22 Exciting Things to Do Outside

22 Exciting Things to do Outside

Things to do Outside

Have you ever found yourself with some free time and wanted to spend it doing something outdoors? Or perhaps you are hanging out with a friend and want to do something exciting together. In your mind you are flipping through pages of ideas, but nothing seems to stick, or maybe you only have two ideas. Well look no further!

In this guide, I will cover 22 exciting ideas you can do outside that is supported by outdoor enthusiasts/experts. After all, there’s nothing better than getting fresh air and having a good time while your doing it.

22 Exciting Things to do Outside

There’s no question that life can be dull at times with daily routines sometimes feeling mundane. But with the outdoor world being so massive, there are countless amounts of new things to do outside.

If your looking for ideas of exciting things you can do outside, here are some ideas you can try.

1. Hiking

two people hiking

Hiking can be a relaxing or heart pumping activity that can offer many physical and mental health benefits. If you’re into fitness, you’ll already know that hiking engages several different muscle groups, improves cardiovascular health, and improves balance and strength. Hiking is also something anyone can participate in, due to many different trails being available for casual hikers and advanced hikers.

When it comes to hiking, the fresh air, the connection to God’s created nature, the social aspect, and the added health benefits, you can’t go wrong with hiking.

If you are wondering where to start, you can start by finding trails near you by using the AllTrails app on your cell phone.

2. Camping

Anyone who has went camping will tell you that they loved it. If you and your friends/family are looking to get away and get the full experience of the wilderness, camping is the choice for you. This too has different levels of difficulty. Do not being intermediated by the idea of pitching a tent or starting a campfire. You can also buy portable toilets and portable showers to make you camping trip not as extreme. Also, many camp grounds offer a cabin-styled experience which is just as exciting, but adds a little extra feeling of being secured.

Certain campgrounds also allow you to go fishing, kayaking, and swimming. My favorite place to go camping is Big Bear. The stories you’ll come home with will forever be in your heart.

3. Fishing

A father and his son Fishing

Fishing is a timeless outdoor activity that has a balance of excitement and relaxation. Whether you want to cast your line from a lakeshore, or on a boat that’s floating on a flowing river, or while in the open seas, fishing has a spot for every skill level. Start with a fishing rod and some bait and you’re ready to go. The great part about fishing, is that if you don’t want to eat the fish, simply toss the bad boy/girl back in the water.

Not to mention, while you are fishing, the social connection you have with others is great. Give it a try!

4. Mountain Biking

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is one of those outdoor activates that offer an adrenaline rush with a combination of natures beauty. Similar to hiking, mountain biking offers trails for all skill levels. Additionally, mountain biking offers cardiovascular benefits, while also building strength, balance, and coordination. The community of mountain bikers are very kind and inviting. You will surly meet new friends and adventure seekers similar to yourself.

To begin all you need is a mountain bike and a helmet to keep you noggin safe. Later you can invest in comfortable attire and other useful accessories.

5. Rock climbing

Rock climbing offers an exciting blend of physical challenge and metal fortitude. It requires you to use strength and strategy to navigate cliffs and boulders. This too has locations for all skill levels. However, If you are new to rock climbing, I recommend attending a class in a controlled indoor environment. It’s a great place to learn how to keep your composure.

Grab yourself a pare of rock climbing shoes and get out there! Just remember, don’t look down.

6. Cycling


Similar to mountain biking, cycling involves riding a bicycle. Except with cycling you would be riding through city streets, or perhaps county roads. Cycling is more beginner friendly, due to the fact you can set a short travel distance for yourself when you are starting off. When you are cycling, its not just about reaching the destination, its about enjoying the journey along the way. Cycling will also be something that burns off the pesky calories.

A mountain bike and a helmet is all you need to begin. Worry about the accessors later when you can more easily afford them.

7. Kayaking


Kayaking is a great aquatic adventure that you will thank yourself later for. It allows you to paddle across beautiful lakes, rushing rivers, and vast oceans. You utilize a paddle to push yourself while you navigate the waters. This is an outdoor activity that promotes a beautiful community and great social interactions.

All you need to begin is a Kayak, paddle, and a helmet. You can find inexpensive kayaks kayaking starting at slightly less than $200. If you are planning on transporting your kayak to your destination, you could also invest in a kayak roof rack.

8. Canoeing

People often use kayaking and canoeing interchangeably, but they are different. Canoes are design slightly different and are usually the preferred option for two or more people. However, you can also get a kayak that is designed for two people. Similar to kayaking, canoeing allows you to paddle through aquatic environments. Both canoeing and kayaking of tremendous benefits in when it comes to fitness.

You can get a inexpensive canoe for slightly less than $200. Then you’ll need a paddle and preferably a helmet.

9. Horseback riding

Horses and humans have had a bond that dates back to ancient times. Horseback riding is an exciting experience for all skill levels. Some enjoy a slow leisure on a trail while others enjoy an exhilarating gallop through open fields. While it’s not common knowledge, but horseback riding also gives your legs a good workout.

Simply google horseback riding near you and you should hopefully find a location. Make sure to get good outdoor shoes, but make sure you are willing to get them a bit dirty.

10. Surfing

If you live near an ocean and enjoy aquatic activities, try surfing! Surfing can be a bit hard to grasp when you are first learning, due to lack of experience and balance, however, the more you practice the better you will get. Surfing also will give you a full body workout by the time you are finished with your session.

You can get a decent surfboard for under $200.

11. Gardening

I recently started a raised garden myself, and have been extremely surprised about how enjoyable it is. There’s something about gardening that nurtures both the soul and the soil. It can be a bit confusing to begin, but there are many instructions on how to plant whatever you may be interested in planting. I was excited to start a vegetable garden, which is going great!

All you need to start gardening is the raised bed, soil, seeds, and basic gardening tools to help you get the job done.

12. Wildlife watching

Wildlife watching can be an exciting adventure for the whole family. This involves you taking a look at the lives of wild animals in a more natural environment. Sadly, due to environmental reasons, the only way for many to experience this by going to a safari. Don’t get me wrong safari’s are beautiful and you will enjoy seeing animals having lots of space to move around. This also will give you a sense of connection to nature and it ecosystem.

All you need for the full experience is a pair of binoculars and a camera.

13. Paintballing

Paintballing offers a rush of adrenaline like no other. You need strategy and teamwork, to get the job done. Many paintball locations offer different courses so that you are constantly in a new terrain. It is a great experience for groups of friends and family. You will surly grow deeper bonds with those you go with, because you will all share one thing in common, that precious adrenaline rush.

All you need to do to begin is research paintball locations near you, and ensure they have paintball gun rentals. You can also buy your own, but you want to make sure they allow for personal paintball guns to be brought on their property.

14. Stargazing


This is a little bit more romantic, but it truly is exciting once you go to a location where you can see countless amounts of stars. The key is to go to a location such as a mountain or other area where there is not a lot of light pollution. You can even invest into a telescope to enhance the experience.

Stargazing is ideal for couples, but I have also went to the mountains with a group of friends and ended up doing stargazing at the end of the night. Those kind of experiences you will never forget.

15. Zip-lining

A lady Ziplining

This is recommended for thrill-seekers. If you have a desire to feel like your flying over treetops with wind in your hair and adrenaline flowing through your veins, zip-lining is for you. Physically, it is low-impact on your body which makes it a great option for a broad spectrum of thrill-seekers.

Zip-lining is one of those bucket list items that you can brag about with your friends and family that you did something that has a reputation that’s only for the brave.

16. Paragliding


This another thrill-seeking, bucket list activity. It requires you to utilize specific paragliding equipment, that will allow you to soar through the air after you launch from hillside. You truly will understand the meaning of a bird’s0eye view.

To embark on this journey, it recommended to start with training schools and tandem flights. This proves a safe and supportive environment for beginners.

17. Frisbee golf

I didn’t get introduced to frisbee golf until I was an early adult. Frisbee golf is an extremely fun and exciting outdoor activity you can do with your family and friends. The way the sport works is you have arrive at the course (which is typically a local park). You have several “holes” similar to golf. You grab your frisbee, and you goal is to make it into the desired “hole” in the least amount of attempts.

To begin you need to invest into the correct type of frisbee that is used in this sport. They are not expensive, which is nice.

18. Archery

There’s something about archery that makes you feel like a boss when you hit a target. Archery has been around for thousands of years, that was originally used for hunting and warfare. Its now used for competitive games, hunting, and casual target practice. People love archery because it helps develop focus, balance, coordination and strength.

Research local archery locations near you to get started!

19. White water rafting

A group of people white water rafting.

White water rafting is an amazing idea to get a adrenaline rush while being with your friends and family. White water rafting requires you to go to an appropriate river that has a current. More experienced individuals usually opt into strong river currents, however, if you are a beginner, a slower current is perfect and lots of fun.

Many campgrounds offer a white water rafting experience. Just a heads up, oftentimes the water is very cold.

20. Mud Runs/

Mud runs

If you ever had that feeling of accomplishing a hard task, and getting the dirt and mud all over to prove your battle scars, mud runs is the choice for you. There are different skill levels of obstacle courses you can choose from. Usually, the course will have a date of when it will be hosting the event, which gives you time to get in better shape.

These events are perfect for family and friends looking for a team-oriented activity that they could start and finish together. It is recommended to bring reliable shoes or comfortable boots. Don’t stress you can always clean the dirt off of your footwear.

21. Outdoor Cooking/BBQ

With the classic BBQ option, you can never go wrong. The social aspect of having a BBQ is timeless. You can host a small BBQ in your backyard, and have your friends and family all bring something to contribute to the gathering. This gets everyone involved and allows everyone to feel important.

You can invest in a classic charcoal grill or go with the more modern propane style grills. Both get the job done, however, both have their pros and cons.

22. Skating

I’m going to keep this somewhat broad to include: roller blading, skateboarding, and the traditional four wheel skating. Though its often not thought about anymore, the excitement and adrenaline you can get from skating will never go away. If you are new to skating, I would avoid the skateparks for now. Stick to the slow days at the skating rink or maybe in your neighborhood.

Yeah you may look goofy in the beginning, however, the more you practice the better you will get. Many people learn to love skating from the start and quickly learn not to care what others think about them. Just have fun!

How Can Being Outside Benefit You

Being outside has several benefits other than just having a fun time. Being outside encourages exercise, weight management, and exposure to sunlight, to get vitamin d. Mentally, being outside serves as a natural stress reliver.

The calming effect of nature will surly reduces anxiety and depression. One key reason is due to certain activates requiring focus and concentration. This helps clear the mind.

Lastly, when it comes to the social aspect, being outside provides opportunities for you to connect with others, which can foster a sense of community. Its an amazing feeling to appreciate nature and what it offers.


There are so many different things to do outside. There is something for everyone. Some people would like to experience a big thrill, there’s something for them. Some people would prefer to feel more secured while being in nature, and there’s something for that too.

In the days we live in, with technology becoming more and more innovate, it is important to disconnect from these devices and enjoy the company of our friends and family, doing the things we love most, bonding.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can you do outside late at night?

This will depend on your location typically. Night cycling is always a good choice. Make sure you have the proper bicycle protective gear, and a reflective vest to ensure those driving vehicles will not hit you.

How can I enjoy a sunny day alone?

Hiking is a great option on being by yourself and enjoy beautiful sunlight. You can pick a trail that is longer in distance, so that you can enjoy a longer time by yourself.

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