101 Ideas For Summer Fun

Make The Last Weeks of Summer Break the BEST Weeks of Summer!

By South Charlotte, Union and Fort Mill Macaroni Kid July 10, 2022

If you are running out of fun ideas or the pool has lost its luster, check out this list of 101 boredom-busting summer ideas to help you make it through the last weeks of summer.

  1. Build a blanket fort
  2. Visit the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens
  3. Ride some roller coasters at Carowinds
  4. Have a picnic at Cane Creek Park
  5. Get mad about science at Discovery Place
  6. Make homemade ice cream
  7. Catch fireflies in a jar
  8. Kayak down a river
  9. Visit the Riverbanks Zoo
  10. Take a hike at Crowders Mountain
  11. Go for a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway
  12. Spend a weekend at Great Wolf Lodge
  13. Have a water balloon fight
  14. Go under the sea at the Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
  15. Experience Dorothy and all of her friends at the Land of Oz
  16. Go whitewater rafting
  17. Dine al fresco at one of the restaurants in downtown Waxhaw
  18. Cool off with a King of Pops
  19. Go see a cheap movie
  20. Tour the Biltmore House
  21. Shop at Southpark Mall
  22. Roller Skate for free!
  23. Go bowling
  24. Tour and pan at Reed's Gold Mine
  25. Check out the recently renovated Main Street Children’s Museum in Rock Hill
  26. Visit a local spray park
  27. Go to an outdoor concert
  28. Watch a movie outdoors
  29. Check out a book at a local library
  30. Bike down a greenway
  31. Get a summer membership to the Mint Museum
  32. Watch planes take off at the Aviation Museum
  33. Feed some animals at Lazy 5 Ranch
  34. Go to a Knights Game
  35. Go Glamping nearby
  36. Plan a trip to the beach
  37. Rent a boat on Lake Wylie
  38. Go to the Carolina Raptor Center
  39. Learn all about race cars at the NASCAR Hall of Fame
  40. Visit the farmer's market on Saturday morning
  41. See butterflies at Charlotte Nature Museum
  42. Eat from a local food truck
  43. Try a Pelican's SnoBall
  44. Take a carriage ride
  45. Go on a sweet treat crawl 
  46. Hang at the “beach” and check out the public art at Camp North End
  47. Jump at Big Air
  48. Ride go-karts
  49. Get one of everything at Optimist Hall
  50. Take a stroll through NoDa
  51. Eat doughnuts from Krispy Kreme when the hot light is on
  52. Visit Ray's Splash Planet
  53. Spend a day in Asheville
  54. Ride the train at Tweetsie Railroad
  55. Play water balloon baseball
  56. Tye-dye a t-shirt
  57. Make homemade rock candy
  58. Make snake bubbles
  59. Make a homemade slip n slide
  60. Play balloon tennis
  61. Tour the USS North Carolina
  62. Slip down Sliding Rock
  63. Go to the Linville Gorge
  64. Visit an abandoned ghost town
  65. Go play at Southtown Wake Park
  66. Go on a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
  67. See horses at Shackleford Banks
  68. Go to Hanging Rock
  69. Stroll through Craggy Gardens
  70. Ride the light rail
  71. Go to Hobo's for a burger
  72. Go to Jockey's Ridge
  73. Climb up to the top of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
  74. Hike at Chimney Rock
  75. Walk across the swinging bridge
  76. Walk Around Uptown
  77. Play putt-putt
  78. Pick strawberries
  79. Go on a mural hunt
  80. Paint treasure rocks
  81. Go to a Knights game
  82. Hangout at Romare Bearden Park
  83. Chase Waterfalls in the DuPont Forest
  84. Go to a beach in Charlotte
  85. See an Imax movie
  86. Rent a jet ski
  87. Host an incredible movie night 
  88. Go on a dinner cruise
  89. Rent a Charlotte Joyride bike
  90. Swim at the Quarry at Carrigan Farms
  91. Go to Tiger World
  92. Play in the Fish Fountain
  93. River Jam at the Whitewater Center
  94. Visit 7th St. Market
  95. Go to a concert at PNC Music Pavillion
  96. Fun activities at ImaginOn
  97. Play hopscotch
  98. Make a bird feeder
  99. Make homemade water guns
  100. Make s'mores at home
  101. Check out Immersive Van Gogh while it is still in town!

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