The Summer Bucket List

by Crystal R. Mendoza Paulin

Summer is almost over! Whether you're dying of boredom at this point or desperately behind on your summer to-do list, we've got some fun activities that are a must before the summer ends. Remember, what's the point of working hard if you don't play harder?

1. Summer Festivals / State Fair

Ferris wheel in Centro Park in Oberhausen, Germany.

Ferris wheel in Centro Park in Oberhausen, Germany.

Summer is the time for festivals and fairs. If you haven't had the chance to grab a funnel cake or fried Oreo then you're doing summer wrong, my friend. Still, summer festivals, with their large crowds and hot weather, are no walk in the park. Read more for tips on festivals.

#2: Swimming

Waterfall near Nongriat Village in East Khasi District, Meghalaya. Photo courtesy Sai Avinash

Waterfall near Nongriat Village in East Khasi District, Meghalaya. Photo courtesy Sai Avinash

Whether you live right on the beach or not, summer is definitely the time for fun in the water! Grab your favorite fruity drink and settle in for a day by the shore! Want a perfect day by the water? Check this out.

#3: Road Trip

Winding road in Norway. Photo courtesy of Piotr Małecki.

Winding road in Norway. Photo courtesy of Piotr Małecki.

What's better than open road and open skies? Exactly. So hit the road and let's go! Here's our tips on how to stay safe and sane on the road.

#4: A Day at the Grill

Flavored meats on a grill. 

Flavored meats on a grill. 

You say "Summer!" and I say "Cookout!" Don't let your friends and family go hungry this summer, fire up that grill! For grilling tips from a master, read here.

#5: Amusement Parks

Vekoma Boomerang roller coaster at Wild Adventures Amusement Park.

Vekoma Boomerang roller coaster at Wild Adventures Amusement Park.

Amusement parks. It's every kid's dream to go to one. (Especially that really big one with the castle and the ears!) But let's face it: parks can be big, scary, and exhausting. More trouble than they're worth, right? Wrong! Here are our quick tips to ensure a fun time at a park! Read more.

#6: Cycling

Man rides adaptive trike with Rochester Accessible Adventures.

Man rides adaptive trike with Rochester Accessible Adventures.

What's safe, family-friendly, fun and can be done from the comfort of your home? Cycling! So grab your helmet and ride to your favorite park. Plus, with adaptive bikes and trikes, anyone can ride! So let's go!

#7: Hiking

Hikers on Three Sisters Wilderness Trail in Oregon, United States.

Hikers on Three Sisters Wilderness Trail in Oregon, United States.

Beautiful weather and clear skies are a perfect recipe for a day outdoors. Grab your walking shoes and hit your favorite trail— or visit a route you've never traveled before! Read more.

#8: Kayaking/Canoeing

Rio Trombetas Biological Reserve in Para, Brazil.

Rio Trombetas Biological Reserve in Para, Brazil.

If you love water but don't necessarily love getting wet, then aquatic sports might not seem right for you. But what if there was a way to be near the water without ever getting wet and you get a workout out of it? Read more.