As the world around us continues to evolve at breakneck speed, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of technology, work, and urban life.

In the midst of this, we often forget the simple joy that comes from stepping outside, breathing in fresh air, and connecting with nature. But fear not, adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts! This comprehensive guide is your ticket back to the great outdoors.

Welcome to our list of 107 best outdoor activities. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie seeking your next thrill, a family looking for fun weekend activities, or someone simply wanting to take a peaceful break from the daily grind, there’s something here for everyone.

This isn’t just a list, it’s a collection of experiences designed to rejuvenate your spirit, challenge your boundaries, and rekindle your love for the natural world.

So lace up those hiking boots, apply the sunscreen, and get ready to explore. From the tranquil to the exhilarating, these activities promise unforgettable memories and stories worth sharing. Let’s dive in and rediscover the true essence of adventure!

What Are The Best Outdoor Activities?

1. Ride a bike

biking in door county

Riding a bike is one of those great outdoor activities that is perfect for people of all ages. It is a great way to get some exercise and explore the outdoors. It’s also a great way to get around instead of a car if you can!

2. Running

A classic. Easy. Can do it anywhere. Had a tough run and ready to “chill out”? Check out the best cold plunge tubs to recover from your workouts.

3. Walking

A great outdoor activity to get your heart rate up without putting too much strain on your body.


No better way to relax and spend time with friends or family. Fishing can be done in a variety of settings, including your local lake, river, and even the ocean.

5. Swimming

Swimming is a good exercise because it works out all of the muscles in your body. It is also a good way to have fun too! Find a lake, river, ocean or pool, and you’re good to go!

6. Hiking

Devils Lake Hike

It is one of our favorites for sure. It’s a great way to get outside and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Whether you’re looking for a challenging hike or go at a leisurely pace, there is a hike for you. We particularly love Devil’s Lake State Park in Wisconsin

7. Have a picnic

There’s something about a picnic that just makes you feel good. Picnics are a great way to enjoy good food and good company. Going to use that pellet smoker grill? Check out our review of the Best Wood Pellets for Smoking before you do!

8. Visit a park

Parks are a great way to get out of the house and have some fun. Head on out to your local park today!

9. Go to the beach

A beach is a great place for a day trip. You can swim, sunbathe, build sandcastles, or just enjoy the view. Be sure to pack some sunscreen and plenty of water, and you’re sure to have a great time.

10. Go Skateboarding

Maybe one you haven’t thought of. Or one you haven’t tried in 20 years! Well, they make them much easier to ride these days and have a long board option for even more ease.

11. Have a barbecue

I mean who doesn’t love a good BBQ?? Plus, it’s a great way to show off your grilling skills! Try out a flat top grill next time!

12. Play with your pets

You’ll both have fun.

13. Gardening & Yard work

I know this is like the last thing you want to do but gardening and yard work are both excellent activities. Both activities can also help reduce stress and improve your mood.

14. Star Gazing

Stargazing is a unique experience that allows you to view the stars and planets up close. It’s also a great way to relax and de-stress. You should also bring a blanket or lawn chair to lie down in. Finally, don’t forget to bring a pair of binoculars!

15. Camping

Our Favorite!! Camping is a great way to connect with nature. RV camping, tent camping, backpacking, and glamping are all popular options! If you are ready for your next RV adventure, be sure to check out our list of 91 Must Haves for your RV trip!

16. Bird Watching

Many hiking trails offer great viewing points for bird watching.

17. Play in the Rain

Oh why not right??

18. Fly a Kite

Flying a kite is a fun and easy way to enjoy the outdoors. Kites come in all shapes and sizes these days. All you need is a little space and some patience, and you’ll be flying high in no time.

19. Blowing Bubbles

Blowing bubbles is a fun pastime that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Although blowing bubbles is often associated with childhood, it can be a fun activity for adults as well.

20. Collect Shells or Rocks

Shells and rocks can both be collected as souvenirs from a vacation or a trip to a beach. Rocks can be polished and used as decoration, while shells can be used for crafts or jewelry. Both can be used to remember a special trip or place and you might even find a hidden gem!

21. Build a Sandcastle

Building a sandcastle can be a lot of fun for both children and adults. With a little imagination, you can create all sorts of shapes and designs.

22. Play a game of Tag

Playing tag is one of those outdoor activities that is perfect for all ages and can be played anywhere. All you need is a few friends and open space.

23. Play a game of Hopscotch

Hopscotch is a great way to get kids moving and improve their coordination.

24. Playing Backyard Games

Outdoor games are a fun way to enjoy the sunshine and get some exercise. Some popular outdoor games include Cornhole, KanJam, Kubb, horseshoes, and Giant Jenga.

25. Double Dutch Jump Rope

Double Dutch jump rope is a type of jump rope where two people are jumping simultaneously. It is a challenging activity that requires coordination and timing but can be a ton of fun!

26. Rollerblading

Rollerblading is a sport that involves skating on inline skates. It can be done for transportation, recreation, or competition. Rollerblading is a great way to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors.

27. Jump on a Trampoline

It’s a lot harder than you remember but still as fun! Get out there and get moving!

28. Play Hide and Seek

An oldy but a goody. So fun. So easy!

29. Play Catch

Grab a ball and get tossing!

30. Play Frisbee

Frisbee golf is becoming more and more popular and is a ton of fun. Grab a frisbee and hit the course!

31. Play Touch Football

Touch football is a great way to stay active and have fun. It can be played in the park, on the beach, or even in your backyard. All you need is a ball and some willing participants. So round up your friends and family, and get ready for some fun.

32. Baseball

Baseball is a sport with a long history and many traditions. It is a great game for all ages. Whether you are playing or watching, baseball is a great pastime.

33. Skiing

Crystal Mountain Michigan

Skiing is also a great outdoor activity that is both fun and challenging. It is one of the best ways to enjoy the winter weather while getting some exercise. So, get out there and enjoy the snow! This photo here was taken at beautiful Crystal Mountain in Michigan.

34. Basketball

Whether you’re shooting hoops with friends at the park or playing in a competitive league, basketball is a great way to have fun and get some exercise.

35. Attend a sporting event

Sporting events are a great way to have fun and a great way to spend time with friends or family.

36. Soccer

It’s one of the most popular sports for a reason! Soccer is a great way to stay in shape and have fun with friends. Soccer is also a relatively inexpensive sport, as all you need is a ball and some comfortable shoes.

37. Tennis

Tennis is so fun no matter how bad you are! There are courts everywhere so give it a try!

38. Bocce Ball

bocce ball
My kids playing Bocce!

Might be one you haven’t thought of. We play it often as we have come to enjoy it as a family. It is easy and entertaining for all!

39. Badminton

It is a very active sport and requires quick reflexes. Once you get the hang of it it’s a lot of fun!

40. Beach Volleyball

I mean, it might not be like Top Gun, but go for it anyway!

41. Cricket

Something different. Go for it!

42. Go Surfing

Surfing is a very exhilarating and fun experience. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced surfer, there’s a way for you to enjoy the waves.

43. Boogie Boarding

My kids Boogie Boarding!

Boogie boarding is a great way to experience the waves if you’re not a surfer. Easy and fun…just what we like!

44. Go Water Skiing

Water skiing is a fun and thrilling experience. You can ski behind a boat or jet ski, and there are many different tricks you can do on the water.

45. Wake Surfing

wake surfing
Wake Surfing in Michigan!

Wake surfing is a great way to get an adrenaline rush. If you’re looking for a new outdoor activity to try, wake surfing is worth checking out. Just be sure to be safe and always wear a life jacket.

46. Jet Skiing

Jet skiing

Jet skiing is a great outdoor activity that is sure to provide you and your friends with hours of enjoyment. It’s one of the best ways to enjoy the water and the sun, and it’s a great way to get some exercise.

47. Canoeing

Get out there an explore. Canoeing is fun and enjoyable and you will be able to see places you haven’t before.

48. Kayaking

Similar to canoeing, just a little more challenging! Once you know how to do it you will really enjoy it.

49. Stand up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

This one is becoming very popular these days. It is best known for being a great workout, but it can also be a lot of fun. SUPing can be done on any body of water, so it’s great for those who love to be outdoors and active.

50. Visit a Petting Zoo

Petting Zoo

If you’re looking for a fun and educational activity, a petting zoo is a great option!

51. Sledding

Sledding is a fun way to enjoy the winter weather. Overall, it’s a great activity for the whole family so head on over to your local sled hill! Keep your kiddos warm with these great kids snowpants!

52. Snowboarding


We are a family divided! Some of us ski and some of us snowboard. But we all have fun! Need some pants? Check out our review of Arctix Snowpants here.

53. Make a Snowman

Another one of those just do it activities!

54. Snowball Fight!

After you build that snowman you know the snowball fight is coming! Be sure to dress warm, though – it can get pretty chilly out there!

55. Laying in the Sun

Laying in the sun is a great way to relax and enjoy the outdoors. It’s also a great way to get some vitamin D. Just be sure to use sunscreen, and don’t stay out too long!

56. Laying in a Hammock

relaxing in a hammock

Nap time anyone??? Hammocks are a great way to relax and enjoy the outdoors. They are perfect for use while camping, hiking, or simply spending time in your backyard.

57. Scavenger Hunt

These exciting activities can be customized to suit any age group and skill level, making them the perfect choice for a wide range of occasions.

58. Go to the Park

Just some good old fashioned fun. So next time you’re looking for something to do, consider heading to your local park!

59. Play in the Playground

kids on a teeter totter

Playing at a playground is a fun and enjoyable experience for children. It helps to promote physical activity and allows children to explore their surroundings. Playing in the playground is a fun way to spend time.

60. Play Pickleball

JOOLA Pickleball

So fun! Pickleball is a great way to stay active and socialize with others. It’s is a great game for those who enjoy tennis, badminton, or ping pong. If you have never played pickleball, I encourage you to give it a try! Ready to play? See our review of the best pickleball paddles and best pickleball shoes! Need a set? Check out the Best Pickleball Paddle under 100.

61. Ride a Horse

Horseback riding
My wife and daughter riding their horses!

If you are looking for something a bit more adventurous, horseback riding may be perfect for you! There are many different types of horseback riding, so you can find the one that is perfect for you. English riding, Western riding, and trail riding are all popular options.

62. Go Karting

go karting

Go-karting is a great way to relieve stress and have a good time. So go out there and discover your inner race car driver!

63. Scuba Dive/Snorkel

one of our many snorkeling trips

For many people, diving and snorkeling are the ultimate way to relax and have some fun. The fish are beautiful and so colorful, and it’s a great way to see the underwater world.

64. Hula Hoop

Hula hoops are still a popular form of exercise and fun and can be found at most sporting goods stores. Hula hoops can provide a great workout for your entire body, and are a lot of fun to use.

65. Roll Down a Hill

Rolling down a hill is great fun and it’s also a way to have some laughs with your friends.

66. Jump Rope

Jumping rope is an excellent cardiovascular exercise that provides many benefits. It helps to improve endurance, agility, and coordination. Jumping rope is also a great way to burn calories and lose weight. It’s hard!!

67. Catch Fireflies

Catching fireflies is one of the great summer outdoor activities that you can enjoy in the evenings with family and friends.

68. Play Capture the Flag

The object of the game is to capture the other team’s flag and return it to your own base. This game is sure to get your heart rate up and provide some laughs!

69. Dodgeball

Relive the days of junior high! So much fun and a great stress relief!

70. Boating

Supra Sunsport

Who doesn’t love being on a boat! It’s a great way to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family. Our boat above on beautiful Lake Wisconsin.

71. Fly a drone

Flying a drone can be a lot of fun. It is a great way to take pictures and videos from a different perspective and get some amazing views. You need to follow the rules and regulations set by the government.

72. Volunteer

Getting outside and volunteering is a great way to improve your community, and it’s also very rewarding. You can do all sorts of things, like working with animals, cleaning up the environment, or helping out at a local park. You can also find volunteer opportunities online.

73. Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafting is a thrilling experience. Roaring rapids down the river is a great way to discover nature and one of the more adventurous outdoor activities.

74. Wash Your Car

Looking for a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon? Why not wash your car! Not only is it a great way to get outside and enjoy the weather, but it’s also good for your car.

75. Power Wash your Deck

Power Washing your deck is a great way to make it look new again. You can use a power washer to remove all the dirt, dust, and grime that has built up over time.

76. Play Paddle

Platform Tennis Court

Playing paddle tennis in the winter can be a lot of fun. The cold air and snow can make the game even more enjoyable. Make sure to bundle up before heading outside to play!

77. Do a HIIT workout

Going outdoors for a HIIT workout is a great way to exercise and get some sunshine. HIIT workouts are short but intense, so they’re the perfect way to get a quick workout in.

78. Build a Campfire

Campfire at our season camp site.

Campfires are a great way to stay warm and relax. Smokeless fire pits are a great way to keep the smoke out of your eyes! They are also a great way to cook food. Check out our easy camping meals list and get the s’mores ready!

79. Golf

golfing with friends

Golf can be a very fun and exciting sport to play outdoors. It is a great way to have fun and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Like golf? Then check out our write up on the new LIV Golf Series.

80. Waterpark

water slide

There is nothing quite as fun as a waterpark on a hot, summer day. Whether you’re trying out the thrilling water slides or just relaxing in the lazy river, there is something for everyone at an exciting waterpark.

81. Walk your dog

dog walk
our PWD

The exercise is good for both of you, and it’s a great way to spend some quality time together!

82. Climbing

If you are looking for an outdoor activity that is a bit more adventurous, climbing may be perfect for you! Rock climbing, ice climbing, and mountaineering are all popular options. We frequent Devils Lake, Wisconsin and they have some good climbing that is local to us.

83. Lemonade Stand

A lemonade stand can be a fun and easy way for kids to make money. They can set up a stand in their front yard or in a park, and sell lemonade, iced tea, or bottled water.

84. Water Balloon fight

Water balloon fights are a lot of fun. They’re a great way to cool down in the summer and to have some laughs with friends. Perfect for a hot mid-June afternoon!

85. Jump in the Sprinkler

Kids playing in a sprinkler

Playing in the sprinkler is a fun summer activity for kids and adults alike. It’s a great way to cool down on a hot day, and it’s also a lot of fun.

86. Outdoor Movie/Drive-In Movie

drive in movie theater

While they may not be as common as they once were, stumbling upon one is like discovering a hidden gem. You can even bring your own snacks and drinks, or indulge in the offerings of the on-site concession stand

87. Tumbling


Tumbling is a great way to have some fun and get some exercise. It is also a great way to improve balance and coordination.

88. Artwork

When it comes to outdoor artwork, the sky’s the limit! There are so many possibilities when it comes to using nature as your canvas. You can use paints, chalk, or markers to create your masterpiece. Time to start thinking different about your outdoor activities!

89. Ice Skating

ice skating

Looking for a fun and exciting way to get some exercise? Ice skating is an activity that people of all ages can enjoy, whether it’s at a rink or in the great outdoors. Glide along the ice and experience the thrill of this classic winter pastime!

90. Go to a Concert

Phish Concert

Outdoor concerts are a great way to enjoy the summer weather while listening to your favorite music. Many outdoor concert venues have beautiful landscapes that make for a perfect backdrop to a night of live music.

91. Go Apple or Strawberry Picking

Apple picking is a fun outdoor activity that the whole family can enjoy. You can pick your own apples right from the tree, and the orchard usually has a playground and other activities for kids. Strawberry picking is a similar activity, and it’s a great way to get fresh strawberries straight from the farm.

92. Go to a Pumpkin Patch

Didier Farms Pumpkin Patch

Going to a pumpkin patch is a great thing to do in the fall. It’s fun for the whole family, and you can pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve. We go with the kids every year and it is a great tradition for us!

93. Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree

Griswold anyone?? Christmas tree hunting is a popular outdoor activity during the holiday season. Make sure to bring along a saw, as you’ll need to cut the tree down yourself!

94. Play Mini Golf

Mini Golf

Miniature golf, also known as putt-putt golf, is a miniature version of the game of golf. The game is popular with people of all ages, and is a great outdoor activity for a group.

95. Paintball

Paintballing is a great outdoor activity that is perfect for those who love to have fun and get a little competitive.

96. Snowmobiling


Snowmobiling is a fun way to explore the winter landscape and get some stunning views. You can find guided tours or just go on your local trail. Be safe and don’t forget your snowmobile helmet!

97. Outdoor Yoga

Outdoor yoga is a great way to get your workout in and enjoy nature at the same time. There are many benefits to outdoor yoga, including getting some fresh air and vitamin D, and it’s a great way to connect with nature. Try a sunrise yoga if you can!

98. Attend Outdoor Church

An outdoor church service is a great way to have fun and connect with other people. It’s also a great way to learn more about nature and God

99. Go Hang Gliding

This is serious stuff but going hang gliding is a fun outdoor activity that can give you a great view of the landscape below. It’s an adrenaline rush to take off and fly through the air, and it’s a beautiful experience to see the world from a new perspective. You can tell me about it because I won’t be doing it!

100. Skydiving

Skydiving is a thrilling outdoor activity that can give you an adrenaline rush like no other. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you’re looking for an extreme outdoor adventure, skydiving is it. Let me know how it is because I’m not going!

101. Clean Your Gutters

Cleaning your gutters is an important but often overlooked task that can help protect your home from water damage. Gutter cleaning is a simple process that can be done with a ladder, a hose, and a bucket. Time consuming, but worth it.

102. Climb a Tree

Climbing a tree is a great outdoor activity that is fun and rewarding. It’s a great way to get some exercise, and you can enjoy the view from up high. Make sure you choose a sturdy tree to climb, and be careful when you’re up there!

103. Clean Garage/Have a Garage Sale

One way to get yourself motivated to clean out your garage is to have a garage sale. Not only will you be able to get rid of some of your stuff, but you can also make some money in the process

104. A Farmer’s Market

Attending a farmers market is a great way to spend a summer afternoon. It’s a great way to get fresh produce and learn about where your food comes from. Farmers’ markets also have a festive atmosphere, with live music and other activities.

105. Journal

Going outdoors and journaling is a great activity that can help improve your mental health. Journaling can help you process your thoughts and feelings, and can be a great way to release stress.

106. Attend a Rodeo

Why not try something different like attending the rodeo? You can get a front-row seat to all the action, and there’s nothing like the smell of fresh air and horses. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

107. Kickball

Kickball is a popular game that can be played by people of all ages. It’s a lot of fun to play, and it’s a great workout, too!


In conclusion, the natural world offers an endless variety of experiences just waiting to be explored. Our list of 107 outdoor activities is not just a guide, but an invitation to step outside your comfort zone and engage with the world in a more meaningful, exciting way. Remember, every adventure, no matter how small, is a step towards a richer, more fulfilling life.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to embrace the great outdoors! Whether it’s trekking through a forest, sailing on a serene lake, or simply spending an afternoon bird watching, each activity carries the promise of unforgettable memories and new stories to tell.

We challenge you to try out as many activities as you can from this list. And when you do, don’t forget to share your experiences with us. After all, the best part of any adventure is sharing it with others.

Adventure is out there, and it’s calling your name. So go ahead, answer the call. The great outdoors awaits!