So far this summer has lived up to all my expectations and exceeded past summers by miles. I’ve lounged on the Jersey shore, lounged at my lake house, had awesome parties, got a wicked tan, saw a concert, ate tons of ice cream… the list goes on. I never, ever want this summer to end!

But then it hits me. It’s August. Summer’s almost gone. That makes me really sad–sadder than you know, dear reader. But us children of the summer can never let autumnal blues creep in during the waning summer days and nights of August! The leaves have not changed their color yet! I smell no turkey in the oven and see no children harassing me for candy on my front door step! This is the time where every year you must take your stand against the Hallmarks selling Christmas ornaments and the Stop & Shops selling Halloween candy! Revel in the last days of summer by doing everything you said you were going to do but didn’t. Do the epic things, the crazy things and the simple things before the frost creeps in. Here’s your ultimate guide to cherishing the last days of summer. Rock on my fellow freaks! Do not go Gentle into that cold winter! Rage Rage against the dying of the summer!

1. Have A Bonfire & Make S’mores

campfire with smores

[photo via weddingaprilandsam]

2. Go to an Amusement Park

amusement park

[photo via listofimages]

3. Skinny Dip

Forest Lake at Night

[photo via desktopedia]

4. Go Camping


[photo via OnMilwaukee]

5. Stargaze

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[photo via quincydein]

6. Zip Line


[photo via Travel for Boomers]

7. Scuba Dive


[photo via Hawaii Scuba Vacation]

8. Learn to Surf


[photo via HD Wallpaper Corner]

9. White Water Raft

white water rafting

[photo via Beyond in Sri Lanka

10. Mountain Biking

mountain biking

[photo via 10fifty]

11. Go for a Hike


[photo via peerfit]

12. Reconnect with Nature

sunflowers reconnect with nature

[photo via David Feldman Show]

13. Go on a Road Trip


[photo via BlissTree]

14. Sky Diving


[photo via Ka’ana Resort]

15. Paragliding


[photo via Today Holiday]

16. Free Dive


[photo via oneoceanonebreath]

17. Outdoor Yoga


[photo via Nature Up North]

18. Go to the Zoo


[photo via The Basel Zoo]

19 . Go to an Outdoor Concert


[photo via Intelligent Travel]

20. Have a picnic


[photo via YouWall]

21. Go to an Outdoor Movie

outdoor movie

[photo via kckidsfun]

22. Try something new! (Like sandboarding!)


[photo via WIRED]

What’s on your summer bucket list?

Gabbi Ewing is a rising junior studying Journalism as well as Film & Television at NYU. She is a New Jersey native who enjoys traveling, writing, skiing, and swimming. She hopes to travel the world, but her next adventure is taking her to Sydney, Australia to study with NYU. She aspires to work for National Geographic or Discovery Channel and to use her film, photography and writing skills to help people experience new cultures and places that they don't have the opportunity to travel to themselves.


  1. That’s a pretty awesome list of things you could do. I’m a little bit biased but I’ll say that kitesurfing fits nicely under your last option of trying something new.


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