8 Things to do Outside When it’s Cold


It’s getting colder, the leaves have turned but are you really ready to give up that outdoor lifestyle you’ve spent carefully instagramming over the summer? Well, I’ve got some news for you, you don’t have to.


Besides the obvious activities like skiing, snowboarding and sledding, there’s actually a lot more fun to be had outside during the snowiest season of the year. To help you get out of the house, I’ve taken the liberty of listing a few below.

  1. Go exploring - No I’m not talking about trying that new brand of taco seasoning you saw at the store last week, real exploring! Load up the dog and go somewhere you’ve never been. Pro tip: unplug and put away the phone while you’re doing it. Talk about stress relief!
  2. Hang out on your porch - Shovel off the snow, bundle up and turn on your outdoor heater or firepit. There’s nothing better than being with the ones you love while enjoying the crisp winter air.
  3. Go tubing - This is probably some of the most intense fun you’ll have all year. If you’ve never been, you haven’t lived. Hurtling down an icy slope on a donut-shaped tube is definitely not a winter activity you should miss out on. Just hit up your local ski slope for details!
  4. Go on a winter cruise - Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to leave for a week to Alaska. Instead, if you live near a body of water, most cities will have small ships that go out for short, evening cruises.
  5. Go camping - If you’re super brave and have the right equipment, why not? Also, there’s no shame in glamping either...just saying.
  6. Build a snow fort - Challenge your inner child by creating a small but mighty snow fortress! Obviously, this one is for the snowier states, so if you’re in a not-so-snowy state...you can always pretend.
  7. Go for a jog - Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, one of my favorite things to do was to go on a winter jog. Up and out of the house before anyone was on the road, crisp morning air filling my lungs...truly paradise. On a side note, I’d highly recommend getting some trail running shoes with aggressive tread, it can get a little icy.
  8. Take an evening stroll - Do yourself a favor and head downtown at night for a walk. Not only will the entire town be lit up with lights, but it’s just refreshing to step back and enjoy the moment.

Have you tried any of these? Leave us a comment below to let us know what you think of them!  

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