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Outdoor Activity Ideas: 60 Suggestions

Updated on July 9, 2011

Do you and the other members of your family spend entirely too much time indoors engaged in activities like watching television, playing video games or surfing the Internet? While those activities can certainly be enjoyable, there’s more to life than staring at an LCD screen. Why not go outside and get moving instead of staying cooped up inside?

60 Ideas for Outdoor Activities

If you’re ready to step out into the sunshine and participate in some outdoor activities, good for you! Here are a few suggestions – some chores, some pure fun – to help you get started.

  1. Attend a local festival
  2. Attend an outdoor adventure camp program
  3. Build a sand castle
  4. Enjoy dining al fresco at one of your favorite local restaurants
  5. Fertilize your lawn
  6. Fly a kite
  7. Gather pine cones for craft activities
  8. Go crabbing
  9. Go fishing
  10. Go for a bicycle ride
  11. Go for a boat ride (rent a boat or take a group boat tour if you don’t own one)
  12. Go for a motorcycle ride (rent one if you don’t own one)
  13. Go for a run
  14. Go for a swim
  15. Go hiking
  16. Go on a canoe float trip
  17. Go on a picnic
  18. Go to an amusement park with friends and family members
  19. Go for a go cart ride at a local track
  20. Go zip lining
  21. Hold a yard sale to get rid of clutter and raise some cash
  22. Host a cookout
  23. Jump on a pogo stick
  24. Landscape your yard
  25. Plant and tend a flower garden
  26. Plant and tend a vegetable garden
  27. Plant and tend an herb garden
  28. Play a game of hopscotch
  29. Play a round of miniature golf
  30. Play a tug of war with friends and/or relatives
  31. Play croquet on your own or with companions
  32. Play Frisbee with like-minded companions
  33. Play hide and seek with the youngsters in your family
  34. Play volleyball with friends and/or family members
  35. Play with a hula hoop
  36. Power wash your house
  37. Shoot hoops at a local playground (or in your own backyard!)
  38. Sketch or paint a landscape
  39. Spend a morning or afternoon at a local park
  40. Spend a day – or longer – at the beach
  41. Start a container garden
  42. Start jogging regularly
  43. Take a camping trip with friends and/or family members
  44. Take a nap on a chaise lounge in your back yard
  45. Take a ropes course
  46. Take a walking tour of your town
  47. Take diving lessons
  48. Take golf lessons
  49. Take swimming lessons
  50. Take tennis lessons
  51. Take up bird watching
  52. Take up race walking
  53. Train for a 5K (or a marathon if you’re really ambitious)
  54. Try cooking with a solar oven
  55. Visit a local tourist attraction
  56. Visit a nearby lake
  57. Visit a pick-your-own fruit and vegetables farm
  58. Volunteer to provide outdoor work for a local charity
  59. Walk your dog
  60. Wash and wax your car

What Other Outdoor Activity Ideas Do You Have?

These are, of course, only a few of the many outdoor activities that can provide a great reason to get out of the house and get moving. What suggestions do you have to share?


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  • katrinasui profile image

    katrinasui 6 years ago

    Great ideas! Very useful hub.

  • barbergirl28 profile image

    Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    You have so many ideas... I don't know if I read it or thought this one up on my own...

    Play Frisbee


    Dash through a sprinkler

    See an outdoor movie or go to the Drive-in

    Play on a slip and slide

    I love playing outside! :)

  • ChristinS profile image

    Christin Sander 6 years ago from Midwest

    All great ideas :) My son built a solar oven that was a fun activity for sure. You have some very uncommon and interesting ideas listed here.