September is one of the best months of the year to get outdoors and get active with your family. If you’re not sure where to begin, today’s blog is just for you. We’ve got seven family outdoor activities to try this September.
The great thing about camping is the variety of activities you can do. If you camp near water, like Bay Springs Lake, Sardis Lake, Pickwick Lake, Lake Lamar Bruce, or the many camping spots along the Tombigbee or Tallahatchie Rivers, September is still warm enough in Mississippi to try fun water activities such as kayaking, canoeing, or water skiing. State parks in the area like Tishomingo or Tombigbee State Park are great for other outdoor activities like hiking and playing the disc golf course.
Hiking is a great daytime activity and our area is full of great places to do it. Tishomingo State Park in Tishomingo, MS, and the Dismals Canyon near Phil Campbell, AL are just two of the wonderful and exciting places to go for a hike. You can even make your family hikes educational by having your family identify the various trees, plants, and wildlife you see along the way.
Canoeing or Kayaking
With the abundance of lakes, rivers, and creeks in our region, canoeing and kayaking are easily accessible. Bear Creek at Tishomingo State Park and the old Tombigbee River in Amory, MS are two popular kayaking and canoeing spots in our area. Again, this activity can be educational as you search for and identify marine wildlife and plants on your trip.
Walking a Corn Maze
Many fall outdoor activities kick off in September. Some local farms offer a corn maze open to the public. Most mazes have more than one way to get out and we suggest wandering through the maze a few times. You’ll exercise your mind and your body for this activity.
Prepping the Garden and Lawn for Winter
Want to get your family working out without feeling like they are working out? The garden and lawn have plenty of work that gets the body moving. It’s time to clean out flower beds and veggie gardens and lay covering over the areas to prep the ground for next spring. These are great tasks for the kiddos. Grass and weeds are still freely growing this time of year. Try to mow with a push mower instead of a riding mower for a full-body workout.
Use items around the house to create a backyard obstacle course or head to your local retail store to pick up some fun backyard games like badminton or volleyball. These activities are perfect for weekends when you would rather stay home.
Join a Fall Recreational Sports Team
From fall softball to soccer to volleyball or disc golf, there are plenty of adults and youth recreational sports leagues to join around here. Let your family choose a sport they enjoy and don’t forget to join a league yourself. You and your family will have fun participating in sports and cheering each other on.
Whew! With all of these activities, September is bound to be jam-packed with fun and physical activities. It’s a perfect time, too, because September is Self-Care Month. What better way to teach your family about self-care than showing them how the great outdoors can be healthy and healing.