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The Ultimate Summer Bucket List: Ideas for Your Best Summer Yet

Creating a bucket list of things to do in the summer with my grandchildren is something I look forward to every year. This year seems to be going by quickly and it’s hard to grasp the idea that the school year is almost over.

When school ends, summer begins for many, especially the kiddos. It’s time to plan so we don’t hear “I’m bored” all summer long.

But what are some things you can do within a reasonable budget?

Here are some ideas for creating the best summer full of memories.

  • Water fun. This can be from a slip-in slide in the backyard to a community pool. Or find a splash pad at a park as they are usually free to enjoy.
  • Camping excursions. Enjoy a local campground or pitch a tent up in your backyard. Gaze at the stars while eating gooey smores.
  • Road Trip Adventures. One of my favorite things in my early 20s was to pull up a map, close my eyes, and point to a location. You never know what you might find on your route. Try scenic ways vs. the highways. Be sure to pack a lunch for when you find the perfect moment to pull over and enjoy the scenery.
  • Watch an outdoor movie. Many towns and cities have free movie nights. This is a great time to enjoy an evening with family and friends.
  • Explore parks and trails. Ohio is full of locations for hiking, biking, or a leisure stroll. Discover state parks at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting. Different locations offer a thrill from beginner to more advanced. Check out River Expeditions (It’s on my bucket list).

Summer brings countless outdoor opportunities, from curling up in a lounge chair with a book to taking the family canoeing or kayaking. Be sure to enjoy all the season’s food as well. From fair food, corn on the cob, and strawberry shortcake, to name a few.

The most important part is creating memories of laughter, excitement, and maybe a new adventure. Don’t forget to snap photos of all your summer adventures.

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