25 Ideas to Spend Your Summer

Last update February 19, 2019
Advertiser Disclosure

This site is a free online resource that strives to offer helpful content and comparison features to its visitors. Please be advised that the operator of this site accepts advertising compensation from certain companies that appear on the site, and such compensation impacts the location and order in which the companies (and/or their products) are presented, and in some cases may also impact the scoring that is assigned to them. The scoring that appears on this site is determined by the site operator in its sole discretion, and should NOT be relied upon for accuracy purposes. In fact, Company/product listings on this page DO NOT imply endorsement by the site operator. Except as expressly set forth in our Terms of Use, all representations and warranties regarding the information presented on this page are disclaimed. The information which appears on this site is subject to change at any time. More info

Thinking about how to spend your summer and enjoy all the joys of the weather and season? Look here for 25 great inspirational ideas, and make your summer memories unforgettable.  

Back when we were kids, we could have infinite fun with only sticks, leaves, and a sandbox. As we grow older, our lives become overburdened with the necessity of getting things done like our jobs, homework, laundry, or preparations for the next day. Yet, when we get some free summer time on our hands, we may have zero ideas about how to spend it best. 

But it doesn't really matter whether you have a free weekend, long holidays or just a few hours after the work - it's how you spend it that counts. Yet, sitting on the computer all summer is hardly romantic or even cool. Therefore, if you want to get a full experience and enjoy each and every moment of this summer, we have prepared a handy short list of things you easily do to have a quality time staying indoors or going outside.

Stay Cool on Hot Days With Delicious Homemade Ice Cream

If you can never find the perfect ice cream taste just the way you want it, why not make one yourself? With an ice cream maker, you can let your imagination run riot and treat yourself and your family to the weirdest flavor combinations. Bacon with pistachio? Wasabi + vanilla? Or just ice cream with crispy chocolate? You are the cook!

Learn to Play Music Instruments

Playing music next to campfire can help build a stronger friendship and be very romantic. Still, you may not want to stop there. Buy yourself an ukulele or another unusual music instrument that is not too hard to master over the summer to impress your friends and family. Sometimes, teaching yourself playing basic melodies or beats is easier than you can imagine. Who knows? Maybe, you even have a hidden talent for the music.

Take Stunning Photos With a New Camera

Put away your phone and upgrade yourself to a DSLR camera for taking beautiful shots of things around you. It’s a great way to spend time both indoors and in nature by practising and making creative family photos, portraits with friends or random strangers, and just capture anything that draws your attention with a camera.

Become a Tourist

Make your summer memorable by traveling abroad. Buy tickets, pack your stuff in a suitcase, and enjoy your vacation. We recommend combining this with the previous tip for the best experience. The destination can be anywhere: from a trip around Europe to Cambodia, Sri Lanka, or Venezuela. There are some really inexpensive countries where your travels will be both affordable and unforgettable.

Throw a Sushi Party

Making tasty Japanese food is simpler than you think. Just become a chief with a sushi-making kit to wow your friends. Buy some nori seaweed, delicious seafood, cucumber. Then, cook the rice, boil some eggs, add other ingredients, based on your own preferences. Roll it all together to turn it into a majestic delicacy and serve your friends. It's best when the cooking is done together with your BFF or boyfriend.

Change Your Hair Color

It can be a full-color change or just a new added tone. Maybe, you’d like to try on a fresh trendy hairstyle with a totally black color from roots to ends? Or you can go all out and dye your hair unicorn-style with a multi-colored palette. Just choose the color you like and give yourself a new stylish look. You can thank us later.

Visit the Stars

With all the talk about potentially habitable exoplanets and manned missions to Mars, it’s the right time to get into space yourself. For the very least, on a visual level.A telescope can offer you almost limitless possibilities for exploring our place in a vast place known as Universe. The summer time, when the sky is usually clearer, rather than not, is the best period for stargazing.

Plan a Perfect Picnic

Instead of eating at home, call your friends, grab a blanket, pack the food, and go have a cool picnic in your local park or at the beach. Or you can design a hiking route to a peaceful place with a wonderful scenic view to spend a romantic evening with your second half over a glass of wine and some desserts. And avoid the plastic utensils!

Get Over Your Ex

No, really. The summer is a perfect time when you can find tons of activities to get over the relationships with your ex. Turn your break-up into a fresh start: stay away from the social media, reunite with your best friends or find the new ones, read books, stay healthy, and enjoy your single life before you start up a new romance!

Get Ripped Abs

There’s still time before the beach season starts to get yourself into shape if you want to look great this summer. Eat healthy food and workout with the accent on your abdominals to define your six-pack. Remember, the crunches alone may not do the trick. However, we can recommend doing core training exercises to speed up the process.

Send a Kite High in the Air

Flying a kite is an extremely fun family-bonding activity that allows you to take a break from the busy city life. As it requires some open space, you can combine it with other things like having a picnic or during the camping in order to spend more time with your friends and relatives as you teach each other new tricks.

Spend All Night Playing Party Games

You don’t have to be an MTG die-hard fan to play table games. There are lots of options with simple rules for a group of people to play together. Whether it is a strategy-like Monopoly game or the infamous dark-humored Cards Against Humanity, the card and board games can be the brightest solution to make the time fly by.

Make Your Own Makeup

Creating your own cosmetics is easier than you could guess. There are a lot of DIY kits for preparing various makeups. You can start with a lip balm. Usually, it is very easy to make and hard to spoil during the process. In addition, it’s also a good choice for spending time with your kid. Just a piece of advice: choose only natural ingredients to avoid allergies and skin irritation.

Find out More About the Birds Around You

Birdwatching is a rather popular activity for wildlife enthusiasts during the warm season. During the morning and evening, they get especially active, so you can observe them with binoculars in all their beauty. The best part is that this can be done without even leaving your house: if you live near the forest or there are several trees in your yard, then you are almost guaranteed to have at least some birds sitting there during a day or night.

Sparkle Up the Skies With Chinese Lanterns

Launching the sky lanterns can be associated with different occasions. But you don’t need a good reason to create a superior romantic or festive atmosphere. Or you can google the local lantern festivals that will take place around you this summer. Anyway, just try to buy eco-friendly lanterns to avoid littering and keep nature safe.

Change Your Look With Curly Hair

Bring out your inner goddess with a new hairstyle this summer. Grab a curling iron and experiment with your look: from making disco hairstyle or long cascading wavy barrel-curls to cute corkscrew or short unfuzzy twist ups. Use your imagination to choose one or try them all in succession, changing your style every week.

Set Up BBQ Party

Summer is the hottest season for the barbecue. Therefore, prepare the decoration and hang the lights for the evening, store up the ingredients, organize some games and invite your friends and neighbors to the BBQ party in the backyard. Enjoy the grilled meat and veggies, talk to each other, and celebrate the summer.

Learn a New Language

Going to have a lot of free time at your disposal this summer? Spend it on something really useful. The knowledge of a foreign language can open the doors to many new possibilities, help you find more friends, and just challenge your mind. Self-studying Chinese is extremely hard. Therefore, we’d recommend you to start with the Spanish - the second-most spoken language in the world.

Glam Up Your Camping Trip

Glamping can be considered to be one of the greatest choices for having a quality romantic time with your partner. To turn your camping into a luxury resort, you will need some items, that will make help you perfect your outdoors recreation and make you feel at home, being as close to nature as possible. For example, you can get a comfy air mattress and, maybe, a cot frame for the elevated position to set inside your tent. There are other amenities that can contribute to your glamping experience. However, there are no strict rules for where the camping turns into glamping. Thus, feel free to build your own list of accommodations to bring with you.

Spend Days Watching Netflix

When it’s too hot to get outside, close the doors, shut the windows, turn AC on, and catch up on all your favorite movies and series on Netflix watching one episode after another with the family or friends all day long.
Another way around, get some wine or order the pizza, choose a romantic movie, and arrange a stay-at-home date with your girlfriend.

Play Badminton Outdoors

If you plan on organizing a picnic on a day with a calm weather, bring a badminton set along. You can quickly set up a net and play together with your friends. With the net, you can also play volleyball there too. Even without it, it's an exciting and pretty much safe activity to get the kids off their tablets or phones. As a family or a group of friends, you can play either 1-on-1 or in pairs to engage more people at the same time.

Grow Your Own Gourmet Garden

This is an idea for a long-term hobby that can take your whole summer and beyond. If you’d like to grow your own food but can’t stand weeding out or have no time to keep up with the watering schedule, then buy an aerogarden that can control the cultivation process of plants for you. No soil, no dirt, no weed. Only fresh and natural fruits and vegetables for you and your family.

Go Fishing

Fishing, just like hunting, is our primal habit. The serenity of waiting, the adrenaline rush when the fish takes the bait, and you start to reel and pull the fishing rod - it’s hard to explain if you've never experienced this. Yet, you don’t necessarily have to kill and eat the fish. You can set it free. Especially, if it's a small one. When you are with friends, make it not about getting a fish, but rather about having fun together catching it.

Learn to Ride a Bike

By riding a bicycle, you kill two birds with one stone. First of all, it is a good way to quickly get from point A to point B, ignoring the traffic jams and public transport schedule. The second benefit is that it can help you get into shape and stay fit. Also, unlike cars and other vehicles that exhaust fumes, bikes don't contribute to the air pollution. If you already know how to ride one, then go on a cycle journey with your friends or try to master new tricks, i.e. hands-free cycling.

Swap Your Bed for a Hammock and Lie All Day in There

Although entering a hammock might require some practicing at first, once you master this, you'll be able to fully enjoy the comfort of lying in one. Most of the hammocks are quite easy to set up, which can be done in your backyard or between a couple of trees near the waterside, where there is a lot of shade to hide from the sun. You can use it to relax all by yourself, reading a book or just sleeping. Alternatively, you can get a 2-person hammock to cuddle together with your SO, which can be incredibly romantic and stir up the sexual tension between you.