The Ultimate Summer To-Do List: 50 Activities for Friends and Family

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



Summer is a close second to spring for me when it comes to favorite seasons. It may have something to do with being raised in Arizona and not knowing much different when it comes to weather.

Regardless, I love spending time outside and in the water in the summer, usually at a lake or beach. So here are my top 50 activities to do with friends and family in the summer, with an emphasis on water activities:


  1. Swim at a nearby lake
  2. Rent jet ski’s and take them to the lake
  3. Rent a paddleboard and paddle down to the Salt River or at a lake
  4. Have a picnic on the lake’s beach
  5. Go tubing down the Salt River
  6. Rent an RV and camp out by the lake
  7. Go camping
  8. Go feed the ducks at the pond by the Arizona Farm Bureau’s office in Gilbert
  9. Do water games: water balloon fight, Slip ‘N Slide, sprinklers, etc.
  10. Swim in a pool
  11. Make popsicles
  12. Make homemade ice cream
  13. Take a road trip to a beach
  14. Try boogie boarding at the beach
  15. Go fishing off the ocean pier
  16. Fly a kite at the beach
  17. Learn to surf
  18. Go deep sea fishing
  19. Try parasailing behind a boat
  20. Try kitesurfing
  21. Try sailboarding
  22. Read a new book
  23. Read an old favorite book
  24. Set up and enjoy a hammock
  25. Make a summer playlist
  26. Buy a Fourth of July t-shirt from Old Navy (my family used to do this every year)
  27. Make a new recipe for the grill
  28. Learn how to carve a watermelon jack-o’-lantern or fruit basket
  29. Learn to make a fun summer drink (non-alcoholic or alcoholic). As kids, my friends and I loved to drink homemade virgin pina coladas!
  30. Try a new recipe for a side dish
  31. Decorate the house for the Fourth of July
  32. Go back to school clothing shopping with your kids
  33. Go back to school supply shopping with your kids
  34. Make a fort (try this awesome idea: use a king sized sheet on a queen sized bed (or queen size on a full bed, etc). Tape the box fan to the sheet so it has a sheet border on the side of the fan by the edge of the bed and to the top, leaving the side of the sheet at the end of the bed not taped down like the other 3 sides of the sheet, so you can crawl inside!)
  35. Do a DIY project
  36. Do some home improvement
  37. Plant a flower garden
  38. Plant a vegetable garden
  39. Plant a potted herb garden in your house
  40. Buy a succulent or house plant
  41. Learn how to make pies and/or cobbler! Cherry, blueberry, peach, raspberry, etc. It also makes the perfect Fourth of July dessert served a la mode.
  42. Learn how to make jam
  43. Be the host for a barbeque
  44. Attend a film festival
  45. Make smores
  46. Throw a bonfire party
  47. Watch your favorite movies about summer
  48. Find a new podcast to listen to
  49. Discover some new musicians and songs that you like
  50. Go to an art museum


Find more fun activities on Fill Your Plate’s blog!

Share This:
This entry was posted in Arizona, Events, Fill Your Plate, Fun and Games, Gardening, Holidays, In Season, In the Kitchen, Just For Fun, Kids, Planting, Weather and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *