Being a teenager is all about enjoying the crazy adventures, fun places and fun activities with friends, all while coping with upcoming responsibilities of adult life. While there are plenty of things for teenagers to do, near and far, we certainly don’t have to make it boring. That’s why we made this teen bucket list!
From facing your fears to exploring the wilderness to going to an epic party and so many more ideas, you will have a blast making memories that you will take with you for years to come!
Best Teen Bucket List: Activities, Adventure Ideas & Fun Things for Teenagers to Do
1. Arrange a Scavenger Hunt
If you have a knack for laying out puzzles and clues, then why not try your hand at planning a scavenger hunt. You don’t even have to wait for, say, Easter or Halloween to set one up, you can do it whenever.
Need help with planning? These two articles will help:
2. Attend a Comic-Con
You might think that Comic-Con is only for the die-hard fans, but it certainly is not! Even if you are a casual fan, it is something you should experience at least once. It is not surprising to see people cosplaying as their favorite character, not to mention the fun programs and awesome merch around. Be sure to bring your camera with you so that you can take a snap of your favorite characters as well!
3. Attend a Concert
Whether you are seeing your favorite singer or band or love listening to the sound of an orchestra, whatever that may be, nothing beats the energy of a live performance. PS: Getting a musician’s autograph would make for another great goal idea!
4. Bake a Cake
What’s your favorite cake flavor—chocolate, red velvet or lemon? Baking a cake can be a fun thing to do on a rainy day and the bonus is that you will also have your own delicious treat to snack on at the end!
5. Be a Tourist in Your Own City
Can you confidently say that you know your city in and out? If Travel & Leisure 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.
6. Binge Watch a Series
Cook up some popcorn, cozy up under a blanket and find the perfect TV series to binge watch. I have happily and obsessively watched all the seasons of The Good Place, You and Schitt’s Creek. They were all fantastic! You can easily find something fun and entertaining on-demand or there’s plenty of options if you are an Amazon Prime member.
If you are struggling to find a show , then the 33 best TV shows to binge-watch will help you out.
7. Call Your Crush and Invite Him/Her To a Party
We know, talking or calling your crush, let alone inviting them to a party, can be a nerve-wracking experience. But once you start a friendly conversation with them and, hopefully, they say yes, it can be a great way to get to know them even better and see if they might be “the one”.
Want to get to know them even better? Our 175 Good Questions to Ask Your Crush will definitely help.
8. Camp in the Backyard
Camping is a great way to take a break and connect with nature. You can roadtrip to someplace scenic like the mountains with friends, or get creative by doing it in your own backyard.
Just pitch up a tent, grab some blankets, set up a fire-pit (for your s’mores and other snacks), and you’re all set!
9. Complete a 1,000-piece Jigsaw Puzzle
This is one of those fun things to do at home or on a rainy day that most of us haven’t done since we were children! You don’t find too many opportunities where you can concentrate on one thing, so be present and let everything else in your mind go. That alone will be worth every minute.
Not sure what puzzle to complete? Check out the 25 Best 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults (+ Tips to Complete One!)
10. Cook Dinner For Your Parents
In your quest to grow up, there is a good chance that you often forget your parents. 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!
11. 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.
This video will help: How to Create Your First YouTube Video
12. Create an Amazing Playlist
Music is a great way to get you geared up for any day, especially one made for spending it chillaxing indoors at home or a playlist that can help you boost up energy while studying. Having a hard time thinking of songs? Spotify has made it easy with its hundreds of playlists to choose from, one of my favorites is the Best Chill Music.
13. Cuddle by the Fire
If you have that special someone with you on your camping trip or in a cozy cabin, then cuddling by the fire is a great way to connect even more.
14. Do a Flip on a Trampoline
We’ve all jumped on trampolines here and there when we were kids, and these days it’s easier than ever to get one added onto your backyard or to go hang out at a nearby trampoline park. But flipping on a trampoline isn’t something all of us can do, so why not make it a fun challenge for yourself to learn how to flip on a trampoline, and then do it?!
15. Do a Fun Photo Shoot With Your Friends
What is more fun than making memories yourself? Doing it with your besties, of course! Having a photoshoot with your best friends is definitely a great one to add to your teen bucket list.
16. Face a Fear (Do Something Scary)
Do you have an adventure in mind that you’d love to do but you’re scared to? You can let your friends encourage you and join you in facing your fears and go on that adventure or do that adventurous activity together!
Life is too short to hold yourself back from experiencing new things just because of fear or anxiety. So, hike up that mountain peak, go on that roller coaster or swim in the ocean.
“If you need a little push read my 8 tips to facing your fears in this article about overcoming anxiety to live your dream.
17. Drastically Change Your Hair/Dye 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.
18. Eat at In & Out
Quality you can taste. If that doesn’t ring a bell, then you are missing out on one of the best fast food burgers in America: In-N-Out Burger!
They are currently located in 334 locations in six states: California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Texas, and Oregon.Even though they have a simple menu compared to other burger chains, the taste speaks for itself. Plus, you can count on the ingredients being fresh! They also have a not-so-secret menu, which is worth checking out as well.
19. Get a Job
From lawn mowing to dog walking to being a barista or a tutor, there is never a shortage of fun jobs to do! Just look around your neighborhood or any local shops to see if they have part-time work for teenagers. You can also look online for jobs such as tutoring, blog writing, or graphic designing, to name a few. For extra tips read How to Get Your First Job (for Teens)
20. Get Straight A’s for a Semester
This can be a difficult task but not impossible to achieve, as long as you put in the right amount of work and effort. If you are struggling with your grades, you can host or join group studies with your peers!
Don’t be disheartened if you are not able to get an A in a semester. What’s important is having the drive to go forward. As a certain sports manga once said, “He who would climb a ladder must begin at the bottom.”
21. 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.
22. 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 teenage bucket list.
23. 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 nearby day treks, and check “sleep under the stars” off your teen bucket list at the same time.
24. Go Ice Skating
Going to a skating rink for some is not just a cute date night idea, but it’s also a terrific opportunity to sneak in some exercise without even realizing it.
This can also be a chance to learn how to skate on the ice if you haven’t done this before. And though it may look similar to roller skating, you’ll feel the difference once you’re in the ice rink, so give it a shot!
25. Go Indoor Skydiving
This is something that may not have crossed your mind, but trust us on this one! Indoor skydiving lets you feel the thrill of falling or being weightless in a safe environment—inside a wind tunnel. Though the feeling can be a little different from the real thing (which you should try as well!), this is one experience you should not pass up!
26. Go Kayaking
Kayaking, as well as canoeing, is a physical outdoor activity you can do in any type of space with water, from a river to the sea. It’s a great way to exercise and improve your body’s strength, all the while being a low impact activity that can offer a whole lot of peace of mind.
27. Go on a Blind Date
Nobody may know your taste in partners better than one of your friends! So if you are ever single and ready to mingle, why not have someone set you up on a blind date? Even if nothing long lasting comes out of it, it might make for a fun story to recount over some wine.
28. Go on a Shopping Spree
Going shopping has always been a popular thing for teens to do, but take it to a new level by going on the ultimate shopping spree!
Save up your allowance (or money from your job) and take to the nearby mall to buy up a bunch of goodies.
29. Go Roller Skating
Roller skating may be an easier thing to do than ice skating—four wheels is simpler than one blade! Typically during skate sessions they will also play games and have disco lights.
30. Try Skateboarding
Who says only the cool kids can skate? Even if you are just rolling down the street, skateboarding is quite a fun thing to try. You can also check out skateparks in your area if you want to learn more. It is also a great way to meet amateur and experienced skaters who can offer tips on getting you started.
31. Go Thrift Shopping
What makes thrift shopping so rewarding is the hunt for that one perfect item at a bargain price. And because thrift shops usually have an ever-changing selection of items, there will also be times that you will be surprised to find something you never knew you needed!
32. Have a Bonfire
Especially on the summer and fall evenings, shaving a bonfire is a lovely way to finish off a day. You can even do it the same day you’re checking off a beach day from your teen bucket list. It’s totally possible to do this alone, but having some friends there with you to experience it only makes it all the more special.
33. Go to a Carnival
Face painting, spinning teacups and caramel apples—who doesn’t love a good carnival? There is something for everyone so every teenager can enjoy it. You can also play some games and see who is the first to win a prize.
34. Escape a Corn Maze
In the horror film, The Maze (2010) five friends play tag in a corn maze only to be tracked down by a psychopathic killer. In most cases, however, the worst that can happen to you if you get lost in a corn maze is to struggle a little to get out.
35. Go to a Drive-in Movie
If you are looking for a unique and cheap night out activity, how about going to a drive-in movie? They may be more difficult to find these days, but they are a whole lot of fun when you do. Look at the Drive-In Movie Website to locate the nearest one.
36. Go to an Epic Party
For the most part, there’s a party planned almost every weekend, so you may as well partake in at least one to see what the hype is all about. Don’t worry if you are not a big “partier”, you can find one that’s a little bit smaller in size too and/or with a theme you would truly enjoy.
37. Go to a Museum
It is always interesting to learn something new about something, whether from a loved one or even the town you were born in. Museums let you travel back in time with their fascinating exhibits and discover their history, even if it’s just for a couple of hours.
38. Go to a Music Festival
One way to really let loose on the weekend is to attend a music festival where you can dance the day away to a variety of bands, with thousands of other people. Snag some tickets, make a plan and grab your group of best friends for a fun event.
39. Go To a Water Park
What better way to cool off, especially on a hot summer day, than a trip to a waterpark? Waterparks offer so many things for teenagers to do that you won’t get at the beach, such as enjoying the thrill of going down slides, chilling in the wave pool or lazy river, jumping off a diving board, and so much more!
40. Go To an Amusement Park
Funnily enough, amusement parks hold some power to ignite adventure. Enjoy your day in a bustling park where you can have some cotton candy and hotdogs, and maybe win a cute teddy bear. Hop upon a Ferris wheel and head towards the sky. Encircled by breathtaking views of the city and twinkling stars atop.
41. Go to the Midnight Showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show
Considered to be one of the greatest musical films of all time, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has developed a cult following since it aired during the late 1970s as a midnight movie.
Though the movie may not be everyone’s cup of tea and is certainly not for kids (18 or older only!), it dares to be bold and daring and that it is okay to be different and just be yourself.
42. 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
43. Go to the Prom
It may sound cliché, but prom is indeed one of the most memorable nights you can experience as a teen.
From asking your crush to prom to dancing to slow, mellow music or lively beats to enjoying the night with your friends, it will be a night to remember and one you should not pass up!
44. 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.
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.
45. Have a BBQ Party
Good food, good company, cold beers and warm outdoor weather, what more could you ask for in this world? Having an ultimate BBQ is one of the best ways to spend a boring Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
46. Have a Food Fight
It may be messy, but we can’t deny that food fights are a lot of fun! Since impromptu food fights will get you in a bit of trouble (especially at school), organizing one is a great way to go about this instead.
Here is a great guide you can check out to get you started: How to Host a Food Fight.
47. Have a Spa Day
Sometimes life gets stressful and there’s nothing better than taking an entire day to relax with your friends or your family. Decide you need some pampering and go book that spa day, either at a local spa or make it an overnight trip over the weekend to a great spa in a different region.
48. Have a Water Balloon Fight
While we all love to feel the sun in our faces, sometimes the heat can get a little too…toasty! Very few things come close to feeling as good as having a cold shower, but this activity might be the next best thing to it!
Fill up dozens of these latex fun makers and target your favorite friends, while trying to stay the driest of the bunch. If winning the fight is just as important as having fun, research techniques on How to Survive a Water Balloon Fight.
49. Have an All Day Movie Marathon with Your Best Friends
One of the most enjoyable things for teenagers to do, especially with your best friends, is to watch some old and new movies. Yes, it’s perfectly acceptable to spend a whole day inside vegging out on the couch and watching movies.
Keep a warm blanket on hand to snuggle under, prepare a bowl of popcorn, and settle down to watch the shows!
50. Have an Outdoor Picnic
Pack a traditional wicker basket with your favorite picnic foods and enjoy the feast as well as the weather. Real Simple magazine can help you out with their Picnic Packing Checklist. If you want to set up an Instagrammable picnic, here’s a cute red checkered picnic basket.
51. Hold a Garage Sale
Garage sales can actually be an insanely great way to get rid of some items you no longer need, with surprisingly little effort as you don’t need to leave your house to commit to it. You can also use it as a chance to network and socialize with people living in your neighborhood, plus you’ll make some money on the side.
52. Host a DIY Craft Night
Bring out your inner craftsman by doing some arts and crafts projects. You can set up your DIY Craft Night and materials on a kitchen table and try out some things, like coloring or painting, doing origami butterflies or flowers, anything!
53. Host a Sleepover
Pajama parties are an enjoyable event as well as a rite of passage for teenagers. Sleepovers open up opportunities to develop more memories with your friends: Whether for summer fun, a birthday party, or maybe just something to do during your holiday vacation.
Essential things such as extra pillows or sleeping bags, as well as the food and drinks, are a must-have. The evening’s momentum is also set by having a fun activity or game.
54. Jump in a Pile of Leaves
This is definitely one of the activities that is more popular during Autumn. When Fall has come, and the leaves have already started to fall on the trees—you know what that means, right? A chance to make a leaf pile and jump on it!
Just make sure to check for sticks and stones to avoid any accidents before jumping right in.
55. Kiss Your Crush
Depending on how deep your friendly relationship is with your crush, this will surely be one of the things that will change the way how they look at you. Who knows, it may be the start of something more!
Of course, be sure to respect their boundaries as well. Don’t be kissing anyone that doesn’t want to be kissed!
56. Learn a Foreign Language
Your school might be conducting foreign languages classes, so this is a great way to start your language learning journey! If you want more self-paced learning, apps like Duolingo are easily accessible on our mobile phones (that’s what I’ve been using to learn Spanish). As our world becomes more interconnected, it’s always good to learn another language or two.
57. Learn a Magic Trick
Bring on the abracadabra! Everyone can appreciate the good old vanishing coin trick or pulling a flower bouquet out of your sleeve. If your whole family is bored, you can even have each member in the household learn a different trick and then put on a show!
You should be able to find an illusion to attempt within these 10 easy magic tricks, or simply buy a Card Magic Kit that includes tons of tricks to try. By the way, if you want to perform a card trick, but no ordinary deck will do, then step it up a notch with some sparkling gold foil cards.
58. 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.
59. Learn to Dance
Is there a popular dance that you’ve always wanted to learn? Well, now is your chance to do so! You can check out some dance tutorials on how to perform these, or you can also make your own dance choreography.
60. Learn to Play a Song on an Instrument
It’s time to channel your inner rock star and learn a song on the instrument of your choice. Pick something like a guitar, keyboard, ukulele or even a harmonica for your musical gadget then pop onto YouTube to find a class.
Learning a song of the harmonica has been on my bucket list and this harmonica and lesson guide will have you playing When the Saints Go Marching In (or one of these easy harmonica songs) in no time at all!
61. Learn to Surf
This may not be the craziest bucket list idea, but it does take a fair bit of practice to learn how to surf. And especially when you’re just getting started, it’s particularly thrilling to see whether the approaching wave is one you’ll catch successfully – or whether the wave’s going to catch you instead!
The feeling that comes from catching those waves once you’ve finally got the handle on surfing is such a great and exhilarating feeling.
62. 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.
63. Make a Vision Board 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 vision board? These articles will help:
64. 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 and you will start making new memories as an adult. As time goes by, you will begin to forget all the good times you had as a teenager.
Start making a scrapbook to document all those wonderful memories with your friends and schoolmates.
65. 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.
66. Make Homemade Cookies
Maybe cookies are more of your ideal treat while at home? Baking cookies can get a little messy, but who doesn’t like a home filled with smiling faces and the smells of fresh-baked cookies? It doesn’t matter whether it’s snickerdoodles, oatmeal raisin or simple chocolate chips, spend an entire day just baking. The one who does the most work gets to lick the spoon!
For some delicious cookie ideas see the Epicurious’ 113 Favorite Cookie Recipes (and send me a dozen of the spiced molasses cookies!). Don’t forget the cookie sheets! The Rachael Ray Yum-o! Nonstick Pans are amazing, or at least get yourself some silicone baking mats that make the process so much easier!
67. Make a Tub of Ice Cream
Instead of going to the grocery store to buy your favorite ice cream flavor, set up shop and make some at home. And making your own is not as hard as it may seem. The trick is to perfect the basics, then expand on it by adding different flavors. If ice cream seems too complicated, try making fun flavored popsicles, like Blueberry Vanilla Yogurt. Yum!
68. 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 make some new friends or get discovered for your chance to be rich and famous. Plus…THEY ARE SOOOOOO MUCH FUN!
If you have never seen a flash mob then watch the 10 Best Flash Mobs video.
69. Do a Mud Run
Mud runs are a great way to test and push yourself while still having fun in the process. It involves going on a military-like obstacle course, and as you can imagine from the name, there’s plenty of mud around!
Since you will be literally going down and dirty on some parts of the course, be sure to wear something light or tight-fitting. And to add more fun to your mud run, bring along a friend or two.
You can also check this site for tips on getting started on your first mud run: 7 Things to Know Before Your First Mud Run
70. Perform a Random Act of Kindness
Random acts of kindness are some of the most fulfilling things you could ever do and giving without expecting anything back is a valuable lesson to teach every child.
71. Plant a Seed/Tree
Even though it may require a bit of gardening know-how to plant and take care of one properly, planting a seed or tree is one of the most rewarding things you can do as a teen, especially once you start seeing them grow.
You can look for a spot in your yard where you can plant them, or if there is limited space, use pots instead. You can also check out any tree-planting projects around the neighborhood you can participate in.
72. Play Beach Volley Ball
A casual game of beach volleyball during a day at the beach is a great way to bond and have fun with others while also working up a nice sweat under the sun.
What’s also great about beach volleyball is that everyone can join in on the fun while also being easy to set up. With just a net and a volleyball, you’re good to go!
73. Play Mini Golf
Simply said, “the game of golf is complicated”. On the surface it appears to be easy and relaxing, drawing you in with its spacious clubhouse, green fairways and refreshing beer carts, but you will probably end up frustrated. So INSTEAD try your hand at a fun game of putt-putt golf (aka: mini golf).
From putting balls into clowns mouths to miniature windmills, a round of mini golf is a fun low-stress environment.
74. Play Truth or Dare
Truth or dare is definitely a staple for teens and a great game to do, especially in gatherings or party settings. Not only will you get to know each other better, but it can also lead to some memorable and funny moments. Just remember to respect each other’s boundaries while playing!
75. Prank Call a Friend
We all used to make these types of calls as kids, right? The trick is to choose the right recipient. These 20 Prank Call Ideas will help to make sure your call is truly hilarious.
76. 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.
77. Read a Book
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.
If you love the classics then check out the Classic Books Bucket List: 25 of the Best Must-Read Novels. You can easily download many classics to your Kindle for free. Find a ton of free classics on Amazon.
78. Read a Newspaper
Keeping ourselves informed and up-to-date with current events is easier than ever with today’s digital age. However, that doesn’t mean newspapers are a thing of the past!
Aside from getting valuable information on what’s happening in the country and around the world, it also helps build up the habit of reading and understanding different topics like politics, sports, and more. Plus, it feels nice to read a newspaper at hand while sipping your favorite hot drink!
79. Redecorate Your Bedroom
Redecorating your room is probably one of the ways you can bring out your creativity and keep things fresh. It can be replacing the covers, decluttering and putting away things you don’t need anymore, putting up new colors, basically anything!
For inspo Decombo has 40 Cool Teenage Bedroom ideas!
80. Ride a Roller Coaster
Every big amusement park in the world seems to be equipped with at least one roller coaster these days that’s absolutely wild in how steep it can get or how fast it can go. Oftentimes it’s a combination of both! If you’re a thrill seeker, try to find the scariest roller coaster possible to tackle next. And if you’re one of those who’s been too fearful to get on that one particular scary roller coaster, now’s your chance to right that wrong!
81. Ride in a Limo
Renting a limo is a sure way to celebrate any day in style. You could have the driver take you and some friends all around the city, or to a restaurant you’ve been wanting to try out.
This is another activity that you would need to book in advance to secure, but it would be a spectacular change from getting an Uber or taxi.
82. 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.
Check Active’s 5k Race Finder for runs near you and use this guide to start preparing: How to Train, Run & Finish Your First 5k Race
83. Send a Message in a Bottle
When it comes to unique experiences, sending a message in a bottle is probably one of the most memorable things we can do in our lifetime.
Just the thought of the bottle floating across the seas and (hopefully) finding its way into someone, not knowing what they’ll find inside, is exciting and unreal at the same time!
84. Sleep Under the Stars
Waterfalls are like Nature’s showers, and standing under one is a surreal experience you should try when you have the chance! You can check if there are short waterfalls in your area or state for safe ones to do this at.
85. Stand Under a Waterfall
Stargazing is one of those unique activities you will appreciate and love even more once you experience it first hand. Some binoculars or a telescope at hand do wonders when stargazing, but even with the naked eye, you can still appreciate the beauty of the night sky. Maybe this will even inspire you to name a star of your own!
87. Start a Blog
Both Blogger.com and WordPress.com offer free blogs with easy setup, all you have to do is come up with something creative to talk about. Some of the most popular blog topics are Money, Travel, Food, Mommyhood, Technology and Celebrity Gossip. Put a new spin on any of these things and start writing!
PS: If you decide to start a blog, then read my articles: Become a Blogger: How to Start a Successful Blog in 6 Easy Steps and How to Make Money Blogging: 7 Ways to Monetize. But, also make sure to know the top beginner blogging mistakes to avoid (& how to fix them).
88. Start a New Exercise Routine
We sometimes reach a plateau that we can’t seem to break through yet, especially when it comes to fitness. If that’s the case, consider trying a new workout routine.
Whether it be doing a bodyweight-only routine or doing a different workout split, a new workout routine ensures that you are constantly challenging your body. It also opens you up to new exercises or techniques that you have not done before.
89. Start a Savings Account
It is never too early to save up! Instead of the traditional piggy bank, why not open a savings account? Most banks have options for teens with varying interest rates, so you might have to do a bit of research to find one that suits you.
It gives a certain feel of independence since you have your own savings account. You’ll also be more eager to save up for the things that you want to buy.
90. Study Abroad
There’s no more exciting way to study than by doing it in a different country! Pick a place that you’ve always wanted to visit or whose culture intrigues you then sign up for a semester abroad.
91. 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 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.
For some extra inspiration read our 75+ Road Trip Quotes to Inspire Your Next Long Drive
92. Take One Picture Every Day For the Rest of the School Year & Make a Video
Promise to take a picture every day for an entire year and make a video out of it. If you are anything like me, you are likely not to remember the fun things you did in the last week, much less months ago.
93. Take Up a New Hobby
Another great one to add to your teen bucket list is picking up a new hobby. As we grow older, we sometimes tend to focus too much on work/studies and less on our leisures. And more often than not, we stop trying new things altogether. Don’t let this happen!
There’s dozens of different types of hobbies to test out: check out these our Hobbies Bucket List: The 100+ Most Popular Types to Try
94. Throw Someone a Surprise Party
Do you have a friend or family member whose birthday is coming up? Or maybe something big came up that warrants a party? Whatever the cause for celebration is, why not make their day by throwing them a surprise party!
Nothing beats watching the surprise and smile on someone’s face when you’ve done something nice for them. You can check out this guide for some tips on how to organize one: How to Throw a Surprise Party
95. Tie-Dye a Shirt
Do you have a bunch of white T’s you would like to breathe some life into? Why not make tie-dye T-shirts? A tie-dye kit will make it much easier for you!
96. 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. You never know, you may stumble upon some delectable delicacies that will become a new favorite.
If you are a timid eater then you may want to start with checking off some things from our American Food Bucket List: 60 Foods in the USA to Eat. But, if you’re feeling really adventurous than pick an item from this list: Weird Food Bucket List: 60 Strange Foods From Around the World
97. Tour a College Campus
If you’re planning to go to college or already have one in mind, consider doing a college visit. Since you’ll be spending the next few years with them, it’s better to get to know the lay of the land!
Talk with professors and other students, check out clubs you might be interested in, and other perks the college has to offer. This will help you decide if that college is the right fit for you and your goals.
98. Visit a Farmer’s Market
There’s not much that tastes better than choosing homegrown produce offered by farmers themselves at a local Farmer’s Market. Going from stall to stall, you become more appreciative of the produce that comes from the good earth. Visit the National Farmer’s Market Directory for a market near you.
99. Visit a Nearby City That You Have Never Been To
Paris, Moscow, Madrid and London are all wonderful travel 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 few hours.
Like the old adage says, it’s better to give than to receive. Walking dogs at the shelter, reading to children at the library, giving blood or spending an afternoon feeding families at the soup kitchen? Determine what’s close to your heart and then make a decision to make a difference today. Plus, it’s a bonus that you can impress future employers with your volunteer work on your resume.
Don’t know where to start? Visit VolunteerMatch who has opportunities in many major cities or check the United Way website.
They say that the youth are the future of our nation. One of the things you can do to impact your country’s future is becoming a registered voter. You will be empowered to have a chance to vote for those who you think will make a difference.
The usa.gov website will give you everything you need to know in order to register.
102. Walk Barefoot on the Beach
If you are on the beach, chances are, you are already barefoot and ready to go. But, if not, make your way there and ditch the flip-flops.
A nice, short walk along the shoreline is always a welcome beach activity, where you can feel the sand between your toes while the waves rhythmically touch your feet.
103. 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.
104. Win a Competition
Whether it is a spelling bee, a dance-off or a football season, aiming to win any match lets you push yourself to the limit. Even if you are not winning 100% of the time, the effort you will put in and the learning opportunities you will gain from those losses will definitely improve you. And that is a win in itself.
105. Write a Journal
Journaling is similar to keeping a diary but with more freedom. You can just throw in your thoughts and feelings as they come, but you can also add drawings or lists. There’s really no limitation
106. Write a Letter To Your Future Self
This might look like a childish thing to do, but I can guarantee that it’s not! Reading the letter written by your old self will remind you of the things that have changed since then. It can be your expectations of the future, your goals and your dreams, and if you are still aligned with those.
Need more convincing? You can check out: How (and Why) to Write a Letter to Your Future Self.
107. Write a Song
Writing a song can be difficult, but that doesn’t mean you have to be good with instruments or have a lovely voice to make one!
One way of doing this is by starting it out as a poem. Then if you have a beat or melody inside your head, you can try humming it with the one you’ve written and adjust things from there.
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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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