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50 Things You Need to Do This Summer

Do you ever feel more alive than you do during the summer? The days are warmer, longer, and just… happier. The start of summer seems to signal the start of endless possibilities and days full of food, fun, and laughter. But maybe the possibilities that summer offers are a little too endless. Not sure where to start with your summertime bucket list? Worry no longer, because we have your back with every single thing you need to do this season.

Summer is the time of year to get outdoors. Even if you don’t leave your home state and go on a lengthy, relaxing vacation, you can still have an amazing time exploring your own town by staying in a hotel, taking advantage of local parks and beaches, and trying out new restaurants and bars.

Of course, there are also obvious things that no summer would be complete without. If you don’t go to a baseball game, grill your entire dinner, or take a dip in a swimming pool, did your summer even happen? So get off the couch and get around to doing these 50 things this summer.

Attend a Baseball Game
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Attend a Baseball Game

Is there any more all-American pastime than spending an afternoon at a baseball game? Absolutely not. Hit up a game near you; even a night at a minor league game can be an enjoyable night out on the town. Just don’t forget the hot dogs!

Be a Tourist in Your Own Town
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Be a Tourist in Your Own Town

You may think your hometown is boring, but even the smallest towns in every state have a lot to do. You never know what weird attractions, museums, or factory tours you may have in your very own backyard.

Brunch
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Brunch

There’s a particular joy in brunch. It combines the best parts of breakfast and the best parts of lunch — and adds a whole bunch of booze. This summer, either hit up the best brunch in your area or host a meal of your own with these 50 delicious and creative brunch recipes.

Buy Your Groceries at a Farmers Market
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Buy Your Groceries at a Farmers Market

One week, forget fighting the crowds at the grocery store and hit up one of the best farmers markets in America. Talk to the vendors, shop local, and buy some new and unique ingredients. Then make your dinner completely from the fresh produce and meat. It’s bound to be super delicious!

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Camp

There’s no better time to get outside than the summer, and there’s no activity more outdoorsy than going camping. Pack a tent, build a campfire to cook some pizzas and s’mores, and don’t forget your handy camping gadgets!

Discover a New Beach
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Discover a New Beach

Even if you live in a landlocked state, there’s a beach somewhere around you. (Don’t forget about lakes!) Explore your area and hit up a new spot, like these hidden beaches.

Drink Outside
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Drink Outside

There’s a particular pleasure in drinking outside in the summertime. An ice cold beer or freshly-made cocktail just tastes better on a back deck. We recommend drinking during the day this summer — in moderation, of course.

Drink Rosé
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Drink Rosé

Is there any drink more associated with summertime than rosé? We don’t think so. So, while you’re drinking outside, make it one of these 24 rosés perfect for warm weather.

Drink Frosé
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Drink Frosé

What could be better than drinking rosé in the summer? Drinking a frosé in the summer. It has all the flavor of that perfect pink wine but it’s, well, frozen, making it the perfect treat on an intensely hot day.

Eat Cherries
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Eat Cherries

There’s a lot of amazing summer produce, especially fruit. But few fruits can compare to cherries in the summer. They’re tart, sweet, and bite-sized, and they make some delicious desserts.

Eat From a Food Truck
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Eat From a Food Truck

There’s a particular joy in eating at a food truck, especially because the best food trucks in America often have niche and unusual offerings. Waffle sandwiches, phở, and outrageous burgers all make for perfect summer eats.

Eat Ice Cream
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Eat Ice Cream

Ice cream is a perfect treat any time of year, but nothing beats a cone in the summertime. Hit up the best ice cream stand in your state, or if you don’t want to venture outside in the heat (understandable), consider the crazy new ice cream flavors of the season.

Eat Watermelon
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Eat Watermelon

Summer is the best season for fruits, and refreshing, sweet, and hydrating watermelon is the best kind of summer eats. But before you buy this big ol’ fruit, it’s important to know how to pick the perfect watermelon.

Find the Best Barbecue Joint
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Find the Best Barbecue Joint

Barbecue just tastes better in the summer, but not everyone is a pitmaster. If you lack the smoking and grilling skills, seek out the best barbecue restaurants near you and dig into a big ol’ plate of brisket.

Find a Unique Museum
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Find a Unique Museum

Everyone knows about the history museums and art museums in their town, but every state has an oddball museum or two. A visit to the Museum of Sex or the National Mustard Museum will definitely make for an interesting Saturday.

Fish
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Fish

Getting out on a boat in the summertime is all fine and good, but you can be productive while boating! Consider learning to fish this summer and heading out on the lake. Then you can turn your catch into a easy and delicious summertime seafood dinner.

Geocaching
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Geocaching

Geocaching is a real-life outdoor treasure hunt. All you need is a GPS device, a basic membership to a geocaching website, and a desire to explore. Plug in coordinates, travel to new places, and find new items and new friends. It’s a new way to get outside in the summer.

Go to a Carnival or County Fair
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Go to a Carnival or County Fair

If you’re looking for a cheap yet outrageously fun time, hit up a local carnival or summer fair. State fair foods are insane, and nothing pairs better with a deep-fried Snickers than a ride on a rollercoaster.

Eat Carnival Foods
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Eat Carnival Foods

Even if you don’t travel to your local fair or carnival, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a meal inspired by those iconic junk foods this summer. Go ahead, make funnel cakes, corn dogs, and deep-fried brownies at home.

Go to a Theme Park
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Go to a Theme Park

If you can’t get your amusement park ride fill at a local fair, do one better and go to a theme park! Even if you can’t make it to Disney or Universal, head to a regional theme park and check out the newest attractions.

Go to a Water Park
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Go to a Water Park

When was the last time you went down a giant waterslide? It’s ridiculously fun. Beat the heat this summer by spending the day lounging by a pool, easing down a lazy river, and ripping down a massive water slide at a local water park.

Go to the Zoo
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Go to the Zoo

The summer is the best time to get out and explore, and the zoo is perfect for explorers of all ages. And even just being around animals will lower your blood pressure, so this is a healthy outing too, right?

Grill
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Grill

Sure, you can make barbecue favorites year-round, but getting outside to grill in the summer is a particular delight. Whether you grill seafood, grill chicken, cook perfect backyard burgers, or grill all your vegetables, it’s a definite summer must-do.

Grill Dessert
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Grill Dessert

So you’ve grilled your steak and side dishes. Now what? Grill your dessert this season for some true summertime eats.

Have a Bonfire
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Have a Bonfire

A bonfire is good any time of year, but those warm summer nights make this particular season ideal for time under the stars by a roaring fire. Of course, no bonfire would be complete without delicious campfire recipes, so plan your menu accordingly.

Have a Spa Day
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Have a Spa Day

Life can be stressful, even in the summertime. This year, take a day off work and make a trip to the best day spa in your state.

Have a Water Balloon or Water Gun Fight
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Have a Water Balloon or Water Gun Fight

You don’t have to travel to a pool or water park to have a wet and wild day in the sun. Kick it old-school-style and organize a massive water balloon or water gun fight. It’s a summer tradition around the world that Americans seriously need to do more often.

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Hike

Summer is all about spending time in the great outdoors, so explore the wilderness and go on a hike. It’s the sort of exercise you’ll even want to do on vacation.

Host a Potluck
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Host a Potluck

Everyone loves a dinner party, but few love preparing every last thing themselves. The solution: A good old-fashioned potluck. And even though you’re hosting, you want to prepare the dish that will win the party.

Make (and Drink) Sangria
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Make (and Drink) Sangria

Frosé isn’t the only take on wine that’s perfect for summer. Yes, you can’t forget a classic sangria! Whether you make it with red wine, white wine, or rosé, be sure to pair your fruit with lots of vino.

Make an Icebox Cake
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Make an Icebox Cake

Icebox cakes — old-fashioned, no-bake desserts — are the perfect sweet to take to any gathering (or eat alone) during the hottest months of the year. Whip up one of these vintage recipes and enjoy!

Make Ice Cream
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Make Ice Cream

Everyone loves ice cream! In addition to visiting an ice cream truck, you can easily make this summertime dessert at home, whether you love cookie dough, rocky road, or cookies and cream. Don’t have an ice cream maker? Consider this old-fashioned vanilla ice cream recipe or a no-churn M&M ice cream.

Make Lemonade
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Make Lemonade

Nothing says summertime like an ice-cold lemonade, and you can make this classic beverage easily. If you want to shake up your lemonade, consider adding mango to the mix or making it a little boozy with some tequila.

Make Salsa
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Make Salsa

Salsa is the perfect summertime dip. It’s refreshing, it’s fresh, and it can be made entirely from summer produce. Don’t believe us? Try these easy salsa and dip recipes.

Make an Entire Meal Without Cooking
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Make an Entire Meal Without Cooking

Summer is hot, and summer is busy. So forget the oven a night or two every week and make these easy and delicious no-cook meals. It’s way better — and healthier — than takeout.

Pack Up the Car and Go on a Road Trip
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Pack Up the Car and Go on a Road Trip

Even if you don’t have the money to go on a lavish vacation this summer, you can definitely pack up the car and go on an incredible weekend getaway. All across the country, there are amazing towns just waiting to be discovered.

Play Mini Golf
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Play Mini Golf

You may think that miniature golf is for kids, but it’s a great afternoon out for people of all ages. It’s also an amusing and low-key first date activity.

Pick Your Own Fruit
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Pick Your Own Fruit

You may associate picking your own fruit with apples in the fall, but in the summer you can head to an orchard and get any number of berries straight off the vine. Nothing is better than a sun-kissed strawberry you picked yourself.

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Picnic

Head to the local park and spend a day eating and drinking outdoors. There’s a particular delight in a classic picnic with fried chicken and lemonade. You can also picnic creatively with a Parisian-inspired menu or a romantic picnic for two.

Read a Book (Preferably Outside)
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Read a Book (Preferably Outside)

If the last time you read a novel to completion was in high school, this should be the season you pick books back up. Soak up the sun on your back porch, at the beach, or in the park and read something new.

Roast Marshmallows and Make S’mores
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Roast Marshmallows and Make S’mores

Every season is s’more season, but make this summer the summer of perfect s’mores by toasting your marshmallow and sandwiching it between chocolate and a graham cracker.

See a Summer Blockbuster
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See a Summer Blockbuster

The biggest and splashiest movies come out in the summer. When the weather is less that ideal, head to the movie theater and check out one of those massive movies everyone is talking about. If nothing else, seeing these films makes small talk a breeze.

See a Wacky Roadside Attraction
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See a Wacky Roadside Attraction

America is a weird place because it has long, winding roads filled with bizarre roadside stops and tourist traps. Take a little road trip to see the weirdest tourist attraction in your state.

Spend the Day on a Boat
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Spend the Day on a Boat

Sea breeze in your hair and a cooler full of beer by your side is an amazing way to spend a summer afternoon. So what are you waiting for? Get yourself on a boat!

Spend the Night in a Hotel
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Spend the Night in a Hotel

Even if you’re not leaving your hometown this summer, consider the best hotel in your state and have a nice night in. Take a swim in an amazing hotel swimming pool, eat at the hotel restaurant, and get cozy in sheets that you don’t have to wash in the morning.

Throw a Pool Party
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Throw a Pool Party

If you’re lucky enough to have a swimming pool in your backyard, don’t keep it to yourself! Throw a massive pool party for your friends complete with cocktails, a bumpin’ summer playlist, and plenty of inflatables.

Travel Somewhere New
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Travel Somewhere New

Travel changes you, so be sure to explore somewhere new this season. Even if you’re on a budget, there are plenty of affordable summer destinations.

Try a New Restaurant (and Eat Outdoors)
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Try a New Restaurant (and Eat Outdoors)

You don’t have to travel far to find an amazing new restaurant, nor do you have to spend a ton of money. Explore your area, find a great new eatery with a giant patio, and enjoy a meal outdoors that you didn’t have to cook yourself.

View Some Amazing Fireworks
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View Some Amazing Fireworks

No summer would be complete without a big, booming fireworks show, so make sure you take advantage of the Fourth of July and any other big celebrations. If you don’t see a show in the sky, are you really even summering?

Walk Outside
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Walk Outside

Even if you don’t have anything to do or anywhere to go, get outside this summer and take a stroll every now and then. Walking might be just as healthy as high intensity training! And getting outdoors and enjoying the scenery, even if it’s just in your neighborhood, is one of those easy and healthy hobbies anyone can pick up.

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