Last week Andy told us about 5 goals we can all achieve this summer but if that sounds a little too easy for you, I have Whitney here today to give us a much bigger list of activities we should all try to do this summer. I have a feeling it will add up to a great summer!
20 Must Do Summer Activities
Author: Whitney Hollingshead
Get ready to make these 20 activities happen this summer. With three months of summer, you can easily do some form of all 20 activities this year. While many of the activities are traditional summer pastimes, read on to discover some fun tips that will add extra enjoyment to your summer.
1. Stargaze. Get away from the city lights and head to a quiet location where you can actually see the stars. Do some research before you go to find out which constellations are visible and try to locate them.
2. Visit a splash pad. Splash pads are popping up all over the country. Find the one nearest you and jump in with both feet.
3. Run through sprinklers. The next time the sprinklers are on in your yard or a nearby park, run through them until you are soaked. Your regular clothes will do. No need to toss on a bathing suit!
4. Make s’mores. You don’t need a campfire to make this classic summer dessert. Wrap s’mores in foil and bake them in the oven or use a candle flame to roast mini marshmallows. It really doesn’t matter how you figure out how to safely make them, just make them!
5. Sleep outside. Go camping if camping is your thing. If camping isn’t your thing, sleep outside in the backyard, or even in a hammock.
6. See a movie in the park. Check your local area to find an outdoor movie in the park. Bring a comfortable camp chair or blanket, your favorite snacks, your favorite people, and enjoy a film in the pleasant night air.
7. Read a book for fun. Read in a hammock. Read outside on a blanket. Keep your book in your bag and read while you are waiting. Read at the beach. Read at the park. Read anywhere your heart desires.
8. Host a barbecue. If you don’t have a grill, don’t worry! You can still host a summer potluck supper. Just ask all guests to bring their favorite summer dish. You may end up with a table full of watermelon, corn on the cob, and ice cream sandwiches. Who cares?! Just enjoy the flavors of summer.
9. Drink lemonade. Buy fresh lemons and make real lemonade. Drink a cold glass on your porch, or on your steps, or on the patio. You can drink lemonade anywhere. Just reserve this time for enjoying lemonade. Everything else can wait.
10. Take a road trip. Choose a map that represents the reasonable distance you can travel. Close your eyes, pick a spot, and drive to your chosen location. Experience the local culture wherever you end up. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
11. Clean out the fridge and have a food fight. Take all of the food out of your fridge that doesn’t get eaten often enough. (Stay away from anything rotten or moldy.) Condiments and recent leftovers are perfect examples. Dress in old clothes and head to an area that’s easy to spray down with a hose. Notify all participants of the rules and let the fight begin. Clean up afterward.
12. Go to a fair. Find a summer fair near you and attend some of the events. Choose at least one fair food to enjoy. Ride at least one ride. Watch at least one show. Visit at least one exhibit. See at least one live animal.
13. Play croquet. If you don’t have a croquet set, find one you can borrow. Enjoy this classic lawn game according to the rules. Then play again, but allow each player to make up a new rule for the game.
14. Build a campfire. Check fire restrictions in your area. If campfires are allowed, build one and invite your friends. Tell stories or jokes. Sing songs. Roast food. Make sure the fire is fully extinguished when you leave.
15. Take to the water. Head to the nearest pond, stream, river, lake, or ocean. Go for a swim. Go sailing. Go waterskiing or wakeboarding. Canoe or kayak. Skip rocks. Wade. Sit on the dock. Rent a paddle boat.
16. Host a Sunday Sundae party. Invite your guests to join you on a Sunday summer evening. Provide ice cream, bowls, and spoons. Ask all of your guests to bring sundae toppings. Enjoy!
17. Watch fireworks. Find the nearest fireworks show and ask around for advice on the best locations to view the show. You might find a really cool new location to see the show. Bring earplugs if you are going to be close to the action.
18. Exercise outside. Go on a hike. Ride a bike. Do yoga in your backyard. Run or jog in the early morning hours. Participate in a local race. Play tennis, badminton, water balloon volleyball, or softball. Shoot hoops. Build an obstacle course. Play tag with the kids.
19. Grow something. If you don’t have the space for a garden, find out if there is a community garden plot near you. Otherwise, consider planting tomatoes or herbs. You can even plant small flowers in pots on your windowsill. Getting your hands in the dirt provides a sensory experience that releases endorphins. Click here for other endorphin releasing ideas.
20. Take a nap. Spending time in the sun having fun can quickly drain your energy. When the opportunity presents itself, take a nap and don’t feel the least bit guilty about it.
Anything else that would be on your “must-do” summer list?