Outdoor Activities

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5 Outdoor Activities for When the Weather Gets Nicer

Spring is here. The sun is shining. The temperature is rising. Best of all, it’s flip-flop season.

Get those flip-flops a-floppin’ with these five fun outdoor activities perfect for warm weather.

Go for a Walk, Run, or Bike Ride

You don’t need lots of gear or big, elaborate plans to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air. All you need is two feet and maybe a bicycle. After a long winter spent indoors, even a short walk, job, or ride around the block can be refreshing.

Don’t worry about having a destination, just get out there and take in the sights. People-watch. Stargaze. Go window shopping downtown or stroll through suburbia admiring the Chicago houses for sale. Do it during the day or do it at night. Do it to relax or do it to improve your fitness. Just do it.

Play Sports Competitively (or Just For Fun)

Who doesn’t love watching a game of football, baseball, or soccer? Why stick to just watching, though, when you can participate yourself. If you’re a first-timer or just doing it for fun, call your neighbors and see about organizing a game at the local park.

Alternatively, if you have some athletic experience and a competitive spirit, why not sign up for a local amateur league? Whether you win or lose, you’re sure to have a good time.

Play Sports Competitively

Gather Your Friends and Hit the Beach

Warm, sunny weather is practically synonymous with trips to the beach. If you’re lucky enough to live close to the shore, you can go there to soak up the rays, hunt for seashells, or swim in the ocean as much as you like. If you live farther away, plan a day-trip or weekend vacation.

The sound of waves crashing is like sweet music after a season full of long nights and icy winds. Fill a cooler with drinks and snacks, bring an umbrella and towels, and find a spot to claim as your own. Just don’t forget to pack your swimsuit.

Plant a Flower, Herb, or Vegetable Garden

You’re not the only one relieved when spring swoops in to kick winter to the curb. No one appreciates nice weather quite like plants do. Give your lawn a little TLC by planting a garden full of the most eye-pleasing flowers you can find. Or, seed some herbs and warm-weather vegetables, such as tomatoes, green beans, or eggplants. Not only is taking care of a garden a fun, educational hobby, it can also really spice up your cooking.

Try Spring Cleaning with a Yard Sale

Just like squirrels, humans tend to hoard for the winter. Only instead of nuts, we hoard up all kinds of weird, random things. Comic books. Home décor. Unwanted holiday gifts that you’re too polite to ask the receipt for. Now that the curtains are thrown open and the sunlight is streaming in, and your second cousin twice-removed has flown back to Rhode Island, it’s time to do some screen cleaning. Time to get rid of some of your excess bric-a-brac and make a little money in the process with an outdoor yard sale.