50 Fun Summer Activities Checklist


Now that we’re a week into summer it seems like a good time to start planning for a little summer fun. I posted this list of 50 Fun Summer Activities last year, but thought it serves as a good reminder to get out and have some fun in the sun! (Don’t forget your sunscreen.)


A couple of years ago I registered on the Real Simple website for about a dozen of their emails with tips, recipes, and DIY projects. I’ve unsubscribed to most of them because I really don’t need to have my inbox flooded with additional email, however, I still receive a weekly email called Easy Ideas to Help Organize Your Life. This week’s edition included a checklist with 50 fun summer activities. It’s designed so it can be saved and items can be checked off as completed.

I’m not sure how this organizes my life, but there are many fun ideas so I thought I’d share. Get your own list at Real Simple or sign up for some of their newsletters.

Good news! There are still 52 days until the autumnal equinox on September 22 so there’s time to complete the list. (Those is italicized print are the ones I’ve completed!)


  • See a movie at the drive-in (We’ve tried, but it’s always raining!)
  • Walk on the boardwalk and listen to the boards creak under your feet
  • Blow bubbles
  • Play tag, hopscotch, or one of your favorite childhood games
  • Ride a roller coaster
  • Play miniature golf
  • Win a prize at the fair
  • Catch fireflies at night (Didn’t catch any, but saw some in Sanibel in June.)
  • Build a sandcastle at the beach

Eat and Drink

  • Eat a whole lobster with your hands
  • Pick berries and peaches at a farm
  • Buy a Creamsicle from the neighborhood ice cream truck
  • Roast marshmallows over a fire and make s’mores
  • Make lemonade from scratch
  • Eat corn on the cob
  • Sip a sweating glass of iced tea
  • Eat a slice of watermelon
  • Buy fresh produce at the farmers’ market
  • Mix up a pitcher of sangria
  • Eat a soft-serve vanilla ice cream cone with rainbow sprinkles
  • Dig your own clams
  • Have a barbecue


  • Nap in a hammock
  • Have a picnic in the park
  • Sit on a porch swing
  • Stargaze while lying in the grass
  • Watch the sun set from a beach
  • Dangle your feet off a dock
  • Bring a blanket and lie on the grass at an outdoor concert 

The Great Outdoors

  • Pick wildflowers
  • Swim in a lake
  • Rent a bike (Bought a bike!)
  • Go fishing
  • Go camping
  • Play tennis
  • Go for a hike
  • Go kayaking or canoeing
  • Toss a Frisbee

Just Because

  • Collect seashells at the beach
  • Take a last-minute road trip
  • See a summer blockbuster
  • Read a trashy novel
  • Walk barefoot in the grass
  • Get caught in a summer rainstorm (Every day!)
  • Sleep with the windows open
  • Make a summer playlist
  • Smell freshly-cut grass
  • Feel the sun on your back
  • Go to a baseball game

I thought making homemade ice cream and visiting a national or state park should be included on the list. What would you add?



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