Cozy Goals for the Summer You’ll Want to Accomplish

Find 25 cozy goals for the summer from making homemade lemonade to hosting backyard movie nights, get ready to embrace coziness all summer long.

Important goals for summer vacation to enjoy coziness and comfort all season long.
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With the official start of summer less than 30 days away, I’m ready to embrace one of my favorite seasons with open arms.

I think summer, more than any other season, is the most nostalgic for me. 

It brings back memories of carefree days outdoors, the scent of freshly cut grass, and the taste of cold ice cream on a hot day.

There’s a certain magic in the long, sun drenched days and warm, starry nights that makes summer feel like a season of endless possibilities.

This year, my plan is to savor every single moment and make the most of this precious time (warmer weather doesn’t last long in New England).

To help you do the same, I’ve put together a list of 25 cozy summer goals. These goals are simple but they are all about embracing simplicity, finding happiness in the small things, and creating lasting memories.

There’s something here for everyone whether you’re looking for a positive change, ways to relax, having fun, or just connecting with loved ones. 

So, grab your sun hat, slip on your flip flops, and let’s embrace summer days filled with coziness and comfort!

Why should you set summer goals?

You might be thinking, why would I want to create goals for the summer when the very essence of this season is freedom, relaxation, and spontaneity? 

While it’s true that summer is a time to unwind and enjoy life at a slower pace, setting a few smart goals can be helpful in many ways. 

Here’s why:

  • Intentionality: Summer can easily slip by in a blur if you don’t have a plan. By setting a specific goal, you’re being intentional about how you want to spend your time. 
  • Variety: Goals encourage you to try new things and break out of your routine.
  • Memory Making: Summer is a time for creating lasting memories. Setting important goals gives you a roadmap to experiences that you’ll cherish for years to come. 
  • Relaxation & Joy: Not all goals are about achieving something big. Many are about embracing relaxation and joy. Goals like having ice cream for dinner or reading a book in the sun are about giving yourself permission to indulge in simple pleasures.
  • Personal Growth: Summer goals can be an opportunity for personal development like learning a new craft, starting a garden, or trying new recipes.
  • Mindfulness: Having a list of goals encourages you to savor each moment and appreciate the small joys of summer.
  • Balancing Rest & Activity: While summer vacation is a time to relax, it’s also a time to be active and engaged. Goal setting helps you strike a balance between rest and activity.

25 Meaningful Summer Goals to Try

These summer goal ideas are meant to be simple yet meaningful, focusing on the small joys and cozy moments that make summer special. 

The important thing to remember is that they’re not about adding stress or pressure to your life, but about enhancing your summer season with fun activities and memorable experiences. 

1. Make Homemade Lemonade…From Scratch

There’s nothing quite like the refreshing taste of homemade lemonade during the warm weather of summer. 

Experiment with classic recipes (I pinned a few of my favorites on Pinterest) or get creative with flavors like lavender, mint, or strawberry. Enjoy the process of squeezing fresh lemons and savoring the delicious drink you made all on your own.

2. Enjoy Ice Cream for Dinner

This was one of my favorite things my parents did for my sister and I when we were growing up, so it’s something I continued with my own children. 

A couple of nights during some of the hottest days of summer break we would have ice cream not for dessert, but for dinner. 

It’s a refreshing and delightful way to beat the heat, and it adds a touch of whimsy to the season. The kids love the surprise, and it always turns into a fun family tradition!

3. Have a Picnic in the Park

Pack a basket with your favorite snacks, a cozy blanket, and a good book. 

Find a shady spot in a local park and spend the afternoon enjoying the simplicity of nature and good food. A picnic is a perfect way to unwind, spend quality time with the people you love, and appreciate the outdoors.

Red gingham tablecloth on a picnic table for summer entertaining outdoors.

4. Host a Backyard Movie Night

Set up a projector and a white sheet, gather comfy seating like bean bags or blankets, and watch a classic summer movie under the stars. 

Don’t forget the popcorn, s’mores, and homemade lemonade! 

5. Start a Summer Reading List

Make a list of books you’ve been wanting to read and set a goal to finish them by the end of August. 

Mix in some light beach reads with more profound literary works for balance. Reading is a great way to relax and escape into different worlds.

6. Create an Herb Garden

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh herbs in your summer dishes, so start a small herb garden on your windowsill or patio.

I love being able to reach my arm out of our kitchen window and snip a few fresh herbs to add to our dinner. 

Parsley, rosemary, chives, lavender, mint, and sage are some of my favorite herbs and are very easy to grow. 

Window box herb garden off a farmhouse kitchen window.

7. Explore a Local Farmer’s Market

Spend a leisurely weekday or weekend morning wandering through a local farmer’s market. 

You’ll be amazed at how beautiful the fresh produce is, and you’ll find small businesses you might not have known about that make delicious homemade jams and artisan breads. 

8. Brew a Batch of Sun Tea

Use the power of the sun to brew yourself a batch of sun tea. 

Fill a large jar with water, add your favorite tea bags, and let it steep in the sunshine for a few hours. So refreshing served over ice with a slice of lemon.

Iced tea recipe with fresh peaches and black tea.

9. Go for Evening Strolls or Bike Rides

This is another one of my favorite memories from childhood. We didn’t have a/c in the home I grew up in, so to escape the summer heat, we would go on bike rides before dusk in neighborhoods near our home.

I remember pedaling my bike as fast as my legs could go just so the wind rushing past me would cool me off.

10. Plan a Beach Day

Whether you live near the ocean or a sandy beach along a lake, spend a day at the beach with friends or family. 

Pack a picnic, bring a good book, and take long walks along the shore.

Oh, and don’t forget to bring a few beach toys to build a sandcastle or two!

11. Make a Summer Scrapbook

Document your summer memories by creating a scrapbook. 

Include photos, ticket stubs, pressed flowers, and handwritten notes about your adventures and cozy moments. You’ll love being able to look back at summer memories years from now. 

12. Host a Potluck BBQ

Invite friends and family over for a potluck cookout. 

Everyone can bring their favorite summer dish (which means less work for you), making it a fun and communal way for everyone to try new dishes, enjoy good food, along with great company.

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13. Gaze at the Stars

Find a spot away from city lights, lay down a blanket, and gaze up at the night sky. Use a stargazing app to help identify constellations and planets.

You might be surprised at what you see like a surprise meteor shower, the Milky Way stretching across the sky, or even the Northern Lights if you’re lucky. 

14. Bake a Fruit Pie

Summer is the season for fresh berries and stone fruits. Use them to bake a delicious pie from scratch.

My Grandma Cunningham’s old fashioned peach pie is the ultimate nostalgic summer food for me. 

Baking can be relaxing and rewarding, and the end result is a tasty treat that everyone can enjoy!

Easy peach pie recipe with peaches, custard, and pie shells.

15. Visit a Museum

Escape the summer heat for a while by visiting a local museum. Immersing yourself in a world of knowledge and creativity can be incredibly enriching whether it’s an art museum, a history museum, or a science museum. 

Museums offer a chance to learn something new and see thought provoking exhibits.

Plus, many museums have special summer programs or temporary exhibits that are worth checking out. 

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16. Learn a New Skill Just for Fun

A great goal for summer is to try a new hobby just for the fun of it. Not because you have to, but because you want to. It can be a relaxing way to pass the time and develop new skills. 

Summer is the best season to explore new interests without the pressure of deadlines or commitments.

Ideas to try this summer…

  • Painting or Drawing: Unleash your inner artist with some canvas, paints, or sketch pads.
  • Knitting or Crocheting: These crafts are not only relaxing but also productive because by the end of summer, you could have a beautiful handmade item to show for your efforts!
  • Pottery: Get your hands dirty with some clay and try your hand at making pottery. Many local art centers offer summer classes for beginners.
  • Photography: Explore the world of visual arts with a professional camera or just your smartphone. Capture the beauty of summer through your lens.
  • Cooking or Baking: Try new recipes and expand your skills. Focus on seasonal ingredients and experiment with summer dishes like fresh salads, grilled vegetables, and fruity desserts.
  • Gardening: Start a small herb, flower, or vegetable garden. Gardening is a rewarding hobby that connects you with nature and gives you a sense of accomplishment.
  • Playing a Musical Instrument: If you’ve always wanted to learn to play the guitar, piano, or any other instrument, summer is a great time to start. 
  • Yoga or Meditation: Practice yoga or meditation to enhance your physical and mental well being. These practices can be a wonderful way to relax and find inner peace.
  • Creative Writing: Start a journal with a few summer journal prompts, write short stories, or even try your hand at poetry. Writing can be a powerful form of self expression and creativity.

17. Have a No Tech Day

This can be a hard one, but I’ve found some of my favorite days are the ones when I don’t spend a lot of time on my phone. Try dedicating one day to disconnecting from technology and social media. 

Instead, spend the day reading, writing, drawing, or just enjoying the company of loved ones without the distraction of screens. This helps you feel more present and connected to the world around you.

18. Experiment With Summer Recipes

Try cooking new summer recipes featuring seasonal ingredients from the farmer’s market. Think fresh salads, grilled vegetables, and fruity desserts. Challenge yourself to cook something new each week.

Easy pulled pork slider recipe with Hawaiian rolls and BBQ sauce.

A few of our family favorite summer recipes to try…

19. Create a Cozy Outdoor Space

Transform a corner of your yard, patio, or balcony into a cozy retreat. Add fairy lights, comfortable seating, and a few plants.

It will be your go to spot for reading, relaxing, or sipping your morning coffee or tea.

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20. Write Handwritten Letters

Reconnect with friends and family by writing them handwritten letters. My grandmother loves receiving handwritten letters in the mail!

It’s a thoughtful and personal way to share your summer experiences and spread some joy the old fashioned way.

21. Pick Wildflowers & Make a Bouquet

Take a walk through a meadow, forest, countryside, or just your backyard and pick a variety of wildflowers. Once you’ve gathered a handful, bring them home and create a bouquet.

Display your bouquet in a favorite vase or a simple mason jar and let it brighten up your living space with its natural beauty and fresh fragrance.

Enjoy summer days with a walk in the park picking wildflowers then displaying them in a mason jar.

22. Take Naps

Embrace the slower pace of summer by allowing yourself the luxury of an afternoon nap. Find the coolest, coziest spot you can, maybe in a hammock under a shady tree, a comfortable couch, or a room with a gentle breeze.

Allow yourself to drift off without setting an alarm, then wake up refreshed and ready to enjoy the rest of your day.

Taking a nap is a simple pleasure that can make your summer feel even more relaxed and rejuvenating.

23. Plan a Day Trip

Every summer Mr. ERH & I plan a day trip to Newport, Rhode Island. I love to tour the Newport mansions, so we make a day of it with a mansion tour, walks along the beach, and lunch at a local restaurant.

Our day isn’t anything extravagant but it’s something we both look forward to every year.

Heidi on a road trip to Newport, Rhode Island is always a summer vacation goal.

So, pick a nearby town or attraction and plan a day trip. Explore new places, try local cuisine, and enjoy a change of scenery without the need for an extended vacation.

24. Camp in Your Backyard

Set up a tent in your backyard for a camping experience (trust me, the kids will love this). 

Roast marshmallows, tell stories, and enjoy the sounds of nature. It’s a fun and easy way to create a sense of adventure in the great outdoors without ever leaving home.

25. Have Fun & Be Silly

Embrace the lightheartedness of summer by allowing yourself to have fun and be silly. Organize fun activities that bring out your inner child and spread joy. 

Here are a few leisure activities to inspire a summer of fun:

  • Water Balloon Fights
  • Croquet
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Blowing Bubbles
  • Drawing With Sidewalk Chalk
  • S’mores
  • Hide & Seek
  • Karaoke

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Bucket List

Now that you have some summer goals to think about, how can you get the most out of them?

The first step is being intentional. Think about what activities excite you and match with your interests and values. Choose goals that resonate with you personally, rather than simply following trends or what others are doing. 

Make a flexible schedule to balance spontaneity with planned activities. It’s important to have a roadmap, but leave room for an unplanned road trip and the occasional lazy day. 

Warm weather goals for the summer season will have a positive impact on your mental health.

During the summer months, prioritize quality over quantity. It’s tempting to pack your summer with activities, but focusing on a few new goals will lead you to success and deeper satisfaction. 

Stay present and mindful during each activity. Rather than rushing through your goals, take the time to savor each moment. 

Be open to new experiences and step out of your comfort zone. Trying something unfamiliar can lead to unexpected joy and personal growth. Embrace the spirit of adventure, whether it’s learning a new skill or exploring a new place.

Finally, don’t forget self compassion. If you don’t accomplish all your goals or if plans change, it’s fine! 

The purpose of setting summer goals is to enhance your summer, not to create stress or pressure.

Celebrate the experiences you do have and look forward to the memories you’ve created!

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