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53 Things to Do Before Summer Ends: My Checklist

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With 30¬†days of summer left, I’m starting to feel like I’m running out of time to experience all the summer stuff I love. But I feel like this every year. Summer in Oregon is pretty much the best thing ever. So in making the best use of our thirteen official weeks of summer, here’s my list of things to do before summer ends.

My summer list is a little Portland-centric, so feel free to replace things with your local, summer fun time places and things.

Things to Do Before Summer Ends:

I’m bolding the stuff I still want to check off!

  1. Go berry picking – (does the yard count?)
  2. Go to Sauvie Island
  3. Camp in the backyard
  4. Do a backyard fire – s’mores
  5. Invite people over for BBQ/picnic – (informal house warming)
  6. Picnic at the park – done, a fancy picnic would also be fun
  7. Go tubing / river float
  8. Day trip to the coast – Oswald West!
  9. Go to the river – swam at the Clackamas River
  10. Go kayaking – kayak camped on the Willamette River and kayaked on 4th of July
  11. Swim every chance I get!
  12. Have a big day of biking – birthday bike ride surprise!
  13. Mani/pedis – post-half marathon!
  14. Wear all my summer dresses and clothes
  15. Go out to breakfast on a weekday
  16. Stay out late and have cocktails
  17. Wear heels 1x week – this can happen after my half marathon!
  18. Buy new sunnies
  19. Road trip! – to Seattle (ferry to Victoria), and to Vancouver for SeaWheeze
  20. Make morning mimosas or simple syrup cocktail
  21. Go on a boat – on the Columbia River in Kennewick
  22. Drink rose – reminds me of southern France
  23. Go to Last Thursday
  24. Go to a Beer Fest – how have I not checked this off yet this summer?
  25. Visit every ice cream shop in Portland – my favorite is Ruby Jewel and Fifty Licks (no, not Salt & Straw, but they’re delicious too). Still need to visit: What’s the Scoop? Cool Moon, and Cloud City.
  26. Go to patios or rooftops in PDX that I haven’t visited yet – Departure, Salty’s on the Columbia
  27. Eat outside as much as possible – use my outdoor dining space!
  28. Day trip to Hood River or wine country – did the valley fruit loop, I’d still like to do another summer Hood River visit or biking in wine country!
  29. play in the ocean – Kailua, Hawaii! and Oregon coast
  30. Declare my own summer song – Capital Cities – Safe and Sound has been on repeat, and Milk.
  31. Make tasty water like the hotel in Victoria, just because – mint water! blueberry mint water!
  32. Smoothie making – try/invent a few new recipes
  33. SUP on an Oregon lake (Standup paddle boarding, duh)
  34. Wear a sundress more often
  35. Bike everywhere for one+ week – post race
  36. Go camping – went kayak camping, not car tent camping yet
  37. Go backpacking – kayak camping is similar
  38. Buy a new swimsuit
  39. Go to movies in the park – Back to the Future at Arbor Lodge
  40. Go to a summer music festival or concert – SeaWheeze Sunset Festival – Capital Cities & The Colourists!
  41. Buy a new hat – got a birthday hat!
  42. Pretend I’m 15 and buy a new summer fragrance
  43. New sunscreen – I need more California Baby
  44. Try a new cocktail – Multnomah Whiskey Library is still on my list
  45. Read a new book (for fun not “work”!)
  46. Find my favorite summer seasonal beer – still testing…
  47. Go to Edgefield or Kennedy School – soaking pool! or golf?
  48. Roast corn – can’t wait to roast more from the garden
  49. Harvest from the garden
  50. In season cooking– make a meal with mostly home-grown (tomatoes and basil pasta!) blueberries for dessert.
  51. Watch the stars – saw shooting stars at Oswald West
  52. Savor sunsets – in progress
  53. Start making a fall things list (and cry a little)

What’s on your list of things to do before summer ends?

things to do before summer ends - outdoors, beach, kayaking, river, camping

This post was originally published August 2014. Updated August 2020, but I’ve left some pre-COVID references!