100+ Fun Summer Bucket List Ideas 2021

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Make your summer one of fun, laughs, and unforgettable memories and get inspired with our summer bucket list ideas!

Summer Bucket List Ideas List

Summer is a time of sun, making memories, and awesome adventures. But sometimes, we all need a little help to decide what to do and how to make the most of each day.

Our list of 100+ summer bucket list ideas will help you plan a summer like no other. Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures, fun with the kids, or taking better care of yourself, there’s so many great ideas on our list.

Feel free to download our printable, and check off the ideas you decide to do this summer!

So, let’s get inspired, and dive straight into our list.

Outdoors Summer Bucket List Ideas

1. Fly a kite

Get yourself a sturdy and beautiful kite, and head down to the beach or sweeping meadows. Flying a kite will take you back to your childhood. It is fun, exhilarating, and great to do on your own, with a partner, and kids.

2. Go to a farmer’s market

The lively atmosphere of a local farmer’s market is great to soak up in the summer sun. Bring an eco-friendly tote bag with you, and see what goodies you can find!

3. Organize a scavenger hunt

4. Photograph top attractions in your local town or city

5. Have a surf and turf in the garden

6. Play volleyball with your neighbors over the fence

7. Go to a fair

8. Go to a water park

9. Hike a nearby trail

Hikes are so much better in the summer sun. Equip yourself with some useful hiking essentials, and search your local area for recommended trials. A great way to spend time outdoors, hiking allows you to connect with nature in a fun and challenging way.

10. Go fruit picking

11. Try hula hooping

Having a set of hula hoops handy for the garden is a great way to keep fit, entertain the kids, and spend time in the sun. Get those hips swinging, and see how many hoops you can do in one go.

12. Go on a street art tour

13. Skip rocks into a river or lake

14. Take a staycation

15. Build a rope swing

An overhanging, sturdy branch in the garden or a nearby wood is perfect for setting up a rope swing. The ultimate DIY thrill activity, the feeling of the wind in your hair and sun on your skin as you whizz and turn takes you straight back to childhood.

Indoors Summer Bucket List Ideas

16. Have a brioche French toast brunch

17. Make a fort with blankets

18. Take up an indoor hobby

19. Try a new recipe

20. Host a dinner party

21. Play ‘the floor is lava’ with cushions

22. Paint a landscape

23. Write a poem about summer

24. Make sangria

25. Host a garage sale

26. Buy indoor plants

Don’t have a garden or space for plants outside? Air purifying plants are a great way to decorate your home. Use them to add color, aroma, and plenty of summer vibes to your home.

27. Make ice popsicles

28. Have a movie marathon

29. Make friendship bracelets

30. Bake cookies

Cookies are perfect for any time of year. Be it with friends, partners, or family, nothing beats the smell of that first batch of cookies that fills the kitchen. Get yourself a cookie decorating kit to make your cookie baking even more fun.

Crazy Adventure Summer Bucket List Ideas

31. Go zorbing

32. Take a spontaneous road trip

33. Jump into the water fully clothed

34. Go quad biking

35. Go to a live outdoor concert

36. Throw a dart at a map and drive there

37. Go rollerskating

38. Set off fireworks

39. Sleep outside for a night

40. Do a tik-tok dance in a public place

41. Visit a waterfall

42. Drink champagne in an inflatable float

43. Go trail running

Kids Summer Bucket List Ideas

44. Build a den in the garden

45. Play rounders or baseball

46. Go camping for the weekend

Marshmallows over an open fire. Stargazing in the forest. Family games in the sun. Load up your car with some camping essentials and have yourself a weekend of fun, sun, and memories that will last a lifetime.

47. Play Pokemon Go

48. Make an obstacle course

49. Go on a volunteer dog walk

50. Visit a theme park

51. Go horseriding

52. Collect seashells at the beach

53. Blow big bubbles

54. Collect pebbles and paint them

55. Rent a cabin by the lake

56. Play Twister outdoors

Kids and adults from all walks of life can enjoy Twister. It is a game full of thrills and laughs, and a great way to enjoy an afternoon in the garden, at the lake, or a game to pack for a camping trip.

57. Play hide and seek

Romantic Summer Bucket List Ideas

58. Go stargazing

59. Make a summer love playlist

60. Go to a drive-in movie

61. Book a night in a fancy hotel

62. Write your couples dreams together

63. Have a picnic in the fields

64. Go to the beach

65. Watch your favorite childhood movies

66. Paddleboard on a lake

67. Recreate your first date

68. Watch the sunset from a hill

69. Draw each other

70. Roll down a sand dune

71. Play laser tag

Friends/Group Summer Bucket List Ideas

72. Host a murder mystery evening

73. Take a road trip to your old school

74. Have a water fight in the garden

75. Read your yearbook together

76. Take photos in a photo booth

77. Buy fancy dress costumes for each other

78. Go tubing

79. Play minigolf

80. Play games at the arcades

81. Go bowling

82. Go on a wine tour

83. Play volleyball with a water balloon

84. Make a water slide in the garden

A DIY water slide is the perfect way to make the most of the summer sun in your back garden. With a hosepipe and some dish soap, you have hours of fun, thrills, and laughs for the whole family to enjoy.

85. Rent a hot tub

Self-Care Summer Bucket List Ideas

86. Have a DIY at-home spa day

Summer is a time of happiness and good well-being. Use these DIY at-home spa day ideas to unwind and re-energize after long hikes, weekends away, and fun and games in the garden.

87. Do yoga in your garden or outside

Many will tell you that outdoor yoga is a sensation like no other. Get yourself a yoga mat and head with friends to the beach, a field, or the back garden. The sun on your skin and the breeze in your hair helps you feel truly connected to nature.

88. Sign up for a color run

89. Watch the sunrise

90. Visit a friend you haven’t seen for years

91. Plant sunflowers in the garden

92. Do a juice cleanse

93. Start a daily journal

The sun and the positive vibes of summer are the perfect time to build wellness habits that can aid you through the winter. A daily journal is a great way to record fun things and reflect on everything that is positive in your life.

94. Run on the beach

95. Drink herbal tea

A cup of your favorite herbal tea is ideal for summer evenings out on the porch, watching the sunset and reminiscing about the good times. Plus, herbal tea is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants.

96. Walk outside with no shoes

97. Dance in your house

Self-Improvement Summer Bucket List Ideas

98. Learn a brand new skill online

Always wanted to paint sunsets? Eager to be the person who plays the guitar around an open fire? Summer is a great time to learn a new skill. There are so many online courses you can take to learn, grow, and get creative.

99. Do a daily drawing challenge

100. Read a book a week

101. Start a gratitude journal

A gratitude journal will help you appreciate all that is good in your life. And summer, with its long days and great weather, is a great time to spend documenting everything positive in your life.

102. Learn chords to your favorite song on guitar

103. Make friends with a stranger

104. Help a friend out

105. Volunteer at a local charity


Don’t let this and future summers pass you by without making the most of the free time.

Use our list, or grab a piece of paper and a pencil, and start planning a memorable summer with friends, family, and loved ones. Explore. Try new things. And make memories that will last forever!

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