Ultimate High School Senior Summer Bucket List

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The senior year of high school is a long-awaited year for many students, and the summer after is even more exciting; after four years of hard work, this summer is an actual break.

If you’re a graduating high school senior heading into the summer, check out this post for a comprehensive list of ideas for all the fun things you could do– both alone and with others. Learn how to maximize your time over the summer and have fun!

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Ultimate high school senior summer bucket list

Fun With Friends

Make sure to spend time with your high school friends before leaving for college. Unless you go to the same school, you may not see them for several months. Here are some fun activities you can enjoy with friends:

  • Go to the beach and have a picnic/bonfire
  • Spend a day in the city nearest to you
  • Dress up and hold a fake “prom”
  • Have a fun photoshoot
  • Have a sleepover at someone’s house or a hotel
  • Travel to another state/country
  • Watch the sunset
  • Watch the sunrise
  • Go karaoke
  • Hold early/late birthday parties
  • Have a pool party
  • Hold a movie marathon
  • Hold a game night
  • Explore your city
  • Hold a graduation party
  • Go to a concert
  • Go to an amusement park
  • Visit an art museum

Time With Family

Your family is just as important as your friends, and if you’re moving to another country/state/country, you may also not see your parents for a while. So make sure to spend time with your family and show them you appreciate them. 

Along with everything listed above (with friends), here are some activities you can enjoy with your family:

  • Have a family dinner at a restaurant
  • Cook a meal for your family
  • Cook and have a family dinner at home
  • Go on a road trip
  • Travel to another state/country
  • Spend July 4 together
  • Go camping
  • Write letters to each other
  • Recreate a childhood tradition/activity
  • Have a board game night
  • Go through old photos/videos
  • Share stories of each other
  • Hold a gift exchange
  • Go geocaching
  • Hold a garage sale

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Learning New Things

  • Learn a coding language
  • Preview your college course
  • Learn how to file taxes
  • Learn how to do laundry
  • Write/update your resume
  • Set up a LinkedIn account
  • Learn self-defense
  • Learn to cook
  • Learn to skateboard
  • Learn to swim
  • Practice public speaking
  • Learn to play an instrument

Alone Time

  • Read a certain number of books
  • Watch a certain number of movies
  • Watch a certain number of documentaries
  • Get a part-time job
  • Start an investment fund
  • Find a new way to make money
  • Write a letter to yourself
  • Clean out your closet
  • Visit your college campus
  • Reach out to teachers you appreciate
  • Reach out to future classmates
  • Dye your hair a different color
  • Get a manicure and/or pedicure
  • Buy yourself something you’ve always wanted
  • Buy a plant and take care of it
  • Discover new music you enjoy
  • Call an old friend/family member

Daily Habits To Build

  • Listen or watch the news
  • Listen to an educational podcast
  • Start a daily journal
  • Start a bullet journal/scrapbook
  • Start meditating
  • Start working out
  • Practice gratitude
  • Take a walk outside
  • Read for 20 minutes
  • Take risks
  • Perform random acts of kindness
  • Wake up at the same time each day
  • Go to sleep at the same time each day

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This post will be occasionally updated with more ideas, so if you’ve achieved every single one of these things (good for you!), check back in a few weeks for some new ideas. Leave a comment down below with one of your own ideas!

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