Fun Summer Activities Checklist

Need inspiration for summer fun? Check out our list and see how many you can cross out before Labor Day hits.

2 pairs of feet walking on a beach boardwalk
Photo: AMANDA MARSALIS

Nostalgic

  • See a movie at the drive-in.

  • Walk on the boardwalk and listen to the boards creak under your feet.

  • Blow bubbles.

  • Play tag, hopscotch, or one of your favorite childhood games.

  • Ride a roller coaster.

  • Play miniature golf.

  • Win a prize at the fair.

  • Catch fireflies at night.

  • Build a sandcastle at the beach.

Eat and Drink

  • Eat a whole lobster with your hands

  • Pick berries and peaches at a farm.

  • Buy a Creamsicle from the neighborhood ice cream truck.

  • Roast marshmallows over a fire and make s'mores.

  • Make lemonade from scratch.

  • Eat corn on the cob.

  • Sip a sweating glass of iced tea.

  • Eat a slice of watermelon.

  • Buy fresh produce at the farmers' market.

  • Mix up a pitcher of sangria.

  • Eat a soft-serve vanilla ice cream cone with rainbow sprinkles.

  • Dig your own clams.

  • Have a barbecue.

Relax

  • Nap in a hammock.

  • Have a picnic in the park.

  • Sit on a porch swing.

  • Stargaze while lying in the grass.

  • Watch the sun set from a beach.

  • Dangle your feet off a dock.

  • Bring a blanket and lie on the grass at an outdoor concert.

The Great Outdoors

  • Pick wildflowers.

  • Swim in a lake.

  • Rent a bike.

  • Go fishing.

  • Go camping.

  • Play tennis.

  • Go for a hike.

  • Go kayaking or canoeing.

  • Toss a Frisbee.

Just Because

  • Collect seashells at the beach.

  • Take a last-minute road trip.

  • See a summer blockbuster.

  • Read a trashy novel.

  • Walk barefoot in the grass.

  • Get caught in a summer rainstorm.

  • Sleep with the windows open.

  • Make a summer playlist.

  • Smell freshly-cut grass.

  • Feel the sun on your back.

  • Roll up your pant legs and go wading.

  • Go to a baseball game.

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