Why have stuffy fun indoors when you can have outdoor fun?
Not only is being in nature refreshingly beautiful, but it’s great for our health, too. Going outdoors can help us deal with stress, be more alert and positive, and it improves our immune systems.
So you can think of it like this—while you’re playing outside, you’re living a more generous, well-rounded life. What’s not to love?
In addition to that, the following activities are just plain fun. They’re things you simply can’t do indoors—exploring the oceans, flying through the air, cruising over snow.
So put down that book or shut off that TV, and consider doing one of the following this weekend.
This is a great outdoor activity that gives you a birds-eye view of the water, no experience necessary.
With parasailing, guests are strapped into a chair that’s attached to a kite-like shape, or sail. A sturdy rope connects this sail to a boat. As the boat glides through the water, your sail rises—and you fly through the air.
It’s exhilarating at first, and then it’s just breathtaking.
Paddleboarding is a fun outdoor activity that asks you to use a bit of core.
Paddleboards, frequently called SUPs (stand-up paddleboard), are large, surfboard-shaped objects that float easily on top of the water. Because of their bigger width and length, they’re relatively easy to stand on. Keep knees slightly bent and use your oar to navigate the still waters.
Take a SUP to a river or state park, where the water’s calmer.
According to this paddle board guide, all you need to enjoy this activity is a board, paddle, and a SUP leash. The rest are optional!
Download the “Mtn Project” app and see what great outdoor climbing is in your area.
It’s a free map that leads you to 204,211 climbing routes across the nation. Bonus—you don’t even need cell service to use it.
Grab your shoes and a chalk bag, grab a crash pad (or two), and go with your favorite spotter. Rock climbing is a dynamic, fun sport that’ll have you feeling challenged and accomplished all at once.
Remember, practice safety at all times, and remove chalk from the rocks as best you can before leaving. This eliminates your beta (which other climbers will appreciate) and helps the rock live its full life.
While you’re downloading Mtn Project, consider also downloading the free app “AllTrails.”
This app has over 100,000 trails on its database, waiting for you to find them. Simply type in your area, and the app spits back thousands of ideas for you.
Trails are rated by their difficulty, they tell you exactly how long they are, and you can even see notes from other hikers.
Pack a backpack with water, a first aid kit, some snacks, and lace up your hiking boots. Whether you’re taking a more leisurely stroll or a strenuous up-hill, your bones will be glad you did.
Snorkeling is an excellent activity for those who want to explore the water without getting scuba certified.
If you live near any water with great visibility, snorkeling is a wonderful option. There’s still much to see, and you can peruse at the top of the water or hold your breath and go a little deeper.
Look in your area for local springs, as these provide cool temps year-round and perfect visibility.
For those who wouldn’t mind getting below the depths, scuba diving could be the thing for you.
Over 3 million Americans participated in scuba diving at least once in 2014. 893,000 of those are ‘core participants,’ which are people who take eight or more dives per year.
You can explore a local shipwreck or take your diving skills on vacation with you. Try night dives, shark dives, manta ray dives—the options are as boundless as the ocean.
And remember, the more you dive, the fresher your knowledge is.
Once you’ve got the hang of setting up your BC, tank, and regulator, the rest is just managing your buoyancy and going below the surface.
Want to peruse the waters without having to stand up?
Or perhaps you want to fish while you do it?
Kayaking is a great option, then! If you don’t feel like standing on a SUP all day, take a seat in a comfy kayak and enjoy yourself.
Kayak oars come with a paddle on either side, so you can perfect a back-and-forth paddling motion. They’re typically large enough to fit a smaller cooler or backpack in, so you can bring some necessities with you if you choose. Or, you can bring your fishing pole and catch some dinner.
For something new and exciting, try a glass-bottom kayak.
Camping is a pastime that never gets old.
Whether you’re tent camping or RV glamping, it’s a great outdoor activity.
Start a fire, cook your dinner over an open flame, and fall asleep to the sound of nature. Play cards by candlelight or take a walk around your site.
With 4,300 campgrounds around the U.S., you’ll be at no loss for choosing a spot.
Swim in the ocean, the springs, your local pool, it doesn’t matter!
Swimming is what you make it. You can make it a leisurely activity, or you can swim laps in your local Olympic-sized pool. It’s a rejuvenating, fun activity, fit for all ages and skill levels.
If you’re not a great swimmer, just strap on a life jacket or hang on to a noodle. But get your toes wet.
Skiing or Snowboarding
What do 9.2 million Americans have in common?
That’s the number of active skiers and snowboarders in the U.S. in 2017-’18 alone.
If you haven’t done it before, try taking a lesson. And if you have done it before, try moving from the greens to the blues (or blues to blacks).
Skiing and snowboarding are both extremely different activities, too, so maybe you can try the one you haven’t tried yet.
Ready for Some Outdoor Fun?
Just looking at this list is exciting!
There are so many activities to try (or repeat, if you’ve done them before!).
So, what are you doing inside? Get up, put on some hiking shoes, and enjoy the weather. Have some outdoor fun—your body and brain will thank you.
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