The scorching temperatures may make an afternoon at an air-conditioned Costco sound tempting, indeed — especially now that free samples are back. But during your quest for rotisserie chickens and packs of toilet paper, keep your eyes peeled for a range of gear that will make long summer days even more enjoyable (if it ever cools down, that is). From pop-up tents to novel new ways to get out on the water, here are some of Costco’s most popular warm-weather buys. Not a Costco member? You can apply here.
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This trendy stand-up paddle board comes with everything an adventurer needs (except a sense of balance, that is): a paddle, pump, leash, dry bag, storage bag, and repair kit. There’s even a camera mount, so bring the GoPro.
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$150 for 2
Treat your green thumb to a tidy new garden with these raised beds, made from a durable, lightweight composite that still looks like wood. Boards lock into modular posts and are easy to assemble separately or in a grid, no tools necessary.
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Those gazebos you see at Costco every spring and summer? Yes, people really buy them — and they love them. This cedar gazebo has a warm mocha finish and is big enough to shelter your favorite patio furniture.
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It’s hard to go wrong with a classic Adirondack, but chairs made from wood deteriorate in the elements. That’s why this version, made from sun- and fade-resistant plastic, is so practical. It comes in five colors and is backed by a 40-year residential warranty.
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This classy 100-quart stainless-steel cooler will keep beer, soda, and other libations plenty cool during your next party. It comes equipped with a bottle opener and cap catcher, locking casters, and an easy-to-use drain plug.
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Stay cool and safe from the sun’s harmful rays with this pop-up shelter, which sets up in just one minute. It’s made of UPF 50+ fabric and has mesh windows and vents to keep air flowing.
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Make it easier to haul whatever you need, wherever you need to go with this collapsible wagon. Stuff it full of beach toys, sporting gear, or groceries, securing everything with the included cargo net, then fold it up to just 8 inches thick when it’s no longer needed.
$55 for 6
Don’t forget a little outdoor lighting to show off all the yard work you’ve done. These solar pathway lights shine for up to eight hours a night, and the oil-rubbed bronze finish will blend with just about any landscaping.
$80 for 2
Tired of flimsy outdoor chairs? This aluminum-framed model supports up to 300 pounds and even includes a fold-out side table with an integrated cup holder and phone holder — perfect for afternoons at the soccer field or evenings by the campfire.
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Badminton lovers, here’s a fun new challenge that’s more portable than the traditional game. Aluminum rackets and souped-up shuttlecocks, or “speeders,” make rallies of up to 40 feet possible, no net required. Glow-in-the-dark speeders make nighttime play possible, too.
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There’s nothing quite like a cool drink on a hot summer day, and this insulated 64-ounce growler can hold enough for the whole crew. The stainless steel exterior is leak- and sweat-proof, and the flip lid also functions as a convenient drinking cup.
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$77 for 2
These 22-inch planters are ideally sized for eye-catching patio or porch arrangements, and they’re made with high-density, UV-resistant resin that will keep them looking vibrant no matter the weather.
Outdoor storage never looked so sleek, say happy buyers of this durable resin shed. It has 200 cubic feet of space for tools, toys, lawn equipment, or whatever else you need room for, and the structure is reinforced with steel beams to stand up to heavy snow or anything else Mother Nature can serve up.
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Stay cool when the sun is up with this stain- and fade-resistant patio umbrella, but keep it up after sunset to enjoy the ambience of 56 solar-charged LEDs. The canopy can tilt up to 45 degrees.
This budget-friendly bistro set, small enough for even compact decks and patios, has a classic look and a fun surprise: A built-in ice bucket that can keep your drink of choice perfectly chilled.
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Don’t want to shell out for a big playset? This clever 36-foot swingline will give your monkeys ample opportunity to burn some energy, and all you need is a couple of trees for installation. If you have bigger kids, they might appreciate this deluxe obstacle set.
A big storm is coming, but does your irrigation system know that? Save water and money with this forecast-connected controller, which is smart enough to adjust sprinkler operation based on the weather. Build schedules, set up custom zones, and control everything from your phone or with your voice using Alexa or Google Assistant.
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Whether you’re primed for picnics or just need a convenient place to chill out in the park, at the beach, or elsewhere, this blanket folds and zips easily for travel. It’s made from water-repellent polyester, and at 57 by 70 inches, there’s room for the whole family.
These well-reviewed Feit string lights have a vintage glow that’s perfect for lighting up your patio during late-night parties. The bulbs are shatter resistant and suitable for use in damp conditions.
Whether you need a reliable light source outdoors or an emergency lantern for a home storm kit, this well-reviewed option is up to the task, owners say. It even has a USB port to function as a charger for phones and other small gadgets.
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Need some shade? This Coleman pop-up shelter takes one person only three minutes to set up. It also has a 50+ UPF fabric roof and a vented roof to keep air circulating.
That lush summer lawn won’t grow itself without a little help. One bag of this fertilizer covers up to 14,000 square feet and continually feeds your grass with an iron-rich formula for up to three months.