Springtime. The sun spreads warmth, the flowers bloom, and the world renews itself. I always feel a burst of energy as soon as that first warm, sunny day of spring arrives, and I can’t wait to get outside. What are the best outdoor spring activities for adults – especially for women over 50?
Spring is a season of renewal and rejuvenation, a chance to shed the layers of winter and embrace the warmth and light of the sun. It is a time of growth and transformation in nature and ourselves.
It is a time of joy and happiness, a time to celebrate the beauty of life and all its possibilities.
And it’s the perfect season for so many marvelous activities!
Let’s explore some of the best activities to do in spring, from connecting with nature to practicing gratitude and mindfulness.
Whether you are looking to improve your mood, reduce stress, or simply enjoy the beauty of the season, these tips will help you make the most of spring and find happiness in activities both familiar and new.
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What Activities are Especially Enjoyable in Spring?
There are so many activities to enjoy during this season, it would be a real struggle to do them all!
As the weather improves, there are more and more activities to enjoy outside. But there is plenty to do indoors as well.
Whether you prefer to spend time outdoors or indoors, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
25 Ways to Enjoy Springtime (When You Want to Be Outside)
1. Go For a Hike or Nature Walk
With the flowers blooming and the trees budding, there is plenty to see and appreciate in nature. Hikes and walks can be adapted to almost any fitness level, so everyone can participate. Many parks and nature preserves offer guided hikes or walking tours, which can be a great way to learn more about the local flora and fauna.
2. Plant a Garden
Whether you have a large yard or a small balcony (or even just a single pot!), planting flowers or vegetables can be a great way to connect with nature and enjoy the season.
3. Join a Community Garden
Would you like a larger garden plot than what your backyard offers? Join a community garden, tend your plot, and become part of a larger community.
4. Ride a Bike
Around the neighborhood or on a bike trail, riding a bike is a way to take in some fresh air and exercise in a fun way. Go on your own, with friends, or join a local bike club.
5. Have a Picnic
Pack up a light spring picnic and spread a blanket on the grass. Picnics are always fun, and you can picnic in your backyard, at a park, or at the beach – so many possibilities.
Why not plan a different picnic for every week this spring?
6. Dine al Fresco
Enjoy the spring weather at an outdoor café or restaurant. Any meal will do, and the people-watching is free!
7. Play a Round of Golf
If golf is your sport, make yourself some tee times. Never played? Take a lesson, try a 9-hole par-3 course, or even choose mini-golf or frisbee golf.
8. Walk on an Empty Beach
If you are lucky enough to live near the ocean or a large body of water, enjoy a leisurely walk in the sand before the summer crowds arrive.
9. Hit the Pickleball Court
Pickleball has exploded in popularity! And for good reason – it’s fun, social, and doesn’t require a lot of athletic ability. I’ll be joining a league soon!
HOT TIP: Unlike a lot of sports, pickleball doesn’t require a lot of skill – or expensive equipment! You can get all the pickleball equipment you need for 2 players for under $50!
10. Visit a Farmer’s Market
I love a good farmer’s market any time of year, but spring is special for the abundance of apricots, strawberries, asparagus, rhubarb, and other freshly grown treats.
11. Pick Strawberries at a Local Farm
Walking, bending, stretching – popping a warm berry into your mouth – and seeing your hands stained red. There is something remarkable about picking your own produce from the earth, and strawberries are the most fun of all.
12. Visit Local Tourist Attractions
Similar to walking the beach, spring is often the best time to take in your local attractions, before the tourist crowd arrives in the summer.
13. Visit a Flower Farm
Tulips, daffodils, crocuses, azaleas – spring blooms are a site to see! Stroll through a flower farm to see beautiful flowers, and maybe even take home a bouquet or two.
14. Fly a Kite
When is the last time you flew a kite? Choose a blustery day and head for open space.
15. Feed the Ducks at the Pond
Always a favorite activity with small children, but fun for adults, too. Just be sure to check local regulations and feed actual duck food – stale bread is not healthy for fowl.
16. Go to a Zoo
Visit the zoo during cooler weather when the animals are more active, and you are more likely to see the babies. No zoo nearby? Try a petting zoo or working farm instead.
17. Attend a Sporting Event
Baseball is the perennial favorite spectator sport, but you can also see golf, soccer, basketball, hockey, and a host of other sports in the spring. Once you choose a sport, choose your level – from pro sports to college to rec leagues to high school, there’s sure to be plenty to pick from.
HOT TIP: Can’t afford to see the pros? Go see a local semi-pro instead. You’ll still see great play, without the heft price tag. And usually driving and parking is easier, too!
18. Go Star Gazing
Star gazing is best on a clear, calm night. Download a star chart app on your phone so you know what you are looking at. Maybe you’ll see a comet or satellite cross the sky.
19. Relax in a Hammock
20. Decorate your Backyard
You’ll be spending a lot of time in your backyard for the next few months – dress it up so that you enjoy your time out there. Choose a great color scheme, and make your outdoor area as comfortable and welcoming as your indoors. Think fabrics, plants, lighting, comfort.
21. Play a Yard Game
Stock up on fun-for-everyone games like croquet, bocci, and cornhole. If you have lots of room, badminton and volleyball are fantastically fun.
22. Drink Wine Around the Firepit
Ok, so really, it can be any drink of your choice. Spring nights are still cool, so enjoy relaxing around the firepit with family and friends.
23. Go on a Mural Hunt
Lots of towns, large and small, have outdoor murals on buildings, in parks, and hidden in alleyways. Explore your surroundings by seeking out murals. Take photos of yourself with each one you locate.
24. Visit an Outdoor Arts and Crafts Fair
It’s fun to just observe all the talented local artists when you visit an arts and crafts fair. And who knows – you just might find that perfect something you didn’t know you were looking for!
25. Join a 5k Run/Walk for Charity
Here’s your chance to get some fresh air, exercise, and do some good for your community, all at once. Most 5Ks for charity give the option to run or walk, so everyone can participate.
How is springtime beneficial to people?
Spring is a season of renewal and rejuvenation. It marks the end of winter and the beginning of warmer weather.
Here are some benefits you will probably experience in spring:
- Improved Mood: The longer days and increased sunlight in spring can help improve mood and reduce symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.
- Increased Physical Activity: With warmer weather, people tend to spend more time outside and engage in outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and gardening.
- Boosted Immune System: Spring brings an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, which are rich in vitamins and minerals that can boost the immune system.
- Reduced Stress: Being surrounded by nature and greenery can have a calming effect and reduce stress levels.
- Opportunities for Socializing: Spring events such as picnics, barbecues, and festivals provide opportunities for socializing and connecting with others.
Overall, spring is a season of growth and positivity.
Taking advantage of the benefits of spring enables you to improve your physical and mental health.
What are your favorite ways to enjoy springtime outside?
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Final Thoughts on 25 Ways to Enjoy Springtime (When You Want to Be Outside)
Spring is a time of renewal, growth, and happiness.
It’s a season that offers a fresh start and a chance to embrace new opportunities.
During spring, we can take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather to spend more time outside.
Whether it’s going for a walk, having a picnic, or playing sports, being outside can boost your mood and reduce your stress levels.
Spending time with loved ones, exploring new hobbies, and simply taking time to appreciate the beauty of nature creates endless opportunities for spring activities. Get out of your house and enjoy these outdoor activities for adults in spring!
Which activities will you participate in this spring?
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Lori is a happily 50+ woman striving to live her best life through self-awareness and self-care. She writes from experience, inspired by her own journey toward confidence, self-love, and positivity.
Holding degrees in Psychology, Education, and Nonprofit Management, Lori’s varied career has covered education administration, counseling, teaching, conference planning, and full-time motherhood. What do these roles all have in common? Caring for other people.
Today, Lori cares for others by promoting the benefits of self-care for mature women. She stands firm in her belief that through self-care, all women over 50 can feel confident, capable, and happy.