Summer is the perfect time to try new things, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. Here’s a list of 25 things you can do this summer that are fun-guaranteed and won’t cost you an arm and a leg. In fact, crossing off the activities on our #UniverseSummerBucketList might just win you some extra cash for your own summer adventures. Tackle an activity from our summer bucket list and post it to Instagram for a chance to win up to $40 in free rentals from Outdoors Unlimited. Use the #UniverseSummerBucketList hashtag and tag @UniverseBYU and @byuoutdoorsunlimited and you’ll be entered into a weekly drawing from now until Aug. 2.*
Located just up Diamond Fork canyon, the Fifth Water Hot Springs is one of the most popular hot springs around. With its short hike and pleasant waterfalls, it’s a must-do on any summer bucket list. Plus, it’s free!
This man-made waterslide is free, fun and only requires a few friends and a few tubes to get started. Located under I-215 in SLC, it’s the perfect place to gather your squad and have a blast. Too adventurous? Try Seven Peaks instead.
The Redwood Drive-In Theatre is open 7 days a week and features all the hit movies you want to see this summer. All you need is a car with an FM transmitter and $9.
This year the annual event will take place July 15 at 10 p.m. at White Rock Bay in Antelope Island State Park. The theme is “riding with the stars,” so make sure to wear your best old-hollywood getup and to decorate your bike accordingly. Online registration starts at $25 and includes park entry, light refreshments and a collector’s T-shirt.
Pull on your cowboy boots, wrangle a date and be prepared for a giddy-uppin’ good time. The Fiesta Days Rodeo takes place this year in Spanish Fork on July 21-23, 25. Tickets start at $11.50 and sell out fast, so you won’t want to “hold your horses” on this one.
What better way to enjoy your summer than to breathe in the fresh air of the Utah mountains? It’s completely free and the pictures will look great on your Instagram feed. Here are a few local suggestions:
If regular swimming pools are too mainstream for you, check out the this crater at the Homestead Resort in Midway. It’s $16 to swim, but you’ll need to call in advance to make a reservation. You can also rent snorkel equipment for $5.
The Burriston pond rope swing in Mona, Utah is the perfect place to cool off from the summer heat. It’s completely free and with two different rope swings to choose from, this pond will keep you and your friends flying.
Lagoon, Utah’s only amusement park, is always a hot spot during the summer. It’s newest attraction, Cannibal, is sure to leave any rollercoaster-lover satisfied. The admission fee for adults is $54 a day.
This bucket list just got real. You’ve always wanted to try hang gliding – this is your time. The Point of the Mountain is known worldwide for its consistent paragliding conditions.
With races taking place almost every weekend, your summer won’t be complete without running at least one of them. Some fun options include:
A summer bonfire wouldn’t be complete without making some delicious campfire food. Try making some Dutch oven potatoes or the perfect s’more. Don’t have a Dutch oven? You can rent one at outdoors.byu.edu.
Guaranteed to get you Instagram cred and likes, the Sun Tunnels are an art installation finished in 1976 that “bring the sky down to earth” as the light bounces off the tubes. Try to hit it up for the Summer Solstice on June 20, but it’ll be there all summer.
Pretend you’re Mowgli and Baloo floating down the river while singing “The Bare Necessities.” Or just float down the river and have a good time with your friends.
Utah has an abundance of open spaces just waiting for you to pitch a tent. You could try a state or national park or even set up camp in the hills above Provo. If you’re up for a drive, try these parks:
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