Have you ever heard of disc golf? If so, then you know that disc golf is a game played with Frisbees and large metal basket-nets that catch your discs as you throw them. Then the rules are much like golf and you get scored for how many times you throw the disc, trying to make it in the metal basket. This is one game that you play outdoors and is quite fun. I spent a whole summer playing this game almost everyday. I had a blast and made great friends along the way. But if you haven’t heard about this game, then there are probably tons more games that you haven’t heard of, but would like to know about. Well, I’d like to see if I can make a very long list of games that you can play outdoors that you’ve probably both heard of and not have heard about. So let’s begin with some familiar ones:
2. Touch Football
This is the normal game of football, but tackling somebody without tackling them. You only need to touch them for the play to be stopped.
3. Tackle Football
This is normal football where the play is stopped by the player with the ball being tackled.
4. Giant Chess
Giant Chess is the game of chess being played outside on a giant chessboard painted onto the cement and large chess pieces you move around. What fun!
5. Disc Golf
See the first paragraph of articles.
6. Real Golf
This could be swimming outside in a pond or lake, or could be doing laps at the city pool.
8. Hiking Trails
There are many trails around cities that people can just go and take a walk through the woods, through mountains, or in the desert.
9. Hiking 14ers
14ers are fourteen thousand foot mountains. There are 58 of them in Colorado. You can find the trails for these and climb the mountain and say that you’ve done it.
10. Street Biking
This is just getting a street bike (the ones with the thin tires) and biking around town or in races for fun.
11. Mountain Biking
This is more versatile as you use your bike to go through trails and mountains for best results.
12. Jump Roping
15. Playing Tag
18. Prison Ball
Prison ball is playing normal basketball, except that you can hurt each other by pushing and tackling to get to the hoop.
19. Rock Climbing
Just normal catch with a football, baseball, or Frisbee.
24. Weight Lifting
I know that weight lifting is usually done indoors, but it’s way better to move the equipment outside and do it there. There’s a much better feel to strengthening your muscles when outside. Better air too.
28. Build Forts
As a child, you could build forts in different parts of town forests. There are many great places to use branches and logs to build stuff with.
29. Kick the Can
A childhood game where one person protects a soda can while the others try to kick it. But the catch is that those who aren’t protecting the metal can are able to get tagged by the one and be out of the game. It’s pretty tricky.
30. White Water Rafting
31. Bungie Jumping
32. Sky Diving
33. Scuba Diving
35. Jet Skiing
36. Water Skiing
This could be hunting for anything really: elk, deer, bird, antelope, etc.
40. Fun at the Park
Just simple fun going down slides, swinging on the swings, and eating lunch with your family.
This is a great outdoor activity when you have friends over. Grab a couple beers, get some meat, and cook your dinner out on the grill while chatting up a storm with those around you.
43. Campfire Cooking
This is another fun way to test out new methods of cooking, but over a man-made campfire. You have ways to cook fish, steak, and even the good ‘ol s’mores.
44. Building Campfires in Different Ways
This is a great way to learn how to start a fire without matches or anything to help you. Good practice for survival.
Trapping small animals can be another great way to practice survival. There are many ways to build traps without the animals being hurt.
47. Deep Water Fishing
48. Fly Fishing
49. Water Polo
50. Water Hockey
Using large rubber tubes to float down different streams and rivers on a nice day. Bring some friends, food, and music. Great times!
52. Ultimate Frisbee
This is played like football, but with a Frisbee.
53. Butterfly Catching
Parkor is a type of exercise and sport with no equipment. You use your body and anything around (light poles, steps, or whatever) to jump, walk, or flip over to create some crazy spins and moves for fun.
57. Long boarding
58. Road Trip
You could make it a priority to travel to different states or countries. Road trips are some of the most fun I’ve ever had.
59. Write in a Journal Under a Tree
60. Catch Fireflies at Night
Grab a glass jar and run around catching fireflies in it.
61. Do some Astronomy
You can build your own telescope or get one from your local hobby shop, but maps out stars, planets, and moons.
62. Watch an Outdoor Movie
There aren’t many outdoor movie theaters left, but if your town or city has one, then make it a priority to see a movie or two there at night before it’s gone.
So you can see there are many options for you this winter, spring, summer, or fall to enjoy yourself in the outdoors. Most of these activities you already know about, but try to do something you have never done before. It’ll give you more experience and something to tell somebody else about. What a great way to spend time outdoors by yourself, with your family, or friends. Just have fun!