Celebrating Summer With These 25 Great Ideas and Activities!

Although the children in my neighborhood will be heading back to school in just twenty short days, there is still plenty of summer left! Up in the mid-atlantic my granddaughters are just looking forward to heading off to summer camp in a little over a week! So, if you haven’t taken the time to enjoy the summer weather yet, read on and find something, or better yet, TWENTY-FIVE SOMETHINGS to do before summer is gone!

little girl eating ice cream

  I promise there is not one back-to-school or get ready for fall idea on here!  Grab the family or friends, or both! 

1. Get to the beach

toes in the sand with the wave coming in and seashells on the sand

One more day at the beach is a great way to celebrate summer before it is gone!  If you don’t have a beach near you, how about a local lake or river?  

2.  S’mores

fingers holding a s'mores with the sunset in the background

Do you know you have more than SIXTY more evenings of summer to light the fire pit and toast some marshmallows to make this classic summertime treat?

3.  Visit a National Park

Use this website to locate a National Park near you!  

4.  Celebrate with lemons and limesoverhead shot of a yellow and green table with lemons and limes

Some people are crazy for sweet tea, but others love lemonade.  Get all lemon and limey by setting a colorful summer table celebrating the tart and the sweet!

5.  Make homemade ice creamLittle girl eating a big spoonful of ice cream

Is there a better way for celebrating summer than ice cream?  You can find my family’s ice cream recipe at Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream.

6.  Fly a kite

7.  Enjoy being outdoors

Beautiful back porch with comfy furniture and palms in pots

No matter if it is a walk through the woods, through your neighborhood, or just sitting on the front porch, getting outside is one of the real joys of celebrating summer.

8.  Host a beach ball bashTable set with colorful striped plates and napkins and cute little beach balls

Yes, I did host a beach party on the 11th floor! I am so glad to have a pool in my backyard now and can just keep my feet on the ground or in the water!

9.  Read a book

woman sitting on chaise lounge reading a book and laughing

Before school begins, or just the hustle and bustle of fall and all of the holidays in the upcoming months, take the time to sit down and enjoy a book!  

10.  Go apple picking 

Apple picking begins as early as the last couple of weeks of August!  Get a head start on apple season while summer weather still makes it a treat!  What to do with all of those apples?  Here are 30 delightful apple recipes!  

11.  Go for a bicycle ride

Blue bicycle with white flowers in the basket

12.  Dine outdoors

That is kind of a gimme…in the backyard, on the deck, or at a restaurant, pick outdoors for that summertime meal!

13.  Make a driftwood sailboat

. Want the tutorial on these cute sailboats?  Find it at Gather Driftwood on Your Summer Vacation. 

14.  Make something with seashellsSeaside place setting with neutral colors and seashell chargers and seashell napkin rings

I like to entertain and set pretty tables, so I used my seashell collection to make custom seashell chargers!  

15.  Spend time outdoors

16.  Play in the sprinkler

17.  Visit a farmer’s market

18. Host a Dog Days of Summer Party green and blue party pictures of a dog days of summer party with cute dachshund snack plates

Are you feeling like it is the “dog days of summer”?  If so, celebrate all things dogs with your own Dog Days of Summer Party!  

19.  Watch a movie outdoors

Check your local community center or library for outdoor movie times and locations.  Gather up the lawn chairs and blankets (don’t forget the bug spray)!  My favorite way to keep the mosquitos at bay is with a Thermacell Portable device!

20.  Play a sport OR watch a game

It might be golf, a kickball game, head out to a major or minor league or even a local pick up game 

21.  Go boating

Don’t have a boat?  Find somewhere near you to rent a boat or kayaks and get out on the water before summer is gone!

22.  Take a road trip

Elegant Charleston home with steps up to the front door with a dark wood arched front door.

I don’t know what is near you, but for me, one of my favorite places to visit is Charleston!  Maybe it is a day, maybe a weekend, it doesn’t matter, pack up the family and head out to a favorite spot, or someplace you have never been before!  

23.  Go to a waterpark

24.  Go fishing

25.  Cook lobsters on the grillLobster tablescape with red and shite napkins and lobster printed dinner plates

It is so easy to cook lobsters on the grill!  Check out my recipes and How to Host a Lobster Dinner! 

Whatever you choose to do before summer is gone, make it yours and make it fun!

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  1. I love all these fabulous ideas Chloe! It would be so easy to sort of skip over the rest of summer but you’re right there is still plenty of time to celebrate all that summer still has to offer. I can’t wait to check out your lobster dinner post and your dog days of summer post too. They both look like so much fun! Hugs, CoCo

  2. What a great list of summer fun activities! I love that you are not rushing right into fall. After all for most of the country there will still be plenty of 90 degree days before fall actually arrives!

    The Dog Days of Summer Party is just the cutest idea!

    Thank you so much for celebrating summer with us!

  3. Chloe love your list if great things for the summer. Who wouldn’t want to kiss that sweet face enjoying her ice cream Could I say I would.

    Sorry a day late. At my MS doctor yesterday.


  4. Chloe, it looks like you celebrate summer in style! Do you have a post for that lemon/lime tablescape? It’s gorgeous. I love all your other party suggestions, too. We’re hitting the bucket list…ice cream in a bag today with my boys! I hope you enjoy these last dog days of summer. Hugs, Crissy

  5. Chloe, you have a lot of wonderful ideas for enjoying and celebrating summer! I love that pretty lemon tablescape…it is so pretty. It has been so much fun being on this blog hop with you. P.S. I have been enjoying your Insta stories. They are always uplifting and encouraging. Enjoy the last weeks of summer!

  6. Chloe, I love all your ideas. As much as I love the beach and the water, I haven’t been near either this summer. I have read a ton of books and eaten a lot of Ice cream!! Need to be more intentional about having fun in the summer. Thanks for ideas.

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