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50 Things You Need to Do This Summer

50 Things You Need to Do This Summer

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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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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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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.

Buy Your Groceries at a Farmers Market

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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!

Camp

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Watermelon

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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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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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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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Geocaching

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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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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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Go to a Theme Park

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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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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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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 Dessert

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Have a Bonfire

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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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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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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.

Hike

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Host a Potluck

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Make (and Drink) Sangria

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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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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 Lemonade

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Make Salsa

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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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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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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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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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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.

Picnic

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Read a Book (Preferably Outside)

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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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See a Summer Blockbuster

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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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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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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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Throw a Pool Party

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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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Try a New Restaurant (and Eat Outdoors)

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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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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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50 Best Easy Recipes

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We've compiled a list of quick and easy dinner recipes that can be thrown together on a busy night in the blink of an eye. All of these tasty dishes can be made in an hour or less (with the vast majority of meals ready in just half that time) and several of these hearty and healthy dinner options require minimal cleanup. What's more? Entrées such as roasted salmon and chicken stir fry are super simple to prepare, making them ideal for those of us who have been absent from the kitchen for a few weeks and need to get back in the meal prep groove.


50 Best Easy Recipes

Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

We've compiled a list of quick and easy dinner recipes that can be thrown together on a busy night in the blink of an eye. All of these tasty dishes can be made in an hour or less (with the vast majority of meals ready in just half that time) and several of these hearty and healthy dinner options require minimal cleanup. What's more? Entrées such as roasted salmon and chicken stir fry are super simple to prepare, making them ideal for those of us who have been absent from the kitchen for a few weeks and need to get back in the meal prep groove.


50 Best Easy Recipes

Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

We've compiled a list of quick and easy dinner recipes that can be thrown together on a busy night in the blink of an eye. All of these tasty dishes can be made in an hour or less (with the vast majority of meals ready in just half that time) and several of these hearty and healthy dinner options require minimal cleanup. What's more? Entrées such as roasted salmon and chicken stir fry are super simple to prepare, making them ideal for those of us who have been absent from the kitchen for a few weeks and need to get back in the meal prep groove.


50 Best Easy Recipes

Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

We've compiled a list of quick and easy dinner recipes that can be thrown together on a busy night in the blink of an eye. All of these tasty dishes can be made in an hour or less (with the vast majority of meals ready in just half that time) and several of these hearty and healthy dinner options require minimal cleanup. What's more? Entrées such as roasted salmon and chicken stir fry are super simple to prepare, making them ideal for those of us who have been absent from the kitchen for a few weeks and need to get back in the meal prep groove.


50 Best Easy Recipes

Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

We've compiled a list of quick and easy dinner recipes that can be thrown together on a busy night in the blink of an eye. All of these tasty dishes can be made in an hour or less (with the vast majority of meals ready in just half that time) and several of these hearty and healthy dinner options require minimal cleanup. What's more? Entrées such as roasted salmon and chicken stir fry are super simple to prepare, making them ideal for those of us who have been absent from the kitchen for a few weeks and need to get back in the meal prep groove.


50 Best Easy Recipes

Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

We've compiled a list of quick and easy dinner recipes that can be thrown together on a busy night in the blink of an eye. All of these tasty dishes can be made in an hour or less (with the vast majority of meals ready in just half that time) and several of these hearty and healthy dinner options require minimal cleanup. What's more? Entrées such as roasted salmon and chicken stir fry are super simple to prepare, making them ideal for those of us who have been absent from the kitchen for a few weeks and need to get back in the meal prep groove.


50 Best Easy Recipes

Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

We've compiled a list of quick and easy dinner recipes that can be thrown together on a busy night in the blink of an eye. All of these tasty dishes can be made in an hour or less (with the vast majority of meals ready in just half that time) and several of these hearty and healthy dinner options require minimal cleanup. What's more? Entrées such as roasted salmon and chicken stir fry are super simple to prepare, making them ideal for those of us who have been absent from the kitchen for a few weeks and need to get back in the meal prep groove.


50 Best Easy Recipes

Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

We've compiled a list of quick and easy dinner recipes that can be thrown together on a busy night in the blink of an eye. All of these tasty dishes can be made in an hour or less (with the vast majority of meals ready in just half that time) and several of these hearty and healthy dinner options require minimal cleanup. What's more? Entrées such as roasted salmon and chicken stir fry are super simple to prepare, making them ideal for those of us who have been absent from the kitchen for a few weeks and need to get back in the meal prep groove.


50 Best Easy Recipes

Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

We've compiled a list of quick and easy dinner recipes that can be thrown together on a busy night in the blink of an eye. All of these tasty dishes can be made in an hour or less (with the vast majority of meals ready in just half that time) and several of these hearty and healthy dinner options require minimal cleanup. What's more? Entrées such as roasted salmon and chicken stir fry are super simple to prepare, making them ideal for those of us who have been absent from the kitchen for a few weeks and need to get back in the meal prep groove.


50 Best Easy Recipes

Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

We've compiled a list of quick and easy dinner recipes that can be thrown together on a busy night in the blink of an eye. All of these tasty dishes can be made in an hour or less (with the vast majority of meals ready in just half that time) and several of these hearty and healthy dinner options require minimal cleanup. What's more? Entrées such as roasted salmon and chicken stir fry are super simple to prepare, making them ideal for those of us who have been absent from the kitchen for a few weeks and need to get back in the meal prep groove.