30 Fun Summer Bucket List Ideas

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Summer has officially begun and I’ve made a list of things I want to do this summer and I plan to stick with it! I like to create bucket lists especially around the summer because it makes life more interesting. You don’t want to get stuck with the common day-to-day activities and before you know it–summer is over.

For the next 3 months, embark on exciting adventures and let go of your inhibitions. Here are  30 summer bucket list ideas to have you ready for an incredible summer!

1. Update your summer reading list

Summer is the best time to dive in to great books. Commit to reading at least three. Goodreads is a great source for finding books or you can check out what I’m reading this summer!

2. Host a bonfire party at the beach


It wouldn’t be a fun summer without having one bonfire party on the beach with friends and making tasty s’mores.

3. Take a phone-free vacation

If you’re attached to your phone like me, than vow to take a phone-free vacation this summer even if it’s only for day.

4. Go salsa dancing with your best friends

This is a fun one that I’ve done several times with friends. It’s the perfect summer evening activity.

5. Host a BBQ

Invite your friends, family, coworkers, and even your crush over for an old-fashioned barbeque.

6. Wear a floppy hat


If I could choose one essential accessory this summer, it would be a floppy sun hat.

7. Take a cooking class

Creating a tasty dish can brighten up your mood and who knows.. you might just discover a new hobby.

8. Make an amazing summer smoothie

Summer smoothies can make as a healthy breakfast for anyone on the go.

9. Go to an outdoor music festival

As much as I love going to Coachella during the spring, there are so many amazing music festivals happening this summer so if you’ve never been to one, there’s no better time than now.

10. Go on an weekend road trip

Who doesn’t love road trips? Pick a place you’ve always wanted to visit and grab your boyfriend or bestie and just go. Be sure to bring a camera and take lots of pictures! Not sure what to pack? Read my road trip packing list + download a free printable checklist!

11. Learn how to make cake pops

I’ve always wanted to learn how to make cake pops from scratch and this season I plan on making that happen.

12. Dip dye your hair


Go wild and give your ends some color!

13. Buy a pair of new sandals

Go splurge on a new pair of sandals (Check out some of our favorite summer sandal picks)!

14. Go to a drive-in movie

Drive-ins are a nostalgic alternative to a traditional movie theatre. The setting is romantic because you get to watch the movie underneath the stars and tickets are most often cheaper.

summer bucket list printable

15. Master one summer cocktail

I love making cocktails and serve them at BBQ’s. Find a cocktail recipe that’s maybe frozen or citrus-y!

16. Participate in “Mani Monday”


Set aside some time to jump in on the nail art craze! See my list of summer nail art designs for inspiration!

17. Style an outfit for someone

Try an exciting and daring fashion challenge!

18. Try a new summer hairstyle

Get your hair beach ready! Try something new like adding highlights, beach waves, or go for an ombre look. See my list of summer hairstyles to try that requires no heat!

19. Buy a retro-style bathing suit

Retro swimsuits are a must have this summer!

20. Take a yoga class on the beach

Outdoor yoga is so much fun and there’s no better way to begin a summer day.

21. Go to a Farmer’s Market

Spend your Saturday morning buying locally grown fresh fruits and garden vegetables.

22. Try gelato

summer treats gelato

Summer is the perfect time to indulge in chilly treat so why not gelato. I’ve tried a bunch of flavors and you really can’t go wrong.

23. Go to the county fair

No matter what city you’re in or traveling to, head over to the local county fair.

24. Make a summer playlist

I like to make a music playlist every year and I forever smile when I play it and remember the best times of my life.

25. Go an entire day without makeup

Give your face a break and go au naturale!

26. Have a picnic 

Plan a picnic on the beach or in your backyard with friends or with your boyfriend. Things you’ll need: a giant blanket, candles, pillows, a basket full of finger food, and a bottle of wine.

27. Do more outdoor activities

bike riding summer

Make some time to be adventurous and try new outdoor activities like hiking, bike riding, swimming, or skateboarding.

28. Take lots of pictures

Document your summer by taking lots of pics. You don’t want to miss one single moment of it all.

29. Complete a DIY project

Get your creative juices flowing and make time to do at least 1 DIY project. Hit up Pinterest for inspiration!

30. Make a cold treat

Popsicles are the best and easiest summer snack to make. Don’t know what to flavor to make? You should try my Blackberry & Cream popsicles!

Pin For Later!

The Ultimate Summer Bucket List for teens, kids, and best friends with over 50 fun ideas and activities. Click over to download and print out this checklist!

Printable Summer Bucket List

I created a summer bucket list printable with even more ideas so you can make this summer one to remember. Print a few out for your whole family if you like. You can download via the button below!

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summer bucket list printable

What’s on your summer bucket list?

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