Your Official End Of Summer Bucket List

Summer may be ending, but there’s still time to check things off your summer bucket list!

By Meghan Dillon3 min read
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It’s only a matter of weeks before the leaves change color and summer turns to fall. While many of us are excited about the cooler weather, richer hues, and pumpkin-flavored everything to come, we're still trying to live in the moment and soak up the lighthearted and spontaneous vibes accompanying these warmer months.

Not sure where to start? Make the most of the rest of your summer with this bucket list.

Go Jet Skiing

Summer offers the opportunity for many adventures you can’t have during the colder months, and water sports like jet skiing is one of them. Plan a day at the lake or beach with your family or friends, and get adventurous by renting a few fun toys. 

Kiss under the Stars

Kissing in the rain is overrated (it kinda feels like you’re being waterboarded TBH), so why not try kissing under the stars? It doesn’t matter if you’re in your own backyard or on a moonlit street in a quaint European town. There’s something inherently romantic about the beauty of nature – why not take advantage of it?

Have a Bonfire

There’s nothing quite as beautiful as a summer night, and there’s no better way to spend one than by a bonfire. Whether it’s just with you and your boo or a large gathering, it’s the perfect way to relax and end the day on a high note. Don’t forget the s’mores!

Go Paddleboarding

It’s easy to complain about how annoying the hot weather is, but we all know we’ll be complaining about the cold when winter starts. Take advantage of the warm weather while it’s still here and spend a day enjoying nature by paddleboarding. Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never tried it before – it’s easier than it looks!

Watch the Sunrise

With the craziness of our everyday lives, it’s easy to take the most simple yet beautiful things for granted. Pick a morning (preferably one with clear skies) to set your alarm early and watch the sunrise. Make a cup of coffee, find a comfy chair, and enjoy the fresh air and the quiet. It’s a simple task, but it’s amazing how impactful it can be for your mood the rest of the day.

Get an Ice Cream Cone

Remember when you were a kid, and there was nothing more refreshing than getting an ice cream cone on a hot summer day? There’s no law that says it’s just for kids, so why not do it today? You can go by yourself for a little treat or invite some friends to make an afternoon out of it. We promise you won’t regret it.

Go Scuba Diving

If scuba diving is on your bucket list and you have the ability to do it, what’s stopping you? Book a session before the season is over.  

Have a Weekend Getaway

Instagram makes it look like you’re not on summer vacation unless you're in Italy or Greece for a month at a time, but you can have just as much fun in the U.S. over a long weekend. Pick a destination that's a few hours away, plan a road trip, and enjoy exploring a town or city new to you.

Paint Your Nails a Bright Color

While we love fall colors, they’re often not as vibrant or statement-making as summer shades. Take advantage of the last days of summer by painting your nails a bright color while it’s still in style. Doing your nails yourself can be surprisingly therapeutic, and the bright color will be sure to boost your mood. 

Try Heatless Beach Waves

Nothing says summer quite like beach waves, but you don’t need to go to a beach to get them. There are plenty of DIY and heatless ways to get waves, from satin curling rods to various braiding techniques. Search for tutorials on Instagram and TikTok for the best results.

Take a Dip in the Ocean

When was the last time you swam in the ocean? From the feeling of the sand beneath your feet to the scent of saltwater and the feeling of waves crashing into your skin, it shows how beautiful and refreshing being in nature can be. If you don’t live within driving distance of an ocean, a trip to a lake or river that is safe for swimming will do the trick.

Have a Rosé Tasting with Your Girlfriends

Going to a winery is always fun, but it’s not something you can do every weekend. Invite some friends over and have each one bring over a different bottle of rosé (or another refreshing white wine that’s perfect for summer) and have a wine tasting party. Add in a charcuterie board, and it’s the perfect girls' night!

Eat a Lobster Roll

Rich, buttery, and delicious. Whether you live in a coastal town or in the middle of the country (though we can all agree that fresh lobster is superior), lobster rolls just taste better in the summer. You can either look up recipes on Pinterest or have a night out at your local seafood restaurant for a taste.

Take a Boat Ride

Whether you want to tan with your girlfriends or take a boat tour around the city, you should take advantage of boating days before they’re over. It doesn’t have to be an extravagant yacht (but if you have access to one, we’re jealous) – you can still make the most out of a day on a small boat at the lake.

Visit a Flea Market

Are you looking to spruce up your living room for fall? Or maybe you want to add a few vintage coats to your collection. You never know what you’ll find at a flea market, which is part of the adventure. Even if you don’t buy anything, taking the time to browse through the seemingly endless aisles of treasures is equal parts therapeutic and entertaining.

Indulge in a Beach Read

Need a break from the doom and gloom of the news cycle? Dive into a lighthearted summer-themed book! There’s something magical about reading on the beach or while soaking up the sun in your backyard.

Have a Margarita Night

Not all of us can afford a beach vacation, so why not bring it home with delicious margaritas? Invite your besties over for a margarita night and suggest that everyone either brings their own margarita recipe or a side dish. You can have a chill night with a couple of friends or a fiesta-themed party with countless attendees. It’s all up to you.

Closing Thoughts

Whether you’re adventurous enough to go scuba diving or want to end your summer with a bonfire or lobster roll, there's no better time to make the most of these final few weeks before the fall hits. 

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