Summer is here! When a new season rolls around, I love to make bucket lists of things I want to do. It’s great for those days or evenings when you’re bored and don’t know what to do. Today I’m sharing what’s on my summer bucket list and what can be on yours, but I’ve created a Summer Bucket List template where you can write your own summer goals down!
1. Attend an Outdoor Concert
Back home in Omaha, Hubby and I loved going to free outdoor concerts in the spring and summer. When I lived in my apartment, I could sit on my patio and listen to the free concerts happening at the park just a few blocks away. Omaha also has a great series in July called Jazz on the Green. We’re still new to the KC area, so we’ll have to do some research and figure out what happens in the summer, but that’s something I’d love to do this summer.
2. Go Swimming
I love swimming at my family’s lake house, and this will be the first thing I cross off my summer bucket list! I think this should be on every single summer bucket list out there. Whether you swim at a pool, lake, river or ocean, get outside and swim! And by swim I mean float around with a beer in your hand and listen to Jimmy Buffett.
3. Watch a Storm Roll In
This is one of my favorite things to do. Maybe it’s a Midwestern thing. Maybe it’s a redneck thing. I dunno, but I do know that it is so fun! Luckily there are lots of empty spaces around our house right now, so it’s so easy to see storm clouds come in. Hubby and I love to sit on our covered patio and observe. We even bring our Amazon Tap out with us to listen to music and have a cocktail in hand. It’s a great way to end a summer day!
4. Make Homemade Ice Cream
Lots of people are nervous to make their own ice cream because they don’t have an ice cream maker. That excuse is useless because there are so many ice cream recipes that don’t need to be churned! Trust me, nothing tastes as good as homemade ice cream – you have to try it!
5. Bar Hop Patio Style
I freaking love a bar that has a good patio. I love potted plants, comfy chairs and tables, twinkle lights and music coming through the speakers. When the weather is nice, I intentionally seek out bars that have a good patio so we can sit outside. Now that we’re in Kansas City, we’ll have check Yelp and see the best bar patios in the area!
6. Cook Something in the Smoker
Hubby and I grill our dinner a lot during the summer. It’s so easy and usually healthy. But we also have a small smoker that we like to use, too. Smoking meat takes a little more time and care, but it’s so much fun to do, and then you get some delicious BBQ at the end! If you don’t do this in the summer, you have to do it in the fall! There is nothing like watching Sunday football while smoking.
7. Try Something New
Summer is a great time to try something new. Try a new hobby, read a book in a new genre, or cook a new recipe. These are all great things to try. Sometimes we get stuck in ruts and we just need to break out of our comfort zone a little bit. I think I’ll try to make an effort to listen to different podcasts. I have tons of podcasts that I subscribe to, but I tend to only listen to the same two. Let me know your podcast recommendations!
8. Read Some Good Books
It’s reading season! I love reading all year long, but I get a lot of my reading done in the summer. I love sitting in the shade on the dock and really diving into a good book. Check out your local bookstore or library for some great reads! I just finished Murder on the Orient Express and 100% recommend it!
9. Go to a Baseball Game
Baseball is my favorite sport, hands down. I love going to as many games as I can, especially because I know my team won’t be seeing an post-season games this year. Chances are you have some sort of team close to you, so take some time this summer to go to a game! I know I will!
10. Eat Breakfast Outside
If you have a deck or patio, you have to make a point to eat breakfast outside at least once this summer. It’s usually really peaceful in the morning, and if you do it early enough, you’ll beat the heat. Whether you just have a bowl of cereal, or if you cook up a delicious feast, it’s so fun and relaxing to eat breakfast outside! Then stay outside with a cup of coffee and read a great book!
Do you have your own bucket list? You can print my Summer Bucket List PDF and fill out your own list! Let me know what’s on your bucket list for this season. Happy Summer, y’all!