200 Things To Do Over The Summer Break

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Only weeks ago you were all excited about finishing final exams and kicking off summer break. But now you’re already bored out of your mind and sick of your parents.

To help you out, I created a list of 200 things to do over the summer break. This list is so long that I had to go to the doctor for arthritis pain just to finish it. Not really, but it is long.

So the next time you’re sitting around in your pajamas at 2pm wondering what you’re going to do today, remember Brian’s list and bookmark it so you can easily find it.

If you’re that guy or girl, make it a mission to do all 200 of these activities this summer.

200 Things To Do This Summer Break

1. Go to a professional baseball game, major or minor league (sometimes minor league is more fun).

Cost: $$

2. Visit the local zoo (I’m a big fan of lions).

Cost: $$

3. Buy an ENO Hammock and nap in the forest or mountains.

Cost: $$$

4. Go cabrewing with your friends.

Cost: $$

5. Float down the lake on a paddle boat.

Cost: $

6. Get crazy and go skinny dipping.

Cost: Free

7. Sip on your favorite cocktail at a rooftop bar.

Cost: $$

8. Play mini-golf like pre-scandal Tiger Woods.

Cost: $$

9. Get soaked in a water park.

Cost: $$$

10. Attend a church festival to gamble, eat funnel cake, and listen to live music.

Cost: $

11. See your favorite band live in concert.

Cost: $$$$

12. Crash a wedding and don’t get caught.

Cost: Free

13. Make it old school with a drive-in movie.

Cost: $

14. Road trip to a neighbor state for a weekend.

Cost: $$$

15. Build a fire and make s’mores.

Cost: $

16. Wake up early and hit up a farmer’s market to sample everything.

Cost: $

17. Let your mind and body relax as you fish.

Cost: $$

18. Camp outside, but don’t forget to bring your bear spray.

Cost: Free

19. Hike a mountain and snap a hot Instagram picture.

Cost: Free

20. Play golf without throwing a club.

Cost: $$$

21. If you don’t fair well with golf clubs, switch them for frisbee golf.

Cost: Free

22. Join a gym so you don’t get fat in college.

Cost: $$

23. Complete a marathon without walking.

Cost: Free or $

24. Be a kid and stomp grapes, some places will let you drink it after.

Cost: $$$

25. Volunteer for community service.

Cost: Free

26. Spend a few hours on Sunday meal prepping for next week to eat for energy.

Cost: Save money compared to eating out

27. Learn how to cook by trying Pinterest and YouTube recipes.

Cost: Save money compared to eating out

28. Draw some art and drink some wine at a place like Cheers To Art.

Cost: $$

29. Risk your life bungee jumping, just kidding it’s safe.

Cost: $$

30. Visit the aquarium (I’m a big fan of sharks, too).

Cost: $$

31. Skydive and take a glorious selfie.

Cost: $$$$

32. Love your muscles by getting a massage.

Cost: $$

33. Clean out your closet and throw away, sell, or reorganize all the stuff.

Cost: Free

34. Donate or sell all the clothes you haven’t worn in a year.

Cost: Make money

35. Get cultured by attending a theatrical play.

Cost: $$

36. Go indoor ice skating with your significant other, but don’t fall.

Cost: $

37. Email an old professor to see how they’re doing.

Cost: Free

38. Bike ride around a major park or city to get a different perspective.

Cost: Free

39. Attend a free music festival.

Cost: Free

40. Try your luck with blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, and slots at the casino.

Cost: Varies

41. Enter a sand volleyball league to have fun or win it.

Cost: $$

42. Learn some history by walking through your city’s museum.

Cost: $

43. Listen to one podcast episode to start your day.

Cost: Free

44. Update your resume after reading The Golden Resume

Cost: $

45. Party on the infield of a NASCAR event.

Cost: $$

46. Start a side business.

Cost: Free

47. Take a summer class to catch up or get ahead of your graduation requirements.

Cost: $$$$

48. Connect with old high school friends.

Cost: Free

49. Swim in a water hole.

Cost: Free

50. Get rid of a bad habit such as saying “like” all the time, biting your nails, or forgetting people’s names right after meeting them.

Cost: Free

things to do over the summer

51. Mow lawns to pay for the next school year.

Cost: Make money

52. Write in your journal each day of the summer.

Cost: Free

53. Learn a new language and experiment what you’ve learned in a random, real-life conversation.

Cost: Free

54. Search your family history on Ancestry.com.

Cost: $$$

55. Go thrift shopping like Macklemore.

Cost: $

56. Break a Guinness World Record.

Cost: Free

57. Pinterest DIY arts, crafts, and designs.

Cost: Free or $

58. Grab a random fiction book at the library and get lost in the pages.

Cost: Free

59. Play Grand Theft Auto until you commit enough crimes for your liking.

Cost: $

60. Treat yourself to a pedicure, manicure, or facial.

Cost: $$$

61. Order off Chipotle’s secret menu

Cost: $

62. Test how accurate you are with a day of target shooting.

Cost: $$

63. Go Geocaching, and if you don’t know what it is then learn it and do it.

Cost: Free

64. Invite friends to play the escape a room game.

Cost: $$

65. Rollerblade down a hill as fast as you can.

Cost: Free

66. Check the class registration list to potentially upgrade your fall class schedule.

Cost: Free

67. Get a bird’s view in a helicopter ride.

Cost: $$$$

68. Look out the window on a train ride to a random destination.

Cost: $$

69. Let your adrenaline rise with white water rafting.

Cost: $$$

70. Get a part-time job at a coffee, wine, art, or other shop you love.

Cost: Make money

71. Grab a buddy or three to play singles or doubles tennis.

Cost: Free

72. Master your money and begin the journey to financial freedom with the strategies in Freedom Mindset.

Cost: $

73. Experience your city like never before in a hot air balloon ride.

Cost: $$$$

74. Get 10 strangers numbers who you think are hot.

Cost: Free

75. Hit the slopes to do your best skiing, just don’t tear an ACL.

Cost: $$$

76. Scuba dive and try to touch a fish (it’s nearly impossible).

Cost: $$

77. Join Meetup.com and see what comes of it.

Cost: Free

78. Attend a butterfly exhibit, and try to get one to land on you.

Cost: $$

79. Start at 10 pushups before bed and add one each night.

Cost: Free

80. Drink light and hard beers at a brewery all Saturday.

Cost: $$

81. Unleash the kid in you and hit the arcade.

Cost: $$

82. Star gaze in an observatory.

Cost: $$

83. Watch a Broadway show and take in the talent.

Cost: $$$

84. Create a scavenger hunt for your significant other or best friend.

Cost: $

85. Go off the grid for one day without any electronics.

Cost: Free

86. Watch YouTube tutorials until you learn how to moonwalk.

Cost: Free

87. Go on separate lunch dates with your mom, dad, and siblings—and pay for it.

Cost: $$

88. Pedal wagon around the city while drinking beers.

Cost: $$

89. Go antique shopping for yourself or to sell later on eBay.

Cost: $ or make money

90. Take your dog to a dog park.

Cost: Free

91. Saddle up to go horseback riding into the sunset.

Cost: $$

92. Eat ice cream for dinner, just once.

Cost: $

93. Visit California and see what you think of the west coast lifestyle.

Cost: $$$$

94. Grill out with hotdogs, burgers, and or barbecue (especially for the 4th of July).

Cost: $

95. Limit yourself to eating no sugar for a week.

Cost: Free

96. Bake cookies, brownies, and cake for the fun of it.

Cost: $

97. Run a garage sale where you’re wheeling and dealing.

Cost: Make money

98. Go on a picnic to the park with a basket, blanket, and picnic food.

Cost: $

list of activities for the summer

99. Do a hot wings challenge at a restaurant.

Cost: $$

100. Paint your furniture a new color to change up your room.

Cost: $

101. Move the furniture in your bedroom.

Cost: Free

102. Visit your grandparents and ask them stories about their life.

Cost: Free

103. Take a nap by the pool.

Cost: Free

104. Make homemade sushi and feel like a champ.

Cost: $

105. People watch at a public place.

Cost: Free

106. Create your own jewelry and sell it online or to your friends.

Cost: Make money

107. Get a credit card that offers you at least 1% cashback.

Cost: Free

108. Buy an expensive camera and take up photography.

Cost: $$$$

109. Dedicate a day to laughing and do everything that gets you to laugh.

Cost: Free

110. Organize an outdoor 5-on-5 basketball game.

Cost: Free

111. Get out of your comfort zone by taking cold showers.

Cost: Free

112. Get your personal training license.

Cost: $$

113. Join a Bible study and grow in your spirituality.

Cost: Free

114. Practice making different cocktails until you get it just right.

Cost: $$

115. Scrapbook college pictures and add them to your life album.

Cost: Free

116. Call into the radio and talk with the host.

Cost: Free

117. Commit to posting to Instagram once a day and build a huge following.

Cost: Free

118. Write a book and self publish it to come back to school and say you became an author over summer.

Cost: $

119. Offer to work for free to learn from a famous company, entrepreneur, or celebrity.

Cost: Free

120. Improve your speech and writing by learning these college vocabulary words.

Cost: Free

121. Knock down as many pins as you can at the bowling alley.

Cost: $$

122. Create a blog and become 100% more marketable.

Cost: $

123. Make a fruit popsicle by freezing fruits together over a wooden stick.

Cost: $

124. Invest in the stock market and be patient.

Cost: Make money (over time)

125. Tour million dollar houses to get a taste of the good life.

Cost: Free

126. Change up your hair color or get a different haircut.

Cost: $$

127. Do a photo shoot like you’re a model.

Cost: Free

128. Master the art of smoothie making to be a hit at home and at school.

Cost: $$

129. Stop pretending you’re not a nerd and join a book club.

Cost: Free

130. Shadow a professional in your future field and ask insightful questions.

Cost: Free

131. Get your real estate license and attempt selling houses.

Cost: $$

132. Study up on nutrition to know all the basics of what food is healthy and unhealthy to consume.

Cost: Free

133. Rent out a cabin for the weekend with your friends.

Cost: $$$

134. Paint a fence with some wax on, wax off techniques.

Cost: $$

135. Tone your abs through healthy eating, abs exercises, and hard cardio.

Cost: Free

136. Start planning how to fund graduate school

Cost: Free

137. Build something in your backyard (a deck, patio, or fire pit).

Cost: $$$$

138. Feed ducks at the park.

Cost: Free

139. Start a YouTube channel talking about something you’re interested in or good at.

Cost: Free

140. Write an opinion article in your local newspaper.

Cost: Free

141. Attend a political rally for Trump, Clinton, or Sanders.

Cost: $

142. Reorganize your iTunes into updated playlists.

Cost: Free

143. Learn how to stand on your head.

Cost: Free

144. Test drive a sports car—I love Tesla’s Model S ludicrous mode.

Cost: Free

145. Black out your car’s windows.

Cost: $$$

146. Drink half your body weight in water ounces each day.

Cost: Free

147. Bartend at nights for the money and stories.

Cost: Make money

148. Test your flexibility in a yoga or hot-yoga course.

Cost: $

activities for college summers

149. Fly a kite with a younger sibling or cousin.

Cost: Free

150. Go treasure hunting in neighborhood yard sales.

Cost: $

151. Try everything on the menu at your favorite restaurant from the beginning to the end of summer.

Cost: $$

152. Do your mall cop impersonation on a downtown Segway tour.

Cost: $$

153. Enter The Color Run 5K

Cost: $$

154. Watch old, classic movies (Godfather, anyone?).

Cost: $

155. Utilize this back to college shopping list to be prepared for next fall.

Cost: $$

156. Learn new skills through free online courses at Khan Academy.

Cost: Free

157. Ride a roller coaster and don’t break up like this couple.

Cost: $$

158. Take pictures of your dog wearing different outfits and props.

Cost: Free

159. Start a band with your bros or girlfriends.

Cost: Free

160. Zip line over a forest, river, or valley.

Cost: $$$

161. Make your own guacamole (it’s one of my favorite appetizers with chips).

Cost: $

162. Go through an old collection of baseball cards, dolls, or Beanie Babies.

Cost: Free

163. Go study abroad and develop your emotional intelligence.

Cost: $$$$

164. Listen to as many Ted Talks as you can find.

Cost: Free

165. Swim with one of nature’s smartest creatures, the dolphin.

Cost: $$$

166. On a rainy day, bring out all the old board games and go to town.

Cost: Free

167. Take an IQ test and see where you stack up compared to society.

Cost: $

168. Think big about how you can change the world.

Cost: Free

169. Rent a jet ski for the day and hit top speed.

Cost: $$$

170. Solve a difficult puzzle whether it be online or a physical puzzle.

Cost: $

171. Get up early enough to watch a sunrise and sunset in the same day.

Cost: Free

172. Have people over for a themed party (Gatsby, gangster, black tie, etc.).

Cost: $$

173. Create a top 10 destination list for yourself.

Cost: Free

174. Work on sitting less and standing more by creating a standing desk.

Cost: $$

175. Reflect on what went well last school year and what went wrong so you can improve.

Cost: Free

176. Jump off a cliff with a rope swing into a lake.

Cost: Free

177. Dress up as fancy as you can and go to a classy restaurant.

Cost: $$$

178. Run a social media campaign for a client.

Cost: Make money

179. Research internet pranks and do them to your friends or family.

Cost: Free

180. Buy and rock a hat when appropriate.

Cost: $$

181. (Guys only) Get your face shaved at a barber shop with a knife blade.

Cost: $

182. Make homemade pizza with natural ingredients.

Cost: $

183. Practice one of the most difficult sports: archery.

Cost: $$

184. Pick berries with your family and make juice, jam, and more out of it.

Cost: Free

185. Sign up for a cooking class.

Cost: $$

186. Practice good interview answers with your friends and family.

Cost: Make money with an amazing job

187. Visit a comedy club for a good laugh and ab work out.

Cost: $$

188. Write a letter to your future self about who you hope you become and what you hope to accomplish.

Cost: Free

189. Wash your car in a bathing suit like you’re in one of those music videos.

Cost: Free

190. Read a book one day and watch the corresponding movie the next day.

Cost: $$

191. Discover what your net worth is and make changes to improve it.

Cost: Free

192. Buy a GoPro and do ridiculous stunts with it on the trampoline.

Cost: $$$$

193. Drive the scenic route to work.

Cost: Free

194. If you’re not happy at work, discover why and what would make you happy.

Cost: Free

195. Hire a virtual assistant at Upwork.com to do your busy work.

Cost: $

196. Visit an abandoned house at night and get creeped out.

Cost: Free

197. Toss a frisbee with your dog.

Cost: Free

198. Attend a rodeo and bull riding event.

Cost: $$

199. Update your Facebook profile picture and cover photo.

Cost: Free

200. Write your own summer to-do list.

Cost: Free

Brian Robben

Brian Robben is the founder of Take Your Success, a site dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and wantrepreneurs grow a profitable business and reach freedom. His business lessons have helped hundreds of thousands of people transform their business and their lives.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. BIG POST!

    However, we have one addition to make (instead of Upwork LOL!)…

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    Anyway I am off to share this with my closest 9k Twitter followers 😉

    Thanks
    Tom

    1. I hired my last VA from Upwork, so that’s why I mentioned them. That’s an interesting idea, and I’ll check it out!

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