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60 Things You Absolutely Have To Do This Summer

One for every "official" day of the season. Brought to you with unabashed bias by the BuzzFeed food editor.

1. Sip an umbrella drink by the pool.

2. Make an ice cream sandwich out of a waffle.

3. Take a mini road trip just to eat something amazing.

Roadfood is the best guide to road trip food — hands down. Now a website, the guide was originally a book that came out in 1977 when the writers Jane and Michael Stern started documenting American regional food. Then it turned into a magazine column in Gourmet, and several more books, and now it's a huge online database of regional meals along highways, in small towns and in city neighborhoods.

All that is to say, pick one meal (or a bunch?) near you, and make it a summer goal to get there.

Pictured above from top left, clockwise: ice cream at Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor in La Mars, Iowa; buffalo chicken wings at Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York; a platter from Ted's Hot Dogs in Tonawanda, New York; a beef taco at El Charro in Tuscon, Arizona.

4. Make ice cream from scratch.

5. Throw a party with a DIY Hot Dog Bar.

6. Go berry picking.

7. Have a bowl of cold soup on a hot day.

8. Make Banana Nutella S'mores

9. Grill a cocktail.

Get the recipes for five cocktails made with grilled ingredients on Bon Appetit.

10. Eat blueberry pie.

Emily Fleischaker

11. Snack on the beach.

12. Drink something out of a coconut.

13. And also out of a pineapple.

14. Grill a steak.

Get the recipe. More tips on grilling steaks here.

15. Freeze something fun into your ice cubes.

16. Eat watermelon ON A STICK.

17. Go on a picnic.

18. Eat tomatoes when they are in season and taste like dreams coming true.

19. Eat them for breakfast too.

20. Start an herb garden — even if you don't have outdoor space.

21. Eat a boozy fresh fruit salad.

22. Eat Maryland blue crabs.

23. Make cold-brew coffee.

24. Or, if you'd like to live forever, give up coffee for iced matcha tea.

25. Eat Dippin' Dots.

BTW, there's a machine for that now.

26. Grill peaches.

27. Actually, grill all the fruit.

28. Make a classic mint julep.

The ice is the most important part. Here's how to crush it. Recipe here.

29. Eat an unreasonable amount of guacamole.

30. Eat Mexican street corn.

31. Hang out around a fire and drink whiskey.

32. Preferably out of a flask.

33. Eat cherries while they're in season.

34. Eat a lobster roll.

35. Eat a corn dog.

36. Drink Pimm's Cups as often as possible.

37. Kick it on a sick lawn chair.

(Even better if your version of a "sick lawn chair" looks like this.)

38. Make some weird Jell-O shots.

39. Grill beer-can chicken.

40. Drink rosé.

41. Have an early dinner party outside, and sit around talking past when it gets dark.

42. Make pesto out of summer corn.

This recipe for Tagliatelle with Fresh Corn Summer Pesto — created by Ian Knauer — might be the best part of your summer.

43. Dip popsicles in Prosecco.

44. Go camping.

45. Eat melon and prosciutto.

46. Fall asleep in a hammock.

Cat shows how it's done.

47. Stuff your face on the Fourth of July.

48. Eat as many regional BBQ styles as possible.

Here's a guide to regional BBQ styles from Serious Eats.

49. Do some day drinking — even when you have to hide it.

View this video on YouTube

50. Grill kale for a salad.

51. Drink frozen hot chocolate.

52. Make this incredible black rice salad.

It is so good. Here is the recipe.

53. Eat Mister Softee as often as possible.

54. Use this trick to cool down a drink more quickly.

55. Make a punch bowl out of a watermelon.

56. Go fishing.

57. Make popsicles.

58. DIY a floating bar.

59. Get a margarita manicure.

60. Read and relax.