In the hustle and bustle of modern life it becomes all too easy for a family to find they have transgressed to a mere collection of individuals, separated intellectually and emotionally by the diversity of singular activities. Outdoor hobbies for the family participated in together allows the opportunity to bond and share the positive aspects of the environment within the social structure that is unique in scope to a given family unit, without the distraction of outside cultural forces. The main focus in selecting fun outdoor activities for the family should be based upon finding an endeavor that is instantly considered entertaining by all with the exclusion of none. While experiencing the great outdoors may not be for everyone, there are varying levels of participation that are acceptable to all – from the roughest terrain and conditions possible to outdoor hobbies that can be experienced in the family backyard or local park.
Family units that have young children or elderly members can best utilize outdoor hobbies that are within a close proximity to home. Local parks and recreational facilities offer a wide variety of outdoor hobbies that can be enjoyed by all with little or no associated cost. Fishing, hiking, and catching ball or Frisbee are free activities that can be experienced without fees, and can be engaged in at one’s own pace regardless of physical condition or age. Within every local community there are any number of programs available for free or at a minimal cost to learn of wildlife, horticulture or history, presented in quite an engaging manner by federal, state or local park services.
For those families younger in age and more fit in physical conditioning, outdoor hobbies in the extreme realm abound in rock climbing, white water rafting, skateboarding, surfing, skydiving and about one hundred other outdoor hobbies. In fact, there are usually local businesses that cater to those with an adventurous spirit by creating extreme sporting packages at reduced cost when participated in as a family. While these outdoor hobbies may not be everyone’s “cup of tea”, those family members choosing not to actively participate can certainly feel useful in lending support to those that do engage.
A great way to get everyone enthused in outdoor hobbies as a family is to let each member take a turn in deciding which activity will be undertaken. In this manner each family member gets to choose a favorite, while attempting new activities in the selection of others.