According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), fishing licenses skyrocketed in 2020. Miami-Dade, for example, sold 178,969 saltwater licenses. What caused such a spike? Floridians are tired of being stuck at home during the pandemic. Now they’re finding outdoor activities to pass the time. Are you wondering what to do outside during quarantine? We created this guide to help you safely get out and get active.
Whether you want to go fishing and hiking, or you’re thinking about buying a boat or joining a boat club, we’ll break down everything you need to know.
Keep reading below to learn about free outdoor activities. This article will also discuss things to do while boating.
What To Do Outside During Quarantine for Free
Being stuck inside all of the time is a bummer, especially during a global pandemic. It’s easy to start feeling anxious, depressed, or unproductive.
Luckily, there are several free things you can do outside to avoid cabin fever. The best part is it’s easy to keep social distancing.
Here are examples of family outdoor activities:
- Hiking in the forest
- Biking around your neighborhood
- Fishing at a local canal or pond
- Visiting a park near your house
- Swimming in a pool or lake
- Bird watching around your yard
- Wildlife spotting in the country
- Camping in your backyard
- And many more!
You can do all of these activities for free, except paying a few dollars for parking, the cost of bait, or snacks for the family.
Most importantly, you’re getting outside to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Studies have shown that spending time outside in nature helps alleviate symptoms of anxiety or depression.
As human beings, we are social animals. Even though our ability to spend time with other people is limited, getting out into nature can help our overall mood.
Not to mention we’ll be getting exercise by being active outside.
Find Fulfilling Things To Do Outside
Quarantine has been difficult, but people have been able to cope by discovering new hobbies or reconnecting with old ones.
Are you looking for outdoor activities to keep you busy while giving you a sense of purpose? Try some of these:
- Join a stargazing club
- Make home repairs you’ve been putting off for years
- Build something for your home
Gardening was one of the most popular activities to stay busy during the quarantine. It also allows people to reconnect with nature and have a rewarding experience by growing gorgeous flowers or delicious vegetables.
Starting a garden can sound intimidating if you’ve never done it before, but it doesn’t have to be complicated.
Begin by listing what plants you want to grow and the best spot to put your garden (with proper sunlight and irrigation).
Next, clear the ground and improve upon the soil by adding organic matter. You’ll have to till the soil before planting. And make sure you’re giving it plenty of water to grow.
Boating Activities To Keep You Busy
If you live in Florida, you’re surrounded by water and sunshine. One of the easiest ways to get outside is to spend a day on a boat or at the beach.
So what are some things to do on a boat? Consider some of these activities to do while boating:
- Anchor on a beach
- And more!
It’s important to note that these activities may cost you a few more dollars than the ones we listed above. You’ll have to charter a boat for the day and rent any equipment like waterskis, fishing rods, or snorkeling gear.
Life jackets for each member of your group and first aid kits are non-negotiable. Safety isn’t something you can scrimp on when boating.
The good news is boat charters will have these items available for you. Most companies have multiple packages to choose from, and they match any budget.
All you’ll have to do is climb aboard, apply sunscreen, and enjoy your day on the water.
Love the Water? Join a Boat Club
The fact is owning a boat is expensive and takes a lot of your time. If you love being outside on the water but lead a busy life, maybe you should consider joining a boat club.
You get to enjoy being on the water when you please but avoid all of the hassles. Here are the benefits of joining a boat club:
- You don’t have to worry about expensive boat insurance premiums
- You don’t have to worry about maintenance or repairs on a boat; your club fees cover it
- You get access to licensed, experienced captains
- Boat clubs offer members the opportunity to hone their skills
- With a large fleet to choose from, you get to pick a boat that matches the kind of experience you want to have
The Gulfstream Boat Club has one of the fastest-growing fleets in south Florida. With four locations, we offer members the opportunity to take sunset cruises, ocean fishing trips, or a day of family water skiing.
We also offer memberships ranging from 25 hours to unlimited time throughout the year.
Starting Getting Out on the Water!
After reading this article, you should have a better idea of what to do outside during quarantine. Unfortunately, the pandemic is limiting what we’re all able to do. But, you have options!
Consider some of the free activities we listed above, like hiking or biking. Spend a few dollars on starting a garden. Or, if you love being out on the water, join a boat club and start planning day trips with your family.
We provide a range of flexible, affordable membership options. Our customer service is rated as excellent by members, and we offer all of the supplies you need for a fun day out on the water.
Contact us now to find out what membership would work best for you and your family!