10 Outdoor activities we Love or Would like to try

It's always fun to get outside with your kids.  There are so many things to do!  And family time in the outdoors can help bring a family together.  Here are some of the things we like to do or would like to try.  For more ideas of places to go, check out this list of the Top 50 Places for Outdoorsy People.
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1.  Go Hiking!  There are so many places in Northeast Ohio to go hiking.  The great thing about hiking is that there's not a lot of fancy equipment that you need.  All you need is a good pair of hiking boots.  But, we've even gone with just athletic shoes before.  Actually, hiking boots are on my wish list!  The fun thing about hiking is that it doesn't seem like exercise.  You can explore and enjoy your sense of adventure at the same time.  And it's a confidence booster for the kids.  They are so proud of themselves when they can make it up a hill or through a cave.  And where we go hiking we  can watch rock-climbers, too.  Although, I'm not quite ready for that yet.  I might try an indoor rock-climbing gym first.

2. Go bike-riding on a trail or sidewalk.  Again, Northeast Ohio is a great place for any kind of walking/running/hiking.  There are so many trails in the metroparks up here.  But, you can walk or ride a bike in your own neighborhood.  My hubby and kids even go in the woods behind our house sometimes.  This is another one that's inexpensive.  You can wear normal athletic shoes and there are always bikes at garage sales and on Craig's list.
3. Go fishing.  There is a little pond behind our house in the woods somewhere.  I haven't seen it yet.  But, my hubby takes my daughter sometimes for their daddy-daughter time.  You should hear the fish-tales we hear when they get back.  The fish was thiiiiiiiiis big!  The only thing you need for this hobby is a couple fishing poles.  Since my hubby and daughter just go fishing to spend time together, they don't even have to be expensive poles.  You could probably find fishing rods at garage sales or Craigslist and get a good deal.
4. Ride a Horse. There are also a lot of Bridle trails around here.  It's not uncommon to see horses crossing our main roads to continue through the metroparks.  Although we haven't tried horseback riding together yet, I think it would be fun.  There is a little horse ring in the metroparks down the road where they must offer horse riding lessons.  We see them out there some Saturday mornings.  There is also a new horse-riding class down the road from us now.  I've seen the sign.  I should call and find out about classes.  I think the kids would love it.  
5.   Go Tobogganing. In the winter time this year, we're planning on going on the Toboggan chutes.  It's actually on my Fifty before 50 list.  And I think all of the kids are tall enough now.  We are planning on getting a group of us to go.  It should be exciting! 
6.  Go Skiing. There are a couple small ski areas around here.  I think it would be fun to learn how to ski together.  I have never skied before.  That's actually on my Fifty before 50 list as well.  We have friends who go skiing quite a lot and take their little girl.  So, maybe they can teach us all at the same time.  I know the last (and only) time I went, I was trying to snowboard.  We can rent the equipment there to try it out and see if we even like snow sports.  Then, if we do enjoy it, we can buy equipment during a ski swap.  That way we wouldn't have to pay full price.  I'm sure there might be some stuff on Craig's list as well. 
7.  Build a Snowman. And of course, there's always the old favorite up here. . . . . building snowmen.  We built a huge snowman last year.   And that doesn't take any special equipment or money at all, except good gloves of course.  But, we have to have those in the winter anyway!
8.  Go to Waterparks or Beach. In the summertime, we enjoy going to waterparks or the beach together.  Waterparks are more expensive than the beach, but they are a lot of fun.  We watched our daughter go down the curly water slides so many times two years ago.  And she was always talking to herself when she got off!  We have no idea what she was saying, but it was the funniest thing.  And my son and I rode one of the water coasters together.  I have so many memories of the only two times we've been to waterparks as a family.  And I look forward to many more.
And the beach is a great place to get knocked silly in the waves.  When we went to the beach last year, I went into the ocean for the first time in ages.  And we got pounded by the waves.  My daughter and I were together for one that really stunned both of us.  I had forgotten how much fun it was to be in the ocean.  When the kids are older, we could learn how to surf together.  And of course now we can build sand castles together.
9.  Build Bonfires. One of our favorite things to do outside together is bonfires.  Unfortunately we haven't had very many occasions this year to have bonfires.  But, my hubby is teaching the kids how to keep a fire going.  Of course that kind of stuff always makes me nervous.  I don't like my kids "playing with fire."  But, they actually do really well and they are both very careful.  And I guess it's a good thing to know for camping, etc.
10.  Go Camping! Speaking of camping. . . . . camping is on my Fifty before 50 list as well.  My hubby and I have not had a good history with camping!  But, all four of us did manage to sleep in a tent one night together and survive.  And we even did it in the rain.  Our tent started leaking and we were all forced to sleep on one side of the tent.  But, we had fun.  And I would like to go camping for real sometime next summer.  I remember going camping when I was little, relaxing in a hammock, watching the dads grill with real charcoal, hanging out with family and friends.  It just seems like something every kid should do. 

I just remembered another one!  I want to take the kids canoeing sometime too.  A lot of the campgrounds up here have places you can canoe.  My hubby and I have only been once since I moved up!  So, maybe next summer we can go camping and canoeing. 
That's my list of fun family things we like to do outdoors or would like to try to do outdoors.  What's on your family's list?

Update 3/2018 ~~  It is funny what a difference 5 years makes.  If you ever wonder whether you should put things on a list, you definitely should!  Since this original post, we have:

  • gone to that indoor rock climbing gym.
  •  gone bike riding in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and done the Bike & Ride.
  • All gone horseback riding together in Arizona while on vacation
  • Gone toboganning together
  • The kids have joined ski club and gotten their own ski equipment. I still haven't gone!
  • Had passes to the local water park 2 Summers in a row (until it closed! ☹)
  • And bought a camper, along with other camping equipment, and camped twice each Summer the last two years.

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30 comments:

  1. These are great ideas. We're actually planning to go horse riding and fishing soon and your post made us more excited for our upcoming trip.

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    1. Yay! Have fun. :) They're both great ways to spend time outdoors.

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  2. Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas. Will love to try few for my next trip.�� Outdoor, adventure and fun.

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    1. You're welcome. Thanks for stopping by & enjoy your next adventure, whatever it may be!

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  3. I absolutely love horse-riding! Nowadays my outdoors activity pretty much sums up to walking my dog, but fresh air is great for the skin! I see the changes in the mirror the moment I come home!

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    1. Yes! Fresh air is good for the skin and good for the soul!

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  4. This is a great list full of fun adventures to try. I definitely like the sound of Tobogganing

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    1. Tobogganing was so much fun. Scary when you're at the top, but fun once you do it!

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  5. I wish I had more time to go camping. I love being outdoors so all these activities sound amazing to me. I was able to go horseback riding last week on the beach and that was incredible. Simply being outside makes me happy :)

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    1. Being outside is awesome (when it's warm enough. It has been super-cold here recently!). I bet riding a horse on the beach was really, really incredible!

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  6. Wow what a great list ! I can't wait to do some of these when our kids are a little bit older. I like that you updated it and added more too!

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    1. Thanks, Britney. It will be something fun for you to look forward to!

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  7. Annemarie LeBlancMarch 11, 2018 at 6:02 PM

    We haven't gone fishing in years. Me and my husband are in the "pseudo" empty nest phase of life, where we have grown kids who spend a lot of time with their friends or their sports activities. I would love to go fishing and camping with them again. Oh my, if I could only turn back time and be young with lots of energy again.

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    1. Oh my gosh, I know, right? It won't be long before my kids are in the phase that yours are in because time flies, right? I wish I could turn time back sometimes too. Although, now I want to turn time back to when they were toddlers so that I could just pick them up and feel what it feels like to hug them one more time.

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  8. I love outdoors! Can't wait for spring.

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    1. Spring can't come soon enough here! Way too cold still.

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  9. I love having bonfires. Sitting around a fire is relaxing and seems to promote good communication and conversation.

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    1. It really does, doesn't it? I can't wait for our first bonfire this year, either.

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  10. That all sounds like so much fun. I would like to go camping and build a huge bonfire.

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    1. Camping can be fun! I can't wait to go this year. Hope that you get some outdoor adventures of your own this year!

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  11. Outdoor activities are so much fun! I'm a passionate road bike enthusiast and often travel on bike. This year I plan on mixing it with camping on a way.

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    1. That sounds like fun! Hope you are able to do it and enjoy it!

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  12. We love everything about this list of outdoor activities except for biking... we might be the only 30 something year olds that never learned... lol.

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    1. Haha! It's never too late! I used to ride my bike everywhere as a kid, now I only like to be on small trails if possible!

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  13. I've done all except true tobogganing. It sounds like so much fun - the outdoors are a great place to be! :)

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    1. If you ever visit northeast ohio in the winter, you should go toboganning. The one close to us is the tallest in the state. Yes! The outdoors are a great place to be.

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  14. Our section of the world is pretty accommodating to outdoor fun. I love hiking with the family, but have to go hunt down snow to make snowmen. My husband mountain bikes, but I'm too much of a chicken!

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    1. Eek! Yeah. I'm not sure I could mountain bike either. That's more my hubby's "speed" as he's the true adventurer here. Have fun on any hikes you go on soon!

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  15. I love the outdoors. There is so much to do! I love spending my time either hiking or at the beach. Those are my probably my favourites. I love this post because it should remind just about anyone to get out and explore!

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    1. Thanks, Amanda! I love the beach, too. Out of all the things on this list, I wish I could spend more time at the beach!

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