Spring has sprung, and the outdoors is calling your name! There are a ton of great outdoor activities that don’t cost a cent, so take a look at our list below!
- Go for a walk through your neighborhood– at the height of spring everything is green and blooming, and what better way to appreciate that than by taking a leisurely stroll around the block? It is good for you, is a zero impact on the environment, and your dog will adore you for the the additional outside time!
- Play catch – haul out the old pigskin, toss a frisbee around, or field some grounders. Whatever your sport, step outside and play for an hour or two.
- Have a picnic – pack up a basket with reusable plates and cutlery, linen napkins, a tasty meal and some local wine or your favorite organic beverage. Then head to the closest park for a delightful, sustainable picnic lunch.
- Visit a local garden – stop and smell the flowers, literally! The National Gardening Association’s Public Gardens Locator allows you to find nearby gardens wherever you are!
- Go for a bike ride – cycling is great exercise that gives you a way to get around with no fossil fuel needed. Bike to your favorite restaurant for brunch, then spin around town for a leisurely afternoon ride.
- Take a hike – you don’t need a mountain to take a hike, just look up local trails. Riverside parks are a good bet, and state and national parks have blazed hiking trails and have easily available trail maps.
- Visit a farm - Lots of local farms have Farm Days, events when locals can come to explore the farm, meet the animals, and learn about local agriculture. Just don’t let the kids get too attached to the piglets – those cute babies grow up to be huge!
- Go for a jog – running is a great way to stay in shape and enjoy the outdoors. Need motivation? Sign up for a charitable 5k. The money goes to a good cause, and gives you a reason to run
- Work in your garden – planting a seedling doesn’t mean its good to go. Plants need plenty of TLC. Spend an hour or two taking care of your garden, and they’ll thank you for it come harvest time!
- Sit out in the sun – sometimes there is nothing better than just sitting outside with a glass of organic iced tea and a good book. If you don’t read a page, who has to know? Just be sure to wear sunscreen!
What are your favorite ways to get outside? Share them in the comments!