Make this the best summer ever with these fun summer bucket list ideas. Or use these bucket list ideas to create your very own family bucket list for this summer! Anything to get you playing and enjoying the summer season to its fullest!
What Is A Bucket List?
If you’ve never made a bucket list before, they’re the best. A lot of people have bucket lists full of items they want to do sometime in their life. Maybe a travel bucket list of places they want to travel or a seasonal bucket list of things they want to do this summer. It’s basically a list of things you want to accomplish within a set amount of time.
While some people like to put together say a lifetime bucket list, I prefer to make bucket lists for short periods of time such as the summer. This year our summer is the shortest it has ever been with my son going to kindergarten in the fall – that means we only have three months to finish everything on our summer bucket list!
100 Summer Bucket List Ideas
Everyone’s bucket list can be a little different, but these bucket list ideas should hopefully be enough to get you started with creating your own!
This list has 100 ideas of fun things to do this summer, things you can do with kids or without. I tried to make them generic enough that they were things everyone can do, not just people who live in the DFW area like we do. If you want to use this one, you can click here to download the free printable summer bucket list.
- Go to Mount Puppy or another imaginary destination from this list
- Go on a bike ride
- Make popsicles like these ocean blue ones with gummy sharks inside
- Build a fort
- Do a cartwheel
- Roll down a hill
- Bury your toes in the sand
- Fly a kite
- Jump over the waves
- Build a sandcastle
- Go to a drive-in movie theater
- Eat a hot dog straight from the grill
- Go on a picnic and a picnic scavenger hunt
- Have a water fight
- Play one of these outdoor water games
- Have a watermelon seed spitting contest
- Have a family board game tournament
- Go to a carnival
- Listen to an outdoor concert
- Go to a waterpark
- Do a cannonball
- Play in the sprinklers
- Watch fireworks
- Sit in a hammock
- Buy something at a garage sale
- Create your own lemonade stand
- Eat a snow cone
- Go to some sort of festival
- Bake cookies and give them to someone else with these treat tags
- Make root beer floats
- Watch a movie on the big screen
- Go to a farmer’s market
- Get a temporary tattoo
- Watch early morning cartoons
- Snuggle in bed during a summer thunderstorm
- Have an indoor campout or if the weather cooperates, go camping
- Get books to read at the library
- Play kickball
- Swim in a lake
- Make homemade pizza
- Catch fireflies
- Watch a sunset
- Go on a roadtrip
- Build a sand castle
- Learn something new
- Make something explode
- Go to an amusement park
- Dance it out
- Eat a funnel cake
- Volunteer somewhere
- Paint something
- Make one of these easy summer crafts
- Jump in puddles
- Make and play a backyard game
- Eat breakfast for dinner
- Go on a staycation
- Collect seashells
- Go ice blocking
- Stay up past midnight
- Pick berries
- Eat ice cream before it melts
- Make s’mores
- Have a water balloon fight
- Play beach ball volleyball
- Plant flowers
- Get a mosquito bite
- Eat corn on the cob
- Travel somewhere you’ve never been
- Go to a museum
- Find a dinosaur
- Spend a day barefoot
- Lay on grass and look at the stars
- Drink ice cold lemonade
- Have a family slumber party
- Swing on the swings
- Go to a baseball game
- Send a postcard
- Go to a fair
- Go to camp
- Hike a mountain
- Run a race
- Take a picture by a colored wall
- Make homemade ice cream
- Relax in a lazy river
- Ride a roller coaster
- Order pizza at the pool
- Buy a new pair of sandals (these Sanuks are my favorite)
- Go fishing
- Play frisbee
- Drink a tropical drink
- Go to a splash pad
- Sleep in
- Find a sunflower
- Float in a pool
- Wave a flag
- Try 12 flavors of ice cream
- Have a backyard BBQ
- Go see a show
- Find a double rainbow
- Play until the daylight is gone
Make Your Own Summer Bucket List
The best part about a bucket list is that it should be all your own. I’ve given you 100+ ideas of things to do this summer. Feel free to pick and choose from this list of summer bucket list ideas and create one that’s perfect for your own family! And unlike my list, feel free to get specific. If there’s a place you want to eat, add that specific restaurant to your list. Oh and don’t forget to plan an imaginary adventure to one of these fun filled destinations.
Free Printable Summer Bucket List
Enter your first name and email address in the form below to print! You will be taken directly to the PDF of the game and received an email copy as well. If you do not see a form, please click here to get to it!
Make sure to pin these summer bucket list ideas for later!
A Bucket List Kind of Summer
This summer is a special one for my family. My sister and brother-in-law moved in with us just for the summer. It’s the first time we’ve ever had family living with us, and it’s amazing! They’ve been taking my son on daily adventures while I get some work done, and then we all play together as a family at night.
It’s also a special summer for Radio Flyer as they celebrate their 100th anniversary this year. Radio Flyer was started 100 years ago by creator Antonio Pasin with the dream to bring joy to every boy and every girl. I’d say he succeeded since Radio Flyer is still the most loved brand for kids’ wheels and still in the business of fostering play and imagination in kids 100 years later.
As part of the 100th year anniversary celebration, Radio Flyer created a Travel Agency just for kids. Talk about an amazing bucket list item! Instead of planning trips to normal places like Disney World, the kids were able to come to the travel agency and both plan and go on trips to places like Mount Puppy and Cotton Candy Swamp!
A visit to Mount Puppy was the first thing we added to our summer bucket list. The second thing? Go on a bike ride. My son isn’t quite ready yet for a two-wheeler, so we used the Radio Flyer Build-A-Trike option and built him a tricycle that’s perfect for all of our adventures. It’s red, has his name, and even has a basket in the back for bringing along his friends.
And it was perfect for our first summer bike ride – a bike ride to Mount Puppy.
Enter to Win Your Own Radio Flyer Wheels
Would your kids love a set of Radio Flyer wheels of their own? Radio Flyer is currently hosting a Stars & Stripes Giveaway where they’re giving away a different set of wheels every day in June. Today’s prize is a Radio Flyer 3-in-1 EZ Fold Wagon and who knows what tomorrow’s prize will be! You can get full details and enter the giveaway here.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Radio Flyer. The opinions and text are all mine.