Feeling a little stir crazy? Cooping yourself inside isn’t good for anyone’s physical and mental health.
Not only are outdoor activities fun, but spending time outdoors has plenty of physical, emotional, and mental health benefits. If you’re feeling a bit bored being stuck inside, we’ve got a list of 13 outdoor activities that will make you glad you went outside today.
Keep reading to learn more.
- Going Camping In Your Backyard
We all love a good camping trip, but for the sake of convenience and maybe even a little extra comfort, why not camp right in your backyard?
Set up a tent and some sleeping bags and spend the night stargazing and snacking on some smores. Camping is not only a fun outdoor activity, but it is also good for you since there are many benefits to sleeping outside.
Take the time to gather and prepare everything you will need to avoid running back and forth to the house to get supplies. However, that is also the beauty of camping right in your backyard.
- Going on a Scavenger Hunt
Whether it’s a simple nature scavenger hunt around your neighborhood or a city scavenger hunt, this a great outdoor adventure for a family. A scavenger hunt is so engaging and fun that your children probably won’t even notice that they are going for a long walk.
A town scavenger hunt can even be done from the inside of your car and is a great way of making you look at your town in a completely different way. Print out a checklist and add stuff on there like, “a gas station,” “someone with red hair,” or “a school bus.”
- Starting a Garden
Starting a garden is an excellent and therapeutic way to spend some time outdoors. Not only do you get the nutritional health benefits of gardening plants you can eat (like vitamin-rich vegetables), but your family will also feel more bonded and united.
Time spent working together in a garden can increase family unity, whether you’re planting flowers or food you can eat. This is one of the best outdoor activities for bringing your family closer together.
Commemorate your family garden by adding something like patio glider swings nearby so you can step outside, sit back, relax, and enjoy looking at the beauty of your garden.
- Painting En Plein Air
The French expression en plein air means “in the open air.” Painting is relaxing enough as it is, but it’s even more relaxing when you take it outdoors. One of the best advantages of painting outside is that all the senses are engaged. Sight, sound, smell, and touch are all simultaneously involved bringing you closer to nature and your piece of art.
- Having a Picnic at the Park
One of the most classic outdoor activities is having a picnic. Pack up some delicious snacks and drinks and have a picnic somewhere like your local park where you can immerse yourself in nature. The fresh air can do wonders for your mental health. Spending time outdoors is shown to reduce levels of anxiety and lower levels of activity in the parts of our brains associated with mental illness.
Time spent in the sunshine is also correlated to improved mood and reduced stress levels for the whole family.
Canoeing and kayaking is a fun activity for kids and adults. Check out your local lakes or rivers to see if there are any places in your area, or try a quick “kayaking near me” Google search to find a few options.
Slowing your pace down to the water and getting out in nature is a very relaxing way to get in tune with nature as well as regenerating your mind and body.
Geocaching is a fun worldwide treasure hunt that is perfect for the whole family. With the help of GPS technology, you can find the geocaches hidden in some of the most interesting (and sometimes random) places. There are over three million that are spread throughout 190 countries.
When you find a geocache, you can leave your own treasure, or “travelbug” as they call it, for the next person to find. Download the app to get started!
- Swimming Outdoors
Swimming outdoors is a great way to burn off some energy and get some exercise as well as getting your daily dose of vitamin D. Ditch the local pools and head down to the local lake to take a dip in nature. Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen!
- Picking Fresh Fruit
Head to a local farm that allows you to pick delicious fruit. Fresh berries, such as blueberries and strawberries, are always a hit. Apple orchards also often offer apple picking activities as well! Having your children pick their own fruit is a hands-on way of teaching them where their food comes from and why farming in the community is so important.
- Going on a Hike
Finding some time to spend outdoors is easy when all you need to do is throw on a pair of sneakers and hit the hiking trail. You can find hiking trails in your county, state as well as federal parks.
Hiking is the perfect outdoor activity that will leave your children feeling happy (and tired) at the end of the day.
- A Family Bike Ride
Taking your bikes out (or renting some if you don’t have any) can be a fun-filled and adventurous outdoor family activity. Research biking trails near you and get ready for an adventure!
Whether you choose to do a laidback city trail for your riding or a rugged mountain biking trail, you are sure to experience a fun and memorable day.
- A Day at the Splash Pad
Going to a local splash pad is one of the best outdoor activities for families who have toddlers or younger children that can’t swim. Everyone will have a blast running through the fountains and spray jets.
Unlike swimming in a pool, your little ones will have all of the fun of splashing around water without the anxiety on your end of constantly making sure they’re safe.
No Shortage of Outdoor Activities
Cooping yourself inside isn’t good for anyone’s physical and mental health. So if you’re seeling a little stir-crazy, we hope our list of 13 outdoor activities will inspire you to spend some time outside.
You will be so glad you did!
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