The Top Franchises that Celebrate Summertime Fun

Summer is the time of year when we anticipate getting outside to enjoy family vacations, outdoor sports, summer camp, our favorite summertime food, and adventures in nature.

Fortunately, there are a number of great franchises that help Americans make the most of their favorite things about summer. These businesses not only offer a vast array of healthy recreational outlets for children and families, but also convenient and reliable vacation planning services, luxurious cruises to exotic destinations, organized sports and fitness activities, outdoor dining, and tasty warm-weather treats.

For those who’ve put outdoor activities, summer camp, and family vacation plans on hold over the past two years, the anticipation to enjoy summer 2022 is even greater.

Eric Stites, the founder & CEO of Franchise Business Review said, “Americans are excited to return to the ways things were before; to reward ourselves with the luxuries and comforts we enjoyed prior to the pandemic. We’re already seeing a big rebound in the food sector and a lot more activity in other business sectors, including those that traditionally thrive during the summer.”

“If your passion is being your own boss, and you’re looking to invest in a business that feeds your passion,”  Stites said, “I recommend that you consider franchising. Franchises offer a proven business model for success, including the training and support you need, backed by the power of a recognized and respected brand.”

Stites strongly recommends that, before you invest in any franchise, it is critical to do your research. Search the sectors and brands that interest you most. Compare brands side by side and carefully consider feedback and satisfaction survey results from existing franchisees. A great place to start your research is Franchise Business Review’s List of Top Franchises.

And for those that are interested in investing in a franchise that enhances the summertime experience, FBR has selected the following award-winning brands to explore:

Amazing Athletes

Amazing Athletes uses a multi-sport program designed to benefit children aged 18 mos. to 6 years physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. Their program introduces the fundamentals of 10 differ…

Investment: $33,100 - $64,950 Cash Required: $30,000

British Swim School

British Swim School is a franchise dedicated to providing an opportunity for children to learn how to swim, no matter what age.Their classes have been proven to prevent child drownings by utilizing on…

Investment: $93,700 - $125,850 Cash Required: $75,000
Includes owner satisfaction report
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Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners is a travel agency specializing in booking cruises to destinations around the world.

Investment: $2,295 - $23,465 Cash Required: $10,995
Includes owner satisfaction report
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Dream Vacations-CruiseOne

Home-based Dream Vacation franchise owners sell travel packages, including travel protection, shore excursions, hotels and tours to individuals, couples, families, businesses and groups. 

Investment: $1,795 - $21,000 Cash Required: $3,500
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Freedom Boat Club

Freedom Boat Club members can call or go online to reserve a boat for the date and time they desire. Then simply show up and the boat is ready to go. When the adventure is over, simply hand in the key…

Investment: $181,000 - $487,500 Cash Required: $50,000

Happy & Healthy Products

Industry: Food, Retail

Happy & Healthy Products, Inc. (H&H) believes that snack options should taste great without the added fat and calories. Happy & Healthy Products delivers flavorful, convenient, individuall…

Investment: $74,999 - $114,241
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Kampgrounds of America

Kampgrounds of America is the world’s largest system of privately held campgrounds with more than 525 campgrounds across North America.

Investment: $30,250 - $9,172,925 Cash Required: $500,000
Includes owner satisfaction report
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Kona Ice

Kona Ice mobile trucks specialize in serving premium, low-sugar shaved ice in a variety of flavors.

Investment: $127,750 - $151,550 Cash Required: $20,000
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Monster Mini Golf

Monster Mini Golf entertainment centers feature an indoor, 18-hole glow-in-the-dark mini golf course, video and redemption arcade games, three-dimensional animatronic props, an in-house radio station,…

Investment: $431,000 - $520,000 Cash Required: $3,000

Mosquito Joe

Mosquito Joe provides mosquito-control treatment services to residential and commercial customers. 

Investment: $102,850 - $137,150 Cash Required: $50,000
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Includes owner satisfaction report
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Pinch A Penny

Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa provides a wide selection of pool supplies including liquid chlorine, tablets, pumps, filters and more.

Investment: $334,425 - $480,200 Cash Required: $150,000
Includes owner satisfaction report
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Soccer Shots

Soccer Shots is a children’s soccer program with a focus on character development and impacting children’s lives on and off the field through coaching, communication and curriculum.

Investment: $43,000 - $55,300 Cash Required: $20,000
Includes owner satisfaction report
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The Haagen-Dazs Shoppe

Industry: Food, Retail

The Häagen-Dazs Shoppe is a global brand that has been perfecting the art of making premium ice cream for more than 50 years. 

Investment: $214,518 - $542,768 Cash Required: $80,000
Includes owner satisfaction report
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Wild Birds Unlimited

Industry: Pet Services, Retail

Wild Birds Unlimited provides a comprehensive array of bird feeding products, as well as local nature information.

Investment: $197,919 - $325,763 Cash Required: $40,000
Includes owner satisfaction report
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Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park (TM) Camp Resorts

Family-friendly Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resorts™ offer pools, water slides, splash grounds, jumping pillows, wagon rides, foam parties and interactions with Yogi Bear-costumed charact…

Investment: $63,000 - $10,000,000 Cash Required: $250,000

Includes owner satisfaction report
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Wild Birds Unlimited

Industry: Pet Services, Retail

Wild Birds Unlimited provides a comprehensive array of bird feeding products, as well as local nature information.

Investment: $197,919 - $325,763 Cash Required: $40,000
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Includes owner satisfaction report
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FirstLight Home Care

FirstLight Home Care provides home care services, helping seniors and people recovering from illness, injury or surgery, adults with disabilities, veterans and anyone 18 and older who need in-home sup…

Investment: $113,300 - $197,900 Cash Required: $100,000
Includes owner satisfaction report
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Any Lab Test Now

Any Lab Test Now provides direct access to clinical, DNA and drug and alcohol lab testing services, as well as phlebotomy and other specimen collection services, through a retail storefront business m…

Investment: $133,900 - $227,900 Cash Required: $90,000