Bucket List: 225 Things to Do Before You Die

136. Climb to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of PisaLocated in the Italian city of Pisa (Tuscany, Italy) behind a really, really old cathedral, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is a 186ft-for-the-love-of-God-don’t-let-it-fall freestanding bell tower (‘campanile’) that leans an almost uncomfortable 3.99 degrees. In other words, the top of the tower is displaced horizontally some 12-ft from a (normally) perfectly-plumb (vertical) stance. It has two sets of stairs—one with 296, the other with 294 steps—and offers a pretty awesome view of Pisa from the top.

137. Participate in a Polar Bear Plunge

People swimming in ice waterYep, those are half-naked folks running into (and of course, promptly retreating out of!) frigid, icy water. Why? It’s called the ‘Polar Bear Plunge’ and transpires every year at numerous locations, for various reasons. As for North America, the United States and Canada participate in the event—with the Long Beach, NY Polar Bears Superbowl Splash one being one of the largest annual events in the U.S. and Vancouver, British Colombia (as the Polar Bear Swim Club) another favorite place for Polar Bear Club ‘members’. The U.S. events are typically held for charity; Canada’s are generally in celebration of New Years Day.

138. Get Married

Wedding rings on married coupleGranted, tying the ole’ knot isn’t for everybody, and one should never marry someone they weren’t totally committed to (and vice-versa). That said, marriage boasts plenty genuine, lifelong advantages: It helps fill a personal emotional void for many, helps people feel ‘complete’ in their lives and (in the case of having children) about their ongoing legacy, makes them feel less lonely, among many other things.

139. Master a Lawn Sport

Group playing bocceLawn sports: Good for family reunions, defeating in-laws at said reunions, entertaining the kids, and so forth. What are good “lawn sports?” you might ask. It just depends, whether your thing is bocce, horseshoes, bean bag tossing, touch football or whatever, this is the perfect time to show off your mad sports skills! or not…

140. Go Whale Watching

Whale jumping in front of boat
Think swimming with dolphins is cool? Try witnessing Earth’s largest, most awe-inspiring creature up close and personally! And whales don’t come in just one size: They run the gamut between the pygmy sperm whale (the smallest species at only about 11ft) to the humpback whale, which grows up to 52ft-long and weighs up to 72,000 pounds, to the largest of them all, the 200-short ton blue whale—which has been recorded up to a whopping 98ft in length, making it the largest creature to inhabit Earth.

141. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, IrelandSt. Patrick’s Day (March 17), somewhat similar to Oktoberfest in the way beer is guzzled by the gallon barrel, is a national holiday in Ireland, and one that’s celebrated in more countries worldwide than any other. From Argentina to Great Britain, to America and New Zealand, this saint’s day holiday abounds with shamrocks, generous consumptions of ‘green’ beer (Guinness stout, anyone?), feasts, and parades. And what better way to celebrate it than in Dublin itself?!

142. Take a Helicopter Tour Over Kauai

Helicopter Tour Over KauaiNow this is the type of bucket list item that really makes the whole thing worth it! Fly over Kauai, Hawaii’s lush, indescribably beautiful landscape. Flights generally first fly through the Hanapepe Valley, then on to Mana Waiapuna Falls (a.k.a. ‘Jurassic Park Falls’, where parts of Jurassic Park where actually filmed). Then, you’ll tour the astounding Olokele and Waimea Canyons, the latter famed for its multiple ‘hidden waterfalls’. Afterwards, you’ll likely hover above and through Bali Hai Cliffs, Hanalei Bay and the Princeville Resort. Many tour companies even fly guests over Mt Waialeale, the heart of an ancient volcano and home to breathtaking 3,000+ foot waterfalls. The amazing landscape on the whole is, sincerely, enough to make an adult burst into tears of joy.

143. Take a Submarine Tour in Waikiki

Atlantis submarine tourAfter you’ve flown above Hawaii’s grandiose islands via helicopter, it’s time to subterranean—as in, under the sea. Take the Atlantis XIV submarine (pictured above) for example. It’s basically a state-of-the-art civilian submarine that seats up to 64 and sports super-sized portholes for viewing of marine wildlife, coral reefs, ship wrecks and more. There are also much smaller, more intimate submarines for those who like to avoid the masses while vacationing! Either way, tours usually take place about 100ft-down and last around 30-45 minutes.

Afterwards, while you and party are still in marine-loving mode…

144. Tour the Titanic Wreckage At the Bottom of the Atlantic

Titanic WreckageSeeing the 1998 movie ‘Titanic’ is one thing; witnessing the real-life remains of the infamous luxury liner (at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean) is quite another altogether. For a relative bargain of $59k per person (oh sure, let me just grab my checkbook), this company will swoosh you and guests 12,500 ft under the sea to observe parts of the late luxury liner laying on the Atlantic seabed. Among the sites include the algae/coral-covered bow, bridge, promenade areas of the ship, one of the gi-normous propellers and one of her boilers.

145. Swim in the World’s Largest Swimming Pool

San Alfonso del Mar pool Think you’ve seen some pretty big, Olympic-sized pools before? You ain’t seen (or experienced) nothing yet! More than 1,000 yards long and encompassing 20 freaking acres, the pool at the San Alfonso del Mar Resort in Algarrobo, Chile is the largest and deepest (sporting a 115-foot deep end) manmade pool on Earth. It also has more than enough water to swim, paddle-boat, party, etc. in—66 million gallons of it to be exact.

Afterwards, grab your heaviest coat and largest portable heater and…

146. Stay at the Icehotel in Sweden

Between Worlds Suite at Icehotel Plan to spend the night in what looks like the bedroom of Mr. Freeze himself. Actually, this is an actual ‘bedroom’ in an actual hotel in JukkasJarvi, Sweden. Guests stay in artfully sculpted (of ice) suites, complete with ice bed (covered in, yes, reindeer fur), gloves, shoes, warm clothes, ‘ice art’, morning sauna access and breakfast buffet. Oh, the temperature in these suites hovers around -5 celcius (23F). And if you decide to go, but can’t fathom trying to sleep while ice-sickles hang from your chin, they also have warm cabins.

Afterwards, travel around the world to somewhere nice and balmy (hint: ‘down unda’) and…

147. Hold a Koala

Woman cuddles with Koala Aww, they look so cute and cuddly! Right? The Koala is a furry, herbivorous marsupial that’s closely related to the wombat and kangaroo (both native to Australia as well); most are found in eastern and southeastern Australia. Males generally grow as large as 31 pounds and females rarely grow past 12-15 pounds. And one of the most famous spots to see, and yes—hold—one is the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in Queensland. Not only do they have koalas, but dozens upon dozens of other species like kangaroos, wallabies, Tasmanian devils, snakes, freshwater and saltwater crocodiles, a few dozens of types of exotic birds, and lot more.

148. Watch Andrea Bocelli Perform Live in Milan

Andrea Bocelli performingChances are, you’ve heard him sing, but may not who he is. He’s Andrea Bocelli, one of the most esteemed, most prolific solo artists in classical music history. The fellow commands huge audiences wherever he performs: Major accomplishments include his Sacred Arias album—which has sold more than five million copies—Romanza, netting over 20 million sales worldwide, as well as a Golden Globe and Academy Award for his duet (The Prayer) with Celine Dion for the movie “Prince of Camelot”. And that’s just scratching the surface of this man’s mountain of accomplishments in classical music. Not bad at all, especially considering that Bocelli is completely blind.

149. Visit the Louvre Museum

Louvre MuseumVisiting it being one of yours truly’s own to-do’s, the Louvre Museum in Paris, France is one of the largest, most famed and celebrated museums in the world. The museum, located on the Seine River in Paris’s 1st arrondissement (district), is home to almost 35,000 absolutely priceless works of art and other artifacts from prehistory until the late 19th-century—spread out over a sprawling 652,300 sq.-ft. (60,600 square-meters). Included is the original Mona Lisa painting, the Nike of Samothrace statue, Michelangelo‘s Dying Slave sculpture, a huge collection of ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern (i.e. ancient Mesopotamia, Persia) artifacts, and way too many other things from antiquity-to-modern times from Greece, the Roman Empire, and so many others.

150. Participate in a Protest

Brazilian protestorsDepending where you live, there’s definitely no lack of protests around to join. In the U.S., they run the gamut among Occupy Wall Street (OWS), Tea Party venues, and pro-choice and pro-life rallies. In Europe, you’ve got a choice among student rebellions in France, anti-austerity protests (usually full-on riots, actually) in the up-to-its-eyeballs-in-debt country of Greece, and anti-police brutality rallies in the U.K. Oh, and don’t forget the mobs of upset Canadians who initiate riots because their hockey team lost. A word of caution, though: In any protest, you might want to avoid the folks hurling the Molotov cocktails and turning police cars over.

  • WakeupList

    Amazing bucketlist! For anyone who wants to make one themselves and keep track of their list, you should try WakeUpList.com – free and simple, and every 90 days it will send you your list in case you forget all about it.

    • Michael Bock

      Thanks for the tip :)

  • gunselibirol

    okay these are all great stuff but you are aware that, most of them ( almost all of them) require money and time.

    • JABacchetta

      Take the list for what it is – entertainment. There are dozens of things here that people have never thought of before, or didn’t even know existed. If you can do just a few of them, great. I’m sure very few actually plan on completing all 225 items on this list. And still others will have their own unique list.

      Besides, isn’t that the whole point of a bucket list, to be ambitious? Imagine a bucket list filled with things like “Go to Walmart”…

      • Michael Bock

        Good point, Jason. (I should really put going to Walmart on my Bucket List as conquering one of my fears! lmao)

  • UltimateSurviv1

    Great ideas! hope we have the time and resources to do at least 3 of these.

    • Michael Bock

      Hopefully more! There are actually several items on the list that require little to no money—but granted, most of them will require a bit of saving (for most people)! :)

  • BronaWard

    bathing in the ganges river will probably shorten your life span so you should probably leave that to you are finished with the others

    • Michael Bock

      LooooL! (actually “laughed out loud” at this)

  • MagensMayhem

    I’m surprised that after reading a list of 225 things to do before you die that “yell for help” didn’t make the cut. lol

    • Michael Bock

      LoL, seems a bit daunting at first, huh?! But no one, even I, would suggest that you even attempt to complete half of the ideas. Just try a few! :)

      • JABacchetta

        Michael, I think she was referring to the actual act of yelling for help… “before you die” :-)

        • Michael Bock

          LoL, I knew that :-P…I think…

  • aniux89

    America is a single continent pff…

    • Michael Bock

      Lmao, you sure about that? Last time I checked, America was was a part of this continent known as ‘North America’–home to over 20 countries (U.S., Mexico, Haiti, Cuba, Guatemala, Canada….) LoL

      • LibStooks

        Actually it’s “The Americas” – both North, South and everything in between.

  • julieakowalski

    “Hang from Toronto’s CN Tower”… terrifying photo. I’d want to do this one after the other 224 because I doubt I’d life to tell about it.

    • Michael Bock

      Naah! You’d be strong! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=578115704 garrickclark

    I’m 21 and have done a few of these things so far, at least. I WILL accomplish most of these before I die!!

    • Michael Bock

      I’m 32 and, well, wish I had such a clearly indomitable will as yourself! Cheers! :)

  • CodeDisQus

    I recently did the Oribi Gorge Jump here in South Africa and the YOLO (sorry) bug bit me. This list is just epic, as a 21 year old student, I’m now inspired to work hard, build up a fortune, retire early and get cracking with most of the things on this list. Thank you TOOO MUCH Micheal Bock, you have truly inspired me :) :)

    P.S. The only time people can legitimately say YOLO is when they are doing things that are on their bucket list :)

    Thanks again dude!

  • Jim Gareau

    So much too do and so little time to do it!!! Better get started finishing my list

  • Jason

    lol I don’t know about the event in the sky. Couple be disasterous

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=620405168 Mary Delia

    Gondola rides are not THAT cheap. You’re looking to pay between 80-110 euros. Trust me I was there not too long ago.

  • LV

    why is there a photo of rene redzepi of noma under the one for best restaurants and then nooo mention of noma?

    • JABacchetta

      Did you read the entry? Click through to the link given and look at #1… Noma.

      • http://www.facebook.com/rasmus.h.sudergaard Rasmus Homann Sudergaard

        Noma is one thing we are very proud of in denmark :) although the food nearly cost a fortune. 2 persons about 3000 kr for a decent meal, or estimated $500!!

  • David

    3 things to do before you die: love & being loved, start your own business and don’t give a fck about what people think of you or the way you live.

    • Steph

      thats good

    • http://dailyweighin.com/ Daily Weigh In

      4. Stop cursing.

  • http://twitter.com/a2zStuff a2zStuff

    Awesome :)

  • Mohammed

    Hi for all and have a nice day i love the website

  • Dan DiGangi

    One I have always been proud of (especially because I had accomplished this by 18) is having visited 49 of the 50 states. Only one left on my list of Hawaii, even been to Alaska via cruise! :)

  • Dan DiGangi

    One I have always been proud of (especially because I had accomplished this by 18) is having visited 49 of the 50 states. Only one left on my list of Hawaii, even been to Alaska via cruise! :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.walton.35 Cindy Walton

      I was the same, Dan. I had visited 49 states by the time I was 18. I didn’t add Hawai’i until i was 55! I’ve lived in 7 states, visited 18 other countries and lived in one other country (Germany) for six years.

  • http://twitter.com/Travaddicts TravAddict.com

    There are a few things on this list I would not want to do, but there are some very cool suggestions that have inspired me:-)

  • http://twitter.com/Travaddicts TravAddict.com

    There are a few things on this list I would not want to do, but there are some very cool suggestions that have inspired me:-)

  • thedarkknight

    PLease stop! I cant take it anymore!

  • thedarkknight

    PLease stop! I cant take it anymore!

  • http://twitter.com/angelacorrias Angela Corrias

    Well, throwing tomatoes at La Tomatina is not exactly priority A on my wish list… Setting foot on all 7 Continents and visiting area 51 look way more enticing 😉

  • http://twitter.com/angelacorrias Angela Corrias

    Well, throwing tomatoes at La Tomatina is not exactly priority A on my wish list… Setting foot on all 7 Continents and visiting area 51 look way more enticing 😉

    • John

      Area 51 is boring. All you see is a couple signs in the middle of the desert. You don’t actually get to see much.

    • John

      Area 51 is boring. All you see is a couple signs in the middle of the desert. You don’t actually get to see much.

  • Hank

    I love how 90% of the activities you’ve listed cost a small fortune. Just the ticket for these tough economic times.

  • Hank

    I love how 90% of the activities you’ve listed cost a small fortune. Just the ticket for these tough economic times.

  • Ensaya_Spanish_Learner

    So random, but pretty awesome, nice list.

  • Ensaya_Spanish_Learner

    So random, but pretty awesome, nice list.

  • Ash

    I’ve done 16 of these so far…pretty good for being only 19 but I got a ways to go yet!

  • Ash

    I’ve done 16 of these so far…pretty good for being only 19 but I got a ways to go yet!

  • thisrandomcoolperson

    gives me ideas for my personal bucket list

  • http://www.facebook.com/Optimus86 Islam ŐǷtimus

    That CN Tower thing is on my priority list..

  • http://www.facebook.com/Optimus86 Islam ŐǷtimus

    That CN tower thing is on my priority list..

  • HighDream

    There is a mobile app called iWish (bucket list) that helps me have my list organized in one place and frequently revisit it to add on, mark things as “done” and get inspired.

  • Austin

    and win the lottery since you’re gonna need money to do all this, obviously.

  • Nikhil

    Visit fortkochi, Kerala, India

  • maranj

    you might add the singularly exciting experience of getting a massage from a 3-ton elephant in phuket, thailand.

  • David Mars Nestor

    boring list

  • Alex

    I have done 19 of these so far. Pretty good for someone who is 12 years old!

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  • Sam

    BTW I am max alex and sam.

  • Chloe!

    I LOVE ALL OF THESE! I now have a total of 106 things to do before I’m thirty, and I’m fourteen. Better get started haah

  • Kevin

    Is it just me, or is this list very USA-centric. I’m not saying it’s bad. But it feels like half of the place you should visit are in the USA.

  • GoatsOnTheRoad

    Great list. Didn’t see it all but I’ve made a bucket list of my own. It’s always a good set of goals.

  • Ashley

    I have already finished 13 of these items and already have three more planned to be completed by the end of this coming summer! I would say I’m doing pretty well for a 17 year old :)

  • valriedn

    already done 255 of these, not bad for a 2 years old boy ! (lmao)

  • LibStooks

    Did I miss seeing “skydiving”? I’ve done that and I highly recommend it!

  • Charlotte

    I actually did a lot of these things and I’m only 13!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.walton.35 Cindy Walton

    I’ve ticked off 60 of these, with minor adjustments. I’ve not been to Auschwitz, but I’ve been to Dachau several times as well as Bergen Belsen. I’ve not been to Mardi Gras, but I’ve been to Fasching, which is the same and older. I’ve shaken the hand of 3 US presidents (the first one when I was only 5!).

  • Mini

    OMG! Why I never came across this site earlier !!

  • HJGolfer

    Great bucket list. You should have this in printable, check off PDF!!

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  • Jordyn

    I zip lined in Costa Rica, it was probably my most treasured memory i have, it was incredible and i would suggest that everyone do it.

  • nana

    I’m 35 and I’ve only done 30/225 – what a disgrace! In my defense though, I HAVE done a few things that I’m proud of. I’ve crossed the Alps by car, went snorkeling at Maya Bay (Phi Phi Islands), visited the British Museum, climbed the Acropolis rock, ate raw lamb in Beirut, visited the Pyramids, single-handedly cooked breakfast for 50 people, read 412 books, rode an elephant, bought and decorated my own apartment, prayed at a Buddhist temple and mosque, climbed the Eiffel tower, saw the Gustav Klimt exhibition in Venice, learned how to make the perfect chicken curry, rode the London Eye, forgave all my enemies, and most importantly learned that life is too short to live it the way other people expect you to.

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    • hollydollyh

      That’s amazing! I am 11 and I have done a few of those things but the thing that I am most proud of is when I walked 80k on the great wall of China :-)

      • hollydollyh

        42 of those things and I’m 11

  • http://www.facebook.com/lizannewhittaker Liz Whittaker Chapman

    Is there a printable list version of this? I’d love to use it to create my own bucket list, and see how I’ve done so far!

  • Bitter

    Can someone calculate how much this all “visit” and “tral” may cost?

  • http://dbakeca.com Dbakeca Italia

    nice pictures

  • B is for Bucket List

    This is such a great list! It really inspires me to have an adventurous life! I’m 18 and I have already checked 26 of these items off of my bucket list, but I definitely plan to check off many of these items in the future :) Good luck to everyone in accomplishing your dreams :)

  • kszp

    I went to Home Depot to buy buckets, I brought my bucket list . . . . .

  • Nina R.P.

    whew… can an average person do all these in a lifetime? i wish i could! 😛

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    Your mom

  • Justin

    It’s actually been proven that hammocks are better for your back then beds, as well as giving a better night’s sleep.

  • Kris

    just a hint, as a wakebaorder, the picture you used for wakeboarding is actually someone wakesurfing. Wakeboarding stands further back behind the wake and has a longer rope. just an fyi 😀 loved the list!

  • ruby

    I like sleeping in my own bed every night. I have no desire to go anywhere but my immediate area. When I was younger I was quite adventureous. No longer. I enjoy my home and family too much I guess. With the advent of cable TV we can see all over the world and no bad side affects. Same for the internet. I will save the money I have for the next generation.

    • RazorSharp69

      Your no fun at all Ruby. Perhaps your next generation can get out and about to see the world.

  • siqiniq

    I’ve only looked at three pages, and can’t find anything that really appeals to me that I haven’t already done. Just so you know, not everyone is American, and not everyone has trunks full of money lying around getting mouldy. How about a list of realistic things for people in other parts of the world? There are more of us out here that there are in the USA.

  • Ina

    I think we all should do our own list. Although this list is interesting..no doubt.

    • http://www.facebook.com/davidmuertter David Muertter


  • http://twitter.com/wisedollar Jose

    I’ve floated around in the great Salt Lake in Utah, Does that count instead of the dead Sea? 😀 I would also suggest to Scuba Dive at least once in your life, Do A Discover Scuba, You’ll never be the same again! You’ll need to get certified to dive the the Yongala

  • Pearly Sweetcake

    I love that they said ‘participate” at Burning Man, not just “go” to Burning Man. I’ve watched the event grow over the past 5 years or so and each year a bigger majority of attendees simply go to watch and party and not participate and it has really started to change it. So if you go, PARTICIPATE!

  • http://www.thetraveltart.com The Travel Tart

    I’ve done quite a few of these things – but always striving to do more!

  • Hakeem

    Claustrophobia is the fear of closed spaces, acrophobia is the fear of heights (referring to #54). Great ones in there, some maybe little off for me but some really good ones.

  • DWJTravel

    I have still never slept in a hammock. Actually I have never even been one! This is something that I need to change. Great list and I need to create my own bucket

  • Awesomesauce

    you are a genius

  • Carstensz Pyramid

    Carstensz Pyramid isn’t in Australia, it’s in Indonesia.

    • RazorSharp69

      The mountain counts as the Australasia cause the one on the continent of Australia itself i.e.Mt kosciusko is very small compared to the other mountains on the continents around the world.

  • LizzieBell

    See a performance at the Sydney Opera House? I’ve PERFORMED there!

  • Allison

    If you are going to swim with dolphins, please choose a safe wild option and don’t fund captive programs.

  • Siobhan_Moody

    I’ve done 62 and I’m 22, and have plans for another 6 in the next year, other than that there are only 40 or so others I’m interested in on this list. Quite achievable.

  • http://www.AchieveTheGreenBeretWay.com/welcome Michael Martel

    Great bucket list. I have had a list of twenty for a couple years and add more as I hit them along the way. I have driven a race car, written a book, swam dolphins. Still have a lot more to go and will add some from this list. Thanks.

  • tvcloudz.com

    amazing i will personally try one of this some day

  • Anand Narayan

    I’ve watched many movies and I have more on my wishlist on http://www.wishberg.com its easier to add wishes there for me plus you can steal my wishes too. 😀

  • http://www.kizi10.info/ Kizi 10

    It really is very interesting, if you can make it all too great for your experience.

  • http://www.yepi10.net/ yepi 10

    wow! new life

  • http://www.yepi2.co/ yepi

    wow! i want somethings….and live real comfortable

  • CrocHunter

    i hate to bust your bubble with 80. Cage Dive with Crocs…but i just returned from studying in Australia and went to Darwin for a few days and checked it out…crocs just sleep the entire day. Go out to Kakadu National Park (2 hours from Darwin) and go on a jumping crocodile safari where you can see these massive reptiles launch themselves out of the water. (some cruises dangle chunks of beef off the sides to ensure you see jumping crocs so keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times)

  • http://www.yepi1.info/ Yepi

    I’m really impressed with the 51 area, it really is a mysterious and dangerous unpredictable place

  • Para Friv

    Life seemed very long time, but also thata short, people also need to learn how to live well, learn to love yourself more and learn how to make a good man in the true sense.

  • Alan G Gervasi

    Or you can be content to live and die on this planet at this time with the people around you..!