Now that Summer is officially here, it’s time to start planning your Summer activity bucket list. Because we only have 3 short months to enjoy, let’s get the season off to a great start by envisioning how we’re going to make the most of this time.

10 Inspiring Things To Do This Summer

From relaxing vacations and exciting adventures to DIY projects and at-home entertaining, here are 10 inspiring things to do this Summer.

Summer Fun Guide - 10 Inspiring Things To Do This Summer

1. Go Cruising

If there’s one activity that instantly brings a smile to your face and captures the essence of Summer fun, it’s bicycle riding around town. Grab your kids, hop on a cruiser bike, and go cruising! Even if you don’t own a cruiser bike, that’s not a problem. Most towns offer bicycles for rent, which makes it ideal for weekend trips or for when guests are visiting. Just get out into the fresh air and enjoy a little outdoor activity while taking in the scenery. 

Summer Fun Guide - 10 Inspiring Things To Do This Summer

2. Book a Vacation

Just a few days away from the hectic pace of daily life is enough to relax and rejuvenate you. This Summer, book a vacation for yourself, even if it’s just a weekend getaway at a charming coastal town (like Carmel-by-the-Sea in California). Plus, it’s a great way to re-connect with your loved ones and share special moments that you’ll remember for a lifetime. To save money traveling, two of the best places online to check rates, get travel deals and special offers, and book vacations on are Travelocity and Expedia.

Summer Fun Guide - 10 Inspiring Things To Do This Summer

3. Play Lawn Games

Because Summer is the season of fun, grab your gal pals and head outdoors to play lawn games. From bocce ball and croquet to corn hole and giant Jenga, lawn games always make for a fun activity when the weather is warm and the sun is shining. Plus, you can even up the ante by making it a competition. Whoever wins the game gets a prize!

Summer Fun Guide - 10 Inspiring Things To Do This Summer

4. Do DIY Floral Arrangements

Now that Farmers Markets are back for Summer, it’s a great time to pick-up gorgeous flowers that are in bloom. From vibrant colored tropical blooms to traditional flowers (like roses and sunflowers), an inspiring way to take advantage of the season is by creating DIY floral arrangements. You can even create floral arrangements as gifts, which makes it even more meaningful for the recipient.

Summer Fun Guide - 10 Inspiring Things To Do This Summer

5. Plan a Girls’ Day

Sometimes all we need in life is quality time with our best friends. Whether we’re catching up on life, swapping stories, or just giving each other a morale boost, planning a girls’ day with your besties is a fun way to enjoy Summer, while showing your friends how much you appreciate their company. 

Summer Fun Guide - 10 Inspiring Things To Do This Summer

6. Host a BBQ or Picnic

From sumptuous barbecued chicken skewers (paired with a delicious Pinot Noir) to refreshing Summer salads bursting with ripe veggies, Summer is one of the best seasons for hosting a BBQ or picnic. Plan to host your party at a nearby beach or park, especially if you plan to invite kids (since most of them will be running around playing games). Not only is a Summer BBQ or picnic a fun way to get together with friends and family, it’s also an ideal time to test out those new recipes you’ve been pinning to Pinterest lately.

Summer Fun Guide - 10 Inspiring Things To Do This Summer

7. Whip Up Summer Cocktails

Since Summer is often scorching hot in many places, why not cool down by whipping up a refreshing cocktail? Pick-up an inspiring cocktail book and try out some of the refreshing recipes, like a Wine Spritz featuring tonics, bitters, and herbs. Since bar carts are becoming a popular trend for at-home entertaining, head over to Williams-Sonoma or Pottery Barn to pick-up all the bar supplies you’ll need.

Summer Fun Guide - 10 Inspiring Things To Do This Summer

8. Gardening

From evergreen succulents to cheery annuals, gardening is a great way to spend your leisurely time during Summer. Not only are the most beautiful flowers in bloom during this season, it’s also a good time to improve the appearance of your home. Plus, the added benefit is that you’ll feel motivated to invite guests over when your backyard is looking well taken care of.

Summer Fun Guide - 10 Inspiring Things To Do This Summer

9. Attend Monterey Car Week

One of the most exciting weeks of the year happens annually in August on the Monterey Peninsula in Northern California. What started more than 50 years ago as an annual gathering of historic automobile enthusiasts (at the world renowned Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance) has now turned into one of the biggest car gatherings in the world (drawing thousands of spectators and the world’s most rare and valuable automobiles). Whether you appreciate classic cars or are a fan of supercars and luxury automobiles, Monterey Car Week has become known as the ultimate place for car aficionados to gather.

Summer Fun Guide - 10 Inspiring Things To Do This Summer

10. Visit a Zoo or Wildlife Preserve

Whether you have kids or are just an animal lover, one of the most fun things to do during Summer is visiting a zoo or wildlife preserve. Not only do get the opportunity to see rare and unique wildlife, you also get the chance to learn more about preservation, the animals’ natural habitats and mating rituals, and sometimes even get to feed the animals (like the incredible Giraffe feeding experience at the Santa Barbara Zoo). If you’re up for an even more exciting adventure, head to Santa Rosa in Northern California to check out Safari West – an authentic African safari in the heart of wine country. 

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