5. Worldwide Geocaching
Geocaching is an amazing worldwide treasure hunt that is suitable for the whole family. Using GPS technology, you can find the geocaches that are hidden in some of the most interesting places. There are over 3 million that are spread through 190 countries. I have a friend who looks up geocaching opportunities before general sightseeing options when she visits a new locale.
Some of them are tiny micro caches that you can log on to the geocaching website. Some of the boxes are much bigger and may contain items like “travelbugs,” that are traveling a journey from one geocache to the next. And, when you find a geocache, you can leave your own travelbug for the next person to find.
Perfect for a vacation, this is a great hobby that gets everyone excited!
6. Outdoor Swimming
If you really want to burn off some energy, then swimming is perfect. In the summer months, steer away from the municipal pool and instead head down to the lake to take a dip in nature. If you’re wondering where the best place to go locally is, then check out the Outdoor Swimming Society website, or Wild Swim. When the weather is hot, all you’ll need to take are your swimsuits, towels and the sunscreen.
Depending how far you plan to venture out in the lake, don’t forget to bring life jackets for the family. Add a picnic, and you have the perfect day out for the whole family.
7. Head to the U-Pick Farm
Do you want to encourage your family to have a healthy diet? Then head to a U-Pick Farm where they can pick some delicious fruits and vegetables. Fresh berries, such as strawberries and raspberries are always a favorite.
You can eat them straight out of the bowl, or even use the fruit to make healthy popsicles with your children. It is a great way of teaching them where their food comes from and the importance of farming in the community.
8. A Scavenger Hunt
A city scavenger hunt is a great adventure for a family. It is a great way of exploring somewhere new by solving a series of puzzles and clues about the buildings and landmarks. It can also make you look at a familiar city in a completely different way. A scavenger hunt is so interesting and engaging that children won’t even notice that they are going for a long walk. Is your family more into a Nature Scavenger Hunt? Listotic has a free printable for you!
9. Games in Your Own Backyard
If the thought of wrangling your kids out in public exhausts you, then plan a backyard game day! You can get some great ideas from our list of 32 Backyard Games. Try backyard Twister, bean bag toss, outdoor Tic-Tac-Toe, and many more ideas! Then, add in a great crockpot recipe from our mindblowing crockpot recipe list, some cool drinks such as Lilly’s Favorite Skinny Cocktail Recipe or one of our healthy smoothie recipes.
Canoeing and kayaking is a great time for kids and adults. Check out your local rivers to see if there are any outfitters in your area, then grab a picnic basket and join in the fun! A quick Google Search on “Canoeing near me” is sure to get you a few options.
Getting out in nature and slowing the pace down to the speed of the river is a very relaxing way to get in tune with nature and consequently, regenerate your wholesome self.