25 Memory-Making Things To Do This Summer

Looking for things to do this summer? Look no further! Take a peek through this list of summer tips and tricks and you're sure to have a fun, memory-filled summer! >> yesandyes.org

There are only 90 official days to summer.  Let’s do fun, amazing, thrilling things, shall we?  Instead of sitting in the air conditioning watching Saved By The Bell reruns. NOT THAT I’VE EVER DONE THAT.

25 things to do this summer

1. Swim in a lake (they’re so much more summer-y than pools)

2. Float down a river

3. Go to the races (shopping cart! turtlewiener dog!)

4.  Make popsicles

6. Grill fruit

7. Go commando under that maxi skirt

8. Learn the summer constellations

9. Go to a drive-in movie (I love to do this!)

10. Take an underwater camera to the beach and go crazy

12. Re-read your favorite teen books (I love this series!)

13. Get awesome new sunglasses

14. Volunteer (with kids! or animals!  or art!)

15. Have a brunch picnic by the water – here are some great recipes!

17. Make that awesome salt spray for your hair so you can have sexy beach waves

18. Watch movies in the park (or your own backyard)

19. Wash your car the old fashioned way – like with a sponge and a bucket.  In your driveway.  With some Aerosmith playing on the tape deck.

20. Go to the farmers’ market with $20 in cash and buy things you’ve never eaten before

21. Watch movies from your childhood in the basement (I loved this one!)

22.  Re-fashion those old concert t-shirts

24. Watch a meteor shower

25. Get some awesome temporary tattoos – they make cute, grown-up-y ones now!

Whew!  See?  So much to do!  What are some of the fun things you’re going to do this summer?

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  1. Vanessa, Take only Memories

    Great list!!
    There are so many lakes around here and I still haven't managed to swim in any of them after 2 years of living here. WHAT?!
    Same for the outdoor cinema around the corner. Shocking. I do blame the constant rain for both.

  2. Corin

    Great list! My go-to summertime activities:

    – Go camping with a big group of friends, kids, and dogs
    – Go on the booze cruise ship tour with friends around Humboldt Bay and pretend like we're tourists
    – Cheer on local minor league baseball team ('Let's go Crabbies, let's go!' *clapclapclap*); beer and peanuts in the shell required.

  3. Liz

    This is a great list, but instead of going to a greyhound race, adopt one instead! Racing greyhounds are treated very poorly but are forever grateful to be adopted and make WONDERFUL pets!

    • Allison

      Yes! I also came here to say I'd do some research before supporting greyhound racing financially… I definitely plan to take my retired racer to the dog park, though, and some greyhound outreach events where people can meet greyhounds and see how awesome they are 🙂

  4. Maria

    Great list! When you said re-read your favourite teen series I immediately thought of Sweet Valley High. Right?!

    I'll definitely be making popsicles and hitting the beach.

    Maria xx

  5. Allysh223

    I will be:

    -kayaking the Charles
    -picnic-ing by the Bunker Hill Monument
    -playing in an adult kickball league
    -eating a LOT of salted caramel ice cream
    -drinking on roof-decks, often
    -visiting the Beachcomber in Wellfleet
    -going to the summer lantern festival held in my neighborhood
    -doing the Color Run for the first time

    bring on the summer!

  6. Sarah

    I love going to horse races – they have margaritas in a can!

  7. Kayla

    Awesome list! One thing I try to do every summer is stop at absolutely every lemonade stand I see. I rarely actually want the lemonade or lukewarm koolaid the kids are selling, but I love supporting their budding entrepreneurial spirits. I also give a little bit extra as a tip. The lemonade stands my siblings and I had as kids are still some of my favorite memories – it was so exciting to make real money, by ourselves, and we felt rich and on top of the world with the collection of coins we received from neighbors, the mailman, and others.

  8. Lauren

    As I read this, winter has well and truly hit Melbourne and I am curled up in bed with my electric blanket and a seriously lame cold. I've never pined for summer so badly 🙁

  9. The Dame Intl

    Oooh! My favourite teen books were the Secret Seven and Famous Five detective books, I was so going to be a detective!

  10. fawn

    I can't condone #7. "Maxi crack" is already rampant, ha ha.

  11. Megan Petersen

    Colored eyeshadow happens every day for me. 🙂 Apparently I'm livin' it up more than I thought.

  12. Michelle Thiele

    I'm on board with everything except the maxi skirt situation–I am waay too paranoid to pull that off. Thanks for the childhood book suggestion, I think I will go back and reread the Anne of Green Gables books!

  13. Tami - Teacher Goes Back to School

    we joined a swim club, so hitting the pool with our 2 year old most days.

    visiting minnesota to see my dad.

    walking across the golden gate bridge because i'm a northern california native and i never have.

    teaching teachers how to take care of themselves – healthy, happy, sane teacher here we come!

    and kicking my legs up the wall as much as possible.

  14. D.

    I adore Anne of Green Gables too!

  15. Sophia

    Nothing better than having a cold ice cream on a hot day in front of the sea! Even more so when you have a chocolate cone! I love it! thanks for sharing! 🙂

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