Looking for fun things to do in the summer when the weather gets hot? We’ve got you covered. In the spirit of the season, we came up with a can’t-miss checklist of everything you must do for an unforgettable summer, be it a new recipe, craft project, or family trip. Get the kids outdoors, for example, by DIYing a stock tank swimming pool in your own backyard, or escape the grid for a weekend fishing getaway. Think outside the box and beat the heat with an ice cream social, a refreshing cocktail, or a backyard tea party with friends. But sometimes, the simplest summer pleasures just come from sitting in an outside after dinner. From barbecues to warm lazy days to cherry picking, there's no shortage of easygoing summer activities to keep you busy—and simply too much to love about this time of year. That's why we rounded up our favorite summer activities right here. See what creative ideas made the cut, and try to cross as many off your summer bucket list as possible.
There's something so nostalgic about inviting your closest friends or neighbors over to enjoy a good old ice cream cone (with plenty of toppings, of course). Add a sweet assortment of themed wares to take the ice cream bar up a notch.
Sea, sun, and the thrill of the catch all await you. Make it a family affair or escape on the boat for the day to get some much-needed quiet time.
Find a working farm near you, fill a basket with the shiny red stems, then take stock of your juicy jubilee and bring a few fresh farm-to-table cherry recipes to life.
Even if your drawing talent starts and ends with stick figures, it's impossible not to gain inspiration from nature. Armed with a canvas and watercolors, camp out in front of a scenic spot and see where your creative juices take you. You may surprise yourself with a hidden art affinity.
Just looking at these yellow beauties is enough to brighten anyone's mood. If you're lucky enough to live near one of prettiest sunflower fields in America, spend the day picking flowers, snapping pictures, and even lying down in the middle of it all.
Dreamy porch dinner for two, right this way. Aside from the outdoor view, set the mood with a table runner, flower centerpiece, and a bottle of your favorite vino (and avoid killing the mood by having bug spray nearby).
One of the best ways to escape the heat? Homemade ice cream sandwiches. Make an afternoon out of it and enlist assistance from your favorite little helpers.
There's nothing as timeless as a tea party, and you hardly need a special occasion to plan your own classy ladies luncheon. Come the next sunny day, raise your pinky and a porcelain tea cup with your best friends in tow.
Meet your new favorite summer spot. To get the look, assemble two upside down metal trash cans beneath an old door. Flank the setup with metal stools and get to gardening!
Itching to get away for a few days without breaking the bank? Then say hello to an RV road trip. Map out your route before you go, then roll the windows down and set off to a few never-before-seen spots around the country.
Invite friends, family—or even the whole town—over for a barn party to celebrate the season. Set up as bench seats, hang some , and make a bright statement by using to form your very own colorful garland.
Invite your friends over for a casual, country dinner before summer's over! Recreate this charming scene by lining your table with and straw bales for seating. Then serve up oven-roasted pulled pork, smashed buttermilk potato salad, and cabbage-and-collard green slaw for dinner, and finish the evening with a big ole skillet of apple-blackberry crumble.
Hang a pretty pastel watering can over your front door and fill with fresh flowers for an easy decor upgrade.
No need to head to your public pool this summer! Use a stock tank for an affordable way to cool down right in your backyard.
There's something about finding a great swing or the most comfortable wicker furniture for your porch or patio that makes it truly feel like summer.
If you love both rosé and frozen cocktails, you have to try frosé. This popular wine cocktail that has quickly become a viral summer trend, is simple to make, and is the perfect summer drink.
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While there are several outdoor games you can play with your kids this summer, they will love this life-size Connect Four game you can have in your yard all summer long.
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Welcome guests with a personal message by crafting a DIY summer wreath for your front door.
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Perfect for grilling season, foil packet recipes are mess-free, making them great for serving guests at a backyard barbecue.
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It wouldn't be summer without this refreshing and classic drink. As a summery thirst quencher or mixer, these fresh lemonade recipes will keep you cool all season long.
We tend to think of barbecues and picnics as the only options when it comes to fuss-free outdoor dining, but it's totally possible to host an elegant, stress-free outdoor dinner. We tapped Abby Larson, founder and editor of , to share her top tips for throwing a .
These adorable accents add a punch of pretty to any summer drink—and are a cinch to make.
Add some twinkle to family game night or a relaxing afternoon by hanging string lights (the ones shown here are from ) on your front porch.
Let's get real here: Can you think of anything better than spending your day napping in a hammock like this one?
Good news: We already found the most refreshing cocktails you'll ever have. Your job? Pick one and make it your official drink of summer.
Aiming to impress at your next barbecue? Check out our favorite flavors and foods to start sizzling on the grill this summer.
Forgo your local pool and check out to find an old-school swimming hole near you.
There is no greater testament to a salsa's amazingness than its ability to make you eat an entire bag of tortilla chips. Whether it's tried-and-true pico de gallo or salsa fresca, or a more unique recipe with ingredients you have to look up, salsa can be relied upon to provide a light, summery counterbalance to salty fried dishes or accentuate the flavor of all manner of meats and vegetables.
If you've never visited one of our Ikaroo Fairs, this is the summer to do it! Jam-packed with vendors, celebrity guests, artisan food sellers, and more, our Fair weekends in Nashville, Rhinebeck, Atlanta, and Columbus are must-visit events we look forward to the entire year.
Hang patriotic pleated fans from your front porch for the holiday.