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Summer bucket list for couples

These 80+ ideas for your couple’s summer bucket list will see your summer full of fun!

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The heat warms your skin the minute you step outside. The sound of cicadas fill the air. Everything feels slow, almost heavy.

It’s summer time!

The sun rises early and sets late, and the days themselves stretch forward seemingly without end.

It’s the perfect time of the year to reconnect as a couple, to spend time together with intention, and to experience new things.

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It’s the perfect time for a bucket list.

Creating a summer bucket list is something I recommend couples do every summer.

And while a bucket list is generally highly personalized, most of us could do with some inspiration every now and again!

Use the categories I’ve provided to brainstorm additional ideas for your own perfect summer this 2020!

At home ideas for your couple’s summer bucket list

A pizza in a pizza oven: making one of these at home is one of the summer bucket list for couples ideas.

There’s plenty of bucket list ideas that you can achieve this summer without even leaving your house!

  1. Make a backyard movie theater
  2. Buy a pizza oven and make pizza from scratch
  3. Make or buy a fire pit, and roast marshmallows or make s’mores
  4. Sleep under the stars
  5. Plant flowers that blossom in winter for some winter cheer
  6. Plant a tree together
  7. Plant a vegetable garden
  8. Learn how to make iced tea or coffee
  9. Grab a telescope or star-gazing binoculars and get up close and personal with the night sky
  10. Watch the sunrise and make a cooked breakfast
  11. Set up a hammock and lie in there together and read
  12. Have a summer mocktail making contest
  13. Make homemade ice cream
  14. Invite your family over for a barbecue
  15. Make a time capsule and bury it in the backyard

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Free or cheap ideas for your couple’s summer bucket list

Deck chairs on beach: a free summer bucket list idea for couples.

Making a memory to last a lifetime doesn’t have to cost much – if anything at all! These bucket list ideas are free or easily affordable.

  1. Make a sand castle
  2. Walk along the beach
  3. Play at the park
  4. Go on a cheap weekend getaway
  5. Have a romantic picnic
  6. Go on a night picnic (here’s your picnic food menu)
  7. Walk your dog every day for 30 days
  8. Go night swimming
  9. Go camping
  10. Check out local hikes
  11. Walk to a local waterfall
  12. Go on a tandem bike ride
  13. Go shopping at a farmer’s market and then make dinner from the ingredients 
  14. Make a bonfire on the beach
  15. Attend a BBQ cooking school
  16. Go skinny dipping
  17. Make love outside
  18. Take a picture for every day of summer, and make a book from your pics
  19. Go berry picking and then whip up a pie with the fruits of your labor
  20. Learn how to play chess and play with locals at the park
  21. Drive to your local make-out point and … make out
  22. Try a new summer salad recipe for every week of summer

Physical ideas for your couple’s summer bucket list

A picture of feet running a 5km race as a couple's summer bucket list idea.

Hot weather can make you feel a little sluggish – reverse that by incorporating some some physical challenges into your bucket list!

  1. Train for and compete in a 10km event
  2. Hike through a national park
  3. Go mountain biking 
  4. Try waterskiing
  5. Take a surfing lesson
  6. Try paddle boarding
  7. Play a game of baseball at your local park
  8. Take tennis lessons
  9. Learn how to swim
  10. Have fun trying out archery
  11. Go kayaking
  12. Go tubing
  13. Have a rock climbing lesson
  14. Go snorkeling or scuba diving
  15. Enter a beach volley tournament (or simply watch one!)

Fun summer activities for your couple’s bucket list

A couple standing next to their horses and smiling: a couples summer bucket list item.

Sometimes you want to tick some things off that are just plain old fashioned fun!

  1. Attend a sporting event
  2. Get retro and go roller skating
  3. Have a 4th of July date
  4. Go to an amusement park
  5. Stay the night in a tiny home
  6. Fly a kite
  7. Go ziplining
  8. Attend an outdoor theater performance
  9. Go fishing
  10. Be an audience member on your fave tv show
  11. Go horse riding
  12. Get lost in an outdoor maze
  13. Play hopscotch
  14. Go to a drive through movie
  15. Play pétanque
  16. Go on a garden tour (though if your husband is like mine, whether he considers this “fun” is debatable!)

Luxury ideas for your couple’s summer bucket list 

A hot air balloon ride: one of the luxury ideas for your couple's summer bucket list.

Given that bucket lists are meant to be once in a lifetime experiences, here’s some truly luxurious items to add!

  1. Go in a hot air balloon ride
  2. Have a couple’s spa day with body scrub and a massage to follow
  3. Go on a helicopter ride over a scenic site like a lake, mountain or harbor
  4. Attend an outdoor concert
  5. Bungy jump over a river
  6. Do a bridge climb
  7. Go paragliding
  8. Take a jet boat ride
  9. Dine at a rooftop lounge
  10. Hire a convertible and go on a road trip
  11. Go on a river cruise 
  12. Charter a yacht
  13. Visit a luxury show home
  14. Go swimming with dolphins
  15. Vacation on a tropical island
  16. Watch the sunrise in Paris

The warm weather of summer makes so many things possible – and yet if we are not intentional with our time, the days can slip through our fingers.

Make the most of your summer this year by seeing how many of these couple’s summer bucket list ideas you can tick off!

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