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Brrr! Icy SZN Is Upon Us — Check Out These Fun Outdoor Activities to Indulge in This Winter

To all the lovers of the outdoors – you don't have to be stuck in the house this winter! Here are some activities that are perfect for cold weather.


Dec. 4 2023, Published 12:26 p.m. ET

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Winter is upon us, and as the temperature drops and the trees lose their leaves, cabin fever may start to creep in.

Luckily, we've curated a list of cold weather-friendly activities for people who love the great outdoors. If you are one of those people, read on for fun ideas on what to do this winter.

Pull out your snow shoes and go winter hiking.

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For anyone who loves to burn calories, winter hiking can be an excellent way to get active and connect with nature during the cold weather months.

Nothing is as peaceful and grounding as going on a frosty adventure on a white, crisp winter afternoon (or evening.) If you are feeling social, consider including a close group of friends on the hike to add a little more excitement to your outdoor excursion!

Go ice skating.

Ice skating is not for the faint of heart. This classic activity is a favorite for people who need a creative outlet to release their pent-up energy.

If you are flexible, athletic, and good on the dance floor, consider investing your time and energy into learning how to skate. While this may not lead to an Olympic gold medal, it can definitely help tone your muscles and improve your agility, especially during the colder months.

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Have a photoshoot in the snow.

Cheerful family of three in warm winterwear spending day in winter forest or park among firtrees and pines covered with snow.
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If you have a knack for creativity, taking pictures in the snow can be an amazing way to connect with nature and capture the essence and beauty of the winter season.

Whether you choose to photograph people, animals, or buildings during the winter months, taking cold-weather photos can be both exhilarating and empowering.

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Gaze at the stars.

Cool and clear winter nights are a great opportunity to reconnect with nature's beauty and all its amazing benefits.

While not everyone is a fan of sitting outside in the cold and staring at the skies, this could be an excellent activity for people who are visual and enjoy bright lights. After all, what could be better than appreciating the endless beauty of the cosmos in the crisp winter air?

Attend a holiday festival.

The holiday season is a festive time, specifically because there is so much merry energy in the air. With this comes many amazing events meant to bring people together for the season.

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If you are someone who loves the winter season and is interested in immersing yourself in a community with the backdrop of holiday lights, seasonal treats, and local crafts, this is a sign to check out the nearest winter festival near you.

Go on a camping trip.

Who says camping has to be done in the summer only? Winter camping can be a unique and, dare we say, thrilling experience.

If you don't mind piling on extra sets of blankets and even getting your friends to rally around to join in on the freezing fun, consider winter outdoor camping.

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