22 Vintage Photos Of Your Favorite Summer Pastimes

Published June 20, 2016
Updated February 12, 2018

Get ready to break out your new swimsuit and fire up the barbecue! This week marks the official start of summer with the summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year. Even if you can’t appreciate scorching heat and sweaty seats, these classic shots of summer are sure to put a smile on your face:

Running Water
A group of women run and enjoy a day at the beach. AFP/Getty

Water Skiing Elephant
Queenie the Elephant water skiing with keeper Liz Dane in 1958. Wikimedia

Walt Disney Pool
Walt Disney sits and plays with his grandson in a child's inflatable pool.Gene Lester/Getty

Jumping Rope On Beach
Beachgoers jump rope.National Media Museum

Ice Cream Boys
Two boys eat ice creams bought from an Austin ice cream van in July 1961.Bert Hardy Advertising Archive/Getty

JFK Sailing
Senator John F. Kennedy and fiancée Jacqueline Bouvier go sailing while on vacation at the Kennedy compound in June 1953 in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.Hy Peskin Archive/Getty

Lemonade Stand
Neighborhood children launch a lemonade stand. Bettmann/Getty

Paragon Park Nantasket Beach
Revelers at Paragon Park, a small amusement park across the street from Nantasket Beach Hull, Massachusetts. Super Stock/Getty

Grace Kelly
In 1972, Princess Grace of Monaco takes a photograph at a swimming competition in Palm Beach.Hulton Archive/Getty

Amphibious Car
A family drives an amphibious car on the lake.Gerald R. Massie/Missouri State Archives

Coney Island Luna Park 1910
Coney Island's Luna Park in 1910. George Grantham Bain Collection/Library Of Congress

Family Backyard
A family enjoys pool time in the backyard.H. Armstrong Roberts/Getty

Summer Love
A young man helps a barefoot girl step on exposed rocks to cross a small river.Gerald R. Massie/Missouri State Archives

Family Bbq
A family has a arbecue on a sunny day. Josef Scaylea/ CORBIS/ Getty Images

Water Biking
Two women paddle their way across the lake on water bikes. Gerald R. Massie/Missouri State Archives

Teenagers Tanning Beach
A group of teenagers pile on top of each other on a crowed day at Coney Island, New York. Bettmann/Getty

Summer Home
A group of friends enjoy their time at a summer house.Missouri State Archives

Water Skiing Girls
Women water ski on Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. Missouri State Archives

Lemonade Stall
An enterprising young boy sets up a stall selling cake, candy and lemonade to his neighbours, 1955. Lambert/Getty

Swimming In River
A group of young men and boys swims in Eel River, Garberville, California. H. Armstrong RobertsRetrofile/Getty Images

Picnic
Parkers enjoy a picnic.George Grantham Bain Collection/Library Of Congress

Trout Fishing
A man catches fish in a shallow river.Ralph Waler/ Missouri State Archives

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