As a teenager, you simply cannot imagine just how fortunate you are to have all that darn energy, partnered with an adventurous spirit. Put all that enthusiasm to good use by participating in the absolute funnest things for teens to do. Believe me, soon enough you will be an adult with immense responsibilities, but that will come later.

Today, it is all about fun.

So bring out that wonderful youthful spirit, strap on your sense of adventure and start ticking off as many activities on this teen bucket list as you can (heck, you might even check a few things off twice).

Teen Bucket List: Fun Things for Teenagers to Do—activities, travel, and crazy summer ideas

Teen Bucket List: Fun Things For Teenagers to Do

1. ✦ Bake a Cake

2. ✦ Eat at In & Out

3. ✦ Visit a Nearby City That You Have Never Been To

Paris, Moscow, Madrid and London are all wonderful bucket list destinations that we dream of going to one day. In the meantime, make a list of local nearby cities you would like to visit and go for it.

We are talking about places in the next county over. Somewhere you can drive to and from within a single weekend.

Seek out what other teenagers do for fun there (what’s on their teen bucket list?); go out, enjoy those things; come back and plan your next trip. It is fun, affordable and you can bring all your BFFs with you.

Hermance Village in Geneva Switzerland

4. ✧ Go to a Corn Maze

5. ✦ Get the High Score on a Video Game

This can take some serious dedication, but with the right mindset and equipment you’ll be able to give this one a good go. Some people like to invest in things like gaming chairs to help them game for longer by being more comfortable. You could also consider a headset to communicate with other players if you’re playing multiplayer, this could be a good way to meet new people also.

6. ✧ Drastically Change Your Hair

During your teenage years you have the license to go as wild and as crazy with your hairstyle as you want (provided your parents don’t ground you for it).

Have you always wondered what you would look like with the ‘triple-braid hairdo’? How about a ‘cool-knotted braid’? Guys, have you ever thought of getting a Mohawk and dyeing it blue? Why the heck not?

After all, if it turns out you don’t like it, it will grow back. Or for something less scary, try some colorful (and temporary) hair chalk instead.

Related: 40 Best Edgy Haircut Ideas to Upgrade Your Usual Styles

Teen Bucket List: Dye Your Hair Pink Hair

7. ✦ Walk Barefoot on the Beach

8. ✦ Redo Your Bedroom

9. ✧ Make a Scrapbook of Your Favorite School Memories

You will not believe how fast this time flies. Before you know it, you will all be off to college in different states and you will start making new memories. As time goes by, you will begin to forget all the good times you had in High School. Start making a scrapbook to document all those wonderful memories with your friends and schoolmates.

10. ✧ Have a Food Fight

11. ✦ Win a Competition

12. ✦ Be a Tourist in Your Own City

Can you confidently say that you know your city in and out? If Frommer’s was to contract you to write a guide to your city, would you do it justice? Take the time to visit more than just your usual hangout places. There is more to life than hanging out at the bowling alley and the mall.

Be a tourist in your own city, go someplace new and you may be surprised by just how wonderful that old town can be.

Boboli Gardens in Florence, Italy

13. ✦ Go on a Shopping Spree

14. ✦ Go Roller Skating

15. ✦ Go 24 Hours without Internet, Radio or Television

Now, I know, this is a tall order. We use the internet for everything nowadays. But think about it. When was the last time you went for two hours without your phone? Try going 24 hours without internet, radio or TV. Go camping; sit and read a good book; talk to your friends and family or use the time to complete some of the ideas on this teen bucket list.

Soon enough you will wish you had these quiet and peaceful moments more often.

16. ✧ Host a DIY Craft Night

Fun Teen Activities: DIY Craft Night

17. ✧ Do a Flip on a Trampoline

18. ✧ Handwrite a Letter to Your Best Friend

I know, right? Why would you want to handwrite a letter while you can simply Snapchat them or send them a DM? The thing about writing letters is that it is more personal plus you have more than just 140 characters to work with while crafting the message.

Use the opportunity to tell your close friend how much their friendship means to you. You could also use it as an opportunity to bond with your parents or grandparents. Ask them to show you how to properly address a handwritten letter (an art that is quickly getting forgotten). It is a chance for you to learn how to express yourself in full sentences, without emojis and texting abbreviations (OMG!). Plus, it will give you a good head start on how to draft those all-important college application essays.

Related: 10 Reasons You Should Write More Handwritten Letters

19. ✧ Have an All Day Movie Marathon with Your Best Friends

20. ✦ Go on a Blind Date

21. ✧ Make a Collage of all Your Dreams & Goals

As a teenager, your mind is not yet bound by the responsibilities of adulthood. Thankfully, during these golden ages, you can dream freely with no limits to what it is you can achieve. That is why it is best to make a bucket list of all your dreams & goals. And what funner way to do it than with a creative collage?

This will be a list that shows what you truly want. This list will come straight from your heart and in the later years, it will remind you of all the wonderful dreams and goals you had when you were young. The good thing is that as you get older, you will have the money and freedom to actually achieve some, if not all, of the things on that list. So go wild with your dreams; the older you will pick up the tab.

22. ✦ Watch a Classic Movie

23. ✦ Tie-Dye a Shirt

24. ✧ Run a Themed 5k

Themed 5k marathons are a wonderful way to not only bring the community together for a common course, but to also show off your extreme levels of fitness and fun loving nature. Make sure the theme is something fun, like a mud run (check Active’s 5k Race Finder for ideas). It’d be a bonus if running the 5k was to support a local organization.

Related: How to Train, Run & Finish Your First 5k Race

Teen Bucket List: Run a 5k Race

25. ✦ Have an Outdoor Picnic

26. ✦ Play Truth or Dare

27. ✦ Try a New Food

Have you ever tried raw oysters, escargot or frog’s legs? Maybe you have never had something as simple as sushi. Think of all the things you have yet to taste (for some fun ideas go to an Asian market!), then go out and try something new. You never know, you may stumble upon some delectable delicacies that you may never have heard of had you not been adventurous with your food.

Related: The Food List Challenge’s 100 Foods to Try Before You Die

Freshly cooked squid at Tsuda-Sengyoten isakaya in Sendai Japan

28. ✧ Do a Fun Photo Shoot With Your Friends

29. ✦ Go to a Museum

30. ✦ Create a YouTube Video

We are all gifted with unique natural skills like dancing, singing, drawing, acting and so on. To showcase your skills or creativity and to get a chance to see just how many people find that impressive, why not create a YouTube video? Just create your own video showcasing your natural flair and upload it. It’s a brilliant way to tap into your creative side and you just might make money out of it.

Related: How to Create Your First YouTube Video

31. ✦ Do One Thing You Are Afraid Of

32. ✦ Go to a Carnival

33. ✧ Participate in a Flash Mob

Flash mobs are fun, right? I mean, not only are they a creative way to send a message across, but they are also a wonderful way for you to find and connect with like-minded individuals who love to dance and entertain. Who knows, you might even makes some new friends or get discovered for you chance to be rich and famous. Plus…THEY ARE SOOOOOO MUCH FUN!

Related: 10 Best Flash Mobs

34. ✦ Write a Love Letter to Yourself. Open in 10 Years

35. ✦ Make an Origami Animal

Origami is a big part of the Japanese culture and it truly is fascinating how little tiny pieces of paper can be crafted into beautiful pieces of artwork. The crane is one of the most popular shapes and you can fairly easily learn how to make one. There are countless videos and instructions online and below are two that worked for me.

It’s perfectly okay to use a simple piece of white paper, but you can also buy traditional Colorful Japanese Origami Washi Paper online.

36. ✦ Take a Road Trip

Pick a spot on the map, get in your car and just drive. There are very few activities in this world that are as fun-filled and as exhilarating as going on a road trip either solo or with your best friends.

Make a list of all the things you would like to do along the way and let the other chips fall where they may. Just go with it and have fun. The open road calls to all of us.

Jeep Wrangler Pitstop on the back to California

37. ✦ Learn to Dance

38. ✦ Make Homemade Cookies

39. ✦ Sleep Under the Stars

If you are lucky enough to travel the world with your parents, then try to sleep under the stars in the Northern Hemisphere. The Northern Lights are a spectacle that you will never forget. I can guarantee you that. But if Sweden is too far, then maybe you can make a good go of it right in your backyard? On those warm summer evenings, get a bunch of your friends and just camp outdoors sleeping under the stars. The freedom you get from this is indescribable.

40. ✦ Kiss Your Crush

41. ✧ Learn a Foreign Language

Annette White walking through Tokyo's Piss Alley

42. ✦ Learn to Play a Song on an Instrument

Very secretly join a music learning class and learn playing guitar, piano, violin or any instrument that you feel comfortable with and surprise your friends with your new gained talent. Teenage are the years of trying new things and I am sure you will rock any party with this unexpected talent.

This harmonica and lesson guide will have you playing When the Saints Go Marching In in no time at all.

43. ✦ Get a Job

44. ✦ Vote

45. ✦ Go to the Movies Alone

Most teenagers would prefer going to the movies with a gang of friends, but to complete this teen bucket list you need to step out of your comfort zone. Being able to do things on your own is empowering, plus, you won’t have to share the popcorn!

After you are feeling confident on your own, why not try hitting up a restaurant solo to? Here’s help: Eating Out Alone: Tips for Dining Solo at a Restaurant

46. ✧ Study Abroad

47. ✦ Write a Journal

48. ✦ Learn to Surf

Fun Things for Teens to do: Learn to Surf

49. ✦ Learn to Cook Your Favorite Meal

A more common thing for teens to do is to pop a frozen meal into the microwave. But, you will definitely impress your friends if you learn how to expertly cook your favorite meal.

It will take practice, discipline and a lot of patience. But once you learn how to do it, you may just find that cooking can be one of the activities that you are passionate about.

Annette White eating a sandwich she just made from her Purple Carrot delivery

50. ✧ Go to the Prom

51. ✧ Go to the Midnight Showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show

52. ✧ Send a Message in a Bottle

53. ✦ Pull A Fun All Nighter

This probably isn’t an uncommon thing for teenagers to do. It probably shouldn’t even be on your teen bucket list because it is part of your daily life. But when was the last time you pulled a fun all-nighter? I’m not talking about last minute studies or the completion of overdue assignments. I’m talking about just sitting up and having fun with your friends.

Remember the sleepovers you used to have as a child and your parents would make you go to bed by 10.00PM? Well, now you can have one of those, only you can go till dawn. Gather a bunch of your friends, plan cool activities and stay up all night. Maybe you can do that on your road trip?

54. ✦ Go to a Killer Party

Peter & Annette White at a Party

55. ✦ Start a Savings Account

56. ✦ Go Ice Skating

57. ✦ See Your Favorite Band in Concert

Yet another fun thing to do on your teen bucket list: seeing your favorite band in concert. In fact, you can achieve three of your bucket list items in this one go:

  • Pick a date when your favorite band is playing in a nearby city
  • Gather your best friends and go on a road trip to that city
  • See your favorite band in concert while exploring a neighboring city

Imagine how much fun that would be!

58. ✧ Camp in the Backyard

59. ✦ Prank Call a Friend

60. ✦ Ride in a Limo

61. ✧ Take One Picture Every Day For the Rest of the School Year & Make a Video

Promise to take a picture every day for the rest of the school year and make a video out of it.This will be your private ‘Year Book’. If you are anything like me, you are likely not to remember the fun things you did in the last week, much less at the beginning of a school year.

It is a creative way to scrapbook your school memories.

Annette White at Sunset at Half Moon Resort in Jamaica

62. ✦ Binge Watch a Netflix Series

63. ✦ Have a Water Balloon Fight

64. ✦ Go Indoor Skydiving

For more information read: Indoor Skydive Experience: Weightlessness in a Wind Tunnel

65. ✦ Cook Dinner For Your Parents

In your quest to grow up, there is a good chance that you often forget your parents. After all, they represent the authoritarian force in your life that just doesn’t want you to do anything fun, right? What most teenagers don’t realize at the time is that their parents only ever want the best for them. They spend all their time working so that they can provide you with the kind of life you have.

Show them some appreciation every now and again by cooking them dinner. I promise you, this will go a long way in helping you master the art of cooking—plus you may get a raise in your allowance!

The salmon at Jane in Goleta California

66. ✦ Go to a Drive-in Movie

67. ✦ Have a Spa Day

68. ✧ Go to a Music Festival

69. ✦ Learn to Use Chopsticks

Not very many adults know how to do this and even fewer teenagers can comfortably use chopsticks. Do you want to seem sophisticated and well-cultured, then learn how to use chopsticks.

It can even be a fun way to eat your favorite bowl of noodles, and you can impress your friends when you are all out for sushi.

Annette White eating fresh fish at Tsuda-Sengyoten isakaya in Sendai Japan

70. ✦ Complete a 1,000-piece puzzle

71. ✧ Get Straight A’s for a Semester

72. ✧ Stand Under a Waterfall

73. ✦ Go Backpacking with a Friend

You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced wilderness and gone backpacking. Grab an adventurous friend or two and take on Mother Nature. You can do something as simple as visit the local park or the neighboring county. Or plan a few day trek, and check “sleep under the stars” off your teen bucket list at the same time.


74. ✦ Perform a Random Act of Kindness

75. ✦ Ride a Roller Coaster

76. ✧ Participate in a Mud Run

77. ✦ Read a Classic Novel…For Fun

I know, this doesn’t sound like the funnest thing for teens to do, but have you ever read ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee? How about ‘Diary of a Nobody’ by George and Weedon Grossmith? The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien? Well, the movies are more entertaining but the novels are pretty sweet too and more detailed. How about “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain?

The point is, you learn more when you read these wonderful classics than you do gazing at your phone. Plus, they will give you some culture and conversation ideas when you get older.

You can download many classics to your Kindle for free. Find a ton of free classics on Amazon.

78. ✦ Read a Newspaper

79. ✦ Throw Someone a Surprise Party

80. ✧ Go to a bonfire

Fun Things for Teens to Do: Go to a Bonfire

81. ✦ Volunteer

Volunteer your time and effort to make the world a better place. You don’t have to join ‘Greenpeace’, although that’s not such a bad idea, you can volunteer right in your own community.

Help the elderly, give blood, volunteer at the local soup kitchen or just make sure that your neighbor’s yard is well-kept. Give back to the society and you will be the better for it.

82. ✧ Write a Song

83. ✦ Cuddle by the Fire

84. ✧ Jump in a Pile of Leaves

85. ✦ Watch the Sunrise & Sunset

All the activities on this teen bucket list don’t matter unless you learn how to appreciate life. One of the best ways to fully marvel at the world in which we live is to just sit and stare at the sunrise and sunset every few days.

It truly is a sight to behold.

The sunset in Raja Ampat

You are only young once, so make the most of it while you can. Fill the teenage years with fun activities, ambitious adventures and creating memories with friends. All that can happen by checking off your teen bucket list.

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