Summer is a warm time when the world is your oyster when anything and everything seem possible. For some, summer may seem like a distant memory, buried underneath the piles of snow and layers of coats you are still wearing. However, the truth is that when summer approaches, take a moment to celebrate.
What ideas you have to do in an ultimate summer mostly depend on your personal interest, which may differ from person-to-person. But whatever you choose to do, summer is the time to try it.
Here are 20 ideas for an ultimate summer:
1) GO CAMPING
Camping is a fun activity that you can do with your family and friends. It gives you a chance to get close and bond with each other, even though you were all separated by busy lives. Camping gives everyone a chance to take it easy, breathe some fresh air and enjoy the nature in its most natural state.
Going camping adding a goal of creativity will still be long-lasting and also fun. You can also invite your friends and make a competition out of it. For example, you can have a contest to have the coolest tent.
If you are interested in camping, remember to pack everything that is needed such as food, water, and tent. You may also want to bring a survivalist manual for emergencies and also for if you get lost. Most importantly, bring your sense of adventure.
2) HIKING IN THE WOODS
Hiking in the wood is not only an amazing way to get out of the city for a couple of hours, it’s also a great way to get exercise and enjoy nature. If you are into photography, hiking is a great way to capture beautiful moments.
Moreover, hiking in the woods is a great way to experience solitude and meditation. Hiking in the woods is also a way of connecting with yourself that can help you reevaluate your current state of mind.
If you do not have a partner, do not worry. You can go solo! Just remember to bring water and some snacks along the way. If you plan on camping overnight or hiking in a place with no cell phone signal, make sure to tell people where you will be going.
3) VISIT THE OCEAN
You can enjoy, as well as make your summer memorable by visiting the ocean for a day full of sand and sunshine. Enter a sandcastle building contest, search for seashells or re-awaken your inner child and fly a kite. Relax under a beach umbrella and enjoy the sound of crashing waves and a delightful sea breeze.
In addition, you can also have a swim or just lie on the sea sand and take a nap. If you are not very fond of swimming, you can learn to surf. Surfing is a great way to enjoy the ocean and have fun in summer.
Plan ahead! If you will be going to the beach with a significant other, bring a blanket and some snacks that are sure to impress. Be sure to arrive early before things start to get busy, and remember that it can get quite hot at the beach, so pack accordingly.
4) GO FOR A SWIM
Take advantage of the water around you by swimming in a lake, an ocean, a river or a pool as swimming is a fun way to get some exercise in summer. Also, relish the embrace of nice, cool water on a hot day and enjoy a relaxing float or splash around with your kids.
Furthermore, many beaches offer swimming lessons for both children and adults. Usually, these lessons are held in the morning, so bring a beach umbrella and an extra change of clothes because swimming can be tiring.
If you are not a good swimmer or wish to improve your skills, ask someone to go with you. It is also very important to pay attention to warning flags on the beach or at the pool because they indicate if it is safe to swim or not.
5) WHAT ABOUT GAZING THE STARS?
Aren’t you curious about blinking objects in the night sky? If you are, sleep under the stars and experience the awe-inspiring view they have to offer. Aim to find a spot far away from any city lights where you can get the full experience of the stars.
For make it extra fun, try to identify all of the constellations. If possible, plan this bucket list item for a time when a meteor shower is happening. If you are lucky, you can see a shooting star then.
But beware of mosquitoes! Even though you will be far away from the city, where there are lights and people, there are also mosquitos. You may want to bring along a bug repellent in case you get bitten.
6) HOST A SUMMER PARTY
If you love to socialize and enjoy yourself, try hosting a summer party. Party planning can be a fun activity that allows you to get creative and make some new friends too. Throw a movie night on the roof, take turns hosting Sunday barbecues or organize an evening water volleyball tournament on the beach.
This types of summer activities will be a great way to get together and relax with friends, family and acquaintances. Plus, it is an easy way to make new summer friends too! Remember that when you throw a party, you should also take into account all the necessary preparation.
For example, you need to have enough food and drinks on hand. You also may want to consider having an extra toilet in case guests bring along extra guests. Also, you may also want to designate someone as the bartender. Do not forget to clean up at the end of the day!
7) HAVE A CAMPFIRE
A warm campfire is a great way to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the beauty of nature. Have your own marshmallows and roasted hotdogs or roast some s’ mores with your best friends around the bonfire for an amazing summer memory.
Campfires can also be used for cooking dinner, so try making delicious s’mores sandwiches! Campfires can also be used for a means of staying warm during cold summer nights.
Before igniting the fire, you will want to make sure that you are well prepared. To do this, you will want to gather wood and then create a pit in the ground. You will also want to be sure to have a water and bucket or hose on hand in case of emergencies. Don’t forget to bringing some type of sound system or portable speakers.
8) GO ON AN ADVENTUROUS TRIP
Plan a trip that is full of exciting activities such as hiking, biking or camping. If you are looking for more adventures, try attending a festival in another city. However, make sure to plan your trip ahead so you do not need to worry about accommodation or transportation issues.
For example, if you are planning a trip to another city, book hotels or hostels ahead of time so that you do not find yourself stranded somewhere with nowhere to sleep. Also, be sure to plan out your transportation. If you made a reservation at a hotel, ask them what the best transportation options are or how you can get around when visiting the city.
Additionally, you should also plan ahead for food. Perhaps you will be particular about what type of food you will want to eat while there. In this situation, make sure that you bring along healthy snacks, such as fruits and water since the weather can change quickly.
9) HAVE A PICNIC IN THE PARK
Picnics may seem like an old-fashioned idea, but they are very beneficial for being healthy and eating right. Not only is it a great way to get outside and enjoy nature, but it is also an opportunity to teach your kids about outdoor dining.
In summer, go outside and enjoy the fresh, crisp air. Bring along some food and eat outside. If you have kids, throw them a tug-of-war contest or make some crafts as you eat your meal.
If you are camping, go exploring in the woods and don’t forget to take a jar of those yummy apple cider donuts or homemade apple pie with you! Don’t forget the sunscreen either! When eating out, make sure that you bring along healthy picky-eater food such as fruit and vegetables that are not fried or cooked with oil. This will ensure that your kids do not get hyper from eating bad food.
10) TRY WHITEWATER RAFTING IF POSSIBLE
Trying whitewater rafting is another way of making your summer adventurous. If you are looking for an experience to remember and want to overcome some fears, try whitewater rafting.
If there are places to experience whitewater rafting across the country, choose a fun destination and book your trip early in advance. Adrenaline seekers will be hopping on these raft trips soon.
11) TAKE A ROAD TRIP
For taking a weekend road trip somewhere new, plan a stress-free road trip to a nearby location for just a couple of days that will give you some fantastic new experiences.
If you want and have time, you can also opt to take a longer road trip and see more places on your summer bucket list. Just remember that you should plan in advance and be sure to travel with people who you get along well with, so you can enjoy the drive.
But, keep in mind that as time goes by, you may find that you have to make necessary stops along your way. In this case, it is good to plan out the stops ahead of time so that you do not need to stop too early and waste precious time.
12) SPLASH AT A WATERPARK
Whether you have a waterpark in your hometown or need to take a road trip to reach one, make the waterpark experience a must for this summer. Just be sure to remember your sunscreen!
Splashing at a waterpark is a great way to have fun with friends and family. Remember that you will want to plan ahead, so you can wear swimsuits if needed. Also, buy your tickets online in advance so you do not need to wait when you arrive at the park.
You may want to consider bringing along extra towels and sunscreen, just in case. Waterparks also usually sell food, but this may be more expensive than eating at home before going there. Additionally, you should also bring along a large beach towel with a backpack and change of clothes in case you come across an accident.
13) WORK IN YOUR GARDEN
Planting vegetable plants in summer is a great way to spend time outside and get some fresh air. Make sure to plant a variety of vegetables, since this is the best way to preserve your harvest.
When planting your seeds, make sure that it is not too late in the season when doing so. This means that you should do so before the weather gets too hot and the ground dries out, as well as making sure that you have all of the necessities ready, such as seeds, fertilizer, mulch and fertilizer.
In addition to all of these supplies, find someone who can take care of your garden while you are away on vacation or busy with other tasks. This will help ensure that your garden will continue growing during the summer months without fail.
14) DETOX FROM TECHNOLOGY
Say goodbye to your phone, your computer and your TV for two or three days and allow yourself to connect more deeply with yourself, your family, your friends and with nature.
By detoxing from technology for a few days, you will gain experiences of healing, strength, happiness and love. You will also be able to see that you can create these beautiful experiences without technology or any devices whatsoever.
Prepare for an adventure of a lifetime when you take a vacation with no technology at all! Traveling without technology is the best way to get in touch with your senses and ultimately find out how you truly feel.
15) GO ON A VACATION WITH YOUR CHILD
Bring your child along when you are traveling somewhere, whether it is a camping trip or an out-of-town vacation. You will both be able to relax and enjoy the time away from technology for the duration of the trip.
Remember, however, that if you do decide to do this, do some research and choose an interesting place that has lots of parks or attractions for young kids to enjoy as well. This will provide your child with something to see as he tries to explore everything around him.
In addition to this, be sure to plan your vacation in advance, so that you are prepared with everything you will need. This means making and packing snacks, purchasing tickets if needed and preparing your child for new experiences.
16) GO ON A ZIPLINING ADVENTURE
Ziplining is an incredible activity that will allow you to have fun with friends and family while having the summer of a lifetime. Zipline at an exciting destination, such as the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls – 670 metres (2,200 feet) – for a fantastic experience and view of the outdoors.
In the United States, Catamount Mountain Resort’s adrenaline-pumping experience includes the longest zipline in the United States at 5,523 feet long and a vertical drop of over 1,000 feet.
Be sure to have food ready beforehand so that your trip does not get ruined by hunger! Likewise, set up advanced plans in order to make sure that you will have the right equipment to enjoy the activity safely.
The essential thing to remember is that before you go ziplining, it is important to take a physical and mental assessment. This will ensure that you do not suffer from any complications during the activity. After all, ziplining at high speeds can be dangerous if not done correctly.
17) EXPLORE A NATIONAL PARK
Summer is the season when your family should try to get out of the city, explore a new place and have fun whenever possible. National parks are the perfect places for this, as there are active programs for everyone to enjoy.
You can select any type of national park that you and your family want to see. You can go on hiking tours with breathtaking views, so you will have memories that last a lifetime. Or you can choose something more relaxed such as camping in some area of the park or simply driving around in the car and enjoying your time in nature.
Also, there are various programs offered by the national parks each summer, so keep visiting them and find out what they have to offer!
18) READ A NEW BOOK
If you have interest, reading a new book can give you that pleasure that nothing else can do. When you read a book, you feel that your whole body is happy and you are not worried about anything else or anyone else at all.
According to your level of knowledge and intelligence, you can select a complex novel, or any book of your interest, that will give you deep insight into the world or the universe, or you can choose a comedy book that will make you laugh for hours. For those with interest in travel books, there is plenty to choose from as well.
No matter what type of book you select, try to make sure that it is not very long so that it does not take up too much of your time, especially if your summer vacation is full of other exciting things.
19) WATCH AN OUTDOOR MOVIE
While watching a movie outdoors and enjoying being under the stars, enjoy some delicious popcorn as well. If your town has an outdoor cinema, or if you can DIY an outdoor movie theater, this is an incredibly fun thing to do during the summer.
Never forget to apply sunscreen before you head out to watch the movie, and never leave your seat in the movie theater. It is also important to prepare ahead of time. This means getting all of the snacks you will need and making sure that you have everything organized for an enjoyable trip.
20) ATTEND A FESTIVAL
Wherever you are in the world, a kind of summer festival might be waiting for you. If possible, visit a town you have never been to and celebrate with the community. Shop at craft booths, try local and seasonal food and learn about the town’s history.
Additionally, find a music festival featuring your favorite musicians, or attend a small music festival to discover some new music. Or why not invite your friends over to your home and have a barbecue as you enjoy all that the summer has left to offer.
But remember, if you decide to go to a music festival, make sure that you are prepared as well. This means bringing plenty of food and drinks, some warm blankets and maybe even some bug spray.
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Is there anything more for ‘me’ to do in summer?
Yes, of course! There are various fun things to do this summer. Having a family talent show, running in the sprinklers, writing a poem, learning to cook pizza etc. can provide you both, fun as well as pleasure.
Even small moments shared with friends and family can make you feel happy. For instance, sharing a story about something that happened when you were younger, or in your life, can make you smile and let you feel at peace.
Similarly, thrilling adventures are pleasant and memorable, but taking in the simple pleasures of summer can be just as significant.
You could be pleasantly surprised to learn just how much joy even something as simple as eating raspberries you picked yourself or simply sharing family memories around the campfire can bring you.
Therefore, get a notebook now and start making plans. This summer will undoubtedly be the best summer ever because you have this list of 20 ideas for an ultimate summer in hand.