Your Next Summer Bucket List

 
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Now that summer is just around the corner, we feel that it’s important to get allll the fun things in before the weather turns cold and dark again.

To us, summer means swimming in the water, following the path of the setting sun, sitting on the pier, watching the day turn gold then dark, evenings around the fire + long talks deep into the night, drinking a cool glass of water after a hot run, looking forward to the blast of cool at the grocery store or restaurant, cutting your hair short to keep your neck cool, or wet trampolines filled with falling, laughing children. In other words, summer means sun-kissed & carefree days, and a friendly sun filling your soul & mind.

There’s just something about these summer days that can make you feel like everything is right in the world. Because it’s basically the best thing that has ever existed, we want to make sure you squeeze every drop out of summer that you can!

We’ve created a fun & easy bucket list to do with you and your bestie and/or significant other. We recommend that you try to learn something new this summer as well! Whether it’s learning how to cook, or getting in the habit of working out, summer is always a great time to start!

Outdoor edition:

1) Kayaking
-Go to a river or a lake, and make a day of it! Don’t forget to pack a cooler to have a picnic or snack.

2) Hiking
-Even if you don’t live in paradise, there are always parks and trails not too far away. Try googling “hiking trails near me” if you need help. This is a great way to explore the area!

3) Rock climbing
-Most cities have an indoor rock climbing gym. This is both fun + active, plus bonus! It’ll keep you cool on hot summer days.

4) Go fishing
-Just make sure you have a license and everything you need! Find a pond or lake, bring a chair and drink, and relax. *Pro tip: the best time to go fishing is usually in the evening.

5) Fly a kite

6) Catch lightning bugs

7) Bike to an ice cream shop

8) Rooftop dinner
-Skip the picnic at the park, and sit on your roof and have a candlelit dinner!

9) Have a water balloon fight

10) Go to a drive-in

11) Geocaching
-Download the app to find your treasure!

Fitness edition:

1) Walking
-One great way to explore is to go on foot! Even if you know an area pretty well, you see a lot more on a walk. It’s also a great way to relax in the evenings and hear how your partner or bestie’s day went.

2) Ballroom dance/ Swing dance
-There are quite a few cities that host swing dance or ballroom dancing parties in a park or outside. Usually you’re taught the dances and it can be a fun way to learn something new.

3) Color run/Fun run
-Summertime often has unique and fun races you can do. Sign up for a 5k with a twist and use it as motivation to get in shape an enjoy the race!

4) Yoga on the lake
-Quite a few lakes will host yoga classes on your paddle board. This is a fun way to get your zen on and workout!

Food edition:

1) Cooking subscription
-Suck it up, because now is the time to do it! If you want to learn how to cook, signing up for a cooking subscription is a fun and easy way to learn the basics of cooking.

2) Strawberry/blueberry picking
-Ever done this as a kid and remember stuffing your mouths full of berries? Yeah, we do too. Go pick berries and make homemade jam to store over the winter!

3) Start a garden
-Even if you don’t have the space for a garden, we even recommend growing herbs in a pot. We love growing oregano, parsley, cilantro, basil, and mint for the summer. Fresh food is the best way to enjoy the summer.

4) Local farmers market
-We like the farmers market not only for its fresh food and fun handmade creations, but also to get to know the locals in the area and support small businesses. There’s something a lot more meaningful about buying something from a local shop.

5) Try cooking a new dish
-We recommend trying buttery mushroom risotto, grilled pizza, greek salmon, bruschetta, deluxe burgers, or veggie pasta with goat cheese. Pinterest has some delicious ideas and different takes for all of these.

Volunteer edition:

1) Animal shelter
-Walk the dogs and pet the cats!

2) Youth/kids
-VBS, summer camps, art camp, sports camp are just a few you could look into.

3) Nursing home

4) Pay a stranger’s bill
-What about picking up a strangers tab at the drive through? Tell the cashier you’ll cover the person behind you.

5) Build a house for Habitat for Humanity

We’d love to hear what you’re planning to do this summer! Share what your plans are in the comments below.