07/16/2014 11:21 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

19 Summer Moments You Absolutely Must Have Before The Season Ends (So Hurry Up!)

News flash: Summer is going by way too quickly. Technically it ends in September, but we all know that summer, real honest-to-goodness summer, is just June, July and August.

So, what have you done with your summer? Have you checked off all those must-have moments that you pictured yourself doing at the beginning of the season? If you haven't, get moving. After all, you only have a bit over a month to let loose and soak up some sun.

Basically, if you haven't done everything on this list thus far, you haven't even summered properly yet. So get to it!

1. Jump, whichever way your heart desires, into a refreshing body of water.


If your hair hasn't gotten wet, it doesn't count. And if you've already done it, do it again.

2. Enjoy the tasty experience that is devouring a hot dog.

eating a hot dog(Photo by JoshBousel via Flickr)

Hopefully you took care of this on July 4.

3. Catch an outdoor movie screening at your favorite park.

movie in bryant park(Photo by Acnatta via Flickr)

Come on, they're everywhere.

4. And slurp down a frozen (spiked) beverage of some kind.


You don't even have to get fancy, just freeze your beer.

5. Treat yourself to a new pair of shades.

dog in sunglasses(Photo by Associated Press)

You can never have too many.

6. And invest in a new swimsuit -- it's about that time.

swimsuit(Photo by Big Cheese Photo LLC via Getty Images)

They may not be as easy to find in August, get to shopping!

7. Stuff your face with some juicy watermelon.


Note: You don't have to eat a whole one.

8. Watch all the sports that have been happening.

world cup at a bar(Photo by Associated Press)

And by "watch" we mean post up at a bar with friends and pretend to care about them.

9. Take a "sick day" when you're not even really sick.

relaxing at the beach(Photo by uniquely india via Getty Images)

*Cough, cough* "Must have come down with something."

10. Spend a whole day just lying in the grass.


Hopefully you've felt the grass beneath your toes (or hands) more than once this summer.

11. Go for a bike ride like you used to when you were a kid.

summer bike ride(Photo by Compassionate Eye Foundation via Getty Images)

If you don't have one, rent one.

12. Take time to schedule a picnic with friends.

park picnic(Photo by Nako via Flickr)

And eat all the grapes, cheeses and crackers this world has to offer.

13. Take a detour, or ten, towards the beach.


I mean, this is Summer 101.

14. "Rooftop" on all the rooftops this summer.

rooftop bar nyc(Photo by Precipices via Flickr)

If you're not using rooftop as verb by now, then you haven't done nearly enough of it.

15. Experience the magic that is BBQ fingers at least once.

bbq fingers(Photo by seanmasn via Flickr)

Just. Say. Yes.

16. You should probably* take a weekend trip or two.



17. And ride all the carnival rides -- all of them.

people on carnival rides

Or almost throw up after riding just one while you remember that you're too old for this crap.

18. Eat tons of ice cream, because it's the only way to fight the scorching heat.

eating ice cream(Photo by Associated Press)

Yeah, you're all over it!

19. And if not, at least take advantage of those beautiful, late sunsets...


Because once it starts getting dark earlier, that's it, there will be no more summer.

Run, friends, don't walk.


There's still tons of time to get your summer on!



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