august 16, 2021

16 Fun Activities to Add to Your End-of-Summer Bucket List

Not ready to say goodbye to summer? Don’t worry; you still have a few weeks left before it’s time to trade out your swimsuit for a sweater. Make the most of it by squeezing in as many fun outdoor activities as you can before the warm weather and sunshine run out! Here’s your guide to putting together an epic end-of-summer bucket list.  

A couple enjoys one of the last days of summer by lighting sparklers at the beach.

August can be a bittersweet time of year. It’s challenging to enjoy what’s left of summer when you know it’s almost over! If you’re feeling stressed about the season change, consider creating a bucket list of all the things you want to enjoy one last time before autumn rolls in. We’ve come up with some fantastic outdoor activities and party ideas to help you experience the last of the warm weather to the fullest!

Did you get a chance to check out our last blog post? If not, you can do that here. Otherwise, continue reading to discover some of the best activities to add to your end-of-summer bucket list! 

Find a Fun Way to Display Your Vacation Photos

Photos from a fun-filled summer vacation to put in a scrapbook.

You’ve made some great memories with your friends and family this summer, and now it’s time to show them off. Pick out your best vacation photos and preserve them in a picture frame or scrapbook so that you can look back on them again and again!

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Plan a Weekend Road Trip

An excited group of friends takes one last road trip before summer ends.

Are you bummed out that you didn’t get the chance to travel much this year? There’s still time for one last road trip before the warm weather ends! Book a few rooms and hit the road with some friends for car games, roadside attractions, and other unforgettable activities over the weekend. Check out these unique rentals around the U.S. you should add to your summer bucket list!

Visit a Local Farmer’s Market 

A woman shops for fresh vegetables at a local farmer’s market during the summer.

If you don’t have enough free time to plan a trip this August, you can still have a lot of fun exploring unique attractions and activities in your area. Before summer ends, why not check out what your local farmer’s markets have to offer? Not only is this a delightful way to spend some time outdoors, but it’s also a fantastic opportunity to pick up some seasonal fruits and veggies to enjoy at home! 

Take Your Workout Outdoors

A healthy young man takes advantage of summer weather and exercises outdoors.

Incorporating some fresh air and sunshine into your workout is a fantastic way to make it more fun. As the weather grows colder, your opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities will be fewer and further between, so take advantage of the last few weeks before summer ends and head outside for a refreshing jog! 

Squeeze in One Last Seasonal Read

A book lover checks another read off her summer bucket list.

If you’re a book lover, your favorite outdoor activities probably involve a beach chair, a tall glass of iced tea, and an intriguing new read! Enjoy the last of the warm weather this August by immersing yourself in a book that perfectly captures the essence of the season. Any of these picturesque books on nature would be an excellent choice to add to your end-of-summer bucket list! 

Enjoy a Meal on the Patio

A family enjoys one last meal together on the patio outdoors before summer ends.

Spending time outside with family and friends is one of the best ways to enjoy warm weather. If you’re looking for low-key outdoor activities to add to your end-of-summer bucket list, consider inviting your loved ones over for a casual meal on the patio! Check out this list of delicious recipes that incorporate seasonal ingredients.

Challenge Your Friends to a Water Balloon Fight

Fun outdoor activities to celebrate the last days of summer include a water balloon fight!

We may be halfway through August, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the weather is cooling down. Here’s a fun way to beat the heat with your friends that you should consider adding to your summer bucket list of outdoor activities. Organize a water balloon fight in your backyard or at a local park! 

Try Out a New Cocktail Recipe

A group of friends gets together outdoors for cocktails before summer ends.

Sipping a refreshing cocktail can be a delicious way to stay cool on a sweltering day. Take the opportunity to expand your repertoire of mixed drinks this August and add these unique cocktail recipes to your end-of-summer bucket list! Invite a few friends over to enjoy them with you outdoors.

Hit Up a Rooftop Eatery or Bar

Young twenty-somethings visit a rooftop bar to check it off their summer bucket list.

There’s no better way to spend a Friday night than getting all dressed up for an evening on the town with your friends. Make the most of the last few weeks before summer ends by toasting your besties at a scenic bar or restaurant with outdoor rooftop seating! Bonus points if you can catch a glorious sunset.  

Enjoy a Local Outdoor Concert

A young woman has fun at a music festival outdoors before the end of summer.

If there’s one thing music lovers look forward to every year, it’s going to see their favorite artists perform at outdoor festivals. Want to experience live music one last time before the warm weather ends? Do a little research to see if there are any local outdoor concerts, festivals, or other musical activities in your community that you can add to your summer bucket list.

Watch a Summer-Themed Movie

A summer movie night is one of the best outdoor activities to host in your backyard.

Sure, you can have a movie night any time of year, but some films are best enjoyed in the summer. Create a list of your favorite seasonal classics and host a movie marathon before August ends. For an extra memorable outdoor experience, set up a projector and some picnic blankets in your backyard!

Make Room in Your Closet for a Fall Wardrobe Update

A woman prepares for the end of summer by organizing her wardrobe.

August is an excellent time to refresh your wardrobe for fall. Before you start shopping, you may want to add cleaning out your closet to the activities on your end-of-summer bucket list! That way, you’ll have plenty of space for all the latest fall trends. If you need a little motivation before getting started, check out these gorgeous sweaters you’ll want to make room for! 

Treat Yourself to an Ice Cream Sundae

A delicious ice-cream sundae to celebrate the last few days before summer ends.

When it comes to quintessential summer activities, going out for ice cream is one of the first things that springs to mind. Grab your friends and take a trip to your favorite local ice cream parlor before August ends! Since this frosty treat might be your last of the season, we recommend indulging in a sundae with all the toppings.

Host an End of August Bash

Friends and family members have fun at an end of summer party outdoors.

Want to plan some seasonal activities to make the last weeks of August as memorable as possible? Throwing an outdoor party for friends and family is a fantastic item to add to your summer bucket list! Take a look at these excellent tips for hosting the perfect gathering.

Spend a Night Under the Stars

Make sure to cross camping off your summer bucket list while the weather holds up.

Looking for creative outdoor activities to add to your summer bucket list that will help you make the most of warm nights? Take a camping trip with your friends right in your backyard! Set up a tent, roast some marshmallows, and sleep under the stars for an unforgettable ending to the season. 

Write a List of Fun Activities for Fall

A calendar full of fun ideas for fall activities to enjoy once summer ends.

The end of summer is always a little sad, but let’s not forget how much there is to look forward to in autumn! Whether you’re excited for apple picking, hay bale rides, or pumpkin spice lattes, making a list of all the outdoor activities you want to enjoy this fall can be an excellent way to celebrate the season change. 

We hope these end-of-summer bucket list activities helped you get excited to make the most of the last few weeks of the season. If you’re looking for a unique way to make your best outdoor memories last, you can bring them to life in one of the custom engraved photo crystals in our shop! You can also check out our blog for more creative ideas.