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For all those who are lucky enough to get out of work early on a summer Friday, we gathered 75 fun ideas to help you make the most of your sun-soaked half-days! For everyone else, consider your weekends booked!

Make popsicles out of fresh fruit from the farmers’ market.


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Arrange some flowers.

Photography by @ SARAHMERIANS VIA INSTAGRAM

Head to your local fresh market for produce to last you the weekend.

Photography by MOLLY YEH

Bake a cake.

Photography by SUGARANDCHARM

RUN to the beach.


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Host a cocktail tasting hour.

Photography by WADDELL JAMES

Take a nap.

Photography by PINTEREST

Take a day trip to Montauk.

Photography by james ransom

Host a crab boil.


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Photography by Nancy Neil

Learn how to surf.

Photography by @ FOODDECO VIA INSTAGRAM

Plan a guacamole making competition with friends—get a head start on perfecting your recipe.

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Finally get to the DIY project you’ve had pinned on your Pinterest board.

Photography by Michael Wiltbank

Brush up on some life skills.


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Photography by @ SEALEEURBAN VIA INSTAGRAM

Go on a long bike ride with a drink or dessert destination at the end!

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Skip rush hour and head out for an impromptu road trip!

Photography by @ MILKBARSTORE VIA INSTAGRAM

Head to your favorite ice cream shop for a sweet treat.

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Go on a food truck crawl.


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Photography by THE HUNT

Have an inflatable-filled pool day!

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Have a water balloon fight.

Photography by THE LITTLE RED HOUSE

Go flower picking.

Photography by JAFFE DEBORAH

Have a mini stay-cation. Discover the best of what your city has to offer!


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Photography by MOMA

Take advantage of Free Fridays at the MoMa.

Photography by Olive & June

Get a manicure.

Photography by Brittany Ambridge

Read a book.

Photography by TIKKIDO

Make tamarind margaritas because they are the best.


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Photography by Michael Wiltbank

Rearrange your

gallery wall

Photography by 365THINGSAUSTIN

Find a local lake and go swimming!

Photography by CENTRAL BAR NYC

Go to happy hour in time for actual happy hour.


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Photography by @LIL_RUFIO VIA INSTAGRAM

Take your furry friend on a walk.

Photography by JAMES MERRELL

Go to the gym.

Photography by CLATL

Make a Spotify mix to last all summer long.

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Clean out your closet. (This actually IS fun if you consider you’re making room for new stuff….).


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Photography by @ SJANAELISE VIA INSTAGRAM

Do a little rooftop yoga.

Photography by KAUAIULTIMATE

Buy a frisbee and set up an impromptu game at the park.

Photography by THEKITCHN

Buy cookie cutters and cut watermelon into fun shapes.

Photography by GUGGENHEIM

Head to a museum to escape the summer heat.


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Get in touch with your natural side by camping outdoors.

Photography by Dorothée Brand of Belathée Photography

Make art.

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Set up an outdoor movie theater and have friends over that evening for movie night.

Photography by GIA COPPOLA

Catch some sun, preferably by the pool.

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Bring out the old board games for a few fun rounds.

Photography by PINTEREST

Go kayaking!

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Spend the day at Coney Island.

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Make s’mores.

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Spend the afternoon on the High Line.

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Volunteer at an animal shelter.

Photography by @CENTRALPARKNYC VIA INSTAGRAM

Go for a boat ride at Central Park.

Photography by @ GRANDBANKSNYC VIA INSTAGRAM

Dine al fresco at a new restaurant you’ve been meaning to try.

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Go to the library.

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Grill something delicious! May we suggest Mexican Street corn?

Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

Rearrange your bookshelves.

Photography by @peachandlily

Treat your self to a home spa day.

Photography by THE LITTLE RED HOUSE

Host an outdoor dinner party.

Photography by TRENDENSER.SE

Catch up on that stack of magazines.

Photography by DIVINEHOMECARE

Do a little gardening.

Photography by Brittany Ambridge

Go shopping.

Photography by GILTCITY

Attend an outdoor food festival (and try to sample all the food!).

Photography by GRANDMIRAGE

Spend the rest of the day at a bar by the pool. (This is a solid plan for many days, really–not just summer Fridays).

Photography by NEWYORK

Host a rooftop game night at your apartment (or just go to a rooftop bar!).

Photography by MOLLY WINTERS

Go on an ice cream tasting tour of your city.

Photography by ONLINECLOCK

Visit an aquarium.

Photography by THEODYSSEYONLINE

Go hiking.

Photography by ALBIANI MATT

Check GTFO for flights out that night.

Photography by YOUTUBE

Head to a concert.

Photography by Camp Wandawega & Land Of Nod

Go camping indoors with the little ones.

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Tackle something new – recipes encouraged.

Photography by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Drive out to the coast.

Photography by CORNETT GRANT

Catch up on thank you notes.

Photography by PINTEREST

Watch some fireworks.

Photography by TIMOUT

Lay on the grass in the best park you can find. (Pack along some sunscreen and a good read, of course).

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Throw a bonfire.

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Watch the sunset.

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Scope out the locale flea markets.

Photography by THE NEW YORK COMEDY CLUB

Watch a comedy show.

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Plan a trip somewhere exotic.