While most people think of the winter as a time to stay inside, the truth is that there are plenty of great outdoor activities available. In fact, this is a great time of year to head outside with your family. If you’re ready to try out something new, you might want to try one of the five outdoor activities below.
The winter is a great time for a hike. With the underbrush dead, it gives you a chance to walk on clear trails while much of the natural world is asleep. Grab a good waterfowl hunting backpack to pack your gear and get out there to see what nature really has to offer.
Hit the Slopes
If you’re in a snowy location, you might want to look into some winter sports. Parents and older kids might want to try out skiing or snowboarding, while those with younger kids—or with less coordination—might have much more fun sledding. Not matter what you choose, going out with the family will guarantee that you have a fantastic time.
Enjoy the Stars
No matter where you are, the winter is a great time for some star gazing. The clear winter air and the long nights make it easier than ever to see the constellations and those with telescopes can watch some truly interesting phenomenon up close. Though not every location has a perfect view of the winter sky, almost everyone can find something interesting to watch during this time of the year.
If you’re in a snowy region, this is definitely the time of year to start constructing things out of snow. You can start simple with a snowman, or you can build up to a giant snow sculpture. Want something more functional? You can get the family together to build a snow fort that works as a perfect place to hide out in the middle of a snowball war.
Roast a Winter Feast
Even if you’re not in an area where it’s snowy, you can still enjoy the treats that come with the winter. It’s a great time to go outside and roast marshmallows or even to cook on the grill. It might be a little colder than what you’re used to, but gathering the family around the fire to cook a meal can be a fantastic way to bond.
The most important part of all of these activities is that you can do them together. Take some time to talk to your family and find out what they think might be interesting. With a little planning, you can all have a great winter’s day.
By Brooke Chaplan
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan