Summer Fun (G)uide for Adults – 42 Ways to Enjoy the Season

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m #TeamSummer! I found this guide at Conde Naste Traveler and adapted it as a way to encourage me to get outside and enjoy the season as much as I can. At the end of the summer, I’ll check in to share how much of the list I completed. What are your summer plans?!

Spend as much time outside as possible

  • 1. Plan elaborate picnics
  • 2. Go to an outdoor concert 
  • 3. Catch a movie at the drive-in 
  • 4. Host a barbecue
  • 5. Sign up for a group tour (or group experience)
  • 6. Take an “active” vacation
  • 7. Visit state parks
  • 8. Drive a convertible with the top down
  • 9. Watch the sunset (not at home)
  • 10. Watch a sunrise (not at home)

Eat and drink at your favorite summer spots – and discover new ones

  • 11. Experience a city through its food tours 
  • 12. Dine inside the best restaurants
  • 13. Discover – and celebrate – America’s many food cultures (50 States, 50 Cuisines)
  • 14. Drink a cold beer at a local brewery
  • 15. Drink some fancy cocktails
  • 16. Go to a rooftop bar or restaurant
  • 17. Try at least 5 different flavors of ice cream
  • 18. Eat all the summer fruits
  • 19. Go to a romantic candlelit dinner

Learn how to move your body after a long winter

  • 20. Ride at least 100 miles outside
  • 21. Run (or walk) in at least 5 different places
  • 22. Try out mountain biking or trail running
  • 23. Learn how to play pickle ball or tennis or any other racquet sport
  • 24. Hone your roller skating skills
  • 25. Go to a yoga class that’s outside – in a park, on the beach et c.

Be on (or near) a body of water

  • 26. Take adult swim lessons and learn how to open water swim
  • 27. Go out on a boat / river cruise
  • 28. Make the most of America’s beautiful beaches and swimming holes
  • 29. Take surf, kayak, SUP or any water sport lessons
  • 30. Go fishing
  • 31. Soak in a hot spring
  • 32. Lounge all day on a beach or by a pool

Ditch the WFH sweats … or not

  • 33. Upgrade cycling kit to pro looking gear
  • 34. Upgrade running gear
  • 35. Find swimwear that actually feels good
  • 36. Have a stay-cation at home all day – pajamas are mandatory.
  • 37. Read all the books

Go on Overnight Trips Near and Far

  • 38. Plan a getaway to a new state or country
  • 39. Go on a road trip
  • 40. Explore the country’s national parks
  • 41. Book a spa getaway
  • 42. Tour a vineyard

And Finally …

  • 43. Take pictures of everything and have fun!

What’s your favorite season? Your favorite outdoor activity?


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