During my childhood summers, my parents never had to tell me to get out of the house. As soon as the sun was up, I was out of the house hanging out with friends, building tree forts, and playing sports.
While I’m only 24, it seems like a lot has changed since my childhood. With Xbox 360s, Playstation 3s, and more gaming consoles than you can think of, people just don’t enjoy the great outdoors like they used to. After making a comment like that, I feel much older than I am, but nonetheless, I think it’s true.
We’re halfway into June and the weather has been exceptional. With most kids finishing their final days of school, there’s no better time to enjoy the great outdoors than now! Whether you’re into sports, camping, or hanging out at the beach, there’s something for everyone.
Here is a list of some of the best outdoor activities for people of all ages:
This is one of my favorite things to do during the summer. All you need is a hot day, bathing suit and a towel. It’s a great place to go with a family or a group of friends. Many beaches have concession stands set up in particular areas, although I usually just bring a cooler packed with food and drinks for the day. There’s really nothing more relaxing than a day at the beach in my opinion.
This is another of my favorite hobbies. Whether you get a membership at a particular course, or enjoy playing at a different course every time, golf is a game you can play the rest of your life. After a tough day at work, there’s no place I’d rather be than the golf course.
Another one of my favorites. On second thought, everything on this list could be grouped among things I enjoy doing. While it can get quite hot during the summer, a nice run/walk/rollerblading session to start the day in the morning (or end the day at night) is a good form of exercise.
For the outdoorsman, it doesn’t get much better than a camping trip. If you really want to rough it, a tent is the way to go, although campers are another popular option. Even though my camping experience isn’t what you’d call normal (my dad once set up a tent in our backyard for my brother, sister and I that had a TV with full cable), camping is something the entire family can enjoy.
5. Theme Park
While this may require some travel, for the roller coaster lover in your family, this could be their highlight of the summer. Michigan’s Adventure and Cedar Point are two popular destinations that offer special deals for families.
6. Attend a Sporting Event
Come down to the D and cheer on the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. The atmosphere is great and you can find reasonably priced tickets on stubhub. I still remember my first Tigers game at the old Tiger Stadium. For a young kid, their first ball game will be a memory that will stick with them forever.
7. Fly Kites
This is a good form of cheap entertainment that kids love to do. All you need is a kite and an open field (and maybe a little wind). Looking back, it’s hard to believe that flying a kite could entertain me for hours on end when I was a kid. But it did. Sometimes it’s the little things in life.
8. Outdoor Games
You’re never too old for hide and seek. If you have kids, it’s the perfect game to play outside, around the house. Call me immature, but I still enjoy a good water balloon fight.
For a little older age group, horseshoes or bocce ball are other options.
9. Start a Lemonade Stand
I remember creating many of these as a kid. It’s a good way for kids to learn the value of money while also a fun way to interact with other young kids in the neighborhood.
There’s no better way to end the night than a good bonfire. It seems like every weekend of my childhood we would have a bonfire with a lot of people from the neighborhood stopping by. A decade later, bonfires are still one of my favorite outdoor activities.
Put away the 360 controllers! Turn off the TV! Get out of bed! Go outside!
Before you know it, the warm summer weather will be replaced with snow and subfreezing temps. Get outside and enjoy it while it lasts!