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Fun Outdoor Winter Activities when Gardening isn’t an Option

Chilly, snowy days may rule out spending time gardening but there are many fun outdoor activities to take its place. It can be really dreary to spend all your time indoors during winter. 

Sitting around the fire and sipping hot beverages is comforting but it’s invigorating to go outside and get some exercise. Here are some outdoor winter activities that will get you moving and having fun. 


You see expert snowboarders executing fluid turns as they go down snowy slopes and you wonder whether this is something you will ever master. If you’re learning how to start snowboarding, your first day will probably consist of repeatedly sitting down on the snow and coming into an upright position. 

If you sign up to take lessons, you will follow safe, easy methods while learning. Before long, you will master the relaxed, balance body stance and find yourself snowboarding down a mild slope. This will give you more confidence to start eventually start tackling more difficult slopes and feeling the exhilaration this offers. 


Skiing is one of the most popular outdoor activities in winter. You’re bound to have plenty of thrills as you fly down the slopes but preparation is necessary if you want to make the most of your time. From the right boots to the right helmet, there are certain items you must have to make sure you’re safe and comfortable. 

If you’re a beginner, it will take a while to find the ideal pose, with your legs parallel and your knees bent. You will learn how to lean forwards instead of backwards and keep your eyes focused on the slope ahead and not your skies. The chances are that you won’t be skiing down treacherous slopes for a while but even while you’re learning, you will have fun. 


It is not a secret that those who enjoy snowmobiling enjoy being with others who love it too. There are more than 3,000 snowmobiling clubs in the U.S. and Canada and snowmobile-riding areas located throughout the Snowbelt regions. Find a local club that will be familiar with the trail systems you want to visit. 

Park your vehicle at a trailhead, unload your snowmobile and go off an adventurous ride, enjoying the wonders of winter on a marked trail. If you’re a first-time rider, you should attend a safety class and it will help to visit the Safe Riders website where you will find more tips and instructions. 


Make snowshoeing easier by finding shoes that fit you well. Unlike snowboarding or skiing, snowshoeing is easier on level ground. Plan a short trip the first few times because it takes energy to lift your legs when you have snowshoes attached to your feet. 

When you’ve conditioned yourself to use these muscles, you can attempt a longer excursion. Snowshoeing can be great fun but it takes a little patience to get used to it. Snowshoeing will give you a great workout and it’s cheaper than snowboarding or snowmobiling. 

Winter Amusement Parks

Believe it or not, there are a number of amusement parks that are open in the winter. Hershey’s chocolate-themed mecca, HersheyPark, transforms for the holidays. It reopens its gates in November and December, featuring a dazzling light display and thirty rides, mostly for kiddies. 

Fresh hot chocolate will warm you up while you enjoy the lights. The roller coasters don’t operate due to the weather but the park still offers Tea Cups, its spinning pods. and The Claw, a fast-swinging pendulum ride. Other theme parks that transform for winter are Silver Dollar City in Branson, Kennywood in Pittsburgh and Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. 

Allen Wilson

Allen has been writing about gardening for over 30 years. He is a retired professor of Horticulture.