Bucket List Ideas

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NOTE: Please keep in mind that this page is intended as a bucket list ideas generator — something to get you thinking — and thus, is not an attempt at a comprehensive list of all possibilities.

This is why “all 50 US states” or “all US National Parks” and other landmarks are not listed individually.

That said, if you think you have a fun idea or goal and would like to see it listed here, please leave a comment below or on Facebook!



  1. Make a bucket list
  2. Milk a cow
  3. Have a pet pig
  4. Try Voodoo Doughnuts
  5. Try a fried Twinkie / Oreo / Snickers
  6. Fly first class
  7. Send a message in a bottle
  8. Be on TV
  9. Publish a book / Write a best seller
  10. Speak at TED
  11. Solve a Rubik’s Cube
  12. Own a _____ (animal, item…)
  13. Bury a time capsule
  14. Carve a bucket from a tree stump
  15. Have work (writing, photography…) published in a magazine
  16. Build my own [musical instrument] (guitar, drum…)
  17. Build my own [furniture]
  18. Have work displayed in an art gallery
  19. Hold a Koala
  20. Pet a Kangaroo
  21. Go SCUBA diving in the Great Barrier Reef
  22. Hit a home run
  23. Swim with dolphins… or sharks
  24. Take a ride in a helicopter
  25. Take a ride in a hot air balloon
  26. See monkeys in the wild
  27. Dance under the stars
  28. Skinny dip in the ocean
  29. Be an extra in a movie
  30. Go whale watching
  31. Make a Youtube video that gets over _____ thousand views
  32. Shoot a _____ (crossbow, machine gun…)
  33. Ride a Segway
  34. Visit a psychic
  35. Visit a movie set
  36. Ride a high speed train
  37. Go on a cruise
  38. Throw a dart at a map and travel where it lands
  39. Attend the Olympics
  40. Be part of a flash mob
  41. Rescue an animal from a shelter
  42. Attend a Broadway play
  43. See a show in Las Vegas
  44. Take a photo every day for a year
  45. Walk in a water walker
  46. Smush a whipped cream pie in someone’s face
  47. Drink out of a coconut
  48. Ride in a submarine
  49. Go zorbing
  50. Pay for a stranger’s _____ (coffee, toll, groceries…)
  51. Go to the top of the tallest building in the world

Misc (contests) : Enter a…

  1. Pie eating contest
  2. Pie baking contest
  3. Pumpkin carving contest
  4. Couples Halloween costume contest
  5. Dance-a-thon
  6. Win a giant stuffed animal at a fair

Misc : Learning

  1. Learn how to speak _____ [language] (French, Italian, Spanish…)
  2. Learn how to play  _____ [instrument] (guitar, piano, drums…)
  3. Learn how to play _____ [song] (Stairway to Heaven…)
  4. Learn _____ [activity] (ski, snowboard, skateboard, SCUBA diving, horseback riding, skydiving, kite surfing…)
  5. Learn _____ [form of dance]
  6. Learn _____ [form of martial arts]

Misc : Romance

  1. Kiss someone at the top of the Eiffel Tower (Paris, France) / Las Vegas
  2. Passionately kiss in the rain
  3. Kiss someone at midnight on New Year’s Eve

Health & Physical Fitness

  1. Be fit and toned
  2. Have 6 pack abs
  3. Hold a plank for _____ minutes
  4. Do _____ pushups / sit-ups…
  5. Run a 5k / 10k / half marathon / marathon / 50k / Ultramarathon
  6. Run a _____ minute mile
  7. Compete in a Triathlon
  8. Complete a Spartan Race, Mud Run, Zombie Run, Tough Mudder, The Color Run, Warrior Dash, Bay to Breakers…


  1. Medal in a race
  2. Win a _____ contest
  3. Set a record in _____
  4. Bowl a perfect game

Travel & Landmarks

  1. Visit Hobbiton (New Zealand)
  2. Swim in every ocean
  3. See the Great Pyramids
  4. See the Roman Colosseum
  5. Visit these countries ______
  6. Visit all countries
  7. Visit all continents
  8. Visit all 50 US states
  9. Visit these landmarks _____
  10. Visit the Galapagos Islands
  11. Stand in the Four Corners in the USA
  12. Stand in the four corners of the continental USA
  13. Stand astride the equator
  14. Take a gondola ride along the canals of Venice, Italy
  15. Walk at least a mile of the Great Wall of China
  16. Hike in the Grand Canyon
  17. Visit the Field of Dreams
  18. Take a photo holding up the leaning tower of Pisa
  19. Climb up the Statue of Liberty
  20. Visit Area 51
  21. Visit Roswell, NM

US National Parks

  1. Visit every US National Park
  2. Visit The Dry Tortugas National Park (Florida Keys)
  3. See Old Faithful erupt (Yellowstone National Park)


  1. Go on an African Safari
  2. Camp on the beach
  3. Go skydiving
  4. Go bungee jumping
  5. Go cliff jumping
  6. Hike the Appalachian Trail
  7. Hike the Pacific Crest Trail ( website | facebook)
  8. Mountain Bike in Moab, UT
  9. Camp under the stars
  10. Go horseback riding on the beach
  11. Sleep in a castle
  12. Take a real elephant ride
  13. Ride a camel in the desert
  14. Ride a zip line
  15. Walk across a rope bridge
  16. Ride a mechanical bull
  17. Go to an airport and get a ticket for the first available flight to anywhere
  18. Sleep on an overnight train
  19. Go on a cross-country motorcycle trip
  20. Stand close to lava
  21. Crash a wedding


  1. Make a donation of at least $$$ to _____
  2. Become part of a volunteer project
  3. Help someone else achieve their dreams

People & Networking

  1. Meet _____
  2. See _____

Entertainment (Books, Movies, Music…)

  1. Read _____
  2. Watch _____
  3. Listen to _____
  4. Attend these music festivals _____
  5. See _____ in concert

Productions (output – writing, music, art…)

  1. Write a book
  2. Write a musical
  3. Create _____

Family & Friends

  1. Marry the mate of my dreams

Phrases to say in context

  1. “I’ve been kicked out of better places than this.”
  2. “Whoa, slow down there cowboy.”
  3. “Quick, follow that car!”
  4. “A martini. Shaken, not stirred.”
  5. “Do you feel lucky, punk?”
  6. “Say hello to my little friend.”
  7. “Gimme some sugar, baby!”


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