Do you have a father-son bucket list?
Do you have a father-son bucket list? (iStock photo )

Men long for adventure. We long to explore, to create and to discover. This world is full of adventures waiting to unfold—it's up to us to pursue them.

So when was the last time you took your son on an adventure? Do you have any plans for any exciting journeys with him in the future? Take a few moments and sit down with him to put together bucket list ideas of things you'd like to do together. Here are some possibilities to help get you started:

Simple Ideas That Cost Nothing or Very Little

  • Take a camping trip.

  • Ride the biggest roller coaster you can find.

  • Build a tree house.

  • Teach your son to drive stick shift.

  • Go rock climbing.

  • Cook out on the grill.

  • Figure out your family.

  • Make a time capsule.

  • Take surfing lessons.

  • Hike to the top of a mountain.

  • Go white water rafting.

  • Serve an elderly neighbor, widow or widower.

  • Make "Manna Bags" for the poor and hungry.

  • Pray together.

Other Ideas You Can Save Up For

  • Go on a deep sea or fly-fishing trip.

  • Visit the Hall of Fame of your favorite sport.

  • Take a road trip to Washington, D.C., and see our nation's capital.

  • Take a missions trip to another country together.

Of course, I know there are plenty of great experiences for fathers and sons to share together that I didn't list above. The most important thing is that you focus on things your son is passionate about.

Mark Merrill is the president of Family First and All Pro Dad. For the original article, visit

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