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June 2, 2014 Last updated: May 4, 2020

18 Things Every Man Should Do This Summer

vintage illustration man at beach smiling with babe lying on sand

Summertime is here and I couldn’t be happier. As author Benjamin Alire Sáenz put it, summertime is a “book of hope,” filled with the promise of freedom, adventure, and dreamy idleness. This winter was a rough one for most of us in the United States. It seemed like it would never end. I’m looking forward to sloughing off the heaviness of winter and soaking in the hot summer sun.

I love traditions. Especially those connected with the seasons. Seasonal traditions provide a natural rhythm and change to life that’s often missing in our modern world of fluorescent lit, temperature-controlled sameness.

Below we offer 18 suggestions on things to do to make the most out of this summer and inject a bit of that summertime mirth and charm back into your life. Do them all by Labor Day and you’ll have created enough hazy memories to keep you warm the next winter through.


vintage man lying in hammock

vintage man woman boyfriend girlfriend eating large watermelon slice

vintage boy in front of canoe on river

vintage fireworks stand boys crowded around

vintage father and son mowing lawn with reel mower shirts off

vintage father and son fishing off dock silouhette

vintage illustration boy looking up at stars at nighttime

vintage young men drinking water from hose

vintage couple snuggling in car at drive-in movie

vintage men in natural swimming hole

vintage illustration father and son reading a book outside

Need an idea on what to read? Check out our book lists!

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vintage family picture boy peeing while dad looks on face in hands

vintage young man diving into river from dock

And if you’re interested in a soundtrack to accompany your summertime activities, check out the AoM Summertime Soundtrack. 

What are you favorite summertime activities and traditions? Share them with us in the comments!

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