100+ Things for Teens to Do This Summer

Updated on June 25, 2018
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Thys hasn't tried every single idea on this list, but hopes to before the summer is over!

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Summer has arrived, school is out, and the sun's hot and shining. You're a teenager and you've got tons of spare time, but you just don't know what to do with it. Summer can be a fun time, but it get boring when you run out of ideas.

Here are 100 things for teens to do over summer break. These ideas are fun, for indoors and out, mostly cheap, and will help you get the most out of summer. These ideas are in no particular order and include a variety of activities whatever the weather. They're not just for teens either. Parents, younger children, and the anyone young-at-heart who is looking for some summer fun can enjoy this list.

Have fun and stay safe!

Top 20 Most Fun Summer Activities for Bored Teenagers

  1. Watch a classic old movie (like Sunset Boulevard or Rebel Without a Cause).
  2. Go to a thrift store or garage sale and find something oddly fabulous for your wardrobe or room.
  3. Stargaze from on the roof, or pull your mattress out into the yard.
  4. Invent a new type of sandwich (peanut butter and salami?).
  5. Make a zine and put copies in all your friends' mailboxes.
  6. Learn to cook something complicated, like macaroons or baked Alaska.
  7. Have a yard sale and sell your junk. ($$$!)
  8. Make a new playlist of the best tunes for your summertime soundtrack.
  9. Teach yourself some new dance moves (learn to moonwalk and pirouette).
  10. Take up the ukulele (or some other instrument).
  11. Do something kind for someone—a neighbor, a family member, or a complete stranger.
  12. Get arty and draw, paint, or collage a portrait.
  13. Act like a tourist and visit the top attractions in your town.
  14. Climb a tree.
  15. Write and produce a film or play with your friends.
  16. Have a scream-a-thon (have a sleepover with friends and watch scary movies!).
  17. Re-create a childhood photo (you're a lot bigger now).
  18. Go on a photo safari.
  19. Clean your room (just kidding!).
  20. Make your own list of things to do when you're bored (with better ideas!).

Act like a tourist and visit all the top attractions in your town.
Act like a tourist and visit all the top attractions in your town. | Source

Things for Teens to Do Outside During Summer

  1. Try out a new sport (frisbee golf, bocce ball, kanjam).
  2. Make and fly a kite.
  3. Play crazy golf.
  4. Relax in a hammock.
  5. Plant some vegetable seeds.
  6. Jump in the pool with your clothes on.
  7. Swim at your local public pool.
  8. Camp out in the garden.
  9. Go roller-blading.
  10. Have a picnic in the park.
  11. Go fishing.
  12. Go on a scavenger hunt.
  13. Construct a tire swing.
  14. Have a day at the beach (build sandcastles, paddle, beachcomb etc.).
  15. Run through sprinklers!
  16. Have a picnic or a BBQ.
  17. Bury a time capsule to dig up in five years.
  18. Organise a tug-of-war.
  19. Have a bonfire and roast marshmallows or make s'mores.
  20. Build an obstacle course.

Go on a photo safari! Experiment with a polaroid or film camera.
Go on a photo safari! Experiment with a polaroid or film camera. | Source

Fun Indoor Activities for Teenagers

  1. Move the furniture around in your room to give it a fresh, new look.
  2. Re-do your room with craft projects.
  3. Handwrite letters to friends and family.
  4. Make a collage for your wall.
  5. Experiment with origami.
  6. Go to a museum.
  7. Learn a new language.
  8. Start a journal.
  9. Do a 1,000 piece puzzle.
  10. Read a newspaper front to back.
  11. Make your own popsicles.
  12. Give your pet a bath.
  13. Start a blog (on Tumblr, Blogger, or Wordpress).
  14. Play a complete game of Monopoly.
  15. Make a vlog on YouTube.
  16. Buy some exotic fruit from the store and make a fruit salad.
  17. Cook a homemade pizza.
  18. Make a root beer float.
  19. Buy several flavours of ice-cream and have an ice-cream feast!
  20. Paint a mural on one of your bedroom walls.
  21. Build a fortress out of cardboard boxes (you're not too old for that).
  22. Go bowling.
  23. Try a new food you've never tasted before.
  24. Learn a magic trick and perform it for your friends.
  25. Make non-alcoholic cocktails!

Inexpensive Things for Teenagers to Do

  1. Watch the sun set (or rise!).
  2. Play card games: poker, spit, or solitaire. If you don't know how, it's time to learn!
  3. Organize a neighborhood cleanup.
  4. Volunteer at a charity, soup kitchen, shelter, or nursing home.
  5. Go to the library and take out some books you wouldn't usually read.
  6. Clean out your drawers and donate your unwanted items to a thrift store.
  7. Write letters (not emails, but actual pen-and-ink notes!).
  8. Sunbathe. But remember to use sunblock!
  9. Grab a map and go for a long walk to a place that you've never been.
  10. Move furniture around in your room to give it a fresh, new look.
  11. Teach yourself to do a handstand.
  12. Make a dance routine to your favourite song.
  13. Practice voice impersonations.

Have a book-reading marathon! Or read every book your favorite author has written.
Have a book-reading marathon! Or read every book your favorite author has written. | Source

Things for Teenagers to Do With Friends

  1. Have a water balloon fight.
  2. Hold a mini Olympics with your friends.
  3. Go on a long bike ride.
  4. Have a garden party. Ask friends to bring different foods!
  5. Host a craft, beauty, dinner party, movie night with friends.
  6. Play rounders with your family or friends at the local park or sports-field.
  7. Have a clothes swap: Have all your friends bring items they no longer want and trade with each other.
  8. Hold a group yard sale or car wash.
  9. Make your own face scrub or other beauty product using ingredients from the kitchen or garden.
  10. Make your own slip-n-slide with plastic garbage bags.
  11. Have a big game of capture-the-flag.

Things a Teenager Can Do Alone

  1. Apply for a summer job.
  2. Read a book in the sun.
  3. Learn a few words or phrases in a foreign language.
  4. Get a high score on your favorite game.
  5. Buy a load of old magazines from a bookstore or charity shop and read them.
  6. Take some interesting photographs of your neighbourhood.
  7. Fly a kite.
  8. Listen to some new music.
  9. Start a scrapbook or journal.
  10. Learn a new instrument.
  11. Write a song, poem, or short story.
  12. Decorate a pinboard with postcards, pictures, and notes and hang it in your room.
  13. Write an online article like this one!
  14. Spend some time experimenting and overhauling your closet: mend, toss, alter, layer, hem, mix-n-match.
  15. Research your family tree.
  16. Paint a T-shirt with acrylic paints.
  17. Bake a three-tier cake.
  18. Give yourself a makeover—cut your hair short, try a new hairdo, or do crazy nails.

  19. Make some handmade soap.
  20. E-mail or phone a friend you haven't spoken to in a while.
  21. Buy some posters and put them up in your room.
  22. Spend a day without watching T.V or going on the computer.
  23. Bake some home-made bread.
  24. Go to a movie alone (it's not so bad!).
  25. Send a message in a bottle.
  26. Prank call a friend.
  27. Make a keepsake box of memories from this summer, fill it with photos, messages, postcards from places you've been, and wrap it in pretty paper. Keep it for years to come to remind you of your awesome summer!

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      Liz 

      5 hours ago

      i've either done most of these things or can't do them cus I'm only 13 and my parents work all day...... but Im gonna try like 5 of these things..... thx I guess

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      ben 

      2 days ago

      what if i dint have friends

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      Fuljidah. 

      4 days ago

      This are really great ideas,I am literally gonna try half of this.Thanks man.

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      Lebron James lll 

      6 days ago

      I rather wreck everyone ik in basketball or FaceTime lavar ball. Or actually do something with my life and not have my client review this horrible website

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      Liam 

      6 days ago

      WOW! in still board. that is why im on dis website add to the list# . snape = homeboy#!!!

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      Jack 

      8 days ago

      Thanks I will do these

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      Rebecca 

      8 days ago

      Not much help i cant do any of these things

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      isi 

      10 days ago

      thanks so much for the list, I'm totally going to do these with my friends!

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      hey 

      11 days ago

      Well this is helpful (unlike the other 50 articles I read about Summer activities.)

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      rhysrock897 

      12 days ago

      Hope you have fun!

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      Cami 

      13 days ago

      Going to the beach with a lot of friends tomorrow for the 4th of July :) this really helped! I'll def try some of these.

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      Liv 

      2 weeks ago

      Oh, Lordy! Pick a bale of cotton. Oh, Lordy! Pick a bale a day.

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      Alexa 

      2 weeks ago

      for number 12 on the top 20 activities you spelled arty wrong, it should be spelled artsy not arty*

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      Kyla 

      2 weeks ago

      Thanks for the ideas! My neighbors and I get bored cause all we do in the summer is hang out with each other, lol. This is perfect!

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      Olivia 

      2 weeks ago

      As I have turned 14 this is so amazing to go to this list

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      juliet 

      2 weeks ago

      lots of good ideas

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      Viki 

      2 weeks ago

      Im so excited for my summer now! Im always so bored and a little introverted. My parents are always telling me to do something and get suspicious when i dont. Im so happy now ive got all these ideas and the weather is soo good rn. I camt wait to make mocktails for the family bbq next week!!!!

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      Ariel 

      2 weeks ago

      These are awesome ideas, thx!!! Also, a book reading marathon sounds AWESOME!

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      Mia 

      2 weeks ago

      This helped a lot since I have to start doing stuff this summer. I was worried that my parents would send me to summer school since I didn't do anything all summer. When I show them the list of stuff that I plan to do this summer no way they will send me now!!!!!! Thx again

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      Emily 

      2 weeks ago

      I was so bored this summer but now I'm ready and today was my last day!!!

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      Alessia 

      2 weeks ago

      This didn’t help me one bit.....these things sound so boring I don’t even want to read them

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      Dog 

      2 weeks ago

      Thanks for the great ideas.. but I’m younger than 16 and can’t drive so I don’t have to many options. But I will make the best of what I have :)

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      No Name ;) 

      3 weeks ago

      These are great, I see some mean comments here.. Try to be nice!

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      parsa 

      3 weeks ago

      these are good ideas for spend the summer

      thank you

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      Fun 

      4 weeks ago

      Im gonna have a awesome summer

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      Jane 

      4 weeks ago

      I planned to do all of the things already, myb something orginal ??

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      Miranda 

      5 weeks ago

      Looks like i'm about to have a good summer of 2018:)

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      audrey 

      5 weeks ago

      thank you for all the amazing ideas for my summer it is going to make fun filled! thanks again!

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      idk 

      5 weeks ago

      this was not helpful we live in a small town and cant do any of this..... except bake which if i try ill burn the house down.. OOF

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      ....?? 

      5 weeks ago

      These ideas seem pretty great to me! Thanks for them!

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      Daisy 

      5 weeks ago

      Thanks a lot for the 100 ideas, it is very helpful and good reminders for my teen girl this Summer!

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      Ella 

      5 weeks ago

      nice

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      yeet 

      5 weeks ago

      Most of these are possible. There is a good deal of inside AND outside. I love this article and it was super helpful. Dont hate because these are all things you can to and I want to try most of them

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      MoujanRD 

      6 weeks ago

      Well some of these sounds cool but I don't think they're possible

      Saying or writing them is easy but with parents and depending on their beliefs it might be hard to do them

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      Isaiah Valdivia 

      6 weeks ago

      This is awsome thanks this really helps as a13 yo

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      :) 

      7 weeks ago

      This is very helpful! I am a tween and I get bored really easily, which leads me to get on the computer (which is why i am on here right now), or do something really stupid! so these are going to be really helpful!!!:) Thanks

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      Kat 

      7 weeks ago

      OMG! Such amazing ideas can't wait to try them ALL out

      Your the BOMB

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      Faith Noel 

      8 weeks ago

      These were helpful and great because im a tween and get sooo bored.

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      savannah west 

      8 weeks ago

      im a pre teen/tween and i think this was helpful and pretty great!

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      someone 

      2 months ago

      i think these are all good and i think teens need to be outside more so get a life

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      2 months ago

      im a teen and to me this sounds really boring. I’m no historian, but it looks like this website was made in the 90s. Also nobody uses email and CDs anymore.

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      ella 

      3 months ago

      i think most of these things are good, and simple to do with friends this summer. Like you dont need adults because we are teens!

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      makayla 

      8 months ago

      more things to do inside plz

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      g and m 

      11 months ago

      outside ideas would be better. more realistic too plz.

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      Tia 

      12 months ago

      can't go swimming at midnight. You really think my parents would let me do that?

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      Lit 

      13 months ago

      I only found a few things to do :(. My parents won't let me go out into the neighborhood. R.I.P.

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      Really..... 

      13 months ago

      50% of this stuff needs friends.... IM DONE! 50% of this stuff needs a pool...... IM DONE!

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      Az 

      13 months ago

      I've been to million websites and I can't find decent things to do. smh

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      Trey 

      13 months ago

      Why does it go from 49 to 5 to 50

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      Summer 

      14 months ago

      Yes... that's my really name... can u make these things something that you can really do and baking and a lot of other things on that list you can't do outside!!

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      claudia 

      15 months ago

      thanks for many things to do in summer I will be doing most of these please make more good ideas please write me back love Claudia

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      Maya 

      2 years ago

      Num.44?? Can you dance in the *rain*...? I thought we were talking about Summer here...

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      damnpolarbear 

      2 years ago

      since there's totally a beach in toronto...

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      ads 

      2 years ago

      i like your ideas

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      Alexx 

      2 years ago

      I'm going to play online the whole summer cuz my friends adviced me a lot of game from 777spinslot to Dota2

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      Hi 

      2 years ago

      Most of this stuff I can't even do

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      Hammy 

      3 years ago

      I'm a fan of cheeeese balllllz

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      jack 

      3 years ago

      i live 5 min from the beach haha

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      Mallory 

      3 years ago

      Some ppl live hours from the beach! More relistic plz

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