The Best Summer Bucket List for College 20 Somethings

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Summer is right around the corner; time to start making plans for your summer bucket list!

Even if you do end up working or plan on attending college classes, you can still make this summer memorable. After all, life is short!


It’s best to have fun and make the most of it.

Celebrate a semester finished by having a kick-ass summer filled with TONS of enjoyable activities. It’s finally time to go on new adventures, visit large bodies of water with friends and eat a lot of good food.

Don’t let a good times pass you:

Time really does fly by. Whatever you end up doing, don’t forget to take pictures!

Here are 60+ ideas to add to your summer bucket list!

P.S. You can make your own list or use the printable version of my list available here

The Best College Summer Bucket List

1 – Go to a big water park and spend alllllll day there.

2 – Go to a drive-in theater.
There are 330+ drive-ins still operating!

3- Visit a National Park.
See the FREE entrance days for this year here. 

4 – Go hiking.

5- Summit a mountain.
Take that hiking a step further!

6 – Make s’mores over a campfire.

7 – Go through all your clothes and donate what you don’t wear.

8 – Build a great sandcastle.

9 – Drink sangria by a pool. ?

10 – Run a 5K at the end of the summer.
Use an app like Couch to 5K to motivate and train you.

11 – Have a paintball fight with friends.

12 – Catch fireflies.
Don’t forget to release them later!

13 – Swim in the ocean.

14 – Try skydiving.
It’s actually more affordable than I would have thought.

15 – Go to a bonfire party or host one yourself.

16 – Spend a day at an amusement park.
Roller coaster, elephant ears, caricature drawing, the works!

17 – Take a road trip and sleep in your car or camp. No hotels!

18 – Attend a live music concert.
When was the last time you saw your favorite band in person?

19 – Go white water rafting with a group of friends.
I LOVE white water rafting, so much fun!

18 – Give kayaking a try.

19 – Attend a local baseball game.

20 – Spend the day at the lake.
Swimming, paddle boarding, boating, camping, eating hot dogs, etc.

21 – Make dinner with items only purchased at your local Farmer’s Market.

22 – Try food at a new food truck.
The food truck food in my area is AH-mazing!

23 – Participate in a Tough Mudder.

24 – Make a trip to the zoo or a drive thru wildlife safari.

25 – Go to a music festival with friends.
Fun, sun & music. ❤

26 – Marathon movies for a day in your COMFIEST outfit with your best friends.

27 – Read that book you never got around to reading.
Save your spot with my free printable bookmarks. Or read some new books, like my must read books for freshmen.

28 – Get REALLY good a braiding.
Fishtail braids are super cute!

29 – Take your pup to a dog park or dog beach.
Have you ever been to one? LOADS of fun!

30 – Find a new favorite recipe that you can actually cook on a regular basis.

31 – Water balloon fight!
This makes filling water balloons SO much faster.

32 – Make the ultimate blanket fort.

33 – Fill a truck bed with blankets & pillows, and then go star gazing where there are no city lights.

34 – Take a pottery class.

35 – Go skinny dipping.
‘Cause you’ve got to try it AT LEAST once!

36 – Have a spa day out on the town or create one at home.
Treat yo’ self! Self love is SO in.

37 – Attend a floating lantern festival.
This is the stuff dreams are made of. ? Tangled anyone??

38 – Eat a funnel cake.

39 – Go to karaoke night at a bar.
Let yourself get loose and have fun with it!

40 – Pay for the order behind you at the drive-thru.
Put good out into the universe.

41 – Spend an evening at a hot spring.
There’s nothing like a good soak to rejuvenate yourself.

42 – Go to an art gallery.

43 – Make the PERFECT summer playlist.
And then listen to it on your road trips!

44 – Do all the touristy things in your town.

45 – Land a killer internship.
Gotta think ahead, a great way to cap off your summer.

46 – Make a time capsule.

47 – Become conversational in a new language.
Learn for free with an app like Duolingo.

48 – Visit your grandparents.
They LOVE that shit, plus old people can be pretty cool. Ask them about stories from their youth!

49 – Start a smash book journal.

50 – Eat at as many different restaurants as you can.
Resist the urge to revert back to your usual eats hang outs.

51 – Visit a friend at a different college.
Different campus, new things to see!

52 – Pull an all-nighter and watch the sun rise.

53 – Try geo caching.
Prepare to think outside of the box! ? All you need is an app for your smartphone.

54 – Create your own drinking game and try it with friends.
Or maybe just play CharDee MacDennis (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia reference). ?

55 – Get ice cream from an ice cream truck.
Chase the music! 

56 – Go to the state fair.

57 – Make alcoholic popsicles.

58 – Get a real looking temporary tattoo or get a sun tattoo. 

59 – Give your dog the best day ever.
They deserve it!

60 – Make ice cream in a bag.
Reminds me of my childhood.

61 – Spend a day thrift shopping with a budget of $50.
Or less, or more. It’s up to you, just get creative with what you’ve got!

62 – Take a belly dancing class.

63 – Eat the freshest sushi you can.
The closer to the fish the source, the better!

Click on the image below to get a printable version of this list!

summer bucket list

Related: Everything You Should Bring to College + What to Skip (Free Printable Checklist Included) 

What plans are you going to add to your summer bucket list?

The Best Summer Bucket List for College 20 Somethings

I'm Charlie, one of the co-founders of College Life Made Easy: a lifestyle blog that focuses on helping students navigate college life on topics of finance, organization, dorm living and more. 2015 graduate of the Ashland Institute of Massage. Originally from a little bit of everywhere (Air Force brat). Lover of Birkenstocks, rainy weather and miniature things.

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