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!) šŸ˜‰

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. šŸ™‚

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! šŸ˜‰

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. šŸ™‚ 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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107 Comments

  1. So-Young wrote:

    Thanks for this one!

    Posted 11.15.20 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      You’re so welcome!

      Posted 11.15.20 Reply
  2. Elle sees wrote:

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

    Posted 6.23.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Yes! Please do! Are you still going to be in Atlanta?

      Posted 7.6.17 Reply
  3. Alexis wrote:

    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!

    Posted 6.20.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

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

      Posted 7.6.17 Reply
  4. Sara wrote:

    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. šŸ˜‰

    Posted 6.19.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks! Hope you get one soon, Sara! šŸ™‚

      Posted 7.6.17 Reply
  5. Erin | A Welder's Wife wrote:

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

    Posted 6.17.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

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

      Posted 7.6.17 Reply
  6. chelsea jacobs wrote:

    I love drive-ins so much! They just feel like summer!

    Posted 6.15.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Right?! They just take you to another place in time!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  7. Sarah @ Foxy's Domestic Side wrote:

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

    Posted 6.15.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hope you all have a great summer ahead!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  8. Jennifer wrote:

    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!

    Posted 6.15.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I love drive-in theaters! And I bet Ben is loving popsicles! haha

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  9. Lacey wrote:

    Drive in movies and picnics are so fun! So many good activities for the summer!

    xx,

    Lacey
    http://theglittergospelblog.com

    Posted 6.15.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

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

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  10. Jenn Wang wrote:

    I feel like I need to print this out and put it on my fridge! Though, I’ve already been able to check some off the list…like dessert for dinner. šŸ˜› Such a great idea!

    Jenn
    http://www.honeydewblog.com

    Posted 6.15.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Oh I love that! I have that planned for the very near future! šŸ™‚

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  11. Sue Tanya McHorgh wrote:

    I think i might make this my list too šŸ™‚

    Posted 6.15.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Have fun! šŸ™‚

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  12. Dominique wrote:

    S’mores – YES! And the beach is always on my list!

    Posted 6.15.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I mean, who can resist s’mores or the beach?! šŸ˜‰

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  13. cecil hayes wrote:

    Great way to share memories over the summer, using the bucket list as a planner.

    Posted 6.15.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks! Have a great summer!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  14. Kiara A Catanzaro wrote:

    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.

    Posted 6.15.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      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! šŸ™‚

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  15. Jamie @ The Skinny Soul wrote:

    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 šŸ™‚ 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!

    Posted 6.15.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Oh wow, I can definitely see my boys loving that when they’re older haha!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  16. Rachel R Ritlop wrote:

    Such a fun list! Love the water fight idea!

    Posted 6.15.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      My boys love that too! haha

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  17. Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated wrote:

    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!

    Posted 6.15.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Water fights are so fun! I almost always lose though haha šŸ˜‰

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  18. Shannon | Mom Without Labels wrote:

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

    Posted 6.15.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks! I always like to make a list to keep us on track! šŸ™‚

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  19. Amanda wrote:

    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.

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks! Hope you all have a great winter! šŸ™‚

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  20. Whitney wrote:

    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!!

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      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!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  21. Julie May wrote:

    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!

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Oh that sounds fun! Hope you have a great summer!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  22. Marta wrote:

    This is such a fun post! Love these ideas and I totally need to have no-tech days, social media is just way too consuming! Enjoy your vacay!
    Marta
    http://www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Marta! I’m looking forward to it!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  23. Allie Mackin wrote:

    This sounds like my kind of bucket list I would love to do all of these things this summer. Wish me luck!

    Allie of ALLIENYC
    http://www.allienyc.com

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hope you have a great summer, Allie!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  24. Stephanie wrote:

    that is a great summer list! reading is always a must!

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks! Agreed!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  25. Becky @ Disney in your Day wrote:

    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.

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I really need to read for fun more! I hope to do that this summer! šŸ™‚

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  26. Alexandra wrote:

    I’m especially on board for the tech-free day. That’s Saturday for me – all summer long.

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I like the sound of that!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  27. Laura wrote:

    Oh wow! A tech free day sounds amazzzzzing. Also I have been craving the beach

    This summer, I want to spend more time hiking and go for an outdoor rock climbing adventure!

    Xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Oh that sounds really fun! I’ve never been rock climbing!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  28. Jenn @ Mamas Hustle wrote:

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

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks! Lake days are so fun!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  29. Rachel G wrote:

    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!

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      They seriously take you back to another place in time- I love them!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  30. Samantha wrote:

    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?

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

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

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  31. Marette Flora wrote:

    These are such fun ideas! Love the graphic too.

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks! Looking forward to a fun summer ahead!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  32. Kate @ Green Fashionista wrote:

    LOVE the challenge of a tech-free day šŸ˜€
    Green Fashionista

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      We all need breaks from technology! šŸ™‚

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  33. Lindsey wrote:

    Outer Banks is so fun! The perfect place for relaxation! Enjoy!:)

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Lindsey! I’m very excited!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  34. Lynn Woods wrote:

    These are so fun! I do all of them except for the fishing and the camping.

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks! Haha I don’t fish either but it’s nice to sit and watch by the lake! šŸ˜‰

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  35. Nicole @ What Nicole Wore wrote:

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

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks! Nothing better than popsicles and ice cream! šŸ™‚

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  36. Tanya Dufour wrote:

    I hope you enjoy your vacation! I’m printing out this bucket list!

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Tanya! šŸ™‚

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  37. Bridget @ Antics of a Nutty Hiker wrote:

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

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Oh wow, that sounds like a lot of fun!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  38. Anna wrote:

    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!

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks! We do too! Nothing better than s’mores by the campfire! šŸ™‚

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  39. Stephanie Suire wrote:

    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!

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Oh that will be so much fun! Hope you all have a blast!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  40. Christy wrote:

    This is great! I need to do this with my kids. And these are some great ideas to get us started!

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hope you all have a fun summer!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  41. Lily wrote:

    So many fun things to do with your kiddos!
    I hope to get some reading in and hopefully a few other things on this list too!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lilyļ»æ

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Yes! A library run is in my near future!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  42. steph parrell wrote:

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

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks! Hope you have a great summer with your loves!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  43. Andrea Nine wrote:

    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!

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks! I’m soo excited! šŸ™‚

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  44. Shannon Morscheck wrote:

    I think we need to make a summer bucket list; one we can cross off as we go. FUN!

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Bucket lists are so fun! I like making one for every season! šŸ™‚

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  45. Nadine wrote:

    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 šŸ™‚

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks! I’m excited! And life’s too short not to have fun, right?

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  46. Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes wrote:

    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

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

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

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  47. Leighann wrote:

    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!

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I miss riding bikes! I used to ride them so much when I was younger!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  48. Jessica wrote:

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

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Jess! Picnics are so fun, right?!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  49. Lindsay wrote:

    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!

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks girl! I can’t wait to have my toes in the sand! šŸ™‚

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  50. Lisa wrote:

    That’s such a great list. I know what we’ll be trying all summer long!

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Glad you loved it! Yay for summer!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  51. Kiran wrote:

    Great list! Drive-in movies sound so fun, I want to go camping as well xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Drive-in movies are my favorite!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply
  52. Christa Stull wrote:

    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.

    Posted 6.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Ours just re-opened last summer, so I’m really excited!

      Posted 6.16.17 Reply