Summer: even the mere mention of the word can grasp the attention of every student. Summer is meant to be the highlight of the year. But, truly take a moment to think. How many times have you been bored throughout the humid, endless days? How many times have you been desperate for something to do, even stretching so far as to consider actually doing homework?
Dog days dragging you down?
Have you ever considered making a bucket list?
Bucket lists don’t have to be limited to major life goals. You can make a bucket list any time of year, for any occasion.
If you’re stuck on some ideas to include on your bucket list, I have a few suggestions.
Strawberry picking- Take a break from the beach and channel your inner farmer. Summer is the best season to acquire freshly picked fruit, especially strawberries. Not only is the experience of picking strawberries fun, but you also have delicious strawberries in the end. Think of the possibilities: strawberry jam, strawberry pastries, chocolate-covered strawberries! If you aren’t sure of a local strawberry picking location, make sure to check out Sussex County Strawberry Farm.
Atlantic City Concerts- A summer isn’t complete without a concert. What’s better than seeing your favorite bands perform at the beach? Atlantic City provides a few concerts each summer, and the concerts always pack in major crowds.
Waterparks- Waterparks are arguably the best way to cool off on a scorching summer day. Waterslides provide exhilarating experiences, along with other aspects such as wave pools and hot tubs. Make sure you swing by Breakwater Beach Waterpark in Seaside Heights this summer!
Adventure Aquarium- Aquariums are a great way to spend a summer day. The sights are not only limited to fish. There are also sharks, stingrays, and even hippos in some instances! Aquariums are fun to visit with your family, but also with friends. Adventure Aquarium in Camden is a nice, family-friendly aquarium to visit.
Carlo’s Bakery- This one is a bit far from our local area, but this bakery is famous! Carlo’s Bakery, as seen on TV, is in Hoboken, New Jersey. They offer a variety of baked goods, and the experience of traveling to the bakery is one that I’m sure you’ll never forget.
Six Flags Great Adventure- With the tallest roller coaster in the country, Six Flags will undoubtedly provide you with exhilaration and amusement. Six Flags is packed with roller coasters and other fun rides, with plenty of places to get food and drinks. Your summer isn’t complete until you’ve visited Six Flags!
If you don’t have a lot of money for these specific places, that is perfectly all right! There are some creative ideas for your summer bucket list that cost little, and that you can do right at home.
Water gun fight- Think about it. You and a couple of your friends come together, split into teams, and have a water gun fight! This idea is great for if you don’t have a pool, and need a way to cool down. Instead of splitting into teams, you could also go every man for his/herself.
Sparklers- Although sparklers may be commonly related to the Fourth of July, they can be used any time. Sparklers are entertaining to use, and you can take some pretty cool pictures with them
Glow Stick Balloons- Want a way to have an amazing pool party? If you don’t have a light in your pool already, there’s a simple solution. Cracking a few glow sticks, putting them in balloons, and letting them float around your pool provides a bright excitement to your pool. Of course, this only works at night.
All of my ideas don’t have to be included on your list, of course. The purpose of a bucket list is to create your personal goals and ideas. No matter what you decide to have on your list, your summer will undoubtedly be one to remember!