Looking for family outdoor activities that everyone can do? You definitely aren’t alone, no matter what time of the year it is.

Sometimes, winter can actually be the best time to get the whole squad outside so you can enjoy nature together.

Here are the 5 best outdoor activities you can do with your whole family.

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1. Go for a Family Run/Walk

While some of us like to pretend otherwise, exercise is a four-season activity, and there are plenty of local walk/run events you and the whole family can do regardless of how warm or cold it is outside.

And don’t worry about being super fit or running a marathon with a two-year-old in tow. Search for local 5ks in your community (a 5-kilometer race is a little over 3 miles) and charity walking events. Most of them have specific family registration options, so you can even walk or run with a stroller.

2. Camping

Okay, depending on where you live, camping might be off-limits in January. But at least 7 months out of the year, you can likely go camping with the whole family. 

Bring a tent, cook over the open fire, and look for any family-friendly events that your kids could do.

3. Build a Treehouse

A family arts and crafts project is a good way to foster teamwork and bring everyone closer. And with all the runs to Home Depot and carrying of materials, a treehouse is perfect for keeping the family active.

Check out these incredible treehouses for inspiration, or just to say “wow!”, and do an internet search for building one from scratch. There are also plenty of DIY videos on YouTube.

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4. Geocaching

Have you heard of geocaching? If not, you’re in for a treat. Simply go to geocaching.com and register an account on your smartphone, and you and the whole family have a reason to get outdoors and hike whenever you want.

Geocaching is like one big, outdoor treasure hunt. All over the globe (yes, seriously), there are small geocaching devices equipped with GPS and logbooks for you to sign.

They’re located in the woods, on the outskirts of parks, and sometimes in suburban neighborhoods.

Once you find these objects, the whole family gets to sign their name in the book. Now you’re part of that geocache’s history!

5. Build an Obstacle Course

If you’re looking for a fun weekend outdoor activity, why not try building your own obstacle course in the backyard?

Use outdoor objects already at your disposal like:

  • Patio furniture
  • Swings/ropes
  • Hula hoops
  • Slip and slides or a small pool
  • The hose (this will be a fan-favorite)

Kids all over love the show American Ninja Warrior, so maybe make that your theme if you’re having a hard time selling the older boys.

The Best Family Outdoor Activities

No matter what time of year it is, there are family outdoor activities you and your loved ones can do together.

Whether you’re looking to get fit as a family, or just want to spend some time together in the backyard, pick one of the activities listed above and go have some fun.


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