Regardless of whether or not you work in a creative field, it can be difficult to find the opportunity to flex your creativity muscles. As children, most of us tried new things and picked up hobbies (even if it was just rock collecting) much more frequently, which provided tons of little creative outlets around us all the time. But as we get older, somehow our free time gets more easily filled with popcorn and Netflix. It can be easy to get into a creativity slump, which is why we’ve rounded up 20 new things to do in summer.

And while there’s nothing wrong with vegging out every now and then, there are so many other ways to expand your world!

There’s no time like the summer to take advantage of the long nights and extra energy that all that sunshine brings. So, here’s to intellectual pursuits, volunteering, heading outdoors, and getting active or creative. If you’re not sure where to start, these hobbies are either creative, healthy, relaxing, or productive (the latter defined loosely, don’t worry). Happy hobbying!

Read on for 20 new things to do in summer.

Get into personality types.

Whether Enneagram, Myers-Briggs or just figuring out what Friends character you are. Personality types can be a fun way to learn about yourself and those around you!

Nature journaling.

Get outside with a pencil and notebook and draw what you see! Better yet, go on a fun hike and explore a new place. It doesn’t have to be good, just expressive!

Discover new hiking spots.

Take advantage of these sunny skies and fresh air and soak up the great outdoors!

Become a pro at grilling and barbecuing.

Grilling’s not just for the boys!

Try out paddleboard yoga (or just plain yoga).

There’s nothing like the challenge of a downward dog on a moving board! Whether on land or on the water, summer’s the perfect time to get bendy!

Sign up for an art class.

Painting, drawing, pottery, block printing–get messy and learn a new creative skill! There are lots of virtual art classes right now too that can be done both virtually or in person.

Start meditating.

Make it the most zen summer ever.

Grow your own herbs or produce.

Get your hands dirty!

Start a wine-tasting club.

I mean is there a better hobby? Make sure to wear masks and social distance, or you can do them on Zoom with friends, too!

Start a dog-walking club.

Friends, puppies, the great outdoors. Need I say more?


Feeling like climbing? Join a local bouldering group or strike out on your own.

Learn how to cut your own hair.

Promise it’s easier than it looks. Then again, try at your own risk!

Become a cocktail pro.

Learn how to whip up the perfect poolside signature cocktail. Here are some recipe ideas to get you started!

Learn all about investing.

No time like the present to get financially savvy!

Get into tie-dying.

Make the perfect beach accessories! Thinking hair scarf, cover-up, beach blanket, you get the idea.

Make your own candles.

Crafty, will make your home smell great + makes great gifts!

Start a two-person book club.

Book clubs can be fraught with complications or drama, which is why it can be easier and a bit more pleasant to just keep it small! Grab a partner, friend, co-worker, or sibling and decide on a book to read in tandem.

Learn calligraphy.

There’s something meditative about learning a new skill like calligraphy, and there are tons of easy workbooks and supplies that you can buy online as you begin to improve.

Eat your way through a new cookbook.

Throw on Julie & Julia for a little inspo, then pick a new cookbook and make a few new recipes a week.

Learn some new makeup techniques.

Thanks to YouTube and Instagram, it’s actually possible for even the most unskilled among us to pick up some serious makeup skills. If you’re looking to strengthen your skills or practice some fun, new summer makeup looks, check out Katie Jane Hughes, Cher Webb, Taylor Anise, Lisa Eldridge, Patrick Ta, and more!

This post was originally published on June 22, 2020, and has since been updated.

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