day grab a pair of water guns or pick up some water balloons and have a blast soaking each other while cooling off!

Looking for the ultimate fun list of ideas on what to do this summer? Today I’m sharing the best summer bucket list with 20 fun, must-do activities for families and kids. Even better this free, printable list is full of budget-friendly things to do this summer, so you can have fun without breaking the bank!

20. Watch fireworks

Last but not least, my favorite part of summer? The 4th of July fireworks! I’m like a kid in a candy store when I see fireworks. I love them!

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Hope you enjoyed my Summer Bucket List: 20 Fun Must-Do Activities! We’ll be heading to the Outer Banks, NC this Saturday for vacation and I’m so excited! If you’ve never been, be sure and check out my recap post from last year with some beautiful photos from our trip.

What’s on your summer bucket list? Thanks for stopping by!- Cara

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Looking for the ultimate fun list of ideas on what to do this summer? Today I’m sharing the best summer bucket list with 20 fun, must-do activities for families and kids. Even better this free, printable list is full of budget-friendly things to do this summer, so you can have fun without breaking the bank!

 

Looking for the ultimate fun list of ideas on what to do this summer? Today I’m sharing the best summer bucket list with 20 fun, must-do activities for families and kids. Even better this free, printable list is full of budget-friendly things to do this summer, so you can have fun without breaking the bank!

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  4. My summer is going to be lots of packing and moving, but I’m hoping to get some fun in there somewhere πŸ™‚

  5. This bucket list is seriously the best! We are taking our summer slow to relax after spending the past year wedding planning. Hope you all had a wonderful vacation! Happy summer!

    1. Thank-you! Hope you all are enjoying the newlywed life! It’s nice to slow down! πŸ™‚

  6. This sounds great!! I love the idea of watching the sunset and the enjoying the stars (and maybe some fireworks?)… I’m so overdue for a good do-nothing vacation. I’d take a staycation, too. πŸ˜‰

  7. All of these things sound like so much fun! Watching sunsets is definitely a favorite of mine!

    1. It’s such a normal thing in nature that we unfortunately overlook most of the time. I love it too!

  8. All of these are such fun things to do this summer! We have a few of these things on our list too.

  9. This is such a good list! We actually have a drive-in pretty close to us, which I love. We didn’t have one when we lived in NC, and it’s awesome having one again. They are so fun. And, we are totally on the Popsicle bandwagon this year already!

    1. Agreed, Lacey! Have you ever been to the Moonlight Theater in Abingdon? It was always my fave! πŸ™‚

  10. I’m all for everything flavored s’mores, especially Oreos and the S’mores frapp from Starbucks–so darn good! But I LOVE this list, Cara! I’m trying to do more bucket-list type activities for summer like roadtrips, drive-in movies, have a picnic, etc. Love all these ideas you shared.

    1. Thanks Kiara! It’s good to be a little spontaneous sometimes, so that’s why I love the idea of having an impromptu road trip! πŸ™‚

  11. You’ve definitely put a great list of summer activities together–I was trying to think of something I would add to the list, and everything I thought of was already there πŸ™‚ To the water fight, I would add that water balloons with oversize sling shots (it takes two people to hold it) makes a really fun park activity. You can really aim those pretty far away and it’s super fun. But…then again I have teenage boys, so my idea of fun may be a bit skewed. Love this post!

  12. I’ve just written my summer bucket list, but I’m definitely going to steal a few of your ideas and add them on. Love the idea of having a water fight!

  13. I love this list! We’ve already done some of these things! We need to do the rest!

  14. I love this list! Some great ideas. I will keep them in mind when summer rolls around again. For us, winter has set in, so probably no camping or beach weather.

  15. Great list! I’m hoping to take Olive to her first movie in the theater this summer. We love fireworks, too! We always watch them on the 4th and then set them off on the 9th for my husband’s birthday. We look forward to them every year and it’s fun to see them with the kids. Happy vacation to you!!

    1. I still remember the first time I took the boys to the movies. It’s so fun watching them light up with excitement! & thank-you I’m so looking forward to it!

  16. I am so down to every single one of these and adding to it, to go kayaking in my new yak! What great fun things to do Cara!

  17. We went to a drive-in movie a couple of years ago and it was so fun! I’d love to do it again. And reading more books is always a summer goal for me.

  18. What a fun list. Going to the lake is something I hope to do as well. Oh, and can’t forget popcicles. Bookmarking.

  19. You remind me–there’s a book I hope to finish today! Summertime is definitely great for reading–and I would love to go to a drive-in. There’s none anywhere where we live but when we lived in our old house there was one about an hour away and we’d go at least once a summer!

  20. Holy cow! A Tech-Free Day! It’s brilliant! I wonder if I can use this to make weaning my daughter off the TV a game of sorts?

    1. Thanks! I’ve found anytime I make something into a game it makes it a lot easier to convince the kids! πŸ˜‰

  21. Love this printable list — so many good ideas! I’m excited to head to my local popsicle place

  22. These are some great ideas! We are headed out for a 30-day road trip in July and we can’t wait!

  23. What a fun list! I’m definitely trying to read more books this summer. I plan to roast some s’mores when I go to the beach!

  24. We have a new drive in near our house, so I want to take the kids this summer. We are also going on family vacation (cruise), visiting the library, reading books, taking scooter rides, eating snow cones every Friday, and going to the pool!

  25. I love your bucket list. I am so making one of my own for summer. It makes me excited πŸ™‚

  26. What a cute, colorful list full of memories to be made with your sweeties. Yes to your upcoming beach trip, fun in the sand and sun!

  27. Yay for beach trips!! I hope you guys have a great time!!! Pretty much everything on this list is on my to do for summer πŸ™‚

  28. So many great things on your bucket list! Yay for visiting the beach soon! I did that over the weekend so I can cross that off my list too! And yes to dessert for dinner! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

    1. Oh yay! I’m excited to cross some things off my list very soon! πŸ˜‰ Have a great weekend!

  29. Time for me to add the idea of dessert for dinner into my life!!! We also love riding bikes, that’s been huge for us since the weather has been warm!

  30. I loooove having summer picnics! One of my favorite summer to-dos πŸ™‚ Enjoy the summer with your boys, Cara!

  31. Ah, what a fun list!! Summer is so short so you have to live it up. Hope you have the best time on your vacation – I know you need one!

  32. Oh how I wish we still had a drive-in theatre here…that used to be such a fun summer activity when I was younger.

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