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Summer Bucket List

April 27, 2020
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Join us all season long as we celebrate the many sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of summer!

Martin’s Summer Fun Season

Summer is almost here, and we want to help you make the most of it! That’s why all summer long, we’ll be sharing creative ideas, delicious recipes, and helpful tips here on our blog; but we also have some other exciting opportunities on the horizon.

In just a few days, on May 1, we’ll be kicking off our “Summer Fun Season” complete with a special landing page filled with themed recipes and resources, as well as biweekly sweepstakes prizes to help you celebrate the best that summer has to offer! All season long—from May through Labor Day— make sure to check back often to see the latest content for all your Summer Fun activities!

To learn more or to view the Summer Fun prize schedule, head over to!

(P.S. Look for the Summer Fun “icons” in the list below to learn about the various prizes.)

*Please Note: At this time, many U.S. states are still observing social distancing measures. While we hope you are excited about upcoming summer fun activities, please make sure you are adhering to your local and/or state regulations. Hopefully, you will still have plenty of time to check everything off on your bucket list this summer!


160+ Summer Fun Bucket List Ideas

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Looking for some additional inspiration this summer? Check out this comprehensive “bucket list” of ideas and activities to get you pumped for all the upcoming Summer Fun! From outdoor cookouts and pool parties to nighttime star gazing, this list covers all the best things about summer, helping ensure you don’t miss a thing. Peruse through the list to kick-start some ideas, or check out the printable resource at the bottom to create your own Summer Bucket List!

  1. Go on an Adventure
  2. Spend a Day at the Amusement Park
Park Tickets - Summer Fun Prize Check back in July for helpful tips and resources on how to pack for a day at the amusement park (plus—enter our sweepstakes to win Hershey Park tickets)!
  1. Attend a Block Party
  2. Serve up Some Barbecue

Backyard BBQ Platter - Combo Tray
These Backyard BBQ Platters are the perfect ideas for your next outdoor party with friends and neighbors! Allow your guests to mix and match their own choice of meats, sides, and fixin’s!

  1. Walk in the Sand Barefoot
  2. Attend a Baseball Game
Baseball Game - Summer Fun Prize Check back in July for a fun family activity to do at a baseball game (and enter to win tickets)!
  1. Go to the Beach
  2. Go Berry Picking

Summer Fruit Bruschetta
Looking for ideas using fresh berries? Read our strawberries blog post for recipes like this Summer Fruit Bruschetta, or check back in June for some more Summer Fruit recipes!

  1. Take a Bicycle Ride

Tune in in two weeks for some helpful snacks and hacks to keep in mind for your next bike ride!

  1. Listen to the Birds
  2. Visit the Boardwalk
  3. Take a Boat Ride
  4. Have a Bonfire
  5. Enjoy a Burger on Martin’s Potato Rolls in honor of National Burger Month!

Build-Your-Own Burger Bar
Or even better, Build Your Own Burger Bar complete with customizable topping ideas!

  1. Chase a Butterfly
  2. Attend a Summer Camp
  3. Build a Campfire (and try these Foil Pack Meals!)
  4. Go Camping
Tune in this August for some camping tips and resources (and enter to win a camping prize pack)!
  1. Go Canoeing
  2. Visit the Carnival

Martin’s Fat Sandwich
(…and try some of these Indulgent Eats!)

  1. Catch Lightning Bugs
  2. Compete In A County Fair
  3. Attend a Concert
  4. Eat Corn on the Cob

Stay tuned later in June for some great new corn recipes!

  1. Complete a Crossword Puzzle
  2. Dance in the Rain
  3. Develop a Delicious New Recipe

Campfire Mac & Cheese Burger
…Like this Campfire Mac & Cheese Burger!

  1. Eat Dinner Outdoors
  2. Jump Off a Diving Board
  3. Spot a Dragonfly
  4. Drink a Milkshake or Smoothie
  5. Entertain House Guests
  6. Exercise
  7. Explore the Woods
  8. Explore Your Hometown
  9. Visit a Local Farm
  10. Shop at a Farmers Market

Fresh Produce at Windy Knoll Farm Market & Creamery

  1. Watch Fireworks
  2. Go Fishing
Fishing Set - Summer Fun Prize Stop by in a few months for new fishing recipes and resources (and to enter to win a fishing set)!
  1. Wear Flip Flops
  2. Float in an Inner Tube
  3. Pick Flowers (then make these floral themed recipes!)
  4. Eat Fresh Fruit
  5. Play Frisbee
  6. Make Homemade Fruit Preserves/Jam

How to Make Peach Jam - Peach Jam in Mason Jars

  1. Have FUN
  2. Plant a Garden
  3. Go “Glamping
  4. Play Golf
  5. Walk in the Grass
  6. Grill Something, Anything

Grilled Sandwiches on Martin's Rolls
Psst…Click here to find the perfect Summer Grilling Recipes for All 50 States.

Also—Check back in a few weeks to enter to win a griddle for grilling season!
  1. Wear a Hat
  2. Go Hiking
  3. Start a New Hobby
  4. Eat a Hot Dog on a Martin’s Potato Roll

Bacon Cheeseburger Hot Dog
Find a hot dog recipe for all your summer occasions on our blog!

OR—Build a DIY Hot Dog Toppings Bar

  1. Spot a Hummingbird
  2. Enjoy Some Ice Cream
  3. Sip Iced Tea or Lemonade

Check back in June for some classic summer food and drink pairings!

  1. Celebrate Independence Day with these Patriotic Recipes

4th of July Recipes: American Flag Trifle

  1. Watch Out for Insects (and be sure to use bug spray!)
  2. Join a Summer Bible Study
  3. Join a Summer Sports League
  4. Journey Through the Wilderness
  5. Jump Rope
  6. Fly a Kite
  7. Go Kayaking
Visit our Sweepstakes landing page in early June to enter to win a Kayak themed prize!
  1. Play Kick Ball
  2. Spend the Day at a Lake

Lakeside Picnic

  1. Lay In A Hammock
  2. Learn a New Skill
  3. Drink Lemonade
  4. Wear a Life Vest
  5. Watch Lightning
  6. Listen To Nature
  7. Enjoy a Lobster Roll (or Seafood Salad Roll)

New England Lobster Roll

  1. Make Mountain Pies Over the Campfire
  2. Trek Through the Mountains
  3. Have a Movie Marathon
  4. Take an Afternoon Nap
  5. Visit a National Park
  6. Appreciate Nature
  7. Make a New Friend
  8. Spend the Night Outdoors
  9. Find an Oasis
  10. Swim in the Ocean
  11. Host an Outdoor Barbecue

young adults at grill

  1. Watch a Movie Outside
  2. Play Outside With The Kids
  3. Learn to Paddle Board
  4. Spend a Day at the Park
  5. Make Something With Peaches
  6. Have a Perfect Picnic

Check back in July for even more picnic tips and resources!

  1. Plant a Mini Garden
  2. Play Catch
  3. Have a Pool Party

Poolside Recipes
Celebrate summer by hosting a pool party with bright & colorful, tropical recipes like fish taco boats, fruit skewers, chicken salad sliders, and more!

  1. Eat a Popsicle
  2. Send a Postcard
  3. Quench Your Thirst
  4. Enjoy Some Quiet Time
  5. Go Rafting
  6. Eat Raspberries
  7. Catch Some (Sun) Rays
  8. Read A Book For Fun
  9. Ride a Roller Coaster
  10. Ride In a Car With the Windows (Or Sun Roof) Down
  11. Take a Road Trip
  12. Roast Marshmallows for S’mores

S'mores Mountain Pie
Ever made S’mores Mountain Pies? Find this and other recipes on our blog!

  1. Go Roller Blading
  2. Go Sailing
  3. Build a Sandcastle
  4. Spot a Seagull
  5. Experience the Senses (Sights, Sounds & Smells) of Summer
  6. Sit in the Shade
  7. Sleep In
  8. Go Snorkeling or Scuba Diving
  9. Soak up the Sun (make sure to wear sun screen!)
  10. Spend Quality Time With Family
Patio Set - Summer Fun Prize P.S. In just a few days, you can enter to win our Patio Conversation Set—just in time for a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift! (Learn more at
  1. Play a New Sport
  2. Go Star Gazing

Galaxy Star Wands
Prepare fun themed recipes like these Galaxy Star Wands to accompany your evening!

  1. Find a Starfish
  2. Visit a State Park
  3. Sample Some Summer Street Foods
  4. Find a Sunflower
  5. Watch a Sunrise
  6. Watch a Sunset
  7. Go Surfing
  8. Go Swimming
  9. Taste the Many Flavors of Summer
  10. Host a Tea Party in honor of Mom

Earl Grey French Toast
She’ll love our tea-flavored brunch ideas like this Earl Grey French Toast!

  1. Play Tennis
  2. Set up a Tent
  3. Listen to a Thunderstorm
  4. Make Tomato Sandwiches
  5. Travel
  6. Try a New Food
  7. Celebrate the USA with this American Slider Trio

American Slider Trio
A trio of American History: “The Cowboy,” “The Diner-Style” and “The Taco Pizza Burger.”

  1. Swim Underwater
  2. Take a Vacation
  3. Eat Fresh Vegetables
  4. Venture Somewhere New
  5. Tour a Vineyard
  6. Visit An Old Friend or Family Member
  7. Tour Martin’s Visitor Center: The Golden Roll
  8. Volunteer
  9. Wade In The Stream
  10. Try Wakeboarding
  11. Go for a Walk
  12. Participate in Water Sports
  13. Go to the Water Park
  14. WatchShark Week

Shark Submarine Sandwich
Of course you need some shark-tastic recipes to go along with your watch party!

  1. Eat Watermelon
  2. Enjoy the Warm Weather
  3. eXplore
  4. X Marks the Spot—Go on a treasure hunt!
  5. Play Yard Games
  6. Have a Yard Sale
  7. Eat Frozen Yogurt
  8. Spot a Zebra at the Zoo
  9. Eat Some Zucchini (or Summer Squash)

Chicken Zucchini Sandwich
This Pulled Chicken and Marinated Zucchini Sandwich includes some of the best summer flavors!

  1. Catch some ZZZ’s on Labor Day
Fire Pit - Summer Fun Prize P.S. For our last prize of the season (in late August), we’re giving away a Fire Pit! Check back on our sweepstakes page then for your chance to win!

We hope you enjoyed this Summer Fun Bucket List! How many FUN items can you check off this summer? Download the below printable PDF to create your own custom bucket list. (Or click here to download a pre-filled bucket list!)

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We’d love for you to follow us on social media and let us know what you’re doing this summer. And be sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on all things Summer Fun. Check back on our blog each week for more great content, and don’t forget to visit for the latest sweepstakes opportunities and other resources.

Most of all…HAVE FUN!


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