Have you been eagerly awaiting the advent of summer all year long? Now that it’s here, take advantage of the warm weather and long days. While it’s always great to embrace spontaneity and fly by the seat of your pants, you risk forgetting to do something important if you don’t make some sort of plan. We recommend creating a summer bucket list: a list of all the experiences you hope to have before autumn arrives. If you’re struggling to think of ideas, use our summer bucket list for seniors to get the ball rolling.
Summer Bucket List for Seniors
- Go swimming. Whether at the pool or at the beach, swimming is so refreshing on a hot summer day. You could swim vigorously for exercise or simply lounge on a raft to relax.
- Have a barbecue. What’s your favorite BBQ food – burgers, hot dogs, chicken, shrimp skewers? Fire up the grill for some scrumptious food.
- Catch a firefly. When’s the last time you caught a firefly? Whether you call them fireflies or lightning bugs, this activity will bring you right back to your childhood.
- Stargaze. If you live in an area where it’s possible, gaze at the stars before bed and try to make out some of the constellations.
- Make fresh lemonade. Store-bought and powdered lemonades are well and good, but they can’t compare with the real thing. Gather some lemons, sugar, and a big pitcher of water to make some perfectly sweet (or sour) lemonade from scratch.
- Take a long walk. Take advantage of a cooler summer day by taking a long walk (or even a true hike). Be sure to wear sunscreen and carry some water with you!
- Dine al fresco. Did you know “al fresco” means “in the open air”? Assuming it’s not too hot, ask for a table outside the next time you go out to eat. Enjoy the sound of the birds and the soft breeze as you eat in the fresh air.
- Eat ice cream in a waffle cone. Enough said.
- Attend an outdoor concert. This doesn’t have to be a major concert in a grand venue. Check to see if any local restaurants or upcoming street fairs have live music.
- Travel somewhere new. If you have a big vacation planned, that’s great! But if you don’t, remember that you can still travel somewhere new and fun. Gather some friends and drive to a neighboring town to check out their local restaurants, sites, and events.
- Go on a bike ride. Rent a bicycle if you don’t already have one, and head to your favorite park.
- Attend a local event. Check out your community’s calendar of events. See if there are any street fairs, festivals, concerts, movie nights, or volunteer projects that strike your fancy.
- Buy fresh produce at the farmers’ market. Juicy tomatoes, flavorful strawberries, scrumptious zucchini . . . This is prime time for fresh produce, and your local farmers are bound to have the best fruits and veggies around.
- Go fishing. Ask around to see if a friend will join you – chances are there’s an angler amongst the bunch!
- Check out a historic site. Are there any historic sites near you? Check out historic landmarks or neighborhoods, or visit your local historical society.
- Attend a sporting event. Take yourself out to the ball game! Or if you’re not interested in the major leagues, you could attend your granddaughter’s Little League tournament or a local high school’s tennis match.
- Have a picnic. If the idea of sitting on a blanket in the grass doesn’t interest you, remember that most parks have picnic tables. Pack some fresh fruit, sandwiches, and cool drinks to enjoy.
- Visit a flea market. Whether you find a treasure or only trash, cherish the hunt!
- Eat a popsicle or snow cone. Again: enough said.
- Visit a tourist spot in your own city. If your city is popular with tourists, you might be tempted to turn up your nose at the places they tend to go. This summer, pretend you’re a tourist and appreciate your city’s unique offerings.
- Read a book on your to-read list. Have you always thought that someday you’d get around to reading A Tale of Two Cities? Or maybe you’ve been eager to dig in to Stephen King’s latest book? Commit to it this summer and read a little each day. Before you know it, you’ll be turning the last page.
- Write someone a handwritten letter. Texts and emails are quick and convenient, but a handwritten letter shows some extra care and feels more personal.
- Make a bonfire. And while you’re at it, eat some scrumptious s’mores!
- Watch fireworks. With 4th of July right around the corner, you’ll be knocking this item off your list in no time.
- Perform a random act of kindness. Simply be kind to someone – whether a stranger, an acquaintance, or a loved one.
What do you think of our summer bucket list for seniors? Are we missing a critical summertime activity? Feel free to take this list and personalize it to suit your own goals and interests.
Are you looking for an assisted living community in Tennessee? Check out Hearthside Senior Living. Our warm and inviting community makes it easy for seniors to embrace a healthy lifestyle, with home-cooked and restaurant-style meals, exercise classes, and a nurse devoted to residents’ health and wellness. To learn more about our amenities and services, please give us a call at 901-266-3329 or contact us online.