Just because you might not be able to go jogging or hiking or mountain biking, it doesn't mean you can't enjoy the great outdoors. If you CAN, more power to you.  If you aren't quite as active as you use to be, there are still ways to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine............listed below are the top ten ways you can enjoy the outdoors without risking life and limb if your later years.......


You don’t need a big yard or complicated setup to have a beautiful garden. Flowers, herbs and produce can be grown in small plots, side yards, raised beds, pots and window boxes.

There are ergonomic tools, kneeling aids and other useful supplies that can make gardening easier.


Quiet neighborhood oases, playgrounds filled with families, dog parks, sprawling recreational areas, even national parks — there’s probably a beautiful park somewhere near you. Whether you spend a half hour or the whole day there, take advantage of the chance to enjoy the scenery together.

Fishing & Boating

Being near water has a calming and restorative effect. Fishing off the dock or along the banks of a pond can be a relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors. If your family doesn’t own a boat, see if your area has places you can catch a ride on the water — paddle boats, pontoon boats, river excursions or even gondola rides may be possible.

Outdoor Concerts

Summer is full of outdoor music events — and many of them are free. Check your parks and recreation calendar for city-sponsored events.

Nature Photography

If you need a new and interesting hobby,  try nature photography.  You don’t need an expensive camera — even a smartphone or tablet camera can take wonderful pictures.

Backyard Games

Simple, portable games like bocce, croquet, lawn bowling and lawn darts make your yard a fun place to be. The whole family can participate, too.

Picnics & Cookouts

Pack up a basket or fire up the grill and dine alfresco every now and then. If your loved one is an early bird, have breakfast on the patio or balcony. If you want to have a picnic but don’t have time to plan — order a pizza. No matter how you do it, eating outside is a fun way to enjoy a meal together.

Arboretums & Zoos

Take a walk on the wild side and explore nature at your local arboretum, botanical gardens or zoo. You can take it at a pace that suits your loved one, and there are plenty of places to stop and rest, if necessary.

Outdoor Exhibits

Perhaps a local museum has a sculpture park or visiting outdoor exhibit. You can also find interesting art installations and craft exhibitions around town during the summer months.

Neighborhood Strolls

Getting outside can be as simple as taking a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood after dinner. It’s a good way to spend time together, say hello to the neighbors, and keep the body and brain active.


If you want to join my Facebook group, which is devoted to THINGS TO DO in Charleston, send me a message or find me on Facebook.


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