50 Fun Summer Bucket List Ideas for 2024

Summer Bucket List

Welcome, summer! Are you ready for your most adventurous, fun summer? Here are summer bucket list ideas for you to accomplish this year! 

Summer Bucket List Ideas for 2024

  1. Have a backyard party with your family.  
  2. Visit a place you have never been to before. Find a new destination in one of these Great US Summer Vacation Ideas and this American Bucket List and travel safely. 
  3. Have breakfast with friends or a breakfast date with your significant other.
  4. Spend the day outdoors, hiking a local trail, and go hammocking.
  5. Read a new book. I am planning to read this one and this one this summer.  
  6. Have a bonfire – and don’t forget s’mores!
  7.  Join my #EnjoyJuly Challenge!
  8. Be a tourist in your own city.
  9. Go out on a river and kayak/canoe or just go swimming.
  10. Go on a bike ride around the city.
  11. Go to a garage sale.
  12. Fly a kite on the beach.
  13. Go to an outdoor concert (or zoom to an online concert? Is that a thing yet?).
  14. Bake a cheesecake.
  15. Build a sandcastle.
  16. Stargaze.
  17. Go to a water park.
  18. Go to a wine tasting. No wine tastings open in your area? No problem, sign up to a wine club and get a couple of bottles to taste with your significant other or friends!
  19. Feed the birds in a square or in a park.
  20. Watch fireworks on the 4th of July.
  21. Have a picnic.
  22. Visit an aquarium.
  23. Go strawberry picking. 
  24. Watch the sunset.
  25. Go on a road trip with friends or family.
  26. Grill outside or go to a BBQ.
  27. Try paddleboarding or kayaking.
  28. Make Sangria.
  29. Volunteer somewhere. Find a cause that you are passionate about and contribute to it.
  30. Go to a museum. Art, history, or science – learn something new. There are many virtual museum experiences coming up now. 
  31. Eat watermelon and all the other fruit you can find. 
  32. Go to a farmer’s market and get local fruit and veggies.
  33. Grow a plant yourself – buy some planters for your balcony or grow them in your backyard.
  34. Explore a new restaurant in your city.
  35. Call and spend time with a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while.
  36. Visit a zoo.
  37. Find a swimsuit that you actually love.
  38. Learn to make kombucha yourself.
  39. Watch a drive-in movie – have you ever been to one?
  40. Make a surprise visit to your parents.
  41. Start learning a new language.
  42. Learn a new skill – something you’ve been interested in for a while. I will be practicing piano a lot the summer, but it could be anything – tap dancing, piano, woodworking, pottery. Tell me yours in the comments below!
  43. Engage in a new culture at a street festivaltry new food, meet new people, and learn more about a life that’s different from our own!
  44. Have a movie marathon.
  45. Ride in a hot air balloon – there are quite a few hot air balloon festivals out there!
  46. Go a full day without the Internet or TV.
  47. Go backpacking with a friend.
  48. Make homemade ice cream.
  49. Make fresh lemonade.
  50. Get out of the city for a weekend, rent a cabin, or go camping.
  51. Make your own bucket list! I have put together quite a few ideas – use this list to compile your own!

The best part about a bucket list is that it should be your own. I’ve given you a few ideas of things to do this summer. Pick and choose from this list of summer bucket list ideas and create one that will be perfect for you. I hope this summer is the best of your life and you will become a traveler in your own town and see the world!
See more inspiring ideas on how to travel more and save money!

Tell me: What are your plans for this summer? Tell me your bucket list additions below!

Summer Bucket Checklist


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  1. Kelsey
    June 6, 2018

    Omg his is just what I was looking for!! I love all of your ideas. This will keep be busy and loving the summer even more than I already do.

  2. Samantha
    June 22, 2018

    Fun list! I am going to try and do each and every single one this Summer!

  3. Alex
    June 29, 2018

    Great post and great ideas for my family .. thanks!

  4. Mary Mack's World
    June 29, 2018

    Very nice ideas in this article! I also like your writing style! Keep it going 🙂

  5. Gaynell
    June 29, 2018

    This is a great list. In my city a lot of people get together and ride their bikes through the city. I said I was going to join one day.

  6. Ani Kay
    June 29, 2018

    I’ve got to get on my Summer bucket list, now that the season has officially started! This is some great inspiration!

  7. Jenny
    July 20, 2018

    I love this list. I’ve completed about 10 of them. A long way to go.

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