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80 Things to do this summer :: Make it a #summertoremember!

80 Things to do this summer :: Make it a #summertoremember!

80 Things to do this summer. Image via Indulgy

80 Things to do this summer. Image via Indulgy

Every summer I make a list of things I want to do - from the simplest of things like catching fireflies with my youngest to those that require more planning like taking road trips throughout New England. It's easy to fall into the daily routine of mundaneness, even in summertime. There are a few things that make the list every year that I never seem to be able to get to and yet I write them down none the less... One day I will get to these things... One day I will! I also leave room at the bottom for the things I hadn't written but have done. It's good fun to look back at the list at the end of the season. For those with kids headed off to college, and for those with young kids these lists can also help with planning. Why not include the whole family and see what ideas everyone else contributes. Feel free to use my list for inspiration and build your own from there.

80 Things to do this summer :: Make it a #summertoremember! Image via Pinterest

80 Things to do this summer :: Make it a #summertoremember! Image via Pinterest

  1. Make ice cream from scratch - using salt, ice + cream or an ice cream ball
  2. Make s'mores 
  3. Have a picnic dinner on the beach
  4. Wake up early and watch the sunrise from the beach (lake, etc) 
  5. Go paddleboarding
  6. Go kayaking
  7. Learn to surf
  8. Learn to sail
  9. Discover new ice cream shops 
  10. Start a visual journal with either photos or illustrations
  11. Discover new outdoor restaurants
  12. Start a quest for the best Lobster rolls 
  13. Make your own dill pickles
  14. Bake a loaf of strawberry bread for your neighbor (or keep it for yourself!)
  15. Play mini golf
  16. Go horseback riding (take a lesson!)
  17. Go ice skating
  18. Have a Christmas Party in July 
  19. Visit a local vineyard
  20. Visit a local brewery
  21. Visit a local distillery
  22. Go to a fair 
  23. Go to an amusement park
  24. Go waterskiing
  25. Go inner tubing on a lake or lazy river
  26. Climb a ropes course and go ziplining
  27. Take a nap on the porch
  28. Make Sun tea
  29. Go to a flea market
  30. Picnic at an outdoor concert
  31. Search for sea glass or shells 
  32. Have a movie marathon on a hot, steamy or rainy weekend 
  33. Start a container garden
  34. Go on a ferry or boat ride 
  35. Rent a convertible
  36. Make a "tape" with your favorite songs of the summer
  37. Visit a museum
  38. Explore a new town
  39. Stay at a local hotel for the perfect "staycation"
  40. Go to the farmer's market and make lunch or dinner with only local ingredients
  41. Visit a local botanical garden
  42. Host an outdoor movie night - (great for kids of all ages!)
  43. Create an obstacle course in your backyard (great for kids)
  44. Go on a hike
  45. Find local attractions you haven't been to and visit a few of them
  46. Make fresh Lemonade
  47. Create a scavenger hunt (great for kids)
  48. Host a Make your Own Sundae Party (great for kids and teens)
  49. Pick your own strawberries
  50. Pick your own blueberries  
  51. Bake a pie using your freshly picked berries
  52. Make your own strawberry jam (It's so much easier than you'd think!)
  53. Visit a local carnival
  54. Make your own pickles
  55. Wash a car or have teens host a car wash
  56. Set up a lemonade stand with your children 
  57. Visit a waterpark
  58. Have a water balloon fight
  59. Have a sponge ball fight
  60. Tie-dye some old T-shirts, sheets or pillow cases
  61. REVERSE tie-dye some stained shirts. The results are amazing!!
  62. Peruse a bookstore
  63. Peruse your local library
  64. Unplug for a couple of hours and lose yourself in a good book
  65. Take a floral arranging class
  66. Take a watercolor class
  67. Learn calligraphy
  68. Have breakfast on the beach
  69. Sit on the porch and watch a thunderstorm
  70. Go stargazing - be on the lookout for shooting stars
  71. Plan a family road trip
  72. Have a Christmas in July party, with decorations, music and all!
  73. Swim or go in a hot tub in a heavy summer rain (without thunder and lightning!)
  74. Perform a random act of kindness
  75. Create an inspiration board or book
  76. Learn something new
  77. Try a new sport or form of exercise 
  78. Create an obstacle course in a swimming pool
  79. Go skinny dipping at midnight
  80. Make your own fringe jeans or shorts
80 Things to do this summer - Image via Pinterest

80 Things to do this summer - Image via Pinterest

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