There’s something about summer that seriously makes us long for fun and adventure. Thankfully, summer is finally here and we’re ready to soak up every last drop of sunshine! To make sure you’re taking advantage of every single second of summer, we’ve compiled a list of some fun and simple ideas to add to your ultimate summer bucket list:
1. Go strawberry picking
Farm-to-table is the best way to enjoy your produce, especially in the summer. The flavor is beyond amazing compared to what you pick up on the store shelves, and who doesn’t love fresh berries? Heading to a strawberry farm is a great way to support your local farmers while learning a little something about where your food comes from.
2. Grow an herb garden
You may not think of yourself as having a green thumb, but growing your own little herb garden is fun, cost-effective, and way easier than you think! Use mint for flavored water, parsley or dill for salads, and thyme for grilled meat.
3. Unplug for 24 hours
Summer is the perfect time for a tech detox. Turn your phone on silent (or off) and keep it at the bottom of your beach bag for a day of fun in the sun. Get outdoors, be present, and experience the moment...Instagram can wait!
4. Run a themed-5K
Signing up for a race is a great motivator, and an easy way to challenge your body and mind. It might be the push you need to get back on track with your fitness goals. The nice thing about themed runs is that they’re more about having fun than breaking Olympic records. Reach out to your local running community to see what fun runs they have planned in your neighborhood this summer.
5. Have an outdoor movie night
You’ve spent your winter months cooped up inside, it’s time to get outside and breathe in some fresh air! Head to your local park for an outdoor movie, or charge up your laptop, and hit the porch or patio for a night under the stars.
6. Go to a local farmer’s market
Head out to your local farmer’s market to find the freshest ingredients and make a meal using only farm-fresh organic produce. It tastes delicious, and it’s a great way to support local farmers!
7. Spend the day barefoot
There’s nothing like the feeling of sand between your toes, or wading into the water to help your stress float away. Even if it’s just walking around on the grass in the backyard, taking your bare feet outside is a great way to connect with nature.
8. Make homemade ice cream or popsicles
When it comes to summer, frozen treats are a must! Make healthier versions than the store-bought variety by using fresh, puréed fruit, greek yogurt or coconut milk, and honey for a refreshing, guilt-free treat.
9. Hike a new trail
Love hiking? Use an app like AllTrails to find your next favorite trail. Hiking is a great way to get some fresh air, be active, and take in some great views!
10. Throw a themed party
Whether it’s a big backyard bash, or a small and intimate gathering, choose a theme and let your creative side shine. Themed drinks, decor, and activities can make for a fun and memorable night.
11. Visit a National Park
National parks offer hiking, biking, fishing, camping, and more! Get out of the city and enjoy the wildlife and fresh air in these outdoor playgrounds.
12. Learn a new sport
Sports are a great way to stay active and support your health. Chances are your neighborhood or local community center offers lessons or novice-level leagues to get you started. Or, tag along with a friend who can help introduce you to their sport!
13. Go on a bike tour
Bike tours are a fun way to get some exercise while soaking in the sights. Whether it’s in the city, across wine country, or through the trails, tours provide safe routes with beautiful scenery.
14. Perform a random act of kindness
It’s our job to help make the world a better place! Small, random acts of kindness like leaving an encouraging note on a colleague’s desk, or paying for someone else’s coffee can really brighten someone’s day. The simplest gestures can make a world of difference.
Summer is the perfect time of year to go on a long-awaited adventure or try something new. What’s on your bucket list?
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