Summer Bucket List: 150+ Fun (Crazy) Things To Do In The Summer For Adults

summer-fun-activities-for-adultsThe following list of 150+ summer fun activities for adults was inspired by a segment from The Late Show With David Letterman the other night.

He mentioned a few ideas from this great book, Summer: A User’s Guide.

Here’s a sampler from the book:

  • Make a rope swing.
  • Build a huge sandcastle.
  • Make tie-dye shirts.
  • Squeeze fresh lemonade.
  • Rent a kayak.


Then, David Letterman shared some ideas that he came up with for fun things to do in the summertime, like…

  • Don’t stay inside watching television. Move the TV into the yard.
  • Apply masking tape before sunbathing, to give yourself slimming, vertical-striped tan lines.
  • Go door-to-door, checking neighbors for ticks.
  • Swim naked in a shopping mall fountain.
  • Catch, field dress, and grill a raccoon.
  • Continue searching for Jimmy Hoffa.
  • Pick up a hitchhiker and bring him to your clambake.
  • Put a bikini on your kitty.
  • Fake a slip-and-fall injury at your local pool.
  • Attend a professional baseball game, or a Mets game.

Interesting. And some are quite funny!

Looking for more fun things to do in the summertime?

We’ve come up with a list of over 150 fun things for adults to do in the summer. Enjoy!


150+ Summer Fun Activities For Adults

  1. Try to identify stars & planets in the sky while stargazing from a fun location like a trampoline, the roof, or a boat dock.
  2. Go to a music event and make a point of meeting a famous singer/songwriter there.
  3. Sit in the hot tub while it’s raining (but not if there’s lightning).
  4. Rent a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
  5. Go for a drive on the highway, and spend they day trying to get truck drivers to honk at you.
  6. Throw a birthday party for your dog.
  7. Collect all of your spare change. Then, at the end of the summer, cash in your change at Coinstar and get something fun. Or use it to pay for things and feel the joy when you’re able to pay for something with the exact change.
  8. Travel somewhere spontaneously with no prior planning. Here’s why to do it.  Here’s how to do it.
  9. Turn seashellsstarfish, and sandollars into wind chimes or decorative garland.
  10. Go to a water park with other adults. Some water parks even have adult fun nights.
  11. Take funny pictures of your pets with different props.
  12. Host a scavenger hunt with friends — either a driving version or a walking version.
  13. Go to a swimming pool and do cannonballs. Or, get everyone to do it and have a cannonball competition.
  14. Quit your job to pursue whatever you’re truly passionate about. (I did.) Here’s why you should do it and how to prepare for the day you quit.
  15. Make out in public. Find an unusual place. Here are 50 places to make out before you die.
  16. Attend the midnight premiere of a movie. Here’s how to do it — and survive — plus reasons to make friends in line.
  17. Eat meals outdoors on the porch, patio, or deck. (Psst… National Eat Outside Day is August 31st each year.)
  18. Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
  19. Organize all of your photos — both the digital ones and the printed ones.
  20. Have fun being wedding crashers with a friend or two.
  21. Rent an RV.
  22. Buy a new pillow – maybe even one of those fancy specialty pillows. (I recently got a My Pillow pillow, and I love it!)
  23. Have a yard sale. (You’ll declutter your house and make some money at the same time! Here are my best yard sale tips for the highest profits.
  24. Treat yourself to a manicure and/or pedicure, or spend the day at a spa. Even better if you can get your spouse to go with you!
  25. Rent a bicycle.
  26. Visit a photobooth with a friend.
  27. Swim with dolphins. Here are lots of places you can swim with dolphins.
  28. Be a vegetarian for a month. I bet you’ll feel better — healthier from the inside out. Here’s how to do it right.
  29. Take dinner to a needy neighbor.
  30. Make homemade dog treats for your pet.
  31. Pitch a tent in your backyard and camp there for the night. (P.S. The official Great American Backyard Campout takes place every June.)
  32. Write a letter to your spouse.
  33. Sleep on the porch all night under the stars.
  34. Plant a herb garden.
  35. Wash your car in the driveway.
  36. Have a friendly competition to see who can collect the most of something.
  37. Give a homeless person a gift. Here’s what they need. Here are 35 ways to help the homeless.
  38. Look for a fun job or volunteer project… doing something that you’re truly passionate about.
  39. Make a time capsule by gathering items that document this day or this year, then bury them. Don’t open til a special day in the future.
  40. Plant a butterfly garden.
  41. Host a themed party at your house or in your backyard. Here are 101 party do’s and don’ts.
  42. Set up a few different birdfeeders to attract different types of birds.
  43. Pick your own berries, fruits or vegetables. Then make fun desserts and dishes.
  44. Buy a hammock, hang it in a fun place, then read some good books.
  45. Watch a sunrise and a sunset within 24 hours. Here are some tips for photographing sunrises and sunsets.
  46. Start a blog. Here’s how to create a blog with WordPress. Here are some blogging tips from the Minimalists and some insider tips for rookies.
  47. Buy fresh food from the local farmers market.
  48. Grill a pizza… yes, on the grill.
  49. Take a walking tour of your town or a nearby town. Maybe even give guided tours with friends.
  50. Make a difference in someone else’s life today.
  51. Play classic board games.
  52. Dance like no one’s watching. Bonus points if you can do it and NOT be noticed in public! (Just for fun, watch the Evolution of Dance.)
  53. Go to the store and browse or buy 3 to 5 fun magazines (on whatever topic interests you). Then spend some time exploring new ideas.
  54. Buy a digital photo frame and fill it with your favorite pictures.
  55. Go skinny-dipping.
  56. Start a garden.
  57. Pick flowers. Did you know there are actually u-pick flower patches in some states?
  58. Rent a jet ski.
  59. Have a bonfire.
  60. Watch an entire TV series on Netflix and have a movie marathon at home.
  61. Play backyard games.
  62. Get dressed up and go to a really nice restaurant.
  63. Write a letter to your future self.
  64. Have a talent show. Be sure to record it and upload it to YouTube.
  65. Get fit and toned while doing your everyday activities with Nano Workouts.
  66. Attempt to break a world record.
  67. Go for a hot air balloon ride.
  68. Run in a half-marathon. Here’s how to be ready in only 6 months.
  69. Attend a professional sports event.
  70. Rent a Jeep Wrangler or some other convertible car.
  71. Go to some local fairs or local festivals.
  72. Turn off your computer, email, and phone for the day.
  73. Pay for something in all pennies.
  74. Fly a kite.
  75. Make a list of things to do when you’re bored.
  76. Stay at a hotel in your own town.
  77. Go geocaching – it’s a fun way to explore new places.
  78. Work on a puzzle. Here are some jigsaw puzzle tips & strategies.
  79. Write a novel or short story.
  80. Spend the day doing things that don’t cost a cent.
  81. Ride a bull.
  82. Play multi-player games by yourself.
  83. Go to the zoo. Be a kid for the day. Lots of adults go to zoos without kids.
  84. Toss a frisbee. Even better: look up the local fisbee golf park in your area, and give that a try!
  85. Eat a popsicle. You can actually lose weight eating popsicles you know…
  86. Plant a tree.
  87. See which stars and planets you can see at night.
  88. Do something that’s ‘green’ for a change.
  89. Change the way you tie your shoelaces.
  90. Go somewhere fun with your dog — for a day, or for a vacation!
  91. When you’re sitting out in the sun, make silly tan lines.
  92. Meet a new person today at random. Here’s how to do it without being creepy.
  93. Do a random act of kindness for someone else. Here are 50 random acts of kindness, plus 50 more.
  94. Start a journal and write in it every day.
  95. Go bowling and enjoy all of the unique bowling celebrations that people do there.
  96. Flirt with someone (even if it’s your spouse). Here’s how to flirt, step-by-step.
  97. Make a fun summer treat like gummy bear ice popswatermelon cookies, or campfire cones.
  98. Go peoplewatching at the beach, the mall, or other public places.
  99. Jump in the car and try to get lost. Then use a GPS or map to get back home.
  100. Read scripture.
  101. Going to the beach? make mermaid tails in the sand!
  102. Take pictures with unique perspectives using real objects and people in your photos.
  103. Strive to be the ultimate grill master in your neighborhood… just for fun.
  104. Go on a boat ride. Here are the best places to take a ferry boat ride.
  105. Take a cooking class.
  106. Spend a long time popping bubble wrap.
  107. Get a tattoo. Some simple ideas for your first tattoo.
  108. Prank a friend or co-worker. Here are some funny work pranks.
  109. Go to a drive-in movie.
  110. Blow bubbles. For added excitement, make glow in the dark bubbles!
  111. Take a walk before breakfast and/or after dinner.
  112. Print one of your favorite photos, enlarge it to poster size, then frame it.
  113. Use rock, paper, scissors to settle everything this summer. Even better: use the new, modern day version of rock, paper, scissors.
  114. The next time the ice cream truck rolls through your neighborhood, buy something.
  115. Get to know your TV remote control unit and what every single button does.
  116. Watch your odometer click over a major milestone.
  117. Go to an amusement park and ride a roller coaster (or 2 or 10) so you can experience that sudden drop in your stomach.
  118. Take a photo every day to document your life for a year… for the summer… or for the rest of your life.
  119. Offer to drive someone to the airport… or pick them up at the airport. Bonus points if you do the airport hug.
  120. Visit a state park or national park. Here are the top 10 most visited national parks.
  121. Spend Saturday mornings watching cartoons and comparing them to your favorite cartoons as a child.
  122. Rent a pontoon boat.
  123. Eat some of the foods that used to be your favorites when you were a kid.
  124. Watch a sunrise on the beach or the sunset.
  125. Go to an improv comedy club (where you’ll likely be included in the skits) or a comedy club (where your chances of being included are much slimmer).
  126. Have a water balloon fight.
  127. Write a handwritten letter to someone. Add a stamp and mail it. You know how good that feels.
  128. Turn off the TV for the entire day/week/month. Here’s why you should do it.
  129. Visit a state you haven’t been to before.
  130. Gather things to donate to charity. Be sure to keep track of your donations and get a receipt for your tax records! Whatever you do, don’t almost give
  131. Write your will… and make sure it’s legal and binding.
  132. Visit restaurants where old men or old ladies are doing the cooking.
  133. Do something that’s completely out of your comfort zone for a change.
  134. Clean something you don’t normally clean — like the deck, the garage, or clean your down pillows. Trust me, there’s nothing more satisfying than pulling a huge clump of hair out of the drain when you didn’t even realize was draining slowly!
  135. Write a letter to your current or future child. Be sure to include these important things.
  136. Contact an old friend and chat about the past and present.
  137. Spend an entire day lounging around in your PJs doing whatever you want to do, regardless of your bedhead.
  138. Be a tourist in your own town. Visit popular places and see them in a whole new way. Take pictures.
  139. Participate in a Habitat for Humanity project or some other community volunteer project.
  140. Create an idea notebook for your dream home.
  141. Buy a new smartphone and have fun exploring all it can do and incredibly unique apps to try.
  142. Drink water instead of sugary drinks (even diet soda) for an entire day/week/month.
  143. Attempt a DIY project. (No one’s watching!)
  144. Bake cupcakes and deliver them to neighbors.
  145. Have a photo shoot where someone takes pictures of you or your family in different outfits and poses.
  146. Spend the day trying to photobomb as many pictures as possible. (Best if done in a crowded place.)
  147. Host a movie night for friends/neighbors at your house.
  148. Take your dog to the dog park and make new friends.
  149. Go to the library …especially fun if you haven’t been in a library in ages!
  150. Run through a DIY sprinkler in your yard.
  151. Do a pub crawl with friends.
  152. Create a Facebook Fan Page or a Google+ Page and find some new social networking friends.
  153. Serve someone special breakfast in bed.
  154. Get your body toned quickly with Tone Your Arms In 7 Days, Dr. Oz’s 7-Minute Morning Workout, and this Belly, Butt & Thighs Workout.
  155. Read a book, then see the movie.
  156. Take a four-wheel drive vehicle offroad.
  157. Do something crafty.
  158. Swing like a kid again at the local park and try to get that feeling in your stomach when you go really high. Or just swing on your porch swing (…or make your own simple porch swing).
  159. Try doing routine things in new ways — like peel a bananaclose a bag of chipsreuse board games.
  160. Go canoeing.
  161. Take your dog hiking. Bonus points if there’s a creek or other body of water to cool off in.
  162. Watch the movie The Bucket List. Then make a bucket list for the rest of your life. Here’s why to do it. Here’s how to do it.


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Lynnette Walczak

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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