National Get Outdoors Day

Grab your favorite running shoes, stock up on sunscreen, and make sure you bring enough bug spray because Saturday, June 13th is National Get Outdoors Day. On this day every year, adventure seekers around the country are urged to get outside to explore and keep active. If you’re in need of a bit of inspiration of where to go and what to do, then you’re in luck because we came up with a list of just five of the many exciting events being held on Saturday.

Meet Me at the Confluence
South Beloit, Illinois

A group of people with lifejackets and holding paddles surrounded by kayaks.

Kayakers all geared up and ready to paddle up the Rock River. [Image: http://natureattheconfluence.com]

Meet Me at the Confluence is a great way for outdoor enthusiasts of any age to get acquainted with this public area and to most importantly to get outside! There are three events in the area, all centered around fun and exciting outdoor exploration. The “Fur Traders River Run” Community Paddle Trip is a six-mile trip that brings kayakers along the Rock River, which was used by early fur traders to move their materials. Nature at the Confluence Open House is also available for guests to see the soon-to-be Nature Center as well as the Prairie Restoration Community Project, which tours the land along Turtle Creek and invites visitors to join in the restoration process.

More info: info@natureattheconfluence.com

Hike and Paddle
Easton, Pennsylvania

Two girls kayaking.

Enjoy a paddle after a relaxing hike through Easton, Pennsylvania. [Image: http://www.allsedona.com/]

Join an urban hike beginning in Hugh Moore Park’s National Canal Museum parking lot. The Hike and Paddle follows the local trails of Easton, Pennsylvania. It heads out onto the Karl Stirner Arts Trail to the Delaware Canal Towpath Trail and ends along the Lehigh Canal Trail that wraps back in Hugh Moore Park. Once the hike is complete, the group will also be taking a quick paddle along the Lehigh Canal. It’s the perfect balance of fun and adventure!

More info: ikindle@pa.gov or 610-982-0166

The Ride for Hope
Tallahassee, Florida

A group of cyclists.

Cyclist enjoying the Ride for Hope. [Image: http://therideforhope.com/]

If you’re looking to get outdoors on two wheels, then look no further than Tallahassee’s annual Ride for Hope. This thrilling ride raises money for the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center and has varying levels of difficulty, depending on what sort of challenge you’re looking for. The ride has a family fun ride or walk, 11-mile, 29-mile, 40-mile, a metric century (approximately 62-mile), and a full century (100-mile) options. Choose the distance you’d like to break a sweat over and bike for a fantastic cause!

More info: info@TheRideForHope.com or 850-431-5389

Greenway Walk and Historic Tour
Stoneham, Massachusetts

A group of people cleaning up trash in the woods.

Cleaning up the Stoneham trails. [Image: http://www.tricommunitygreenway.org/news]

Stoneham’s Tri-Community Greenway Walk and Historic Tour is a relaxing and informative event that’s perfect for the whole family to enjoy. The walk begins on Gould Street and winds over to the Woburn Tunnel where visitors can continue walking over to Montvale Avenue or head back to Gould Street. There are parts of the trail that aren’t paved, however, it’s a laidback trek overall.

More info: tricommunitygreenway@gmail.com

Salt River Tubing
Mesa, Arizona

Group of people on tubes floating down a river.

Kick back and float along the gorgeous Salt River. [Image: http://www.saltrivertubing.com/]

Float down the Salt River with the Salt River Pirates for an experience of a lifetime. It’s a relaxing yet invigorating tube float along the scenic river. For National Get Outdoors Day, the pirates have live entertainment and are giving away pirate bandanas to the first 1,000 guests. Come dressed in your eye patches and pirate hats for a chance to win free tube rental passes, too!

More info: 480-984-3305

This is just a taste of all the many events happening nationwide for National Outdoors Day. Make sure you strap on your boots and head outside, and don’t forget to download our Pocket Ranger® Mobile Apps for more information about the comings and goings of state parks near you!

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