According to the Mayo Clinic, outdoor activities – especially those that are close to home – pose a lower risk of COVID-19 spreading than indoor activities do. That’s because fresh air constantly moves, scattering respiratory droplets containing the virus that causes COVID-19 to become infected. So, this means you’re less likely to breathe in enough of those droplets.

Here are several activities you can enjoy outdoors while continuing to practice safe social distancing:

  • Go camping in your backyard: Pitch a tent, start a bonfire, make s’mores, tell stories, and stargaze at night.
  • Have a picnic: Pack food from home or pick up takeout and enjoy it at your favorite public park.
  • Head to your local trails or around your neighborhood for a walk, run, bike ride or hike.
  • Practice your shooting skills if you have a basketball hoop.
  • Attend a fitness class held outside (that allows distance). 
  • Learn how to use a map and compass.
  • Learn how to navigate the stars.
  • Learn how to start a campfire.
  • Visit an outdoor farmers market.
  • Go to a drive-in movie theatre.
  • Watch the sunset from your roof.
  • Practice taking photos of nature.
  • Practice your frisbee throws.
  • Visit a state park.
  • Go bird watching.
  • Try geocaching.
  • Go golfing.
  • Fly a kite.

Did you know that Sept. 26 is Family Health & Fitness Day? Celebrate by engaging in some of the outdoor activities listed above with your entire family!


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Need a social distancing-friendly activity? Use this time to improve your outdoor skills,” Gary Garth,, April 10, 2020.
Social Distancing Outside: 8 Safe Places to Go and Things to Do,” Lyn Mettler,, March 20, 2020.
12 Activities to Do Outside While Still Social Distancing,” Houstonia Staff, May 2020.