50 Essential Outdoor Summer Activities


Happy Summer!

It's hard to believe that the longest day of the year has come and gone. The pessimist in me would say, "It's all down hill from here, the days are only going to start getting shorter." BUT being an optimist, instead I say, "Let's get out there and enjoy summer while we can!"

Take advantage of the warm weather and sunshine! Get outside with your family with these 50 essential outdoor summer activities.


50 Essential Outdoor Summer Activities

  1. Go to the beach.
  2. Build a sandcastle.
  3. Visit a local pool for a swim.
  4. Play beach volleyball.
  5. Camp under the stars.
  6. Go for a hike.
  7. Watch the sunset.
  8. Make homemade popsicles.
  9. Clean up a local shoreline.
  10. Go kayaking or canoeing. 
  11. Play with sidewalk chalk.
  12. Go fishing.
  13. Set up a lemonade stand.
  14. Have a water fight.
  15. Have a bonfire.
  16. Make s'mores over a bonfire. 
  17. See a movie at the drive-in.
  18. Play mini golf.
  19. Ride a roller coaster.
  20. Pick berries at your local farm.
  21. Have a family BBQ.
  22. Eat watermelon.
  23. Nap in a hammock.
  24. Have a picnic in the park.
  25. Go to an outdoor festival/carnival.
  26. Play tennis.
  27. Take a road trip.
  28. Make a summer playlist.
  29. Go to a baseball game.
  30. Concoct a signature summer cocktail.
  31. Try a new recipe on the grill.
  32. Watch fireworks.
  33. Celebrate Canada150.
  34. Visit your local farmer's market.
  35. Sleep with your windows open.
  36. Take a day trip to a new location.
  37. Hang a bird feeder in the backyard.
  38. Go on a nature scavenger hunt.
  39. Make your own sand box.
  40. Fill up the kiddie pool.
  41. Have a water fight.
  42. Start a garden.
  43. Make a wild flower bouquet. 
  44. Wash your car.
  45. Mow the lawn.
  46. Create your own outdoor movie theatre.
  47. Go to the park.
  48. Go on a bug hunt.
  49. Run through a sprinkler.
  50. Take in an outdoor concert.

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In need of some seasonal inspiration? See also: 50 Essential Outdoor Winter Activities and 50 Essential Outdoor Spring Activities.

While enjoying the great outdoors with your family, don't forget to protect yourself against the heat and ultraviolet rays. Need to take a break from the heat, and escape to the indoors with your family? Check out these ways to keep baby cool during the summer months, and these great places to visit in Toronto to beat the summer heat. 


What are your favourite outdoor summer activities? I'd love to hear!