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22 Fun Things to Do This Summer to Make It the Best One Yet

Summer is finally here and we all know what that means: It's time to start planning out all the fun things you're going to do!

Whether you're looking for something to do with your family, friends, or by yourself, there's sure to be something on this list for you:

1. Create A Summer Bucket List

a black family making a bucket list

Get your planner out and start brainstorming - once you have your list, get an idea of when and how you're going to squeeze the very last drop of fun out of this summer; book tickets/space, etc. for any activities that require it in advance.

Planning ahead will save a lot of disappointment and it won't hurt to have a couple of back-ups too!

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2. Turn Your Backyard into a Pool Party Oasis

Whether you have a pool or not, your backyard can be turned into the ultimate summer party spot. Just add some string lights, some lawn games, and a cooler full of drinks and you're good to go!

3. Go Camping (or Glamping!)

One of the best parts about summer is getting to spend time outdoors. If you're feeling adventurous, go camping in the woods. Or if that's not really your thing, try glamping (glamorous camping) instead.

There are now lots of luxury camping sites dotted up and down the country that have everything from air conditioning to en-suite bathrooms!

4. Have a picnic

family picnic

Picnics are always a good idea - eve when the weather is less than desirable:

  • In the garden; grab a blanket, a couple of cushions, lots of yummy food and a good book = Perfect!
  • In the park; find a shady spot to set up camp. If out with the kids, be sure to bring some outdoor games, too - make the most of the extra space.
  • On the beach; picnics on the beach always feel that little bit extra, especially if you live in a country where the weather can be unpredictable - trips to the beach become those spontaneous experiences we all crave.
  • In your living room; as above, the best-laid picnic plans can quickly go sideways when the weather takes a turn for the worse but that doesn't mean your picnic has to be cancelled altogether! Just move it indoors, onto the carpet - make a fort or build a 'den' out of all the cushions and blankets you can find. Then get creative with your picnic spread; think about foods that can be eaten without cutlery, like wraps, sushi, or finger sandwiches.

5. Go for a Hike

One of the best things about summer is that you finally have time to do all the activities you've been meaning to do but never had the time for. Going for a hike is a great way to get some exercise while also taking in some beautiful scenery.

6. Hit Up The Local Fair

Summer just wouldn't be summer without a trip to the fair and it is one of the best times to From the food to the rides to the games, there's something for everyone. Just be sure to bring some cash so you can take part in all the fun!

7. Go Stargazing


If you or another member of your household is interested in astronomy, summer is the perfect time to go stargazing.

With the warmer weather, you can stay out for longer and there are more hours of darkness, too.

8. Shop Your Local Farmers' Markets

The produce at farmers' markets is always so much fresher and tastier than what you'll find at the supermarket and it's a great way to support local businesses.

It's also a great opportunity for kids to learn where their food comes from and to try new things. Getting them involved in the shopping and cooking process will make them more likely to eat what you've bought, too!

9. Volunteer Locally

Giving back to the community is always a good idea and there are so many different ways to do it.

You could volunteer at a local park, help out at a soup kitchen, or even just offer to dog-sit for a neighbor. Whatever you choose to do, you're sure to make a difference, not just to the people you help but also to your children, who will learn the importance of giving back from a young age.

10. Go To A Music Festival

two woman at a Music Festival

Music festivals are a great way to see lots of different bands and artists all in one place.

If you're not sure which one to go to, there are plenty of festivals that cater to all different genres of music. Plus, many of them also have other activities like camping, yoga, and arts and crafts.

11. Go Swimming

Swimming is a great way to beat the heat and it's also a lot of fun.

If you don't have a pool of your own, most towns and cities have public pools that you can use. And if you're really looking for a challenge, you could even try open water swimming!

12. Visit A New Place

If you have the opportunity to travel this summer, take it!

Whether you're able to go on a big trip or just visit somewhere new in your own city or town, getting out of your comfort zone is always a good idea. You never know what you might find!

13. Plan A Barbeque

Plan A Barbeque

Nothing screams summer like a good old-fashioned barbeque.

Invite your friends and family over, fire up the grill, and enjoy some delicious food and good company. Just be sure to have plenty of sunscreen on hand!

14. Try Water Sports

If you're looking for a way to get active this summer, why not try out some water sports?

There's plenty to choose from, including swimming, surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and more. And if you're feeling really adventurous, you could even try your hand at kitesurfing or wakeboarding.

15. Learn A New Skill

There's something about the sunshine that makes us all want to get stuck into learning something new.

Why not use this summer as an opportunity to pick up a new hobby or skill? Whether it's playing an instrument, cooking, gardening, or anything else, there are endless possibilities.

17. Go To The Cinema

Go To The Cinema

Catching a film is a great summer activity, especially if it's too hot to be outside. Check out what's new at your local cinema or spend an afternoon watching an old favorite.

Alternatively, you may find an outdoor cinema in your local area which can be just as great a summer experience.

18. Go Fishing

Fishing is a classic summer activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

If you don't know how to fish, there are plenty of places where you can take lessons. And once you've mastered the basics, you'll be able to enjoy this peaceful pastime for years to come.

19. Fly A Kite

Flying a kite is a fun activity that's perfect for a breezy summer day.

If you don't have a kite of your own, you can usually buy them relatively cheaply from toy stores or supermarkets. Or, if you're feeling creative, you could even try making your own!

20. Have A Water Balloon Fight

Water balloon fights are a great way to cool off on a hot summer's day.

Fill up a bunch of water balloons, grab some friends or family members, and let the fun begin! Just be sure to clean up afterwards so you don't leave any litter behind.

21. Visit A Theme Park or Water Park

a family at a Water Park

Theme parks and water parks are always a popular choice for summer fun.

If you're looking for thrills, head to your nearest theme park. Or, if you just want to relax and cool off, a water park is the perfect place to do it.

22. Go Berry Picking

Berry picking is a great activity for the whole family.

Not only is it a lot of fun, but you'll also get to enjoy some delicious fresh berries afterwards. Strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are all usually in season during the summer months.

Wrapping Up:

There are plenty of fun things to do this summer, no matter what your interests may be.

Whether you're looking for something active or relaxing, there's sure to be an activity that fits the bill.

So get out there and enjoy the warm weather while it lasts!

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