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My 2023 Summer Bucket List

Updated: Jun 4, 2023

I watched a TikTok recently where the creator was talking about how the reason why summer doesn't feel as epic and fun as it did when we were younger, is because we have stopped making summer bucket lists. And man oh man did that CLICK.

I remember being in 7th and 8th grade, sitting on the floor of my bedroom while the sun beamed in, writing down everything I wanted to accomplish over the summer with my best friends.

The lists were often incredibly stereotypical of what you'd assume a 12 or 13 year old girl would want out of a summer break: "kiss a boy!" "lay out by the pool" "stargaze on the roof" "have a sleepover on the trampoline". (These are all real by the way).

I looked forward to summer so much every year for a few reasons. My birthday was right at the beginning of the Summer season, so that was always exciting. And my mother always signed me up for activities or Summer camps, so I knew I was bound to make new friends, go to my favorite places, and overall just have an awesome time.

I can say that, as an adult, I have made an effort to have enjoyable summers, but last year's summer was just not it.

So this year, I am making an effort to make this summer a big and beautiful one. I'm newly married, starting a new family and ready to take on the world! Well, take on the hot weather.

Here are some of the things I want to do for summer 2023!


Go to a Music Festival

Picnic on the Beach

Flower Dye a Linen Shirt

Make Berry Jam

Go on a Road Trip

Go to a Baseball Game

Spend Time with Family

Lounge by the Pool

Take a Nap

Wear a Summer Dress

Go to the Movie Theatre on a Hot Day

Make Lemonade From Scratch

Go Kayaking

Go on a Hike

Try Surfing

Hot Tub Under the Stars

See an Outdoor Movie

Eat a Corndog

Plan a Staycation

Go Birdwatching

Binge Watch Movies for a Day

Go 24 hours Without Internet or TV

Host a Summer Solstice Party

Host a Beach Bonfire

Have a Sleepover with Your Besties

Read a Summer Themed Book

Watch the Sunset Over a Ridge

Make S'Mores

Make Ice Cream From Scratch

Go on a Sail Boat

Spend a Day at the Museum

Hike a New Trail

Create Your Own Cocktail

Bake a Loaf of Garden Focaccia

Grow a Vegetable Garden

Spend a Day Cleaning up the Beach

See a Play


I love your list it even gives me some ideas if things to do and would not have thought of. Thank you for inspiring me to do more this year and reigniting the Joys of summer.


You’re so welcome! I too am getting more and more excited for summer!



I love your list! Now I want to make a list of my own. I hope you accomplish everything on the list and make some lasting memories while doing them.


LeAnne Wheeler
LeAnne Wheeler

Such a fun list! "Kiss a boy" was on my list many times as a young teen lol.

I don't have a super long list but 3 things I'd like to do...

Go to the beach (I haven't been in a while).

Stay out all night.

Visit 3 state parks.


Oooh love this!


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