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• Last updated: September 15, 2020

18 Things Every Man Should Do This Summer

Man smiling with girl at beach illustration.

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 on hammock illustration.

Vintage couple eating watermelon illustration.

Vintage men paddle a canoe in river.

Vintage boys standing around fireworks shop.

Vintage father and son mowing in the lawn.

Vintage father and son going for fishing.

Boy looking at stars in night time illustration.

Vintage men drinking water from hose.

Vintage couple sitting in car and watch movie.

Vintage men taking dip in a swimming hole.

Father and son reading book at outside illustration.

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

Vintage men seeing postcard in valley.

Vintage small boy peeing at outside with family picture.

Vintage men 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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