COST: All you really have to pay for is fishing gear and a fishing license, which according to my local Gander Mountain costs $19.00. And yes, a fishing license is something you really should get. If you are in a park and a ranger decides to check for a license, without one you can lose your fishing equipment and get fined.
SWEAT LEVEL: Chances are, you won’t be too strained if you’re only out for a few hours. Keep in mind that the sun reflecting off of the water can burn you pretty quickly, so you might want to bring sunscreen along.
KID-FRIENDLINESS: Fishing is a great activity for kids. Just make sure they’re old enough to understand that running around and yelling can scare off the fish.
COST: Baseball tickets – if bought in advance – generally can be found at a decent price. It just depends how far ahead you’re willing to plan and how close to the field you want to be. On StubHub, bleacher seats for an Indians game on the 27th of July will run you around $20.00 per ticket, and the nicer the seats the higher the asking price.
Also check out your local minor league teams. Akron Rubber Ducks General Admission tickets are only $5 if you buy them online!
SWEAT LEVEL: Depending on what seats you choose and how late in the day the game is, you might range from getting a decent tan to needing a hoodie.
KID-FRIENDLINESS: Baseball games are absolutely kid friendly. In fact, some of my favorite childhood memories were at Jacobs Field (now Progressive Field). Plus, some night games have fireworks at the end, which would really seal the deal on a great night! Though if you are still worried about the number of people there, minor league parks are usually much more relaxed and have smaller stadiums.
COST: Obviously not everywhere is going to have the exact same price, but based on a lake near me, you’ll probably pay about $10.00 per hour to rent. Considering your arms and shoulders might only take two or three hours of this workout, that isn’t too shabby.
SWEAT LEVEL: I’d say it’s a solid 3/5 when it comes to difficulty. Just be aware, you might be splashing it up and feeling pretty cool, but as mentioned earlier the reflection off of the water makes for some nasty sun burn. Plan accordingly, especially if you’re bringing your kids.
KID-FRIENDLINESS: I would not recommend bringing very small children on your kayaking adventures. However, about ten years old and up will probably love the experience! Kayaks do not require near as much balance as you might think, and are super fun!
COST: Depending on how many people are staying and which cabin or treehouse you pick, the prices can vary. Plus, there is a reduced weekday rate!
SWEAT LEVEL: Many lodges have different outdoor activities to take advantage of. So if you want to get your sweat on out in the water or relax and enjoy the view, that’s up to you.
KID-FRIENDLINESS: If my parents had rented out a treehouse for my brother and I when we were young, we would have died from excitement. Not only is the view enough to blow a little kid’s mind, but the nearby lake, Tree Frog Canopy Tours and hiking trails will keep them entertained!
I’m not talking hiking like the cute pics girls post on social media at the top of a mountain. I am talking about finding nice, nature-oriented trails with some tricky terrain and seeing what you can do. In Ohio alone, there are many places you can do this. My personal favorite is Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Not too dangerous (as long as you pay attention) but isolated enough to not feel like a fish being watched inside of a bowl. Plus, there’s even a trail that leads you to a waterfall there!
COST: The only real cost you’ll have to manage is gas to get there.
SWEAT LEVEL: Many parks have different difficulty levels in terms of trails. Just check out a map or ask a park ranger whether a trail is geared towards beginners or experts.
KID-FRIENDLINESS: Again, it depends on the difficulty of the trails. For kids, you’ll probably want to find something geared towards novices, preferably something that takes them to some cool destination so they don’t get bored or cranky on the way there.
Author: Melissa Johnson
Melissa is an adventurous college student that loves being outside. She also loves making art and doing crafty DIYs. Whether you’re a thrill-seeking adrenaline junky or someone just looking to appreciate nature, this blog has everything an adventurer needs! Make sure to follow the blog and come back often!