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Think summer is going anywhere anytime soon? Not for me, at least! Summer is in full swing and I have only tackled so much of my summertime bucket list! I need more weekends added to the hottest time of year before I have to hunt down the best Halloween costume, then pin Thanksgiving recipes, and before you know it – ringing in a new year!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of shares her summertime bucket list of all the things you need to do before summer is over. Check all these off your summer bucket list soon!

Summertime Bucket List

But before all of that comes up, I need to get cracking on my summertime bucket list. These are just a few things that I’m looking forward to, and these are just half of them! What else should I add to my list that you have to do this summer?

Spend a Night Under the Stars

What better way to align yourself and your thoughts than laying out under the stars – just mesmerized by their beauty?! Go out in the backyard with your fur baby and enjoy some quiet meditation time.

Organize Your Closet

Have you been faced with the age-old saying – I have nothing to wear! Do a summer cleaning and donate the things you’re not wearing anymore. Purge the closet so that you have more room to add some thrifted #HotGirlSummer attire! Find out how good simple living feels and make Marie Kondo proud.

Road Trip With Your Besties!

Get in the car this weekend, fill up with gas, and call up your girls because y’all are going on a road trip! It doesn’t have to be long or even far, but get out of town and enjoy some quality time with your girl gang and make sure you have a great DJ in the shotgun seat! Soak up all the scenery, stop at the viewpoints and take your time. A country back road route may give an opportunity to see baby horses, sunflowers and be a much need change from the city life. Don’t forget to take lots of road trip photos for Instagram!

Go To A Summer Concert or Festival

Who said festival season was over? Not me! Find out if there’s anything happening near you and pack up! Even if it’s nothing big and just a smaller, indie festival, try it out for size. Who knows what cool new artists or friends you might find.

Make A Summer Playlist

What better way to commemorate the Summer of 2019 than with a summer playlist! Make sure you throw some Lizzo, Ariana Grande, Khalid, and the new Drake album on there to really remember the more awesome summer ever.

Have An At-Home Spa Day

Babe, you deserve it. We’re halfway through the year so decompress all that stress and Pinterest some ideas for an at-home spa day for yourself. Get some bath bombs, cucumber mask, and tell your BF that you’ll be unavailable for the next couple of hours.

Go To A Museum

Get yourself out there and learn about things you never expected. Museums don’t have to be boring – make a whole day out of it! Get the old-school walkmans they offer and really dive in with all it offers.


I know there are countless animal shelters, special needs facilities, and senior citizens homes that are always in need of volunteers! Research in your area what is around you and see what you can do to spend your free time.

Go On An Overnight Hiking Trip

What better way to be out with nature than to explore it?! Pack up a bag and hike the designated trails around you that permit overnight hiking. Make sure you bring a buddy so that the two of you can look at the stars and enjoy the fresh, outdoor night air together. Not to mention having a buddy keeps you safe in case you get lost!

Have A Campfire With Friends + S’mores

You’re killin’ me smalls! S’mores are the best way to have the best night. Invite a group of friends over (or during your overnight hiking trip!), start a fire, and get to roastin’! To make it more creative, bring strawberry marshmallows and chocolate graham crackers to put a twist on the classic camping snack. There are so many s’more recipes you can try outdoors and in.

Group of friends camping.They are sitting around fire camp.
Photo credit: Day Of Victory Studio/Shutterstock.

Watch the Sunrise

Not a morning person? Try it for one day by getting up before the sun does, wrap yourself up in your favorite robe or blanket, make a cup of coffee, and sit out on your porch, watching the sun come up. It will be so worth it, but if need be, you’ll still have time for a nap before work. You will want to bring along your camera and get some sunrise photos for the ‘gram.

Attend An Outdoor Group Fitness Activity

Remember that scene in Bridesmaids where they are sitting a little ways from the Terry Crew’s workout group in the park? Get your bestie and go do that! Well, maybe pay for the class first. But get out and see what groups are doing hikes, bootcamps, or fun runs! You could make some new friends all the while working out!

Go Thrifting

Now that your closet is purged from clothes you don’t wear, go to the thrift store. Not only are you getting clothes new to you, but you don’t have to spend a ton of money in the process of redoing your wardrobe. Make Macklemore proud and buy his granddad’s clothes.

Practice Make a New Summer Drink

There are few things in this world better than a restaurant’s homemade sangria or frozen margaritas. Go home and try to find a Pinterest recipe that mimics it and see how close you can get to it! Whether it be making some alcoholic fruit or the infamous Cosmopolitan, make your kitchen into a science lab and bring your latest concoction to your fam’s BBQ.

Watch a Drive-In Movie or an Outdoor Movie in the Park

If you don’t have the honor of having a drive-in, tons of parks and open areas have “movie in the park” nights during summer weekends so be sure to look up what is going on in your neighborhood. But if you are able to park your car in a lot with others then be sure to load up with a pizza and blankets then pop the trunk for an awesome time.

Go to the Farmers Market

Nothing beats going to a farmers market where you can actually meet the people who grow and make the food you are about to purchase. And the atmosphere is incredible – everyone seems happier, lighter, and just excited to be out and about shopping for fresh produce. There are so many great reasons to buy local food.

Go Fruit or Berry Picking

Since summer is prime fruit and berry season, find local orchards or farms that allow the public to come and pick something fresh! You get to pick your own bushel of fruit and can add them to any pies you’re making or ice cream you have stored in the freezer! If you have any kiddos around or are babysitting, this is a fun outing to do with them, too! You might enjoy this guide to cherries or this guide to strawberries on your berry picking adventures.

Go to the Fair, a Festival or an Amusement Park

Is there a local county fair happening near you or do you live near Disneyland or a Six Flags? Have you ever camped out at a summer festival? Round up your buddies and convince them that y’all need to pause adulting for a day and go act like a kid and ride all the rides! Honestly, there’s nothing better than experiencing these parks as an adult and being able to ride whatever you want, when you want!

Make Ice Cream!

Another childhood classic, but you can add your own twist. Use the fruit from your berry hunt to create a fun, new ice cream flavor combination! And really, you can just stick to the classics and relive some sweet nostalgia. Every summertime bucket list needs to include ice cream! Try out my favourite ice cream maker…it even makes gelato!

Homemade pumpkin ice cream.
No Churn Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Take a Detox From Technology

TBH – this is something we should do on the regular. But what better time to detox yourself from a sometimes toxic environment than a slow summer day? Keep your phone on silent and only use it if you need to open up that playlist of yours, take a long walk or paint on some summer nails. Keep off social media for 24 hours and watch your stress go down. Work on your summer reading list. We all need this sometimes! Think of all the time you will have to plan how to tackle your summertime bucket list!

Summer-Clean Your House or Car

Who says you can’t Spring-clean in the summer? Before you go on your planned out road trip, take the time to really deep clean your car. Get the oil checked, get air in the tires, and take it to the car wash. Nowadays there are all-inclusive car washes where they will do everything from cleaning the exterior, interior, and top off your washer fluids. For your house, before you invite everyone over for s’mores night, vacuum up the carpet, wash up fresh sheets, and light candles all over to detox any smells or bad vibes. You’ll feel better and it is super relaxing!

Host a Family Get-Together

A family that BBQs together, stays together – right? This is a perfect way to end the summer by capping it off with a family dinner/potluck. If your family is near you, this is a great excuse to get them altogether. Far from your fam? No worries – invite over the friends who have become family and it will be just as loving and fun! These is still time to check this off your summertime bucket list!

Go Boating on the Lake or Ocean

Utilize that one friend with a boat! Take it out on your local lake or an ocean, bring a pack of White Claw, and blast some Luke Bryan! Got a dog like Beau who loves to swim? Bring them along, too! (Just don’t forget their life vest!) Hanging out on the water is soothing, you get to sunbathe, and hey – you get to watch the guys make fools out of each other by doing backflips into the water. Keep your phone out in case one makes an Insta-worthy belly flop!

Take More Photos

Now you don’t have to take up photography as a full-time gig, but don’t forget to capture the moment of things. Being surrounded by your friends is great, just make sure you get them all together in a group photo where you all can look back on one day and reminisce. Make sure you’re in a few of them, too! Don’t forget to grab some ideas for Instagram captions.

Go on a Stay-Cation

Whether by yourself or with your closest gal pals or your SO, rent out a hotel room for the weekend and treat yourselves! It’s always nice to get out of the house and see things with fresh eyes, so go to a nice resort or hotel and take the weekend to recharge with your favs. Sometimes time close to home to all you need on your summertime bucket list. There are so many great ideas for staycations.

Try a New Hobby

Summer is the perfect time to try new hobbies and explore your creativity. Whether it’s painting, knitting, or cooking, there’s always something new to learn. Have you wanted a rock tumbler since you were 8 years old? Ya, me too! This is your sign to try something you have wanted to do for so long! Other fun hobbies to consider include gardening, birdwatching, or even learning a new language. The possibilities are endless, so why not try something new this summer?

More Ideas for What to do This Summer

  • Go on a road trip with friends or family.
  • Attend a music festival or outdoor concert.
  • Visit a national park.
  • Go on a camping trip.
  • Learn how to play disc golf.
  • Attend a sporting event or game.
  • Host a barbecue or outdoor party.
  • Take a scenic bike ride.
  • Go kayaking in a local lake.
  • Learn how to surf.
  • Take a yoga class outdoors.

  • Attend an outdoor movie screening.
  • Try wakeboarding or jet skiing.
  • Visit a farmers’ market.
  • Go to a food truck festival.
  • Go on a hot air balloon ride.
  • Go on a birdwatching adventure.
  • Attend a Renaissance fair or other cultural festival.
  • Take a pottery or art class.
  • Volunteer to walk dogs at the shelter.
  • Go stargazing or attend an astronomy event.

Ideas for How to Keep Busy This Summer

  • Have a picnic in the park (easy picnic ideas).
  • Join a summer book club or writer’s group.
  • Try a new restaurant patio.
  • Go thrifting at yard sales.
  • Go on a sunset sail or boat ride.
  • Visit a winery or brewery.
  • Go to a water park or amusement park.
  • Take a nature photography class or workshop.
  • Visit a museum or art gallery.
  • Go to a drive in movie theatre.

  • Learn how to do your own canning.
  • Go to a flea market or vintage fair.
  • Attend a poetry reading or slam.
  • Try a new hobby, such as gardening or woodworking.
  • Go on a zip-lining or ropes course adventure.
  • Attend a cultural celebration, such as a powwow.
  • Visit a historical site or monument.
  • Take a dance class or attend a dance performance.
  • Go to a music festival.
  • Visit an animal sanctuary or wildlife reserve.

Keep Busy with Summer Bucket List Ideas

  • Go on a shopping spree at a flea market or thrift store.
  • Attend a craft fair or handmade market.
  • Try a new fitness class, such as Pilates or barre.
  • Go on a brewery or winery tour.
  • Attend a live theater performance.
  • Host a water balloon or squirt gun fight.
  • Take a stand-up paddleboard yoga class.
  • Visit a botanical garden or arboretum.
  • Go on a cave exploration or spelunking adventure.
  • Attend a street fair or carnival.

  • Take a horseback riding lesson or trail ride.
  • Go on a fishing trip or deep-sea fishing excursion.
  • Volunteer at a local charity or community event.
  • Attend an outdoor theater or concert performance.
  • Try geocaching or treasure hunting.
  • Go on a bike tour of your city or town.
  • Attend a cooking competition or food challenge.
  • Take a painting or drawing class outdoors.
  • Visit a local farm or orchard.
  • Go on a scenic helicopter or airplane ride.

  • Attend a beer or wine tasting event.
  • Go on a glamping or luxury camping trip.
  • Take a sailing lesson or charter a sailboat.
  • Attend a car show or auto racing event.
  • Go on a whale watching or dolphin spotting tour.
  • Take a pottery class.
  • Go mountain biking.
  • Plan an off-road ATV adventure.
  • Visit a waterfall or natural swimming hole.
  • Go on a snorkeling or scuba diving excursion.

  • Attend a food or beverage pairing event.
  • Go on a tandem skydiving or bungee jumping adventure.
  • Take a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh ride.
  • Attend a re-enactment or historical re-creation event.
  • Try some of these fun beach date ideas.
  • Visit a castle or historical mansion.
  • Attend a cultural dance or music performance.

Learn a New Skill This Summer

Summer is Flying By!

Summer is only so long and depending on where you are, you only have a limited time before the cold comes sweeping in! Let’s get all of these checked off this extreme summer bucket list and get ready to make room for a new one come autumn! Where you are checking off this summer bucket list with your BF, BFF or your family you are sure to have fun. Get tan, take an extra 30 minutes to swim in the pool, and enjoy the summer heat while you can – winter is coming!

Tell me about your summertime bucket list!

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.


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  1. I love all of these summer ideas Bella! I spent time organizing my closet this summer and now have a huge pile of clothes I need to take to Goodwill or a consignment shop. I have also had a number of super fun boat days and watched a movie under the stars on a boat in London, it was so fun!

  2. This is such a fun summer bucket list! I’ve gone to so many festivals this summer. They’re my favorite! I also love drive-in movies! So much fun!

  3. We love going to outdoor movies in the summer. We’re lucky to have several free ones each week to choose from.