Make Your Own Summer Bucket List

July 17th, 2013 | By Lindsey Ebert No Comments

Family---FeatureSummer is here, which means there are only three months to savor the warm weather and relaxing or adventure-filled days. It seems as though when school lets out, we often allow the days to quickly slip away before realizing that summer is completely over and we have done nothing with the family to make the season memorable.

This year, don’t fall into that trap yet again. You and your family can take advantage of every day by planning ahead and creating a ‘summer bucket list.’ Here are a few suggestions on how to get started:

Gather around the table. Get the family (and maybe even friends) together to discuss what everyone is interested in doing this summer. Come prepared with your own personal list and prioritize based on what is most important to you. Your list can consist of anything you want! No idea is too big or too small. If it is too much to plan for this summer, you can always keep it in mind for next year and start planning now.

Make the summer bucket list. Choose which ideas best suit your family’s interests and fit your schedule for the summer. Don’t leave anyone out! Make sure everyone has a least one of their ideas on the final list. Now, write out your list on paper (or even a poster) and hang it somewhere in the house where it can be seen by everyone. This will serve as a constant reminder of your goals for the summer.

Get up and get out! Now that your family’s summer bucket list is made, don’t waste any time getting started. Create a calendar and pick specific days that you can accomplish items from the list. This will help if you are planning a larger trip or an activity that requires reservations. Then, once you have completed it, cross it out so you can watch the progress you make throughout summer.

Not sure where to get started with your summer bucket list? Try breaking up your list into sections such as ‘quick fun,’ ‘day-long activities,’ and ‘weekend getaways.’ Here is what we came up with to help spark your imagination:

Quick Fun

Get everyone together in the neighborhood and have a tournament. You can play kickball, dodgeball, wiffleball, capture the flag, and more. The possibilities for fun are endless in your own back yard or cul-de-sac.

Get climbing at an indoor rock climbing gym right here in Athens! Active Climbing offers bouldering routes up to 20 feet in height. This facility also features 20-foot-tall roped walls (both lead and top rope) and a 40-foot long roof traverse. Active Climbing is perfect for everyone, from beginners to college students and even professionals. For information on hours and prices, visit their website at

Ever wonder what it feels like to fly through the air? There’s no better time to try than a warm summer day! To satisfy the adrenaline junky of the family, sign everyone up for a flying trapeze course at Leap Trapeze. These two-hour beginner courses teach you the basics of trapeze, and will even have you attempting a “catch” with a trained professional by the end. Canopy Studios also offers indoor trapeze classes for all skill levels. To read more on trapeze and other aerial arts, check out page 24 of the February/March issue of Athens MOVE.

Day-long activities

Stone Mountain Park offers countless activities for visitors of all ages. For the sporty ones in the family, fishing and the 18-hole golf course may be of interest. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, give SkyHike a try! SkyHike is one of the nation’s largest adventure courses through the treetops, with challenges such as a suspended wooden bridges and single ropes up to 40 feet in the air. For no cost at all, you can also enjoy a hike through the 15 miles of trails that wind around the woods of the mountain, including a one-mile trail to the peak. For more information on visiting Stone Mountain Park, check out their website at

With summer break comes the all-too-familiar blazing hot afternoons. Cool off with a kayak trip right here in Athens. Broad River Outpost and The Sandbar both have family-friendly kayak trips for only $15 per person on weekdays. The Broad River is perfect for beginners, offering easier whitewater rapids and sections with slower scenic floats down the river. The best time to visit the river is after a day of rain when the waters are high. This is a great opportunity to cool off from the hot summer sun while enjoying the scenic views of the Broad. For more information, visit or

With more than 2,000 acres of land and facilities, Athens-Clarke County parks offer recreational activities to keep you and your family busy all summer long. Contra dance and karate classes are available for those interested in picking up a new skill this summer. Don’t forget about the dog, too! Obedience classes are held at Memorial Park every Tuesday beginning June 28. This is a fun way for you and your pet to enjoy the day together. Weekend Getaways

If you’re looking to completely escape from the stress of everyday life, plan a camping trip this summer. There are 41 Georgia State Parks that offer facilities for camping. From ‘backcountry’ sites to yurts, Georgia parks have the campsite for you to make your trip enjoyable and unforgettable. You may even want to try your hand at geocaching while on your trip. This GPS-assisted scavenger hunt will have you searching far and wide for ‘caches,’ or hidden containers, scattered state-wide. Check out page 21 of the April/May issue of Athens MOVE for more on family-friendly activities that are available at these campgrounds.

Okefenokee Swamp isn’t just fun to say, it can be a fun family adventure, too. The Okefenokee is the “largest, intact, un-fragmented, freshwater and black water

wilderness swamp in North America.” Pitch a tent or rent a cabin for the weekend in order to enjoy everything this unspoiled natural area has to offer. Go on a motorboat tour to enjoy the scenic views or go ‘birding’ to observe the natural bird wildlife. If you enjoy paddling, you can go on the six- to eight-mile guided paddle tour and even sign up to night paddle! Learn more at

Now that we have given you some ideas for a summer bucket list, start working on your own! Another great place to start looking for ideas is online. Don’t spend another summer inside on the couch trying to figure out how to make the best of each day. Plan ahead and take advantage of the season!

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