A Summer Bucket List for 2018

As summer comes creeping in, we sometimes need a reminder to take advantage of the longer days and warmer nights. There are so many things you probably want to do this summer, but just in case your list is on the shorter side, we’ve come up with a few things that would make your summer awesome. These activities all take advantage of the gorgeous magic of summer, and can help us appreciate it even more, so grab some friends and let’s get started!

Go swimming in a lake

Nothing compares to swimming in a lake. The water is fresh, and it usually gets a lot warmer than the ocean, so we’re not struggling to stay warm after just a few minutes. Plus, there’s no salt water to get in your eyes.

Even if you aren’t a fantastic swimmer, find a raft or inflatable toy that you can lounge in for some uninterrupted hours of floating on a gorgeous lake. Schedule this activity later in the summer, so the lake has time to warm up after a long cold winter.

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Make popsicles from scratch

Sure, you can go to the store and buy a huge box of popsicles or freezies for a couple bucks, but where’s the fun in that?

If you make your own popsicles, you can customize them to your hearts content — even delicious fudgy chocolate popsicles can be within your reach with just a few ingredients. You can even make them boozy by adding a few ounces of alcohol like bourbon, rum, or vodka to the mix. But be careful not to add too much, or you risk winding up with a slushy instead.

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Go to a local farmer’s market

This summer make a plan to take advantage of summer’s bounty by heading to a farmer’s market. Local farmers and producers bring the best of their stock, so you can stock up on delicious fruits and veggies, along with meat, cheese, and other homemade treats.

Just be careful. Getting all your produce from a farmer’s market can spoil you for life. You’ll never touch a tomato or peach out of season ever again. Check out the U.S. Department of Agriculture listings here to find the closest farmer’s market.

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