A woman is paddle boarding in the mountains to relieve stress.

15 Outdoor Summer Activities That Can Help Relieve Stress

Whether you’re a full-time adult student, you work five days a week, or you’re doing both, chances are that you need some downtime this summer. And rather than staying inside, you should definitely take advantage of this summer’s hot weather, beautiful landscapes, and endless activities.

Are you ready to step outside of your activity comfort zone? Here are 15 outdoor activities that can help relieve stress

Try paddle boarding

If you’ve never gone paddle boarding, you’re missing out on one of the most relaxing activities to do outside. It’s basically a cross between surfing and canoeing. Just search for a lake that offers paddle board rentals, or invest in a blow-up paddle board that you can easily store all year long.

Go for a long hike

If you live in a place like Colorado, Utah, or Oregon, you’re probably familiar with hiking, even though there’s probably somewhere beautiful to hike no matter where you live. Whether you want to tackle a 14er, a famous mountain you always see during your commute, or a beginner’s trail, hiking can be a refreshing way to relieve stress.

Attend an outdoor concert

A night under the stars while listening to some awesome music is always a good way to relax. Most cities offer outdoor festivals and concerts during the summer, or you can find an award-winning concert venue, such as Red Rocks in Colorado.

Swim in a lake

Even though swimming in a pool during the summer is refreshing, it’s time to expand your activity level. Find a nearby lake that you can swim in, and go for an adventure. Pack some chairs, a picnic, and your family for a fun day in the sun.

Explore a new place

Whether you visit a new country or you find a hidden gem in your state, explore somewhere you’ve never been before! We suggest creating a bucket list that includes all the places you want to visit this summer.

Tube down a river

One of the most relaxing and stress-relieving activities to do outside is floating down a river. Find a river in your state that has a good reputation for tubing, and rent or buy some comfortable tubes that will take you for a fun ride.

Commit to a bicycle-only day

If you drive to work every day, it’s time to leave the car at home and commit to a day of bike riding. Start your day by riding to a nearby brunch spot, then head out for a bike ride around town. Explore new areas, enjoy the cool breeze, and let your bike be your guide.

Visit your local zoo

Looking for a relaxing activity that the whole family will enjoy? Going to the zoo is a fun way to experience the outdoors, while also meeting some new animal friends. Zoos also have indoor viewing areas in case you go on a super hot day.

Camp in the middle of nowhere

Camping is the perfect way to escape the city and relish in the beautiful landscapes around you. Search for the best-hidden camping areas, and step outside your comfort zone. It’s a nice feeling to be able to turn your phone off and sleep under the stars.

Go for a morning drive

When is the last time you spent your morning driving through the mountains? This can provide you with some refreshing air, a few hours to refresh, and some amazing backdrops for a photo op.

Check out a farmer’s market

The summertime not only provides some fun outdoor activities, it can fill your fridge up with fresh, seasonal produce. Search for local farmer's markets in your city, and bring a basket or bag to fill with wholesome, farmed food.

Do yoga in the park

Yoga is a great activity for relieving stress. And, most cities have some sort of outdoor yoga event every summer. Stretch, refresh, and burn off some calories while practicing yoga outside.

Build a garden

Gardening requires a lot of patience, attention, and a green thumb. By growing your own vegetables and fruit, you can save money, experience a calming activity, and give yourself a break from everyday stress.

Read a book outside

In this day and age, technology is everywhere. That’s why taking a break from a device and giving your attention to a book can be relaxing. Pack up some snacks, a blanket, and a good book to spend the day in a park while uncovering a good story.

Go fishing

Believe it or not, fishing is a great way to relax and have a good time. Whether you’ve never caught a fish before or you’re a pro, head to a lake or river for a fun day reeling in some fish.

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