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25 Things to Cross off Your 2021 Summer Bucket List

July 21, 2021 2 min read 10 Comments

When it comes to having a blast, ya really can’t do it without a saying we’ve heard all our lives…“Time flies when you’re having fun!”  

While the times may be different, we can still find fun in summer!  The spirit of entertaining, new adventures, and freedom to enjoy longer daylight hours, is something enough to get excited about. This is especially true now that most of the nation is easing up on pandemic restrictions.

As the country dips its toes into this transition, we can still do our part to usher in a happy summer by continuing to respect people’s choices about whether or not folks still want to mask up or have appropriate distancing while out in public. We never know what other people’s situation is (health, emotional, or otherwise) so let’s all try and be mindful as we all try and enjoy this long-awaited summer. 

With that in mind, enjoy the season of sunshine, let your hair down, and create a list of amusing things to do and enjoy!

Here’s a few from my own list to get you started. See how many you can check off or add!

  1. Visit a local fair
  2. Make fresh lemon water or lemonade
  3. Go on a hike or a nature walk
  4. Waterguns, bubble blowers, and kites… get in touch with your inner child 
  5. Eat shaved ice, go out for ice-cream, or go out for fro-yo 
  6. Make a summer music playlist
  7. Have yourself a picnic or eat lunch outside
  8. Take a mid-day nap
  9. Go on a road trip even if it’s just a town over by car or train, or a few blocks away by walking a new route
  10. Watch the sunrise
  11. Gaze at the stars (binoculars optional)
  12. Unplug from technology
  13. Tie-dye clothing
  14. Go to an outdoor concert or festival
  15. Buy a small plant 
  16. Visit a museum
  17. Have a bonfire
  18. Pick a summer read book in a new genre
  19. Make a slip ‘n’ slide (add bubbles for some extra fun)
  20. Have a fruit salad or smoothie
  21. Cheer on your favorite team during the Summer Olympics…pom poms and all (Go Team USA)
  22. Go bike riding
  23. Visit a nearby zoo or aquarium
  24. Go wine tasting on a sunny afternoon. No winery? No problem!  Chill a few inexpensive bottles and lightly sip away
  25. Watch a firework show

Want some more summer fun? Check out some of my other summer-related articles!

What are you looking forward to this summer?


  • Jasmine Martin July 22, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    I’ve done a few things on this list. I went hiking, made a Summer playlist, and went to a bonfire.

    • annaelleliz July 22, 2021 at 4:42 pm

      Ooh nice! I’m determined to find a bonfire and get my hike on this summer…probably gonna have to look out of NYC though, lol!

  • Cynthia Nicoletti July 22, 2021 at 10:44 am

    I have so much more to do on your list !!! What great ideas love them !!

    • annaelleliz July 22, 2021 at 4:36 pm

      Woohoo for some summer fun! So glad you liked some of the ideas!

  • monicasimpson28 July 21, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    We finally wrote down all the things we wanted to do on our Bucket List. I will add watching the Olympics! I’m super excited for gymnastics.

    • annaelleliz July 22, 2021 at 4:36 pm

      The opening ceremony is this Friday and I’m so excited. I can’t wait to see gymnastics too, and swimming!

  • Amber Myers July 21, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    You have a great list here. We have done a lot of these. We probably will not unplug from technology, ha. I’ll be honest with that one.

    • annaelleliz July 22, 2021 at 4:13 pm

      Lol, it is a hard one! I always say start small and then build up if you want ?

  • Mimi July 21, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    I love these! I definitely need to make the resolution of doing more

    • annaelleliz July 22, 2021 at 4:04 pm

      Aww thank you! Haha I made the list and still need to do some 🤣

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