Ways to Get Outside This Winter

November 27, 2023
Winter can be a wonderful time of year to get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature. Between the rich blue color of the sky and the sparkling frost – or snow! – on the ground, it’s a beautiful sight to see. Still, the chill in the air can make staying inside and streaming your Netflix queue seem just as wonderful!

If you’re not a fan of colder temps or snow, you aren’t alone. But staying cooped up for too long inside could cause you to feel that way!

If you find yourself stuck inside more often than you’d like to be, here are 15 ways to get outside this winter.

Ways to Get Outside This Winter

Take a walk around your neighborhood. Bundle up and take a brisk walk around your neighborhood. Not only will you get some fresh air, but you’ll also be getting some exercise in.

Visit a nearby park. If there’s a park near you with trails or even just playgrounds for the kids, make a trip there this winter. If you have access to hiking trails in any nearby state parks, consider taking advantage of them during the winter months when they’re less crowded than summertime.

Take a scenic drive. If you’re longing to see a beautiful winter landscape, a scenic drive might be the perfect solution.

Go skiing or snowboarding. If you’re feeling adventurous, give either (or both) sports a try this season! You’ll get some exercise and have a lot of fun too. If snow sports aren’t your thing but there’s snow on the ground, you can’t go wrong with sledding. Find a good spot near you for you and your family to hit your own slopes.

If there’s snow where you are, play in it! Just be sure to wear a good pair of gloves. Go out and build yourself a snowman, a snow fort, or have a snowball fight with your friends and family.


If you're looking for ways to get outside this winter, consider hosting a bonfire.

Host a bonfire.
 Gather around the flames and drink hot apple cider with your friends and family this winter.

Take a day trip somewhere new. Perhaps there’s a town nearby that puts up quite the holiday display each year, and you’ve been dying to see it. Or maybe you have family and friends who live farther away, and you’ve been meaning to visit. As long as the conditions are clear, winter traveling can be much more peaceful than in the summertime when everyone is trying to get away!

Visit a nearby natural hot spring to soak in. Speaking of day trips, if you’re feeling brave (or just plain chilly), consider heading to a nearby hot spring and soaking your way through this ice-cold season. You’ll feel relaxed and rejuvenated afterward!

Take your dog for a walk. Winter is the perfect time for taking long walks with your furry friend — especially your extra furry ones. Plus, you’ll get some cool, fresh air too.

Go bird watching. Grab a book and binoculars if you have them. Peek at what’s out there, and brush up on your bird identification skills.

Watch the sunrise or sunset. Head outside just before dawn breaks or when it gets dark. Some days getting outside just means enjoying nature’s views without having to stay cold for too long.

If there's snow where you are, play in it!

Ice skate.
 Ice skating is a perfect activity for colder days. It’s great exercise and fun! If there’s an outdoor rink in your town or city, head on over and give it a try. If there’s not, you can always buy a pair of ice skates and head to your nearest frozen pond or river — as long as the ice appears dark blue or black!

Build or brush up on those photography skills. One of the best things about winter is the beautiful snowscapes and landscapes available for photos. Take your camera outside and start snapping some shots! You might be surprised at what you can capture.

Do a winter family photoshoot. If you don’t have a camera and prefer to have some shots of your family instead of trees, hire someone or pay a friend to take some festive family photos for a great keepsake!

Plan a scavenger hunt with the family. Gather your friends and family members for a fun-filled scavenger hunt, and you can make it themed around winter if you want. Either way, be sure to pick up some pinecones along the way to use and make a Christmas wreath for your door.

Winter can be a tough season to get through. But hopefully these ideas will help you enjoy it more and make this winter a favorite!