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:

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Amazing Athletes

Amazing Athletes uses a multi-sport program designed to benefit children aged 18 mos. to 6 years physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. 

Investment: $60,050 - $105,500 Cash Required: $50,000

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 lessons have been proven to prevent child drownings by utilizing o…

Investment: $99,960 - $135,010 Cash Required: $100,000
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Includes owner satisfaction report
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Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners is the nation’s largest home-based travel agency franchise specializing in booking travel experiences such as cruises, land tours, and all-inclusive resort vacations 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: $222,500 - $500,500 Cash Required: $50,000
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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
out of 100

Kona Ice

Industry: Food & Beverage

Kona Ice mobile trucks specialize in serving premium, low-sugar shaved ice in a variety of flavors. 99% of Kona Ice franchise owners would recommend the franchise to others. Download the Kona Ice Fran…

Investment: $149,995 - $189,300 Cash Required: $20,000
Includes owner satisfaction report
out of 100

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: $471,425 - $745,200 Cash Required: $150,000
Skyhawks Sports Academy franchise opportunity child recreation industry girls team playing sports
Includes owner satisfaction report
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Skyhawks Sports Academy

Skyhawks provides a wide variety of fun, safe and positive programs that emphasize critical lessons in sports and life, such as teamwork, respect and sportsmanship. Skyhawks sports programs are design…

Investment: $30,800 - $89,750 Cash Required: $100,000
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: $42,950 - $54,300 Cash Required: $20,000
Includes owner satisfaction report
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The Häagen-Dazs Shoppe

Industry: Food & Beverage

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
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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 and local nature information.

Investment: $209,425 - $350,037 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

Right at Home

Industry: Senior Care

Right at Home franchise serves its clients and community by providing in-home companionship, personal care services, and assistance to seniors and disabled adults who want to continue to live independ…

Investment: $88,719 - $157,669 Cash Required: $150,000
Includes owner satisfaction report
out of 100

Snap-on Tools

Industry: Automotive, Services

Snap-on Tools is a leading global developer, manufacturer, and marketer of high-end tool and equipment solutions for professional tool users. Download the report to learn more about this franchise opp…

Investment: $201,433 - $465,436 Cash Required: $44,121
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Includes owner satisfaction report
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360clean is a health-focused office cleaning franchise with high franchisee satisfaction and a flexible business model. Download the report to learn more. 

Investment: $21,800 - $36,500 Cash Required: $15,000