Crazy Bucket List Ideas: Top 100 Things To Do Before You Die
Ah, the bucket list: the running list of awesome, amazing, crazy, inspiring ideas you’d like to do before you “kick the bucket.” Maybe you have one, maybe you don’t. Whether your bucket list is on paper, on Pinterest, or just potential, here are 100 crazy bucket list ideas for you to consider.
1. Slide the Wild Wadi Waterslide in Dubai. One visit to the this theme park gives you access to 30 rides – including the 100 ft. high slide. Take your family with you too, to make memories that will last a lifetime.
2. Drive a sports car over 100mph. Many find the experience exhilarating. For safety, rent the car on a closed course, and follow all rules and regulations. It’s especially fun if you are notoriously a lead foot.
3. Ride the Glacier Express in Switzerland. The most famous railway in the world will take you through beautiful landscapes, across 291 bridges, and 91 tunnels, if you ride from start to finish.
4. Take the Edge Walk on the CN Tower in Canada. Face your fear of heights and see amazing views as you walk on the world’s tallest hands-free circle walk. The tallest building in Toronto lets you walk the circumference of the roof.
5. Dye your hair a crazy or unexpected color, without warning everyone. It will let you play with a fun new look, and entertain you while you watch the expression on everyone’s faces when you walk into the room.
6. Enjoy a $400 (or more!) dinner at one of the world’s best restaurants. Food may never taste the same again, but what’s life if you can’t splurge every once in a while? Can’t choose just one? Put your favorites into a hat and pick at random.
7. Solve a Rubik’s cube, unassisted. It could take you a while, but the satisfaction you will feel when you’re finally done can’t be beat. Tip: The color in the center square is the color you’re aiming for on that side.
8. See Red Square in Moscow, Russia. The historical sites in this area are worth the trip alone. With St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Tomb, and more in the square, there are plenty of great sites to see.
9. Watch the AFI’s top 100 movies of all time (or pick a different top 100 list). Watch one movie a week, one movie a month – binge watch them. Just make sure you watch them. There is a reason they’re the best movies of all time.
10. Serenade someone. Your spouse, your sibling, your child, your parent, your best friend – whoever it is, the experience will create a fun memory for the both of you. Choose a birthday or another occasion to make it even more special.
11. Stand under the Hollywood sign. Since you can’t actually go to sit on the sign, get a photo under it. Make it fun by posing to appear as though you’re holding the sign up yourself.
12. Attend the Super Bowl. It will always be a crapshoot as to where it will be, who will be playing, and who will be the halftime entertainment, but the experience will be unforgettable.
13. See the Aurora Borealis, aka the Northern Lights. Most often seen in March and April, and again in September and October, the colors in the natural sky are unlike anything else you’ll ever experience. Caused by atmospheric gases and solar winds at the magnetic poles, you won’t find it anywhere else.
14. Develop or learn a signature dish and become known for it. Choose your favorite recipe, and put your own spin on it. Take a cooking class and learn how to perfect it.
15. Finish a jigsaw puzzle. Bonus points for 1,000 pieces or more. Make it a family affair. Choose a beautiful scene – then preserve the memory with puzzle glue and a frame. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and get a new piece of decor for your home.
16. Crash a wedding. Look through the local paper’s wedding announcements to find a random wedding nearby. Rent a tux or dress up, and walk in like you own the place. Have fun with it!
17. Float in the Dead Sea. Float freely in the salty waters, and relax. Beware of any cuts you may have, and try not to shave a few days before you make the trip, and you’ll have a better experience.
18. Learn a killer card trick. There are plenty of options available on YouTube, like the Floating Match on a Card, Show Biz Card, or the Card Trick without Cards. There are also DVDs you can buy online, too.
19. Forget the running of the bulls – throw tomatoes during La Tomatina in Spain, instead. The World’s Largest Food Fight is held on the last Wednesday of August every year, and involves throwing over 100 metric tons of tomatoes into the streets. It’s messy, but fun.
20. Drive a snow mobile. Who wouldn’t want to? Doesn’t it look like so much fun? Why walk in the snow when you could zoom along on the snowmobile? A cold climate is never too far away.
21. Take a zip line in Costa Rica. You will never be able to get quite the same view of the tropical rainforests from any other angle. It’s a great option for the adrenaline or the nature junkie.
22. Go to the Olympics. Summer, Winter, it doesn’t matter. Just pick one and go for the experience. Plan the trip in advance, so you can see as much of the host city as possible.
23. Go hang gliding over the Rio de Janeiro Harbor. One of the most beautiful places in the world, hang gliding brings you close to nature in a way nothing else can. It’s beautiful year-round.
24. Climb one of the world’s summits, the highest mountain on each continent. Though it will take lots of planning and training, what could be better than the view from the top of the world’s summits?
25. Find a cause and raise a significant amount of money toward it. What cause is closest to your heart? Connect with a fundraising company, host a bake sale, participate in a charity walk/run/triathlon, and raise as much money as possible.
26. Learn your family history. Understanding where you come from can do a great deal in helping you learn who are you. Pass your research down and keep it going.
27. Bungee jump the Royal Gorge in Colorado. Bungee jump off of the world’s tallest suspension bridge – 956 feet above the Arkansas River. Plus, when you visit, you’ll be at one of the places on the National Register of Historic Places.
28. Pose for a sexy calendar (for charity, of course). Choose an outift that makes you feel sexy, and offer to pose in a sexy calendar. You’ll be doing something for a good cause, and push yourself outside your comfort zone.
29. Ride the Singapore Flyer, the world’s tallest Ferris wheel. A whopping 541 feet from the ground, you can see for miles once you arrive at the top. Enjoy a sky dining experience while there, too.
30. Go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Explore one of the country’s best outdoor festivals and parades in the heart of New Orleans. There are family-friendly activities during the day.
31. Watch a total solar or lunar eclipse (or both!). Pay attention to the Farmer’s Almanac to find out when the next eclipses will take place. Watch safely, with the appropriate eye protection.
32. Learn to juggle. It doesn’t take a lot of money – just watch a few videos on YouTube. Start with two items, and work your way up as you feel comfortable. Practice makes perfect.
33. Master one terrifying fear. What’s one thing that scares you? Enlist the help of friends and family to help you conquer it.
34. Play golf at St. Andrews in Scotland. One of Europe’s greatest historical centers, and home to amazing golf courses, this is must-see for any golfer. Many consider it the “world’s home for golf” and once you see it, you’ll know why.
35. Milk a cow. Technology spoils us, so what better way to get in touch with our past by visiting a farm and getting milk straight from the source?
36. Ride in a hot air balloon. Check your local area for hot air balloon rides. It’s a great view and gives you a new way to appreciate your surroundings. Most rides allow to depart throughout the day so you can capture sunrise or sunset.
37. Climb the Statue of Liberty. One of the most beautiful national monuments in the country, climbing the Statue of Liberty is the equivalent of walking all 20 stories of a traditional building, but there are breathtaking views that make the trek worth it.
38. Visit Machu Picchu. Explore Inca history and go inside ruins. Travel is best during April-October. If you want to avoid most tourists, don’t travel from June-August.
39. Listen to an old war veteran tell his or her stories. If you don’t have a war veteran in your social circle, visit the local VA hospital and volunteer. Spending the day with the vets not only enhances your knowledge, but provides much needed companionship for them.
40. Take a trip in a gondola in Venice. If you’re planning a trip to Italy, make sure to schedule a ride in a gondola. This special type of boat is unlike any you’d see elsewhere in the world.
41. Ride an elephant. There are plenty of places to ride an elephant if you visit Thailand, but if you choose to do this, follow all safety recommendations and guidelines. Train for the ride.
42. Get on the big screen – be in a movie. Pay attention to local casting calls – or plan a trip to L.A. to be an extra. You may only get two seconds of fame, but at least you’ll be able to say you were in a movie!
43. Make one huge, wild bet in roulette. Visit your local casino, or take a trip to Vegas. No matter what happens, be happy with the result. If you win, go have some fun. If you don’t, enjoy the experience for what it was.
44. Visit the Great Pyramid of Giza. The biggest and oldest of three major pyramids of Giza, you won’t see anything like it anywhere else in the world. Make it one of the many things you see in Egypt – or in Africa in general.
45. Master a signature cocktail (and a few other cocktails while you’re at it). Take your favorite flavors, and create your own cocktail (or mocktail). Have friends taste it and adjust it until it’s perfect.
46. View Paris from atop the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic parts of Paris, and draws lots of visitors every year. The view of the city from that location is amazing.
47. Learn CPR. Classes are available through your local American Red Cross, as well as a number of other outlets. You never know when you may need to save a life! Recertify every so often to keep your skills sharp.
48. Drink an astonishingly expensive bottle of wine. Buy an entire bottle of one of the most expensive wines on the menu at your favorite restaurant. Don’t wait for a special occasion. Drink it just to drink it.
49. Join a flash mob. Search online to find one, or start one of your own. Pick your favorite song, and make sure there’s plenty of room for everyone to dance. Keep it secret until the big day!
50. Eat one delicacy that sounds disgusting. Whether it’s escargot (snails) or something else entirely, give it a shot. You never know if you like something until you try it. Tastes change often throughout life.
51. Give or earn a punch or slap in the face. It is an experience we don’t necessarily want to have to go through, but somehow, you haven’t really experienced life until you punch someone or get punched.
52. Go to a drive-in theater (quick, before they become extinct!). Though they are certainly not as popular as they once were, a few drive-in theatres do still exist. Find one, and get to a movie there as soon as possible.
53. Fly first-class with Emirates Airlines. You’ll get a private cabin, with a first-class dining experience while on your flight. You’ll never fly like this on any other trip. There is even an on-board shower spa.
54. See the Roman Colosseum. The most famous attraction in Rome attracts more than five million visitors every year. Catch it whenever you can – it’s open every day except Christmas and New Year’s Day.
55. Have your portrait painted. Commission an artist to paint your portrait. It’s the only reason we have photos of some of our earliest historical figures – and would be a great keepsake to pass through the family.
56. Go whale-watching. Whales are some of the largest, yet most peaceful creatures on the planet. There are plenty of places to book a whale watching excursion, so check it out next time you’re planning a beach vacation.
57. Hold a tarantula. These scary looking spiders are not going to hurt you unless they feel threatened. If you are afraid of spiders, this is a great way to conquer that fear.
58. Drive a motorcycle. You can take lessons to prepare for your motorcycle license, should you decide to continue with the hobby. If you can ride a bike and drive a car, driving a motorcycle will not be hard for you.
59. Quit that one thing you don’t think you can quit. Whether it is caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, or something else entirely, challenge yourself to quit a bad habit. You’re capable of more than you think!
60. Ride in a helicopter. The smaller plane may scare you, but it will provide a private experience with amazing views. Plus, you likely won’t have to travel too far from home to do it.
61. Walk the Great Wall of China. You cannot walk the entire structure since it is 10,000 miles long, but there are parts of it maintained for the sole purpose of allowing tourists this experience. Some parts are not safe for walking.
62. Do a 3-day fast. *Please consult your doctor first. Once your doctor’s okay with it, try fasting to experience life from a different point of view. It is advised to not engage in strenuous activity during the fast, as your body won’t have the calorie stores to expend the energy.
63. Take the Polar Bear Plunge. Plunges are held throughout the year across the globe, so you can find the one that works best for you. You’ll agree to take a dip in frigid waters – bringing a whole new appreciation for a hot shower.
64. Tour the White House. Get a first hand look at the history of the United States government directly from the White House. Tours are conducted during certain hours only, so check ahead.
65. Choose a favorite painting, and then visit it in person. If you don’t already know what you favorite painting is, browse artists online until you find the one that speaks to you.
66. Take the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway. At 1,318 km in length, the railway connects two of the busiest areas of China. It is the main and busiest railway line – solely dedicated to passenger travel.
67. Host a dinner party and prepare a multi-course meal. Whether it’s three courses, five courses, or even seven, invite friends and family over to your home to serve a homemade multi-course meal. If you’re unable to prepare it alone, enlist the help of family and friends before the big day.
68. Learn to sail. Sailing is a wonderful thing to know – and could help you learn to conquer any fears of water. Sailing lessons are available throughout the country, so check your local area to see the closest options.
69. Fire a gun (safely, of course). Visit a local shooting range, and take a couple shooting lessons. It is always good to know how to shoot a gun, even if you do not own one yourself.
70. Hike the Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail runs from Maine down to Georgia. While it would take a long time to hike the trail from start to finish, even hiking a small portion of it is better than missing out on this experience.
71. Spend St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday, so what better way to spend it than in the capital of Ireland? With a huge St. Patrick’s Day parade and other festivities, no other celebrations can top it.
72. Participate in an organized protest. Several protests are run locally, so keep an eye out for one to join in your local area. Find a cause you are passionate about, and join along. Participate safely, and follow all law enforcement commands.
73. Tour Petra. Petra, Jordan is full of sites unlike those you could see anywhere else. Many agencies offer customizable tours, usually lasting two days, so you have plenty of time to soak everything in.
74. Party at Rio Carnival. Similar to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Rio Carnival is a large street party and festival that takes place in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. People come from all corners of the world to participate in this parade.
75. Serve on a jury. If you’re registered to vote, you’re in your local directory to be called for jury duty. You may not get called to serve often, but you’ll eventually want to serve on at least one jury.
76. See a performance at the Sydney Opera House. Even if you are not a big fan of Opera, don’t pass up the chance to see a performance at the Sydney Opera House. Beyond seeing an event, you can also take a tour of the facility.
77. Check out the sand sculptures at Texas SandFest. Located in Port Aransas Texas, sand sculpture competition takes place in April every year. You’ll see much more than your typical sand castle here. Some of the entries are so intricate, you’ll wonder how such a thing was ever created with sand.
78. Take an African safari. The African jungles are unlike any other part of the world. Go exploring through nature, with the help of a trained guide, for an experience unlike any other. Plan several days for your trip to provide ample time.
79. Stay at the Icehotel in Sweden. Famous for being a hotel made purely out of ice, the ice Hotel in Sweden draws thousands of tourists every year. It is the only one of its kind, and is a must see for everyone.
80. Attend a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. A Japanese tea ceremony is a choreographed ritual to prepare and serve Japanese green tea, known as much up. It is typically served with Japanese sweets to balance the bitter taste of the tea. You will not experience anything like this elsewhere.
81. Visit a concentration camp. Though concentration camps are not functional today, people can visit Austerlitz-Birkenau, to see what living in Nazi Germany was like during the Holocaust. It is an important part of history that should never be ignored.
82. Shake hands with the President. This one may be a little difficult to accomplish, especially with all the Secret Service around. If you visit the White House, you may catch a glimpse of the president, but catching him on a trip outside of Washington DC may be easier.
83. Write a book. You don’t have to be a fantastic writer to accomplish this goal. As long as you have a great story to tell, you can get help with the actual writing part.
84. Walk the Grand Canyon Skywalk, or maybe raft the rapids below. The Grand Canyon skywalk allows you to walk across the bridge built over the Grand Canyon. You will see absolutely amazing views that one of the world’s most famous sites.
85. See the cave art in Altamira, Spain. See firsthand the amazing beauty of drawings and paintings created hundreds of years ago by our Spanish ancestors. Though the original cave has no access to visitors, a replica cave and Museum are available nearby.
86. Take a road trip without a predetermined destination. Fill the car with gas, pack a bag of clothes, and drive. It doesn’t matter how far away from home you gobble, but make sure you get far enough to potentially get lost. Keep your GPS on hand.
87. Go on a sleigh ride. Sleigh rides aren’t common anymore, but there are several places throughout the country where you can do such a thing. Horse-drawn sleighs will take you on a leisurely ride through the area. Make it romantic and bring your partner.
88. Tour the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. One of the largest and oldest museums in the world, the Hermitage is a museum of art and culture located in St. Petersburg, Russia. Founded in 1764, the museum has been open to the public since 1852.
89. Walk on a glacier. You will have to take a trip to Alaska for this one, but there are several accessible roadside glaciers to choose from. You’ll get a very scenic experience and some pretty cool bragging rights. While you’re here, see the Northern Lights.
90. Visit a legit retro diner. Order the pie. Though many retro diners are not functional anymore, there are a few that still exist today. Find one of them and plan a trip. When you get there, order whatever pie is on special.
91. Negotiate a pay raise. You know you’re a valuable employee, so push past those fears and talk to your boss about a pay raise. Use the pay raise to fund excursions to accomplish things on this list.
92. Go to the World Series. Whether you’re a fan of baseball or not, a trip to the World Series is a wonderful experience. Plan as far in advance as possible, as tickets sell out quickly.
93. Take a cross-country trip on a train. Traveling by train is not as fast as traveling by plane, but it allows you to see more of the country. Start at one end and work your way to the other.
94. Tuck a blank envelope containing $100 in cash into the mailbox of a family you know to be struggling. This is a wonderful way to give back anonymously, but be careful as you never know when someone else could get the envelope. Make sure the family checks their mail on a regular basis.
95. Go on a journey through the rainforest. Our rainforests are constantly being destroyed, so who knows how long they will be around. Schedule a journey through the rain forests as soon as possible. Guided tours are often available.
96. See Old Faithful erupt. Located in Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful is one of the most predictable geysers in the world, erupting nearly every 90 minutes. Seeing it in person is the only way to truly appreciate it.
97. Complete a triathlon or marathon. Challenge yourself physically and find either a triathlon or marathon in your local area. You’ll have to spend some time training for the event, but commit to it by signing up.
98. Visit the World Expo. Held at once every five years, world Expos attract millions of visitors who want to see cultural events and exhibitions. The host city changes for every event. the 2015 world Expo will take place in Milan, while 2020 will take place in Dubai.
99. Go skinny-dipping. Even if it is in your backyard pool, take a nice dip in the nude, alone or with your partner. Bonus points for choosing a location not on your property.
100. Get in touch with teachers or role models from your past. Tell them just how much their positive influence meant to you. We all have that one teacher we remember years after graduation. With social media and the Internet, it’s almost impossible to not track someone down. Write them a letter or send them an email if you can’t meet with them in person.
Congratulations, You’ve made it through our top 100 bucket list ideas! Which ones will you do? Hopefully we’ve inspired you to try a few new and exciting things.
Writing a bucket list can be a fun, helpful way to shape your decisions and long-term goals, and for it to have the best impact, your list should be enriching and uplifting, not just “fun and games.” These are some of our best ideas to get you started on your own bucket list. What’s on your bucket list that hasn’t been included here?