Summer can be a great time for connection with your partner. Take advantage of the warm temperatures, relaxing vibe, and the excitement of summer that harkens back to childhood. Use the ideas in this post to create a summer bucket list that you can complete as a couple.
For parents, summer can mean A LOT of kid time. This can make for great family memories, but don’t forget to balance things out by making time for you and your partner.This post contains some affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission if you use them (at no cost to you). Full disclosure.
Creating and Completing a Summer Bucket List as a Couple
Making a summer bucket list just for the two of you can help ensure you don’t neglect your relationship amidst trekking the kids to the pool, zoo, etc.
Use those extra daylight hours to have some special moments after the kids are in bed. Get a sitter on occasion (the neighborhood college kids may be home for the summer and looking to make extra cash). Or take a day off work while the kids are at camp to spend time with your partner.
Working through your couple’s summer bucket list together can take you beyond the monotony of everyday routines and remind you of what it felt like when you were dating. Remember when you made an effort to explore fun and intimate activities together?
With the many options below, you can each pick some favorites to populate your list together. Or embrace the element of surprise and put slips into a jar, then pull one or two out to complete each week.
Activity Ideas for Your Couples Summer Bucket List
There are a range of options here, including many that can be done at home and for free or a small budget. I know summer can be costly so I’m helping you out 😊
Check out the full list below or download a copy to send to your partner (hint hint) or post on the wall as a visual reminder.
1. Watch a movie outside
There’s something a little magical about watching a movie under the stars. Our city has several options for outdoor movies throughout the summer. Check out what’s available in your area, or you can always bring a tablet into the backyard!
2. Have a picnic
My husband and I did this on our wedding night, complete with a bottle of champagne. It can be quite relaxing and romantic. Find a nice outdoor spot and enjoy.
3. Make s’mores
Goopy marshmallow and melted chocolate—how fun. You can’t tell me the kid in you won’t crack a smile.
4. Visit a garden
Do you have a local arboretum or garden? Wander through together and enjoy nature’s beauty. Try holding hands along the way.
5. Play corn hole
A little friendly competition to unwind. Winner gets a back rub? 😉
So simple and powerful. Lay a blanket out and gaze up at the stars. See what you can spot first without the help of a smartphone app. Ask each other questions about the universe.
7. Go for a scenic drive
Put the windows down and find some country roads to explore. You never know what you might find off the beaten path.
8. Relax in a hammock
Nothing says summer like a hammock. Snuggle up close and let your tension melt away.
9. Go to an outdoor concert
A great thing about summer is there are lots of free outdoor music performances. Check one out or get tickets to a show you know your partner will love.
10. Watch the sunset
We stay so busy that it’s easy to fail to appreciate the beauty that happens every day. Make a moment to connect and experience this wonder together.
11. Play croquet
An underrated, dignified outdoor activity. Pair it with some summer cocktails if you like.
12. Relax at the pool
Yes, the pool can be relaxing (without the kids). Float along together or camp out in neighboring lounge chairs, chilling the hours away.
13. Go to a food truck rodeo
Taste your way around. Try something new and share bites.
14. Have champagne and fresh fruit for breakfast
Just because. It will feel like room service no matter where you are.
15. Go boating
There are many options—ferry, kayak, canoe, paddle boat, and more. Pick one you’ve never done together and make a new memory. Don’t forget the sunscreen and water!
16. Play miniature golf
Feel like a kid again when you get super excited about a hole in one.
17. Go on a day trip
Make your own adventure while spending the day together, just the two of you. Pick out something you’ve been wanting to do within driving distance, then make it happen. Bonus points if you prep a special playlist.
18. Have dinner outside by candlelight
You can DIY it or make a reservation.
19. Go beer or wine tasting
That’s tasting (not getting sloshed). Take your time and grab a favorite bottle to bring home and enjoy.
20. Throw a frisbee
Don’t take it too seriously. It’s OK to laugh at how terrible you are.
21. Go for a hike
Get lost in nature together—it’s great for stress relief.
22. Watch the sunrise
It should be on anyone’s bucket list. You’ll cherish these moments together.
23. Go to a baseball game
What’s more American than a baseball game? You’ll have plenty of time for conversation, plus there’s good snacks.
24. Fly a kite
When’s the last time you tried this? It’s harder than you remember! Think you can achieve it with some teamwork?
25. Go fruit picking
Mmmm… summer berries.
26. Get a couples massage
Yes please! Where do I sign up?
27. Go antiquing
You don’t have to buy anything, but I bet there will be lots of conversation starters.
28. Watch fireworks
There are often other summer occasions beyond July 4th to enjoy a fireworks show. But don’t make your own—leave it to the professionals. A trip to the ER is memorable but not romantic.
29. Recreate your first date
This one will bring back some memories. It doesn’t have to be exact, and you can give it some upgrades if you want.
30. Stroll around a farmer’s market
Enjoy fresh fruit and veggies, honey, cheese, flowers, and more. You might even find some things to plan your picnic.
31. Share an ice cream
The ultimate bond—being willing to share a bite of your ice cream. Test the bounds of your love.
Get Started Today
What piqued your interest? Are you ready to get started? I hope you have a great time and make some wonderful memories together! I’d love to hear about your favorites.
Maybe your summer bucket list will even inspire intentional connection with your partner throughout the year.
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