The U.S. Department of the Interior suggests, “Get outdoors in the great outdoors.” Perhaps more than anyone, RVers understand the meaning of that message. After all, the vast lands throughout North America are natural playgrounds filled with hiking trails, lakes and streams, public and private recreation sites . . . and that’s just the beginning.
This month, our team offers suggestions aimed at encouraging you to get outside and get moving. Some activities take you off the beaten path; others are geared to game players who enjoy some friendly competition. Regardless of whether you travel long distances or set up camp in the next town over, your RV is your vehicle to discovering these fun-in-the-sun pastimes.
Although we’ve covered a lot, we haven’t touched on bird-watching, fishing, swimming, white-water rafting, and stargazing, to name just a few. Wherever your interests lie, we encourage you to pursue those passions!
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Finding Outdoor Adventures
If you are an RV full-timer, part-timer, or weekend warrior, seeking your next adventure is probably always on your radar. If you think about it, being on the road is adventure in itself: always on the go, staying in new places (or returning to your favorites), and exploring the local area.
So, like most RVers, the majority of our trips or overnight stays might be planned in places that we want to explore and have fun. If this is the case for you, here are a few adventures in the United States you might want to add to your list. They include cities that are known for exciting mountain bike trails, picturesque flower gardens, and ocean exploration. Or maybe you’re wanting to explore Canada? Then check out this extensive venture list filled with ski trails, whale watching, dog sledding, a great location to view the northern lights, and more.
Of course, not all of our trips work out that way. Maybe you’re traveling to visit family or friends and you end up with a little spare time. Or you have a planned overnight stay on the way to your destination and you’re looking for some outdoor adventure — something that you can easily fit into your schedule. Well, we recommend that you check out Urban Outdoors for local adventures such as hiking, paddling, climbing, cycling, running, or surfing. Or visit AllTrails to find great local trails near you for mountain biking, hiking, and trail running, including wheelchair-accessible and pet-friendly locations.
Unique Kayaking Locations
Spending time in nature is one thing that draws people to the RV lifestyle. Kayaking is a watery way for RVers to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you’re an experienced kayaker or a beginner, this activity allows you to view nature from another perspective while also getting some exercise.
If you want a breathtaking and a little kooky kayaking experience, check out Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Enjoy paddling along the crystal-clear waters of the Weeki Wachee River with Florida wildlife. Who knows – you might even be able to see a mermaid! The park’s famous live mermaid shows are performed daily (weather permitting) and are the perfect way to relax after your kayaking adventure. The park also has wildlife shows, a river boat cruise, and the Buccaneer Bay Waterpark.
If you are traveling to other parts of the Sunshine State, check out Crystal River and even Cocoa Beach for kayaking. They are included in RV Share’s list of the coolest kayaking trips to take in your RV, which suggests even more exciting locations across the United States to enjoy this outdoor activity.
FMCA's "Golden Getaway" Convention
Come join us at FMCA’s 105th International Convention and RV Expo Presented By Blue Ox, August 24-27, 2022! This four-day event at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, will be filled with entertainment, seminars, socializing, special events, shopping, and touring outdoor RV displays! Click here to register and join the fun this summer.
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Harvest Hosts & Boondockers Welcome
Explore unique camping locations this summer with Harvest Hosts and Boondockers Welcome! FMCA has partnered with these private camping networks to bring members new to them discounted rates on an annual membership. With host locations across the United States and in Canada, it’s easy to find boondocking locations that help you save money for the actual adventure.
Park It And Hike
Hiking is a fun pastime that can easily be associated with camping and spending time in the great outdoors. This month, we wanted to focus on campgrounds with notable hiking trails nearby — and, of course, we couldn’t pick just one! Here, you’ll find 10 RV campgrounds near hiking trails; here, 10 amazing hiking trails that start from the campground. You’re sure to enjoy your hike, no matter where you end up.
FMCA has hundreds of commercial-member campgrounds that offer discounted stays. Visit our RV Marketplace to find one or more that might fit right into your outdoor adventures. Join today for more benefits and discounts!
Kids In Parks
The National Park Service’s Junior Ranger Program is one of many great ways to introduce youngsters to the geography, history, and features of U.S. national parks. This activity-based program is conducted at most NPS facilities. During a park visit, kids complete activities and are rewarded with an official Junior Ranger patch and certificate. They also can read, play, and try various projects online, anytime. Help your young RVer adopt the Junior Ranger motto: Explore. Learn. Protect.
Take A Hike
Perhaps you’ve enjoyed traversing trails in parks and other natural areas. If you’d like to try some longer, more strenuous treks, Zac and Ine of World Wild Hearts provide inspiration and pointers in their 10 Hiking Tips for Beginners video. The couple’s suggestions for what to pack and how to prepare are interspersed with incredible views that illustrate their love of the outdoors.
Swing A Paddle
Even if you haven’t tried pickleball yet, it’s likely you’ve seen pickleball courts at many RV parks and resorts. What’s the fuss? How do you play? In their blog post RVer’s Guide to Pickleball, Ann and Lin Bishop explain the basics of this popular racket/paddle sport, which combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis and is played on a court one-fourth the size of a standard tennis court. Cardio benefits and fun competition in a smaller space make this game a win-win.
Let The Games Begin!
Playing games can be a great way to spend quality time with friends and family while RVing. Kampgrounds of America offers a list of 20 games that lend themselves to camping fun – 11 of them outdoor activities and nine that can be played indoors on days when the rain chases you inside. Possibilities include classics such as cornhole and horseshoes for outdoor play, or more creative options such as lawn checkers with an oversized set you make yourself, or an obstacle course using whatever space and materials you have on hand.
Any golfers in the group? Yes, you can pack up the clubs and head for a course to play a round of conventional golf. And who doesn’t love a good game of miniature golf? You may not even need to leave the campground for that since some offer mini-golf courses. But for golf options with a twist, consider disc golf or footgolf.
Disc golf is similar to conventional golf in that it usually involves nine or 18 holes, and the object of the game is to reach the “hole” in as few tries as possible. Instead of clubs, players use flying discs, such as Frisbees, which they toss toward the target — a basket that consists of a pole in the ground with chains and a place for the disc to land. Scoring also is like golf in that the person with the lowest number of throws wins. To learn more about how to play disc golf, or to find a course near you, click here.
Ever heard of footgolf? This sport combines aspects of soccer with elements of golf. Both the ball and the hole are bigger, though. The object of the game is to kick a regulation Number 5 soccer ball into a 21-inch cup in as few shots as possible. The game usually is played at golf courses. The American Footgolf Federation website shares the rules of the game and provides information about where to play.
So, when you grow tired of sitting around the campfire, rally your friends and family and play a friendly game or two. You’ll get some exercise and make some fun memories in the process.
FMCA Area Rally Schedule
Eastern Area Rally — July 13-16 — Lewisburg, West Virginia
Northeast Area Rally — August 4-6 — Fryeburg, Maine CANCELLED
South Central Area Rally — September 14-17 — Shawnee, Oklahoma CANCELLED
Rocky Mountain Area Rally — October 25-29 — Tucson, Arizona
Northwest Area Rally — June 7-11 — Albany, Oregon
Midwest Area Rally — June 13-16 — Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Did you know that you don't have to be an FMCA member to attend our area rallies? That's right; you can join us at any FMCA area rally or International Convention & RV Expo. Click here to find our complete list of area rallies and conventions.
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