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25 summer ideas you must try before summer ends

Does anyone else panic slightly at the thought of summer ending? Here are 25 summer ideas to help you enjoy its closing act.

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25 summer ideas you must try before summer ends

Take advantage of the last days of summer by exploring each of the four elements— Earth, Water, Fire, and Air. If you don’t have time to try all 25 summer ideas, perhaps choose one from each category and schedule it in.

Explore the earth


  • Have a picnic on a blanket. Keep it simple or make an elaborate spread. Invite someone you have been trying to connect with all summer.
  • Count stars. Drive as far as you need to, for the best view.
  • Discover a new trail for walking or biking. Pause to take pictures of things you would not ordinarily notice.
  • Spend time creatively at a park.
  • Pick berries and eat them with cream.
  • Invite a neighbor over to sip smoothies.
  • Visit a Farmer’s market and buy fresh produce. Try a new recipe with farm-fresh vegetables on the side, or even as the main dish.

Enjoy the water


  • Go fishing.
  • Buy an ice cream cone and walk along a lake or river.
  • Visit a splash pad.
  • Rent a canoe or paddle boats.
  • Walk barefoot on a beach.
  • Play frisbee in the water.
  • Wash your car. If it happens to lead to a water fight, so be it…

Build a fire


  • Build a campfire, or use a backyard fire pit.
  • Cook an entire meal over a campfire.
  • Sing camp songs by a bonfire.
  • Roast marshmallows.
  • Light sparklers and write your name in the air.

Savor the air


  • Go camping at a provincial park.
  • Sleep under the stars or set up a tent in your backyard.
  • Catch a sunrise or watch the sunset.
  • Write down something you are grateful for, and put it inside a balloon. Watch the balloon soar into the air until it disappears.
  • Sleep with your windows open and savor the summer breeze.
  • Fly a kite.
  • Read a book on a park bench or under a tree. Enjoy the fresh air.
  • Relax in a hammock.
  • Drive into the country with all windows rolled down. Take deep breaths.

I love the variety in seasons that our country offers. Sometimes I need to remind myself to enjoy a particular season before the next one arrives. Here’s to ending summer well.

What summer ideas are you going to do before the season ends?


  1. Olivia

    All excellent suggestions and you don’t even have to have small kids to do them.
    Love that spot where you show a small stream along the walking path on the “earth” section. Can you please tell me where is that place?

  2. Karen G

    Olivia – not sure where that place is. It was an online image. Hope you can find a similar one to explore.

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