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Tons Of Outdoor Activities You Can Still Do That Don’t Involve The Beach

By Ashlyn Davis May 1, 2020

If you don’t have a dog or if you’re tired of just walking the dog, here are some other activities you can try.

While some beaches remain open, on Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all Orange County beaches to be closed. Many Californians are so upset about it that they’re protesting about it in the blazing heat, with a lot less than six feet between them.

But while we’re all climbing at the walls, ready to take any opportunity to pick up food or walk the dog for the fifth time in a day, there’s still a fair amount of activities that are permitted under the state order.

Okay, so what exactly is there to do? Besides heading to the park, or visiting one of these botanical gardens, you can go canoeing solo, cycle or play tennis if you happen to own a tennis court. You can even pick up new hobbies like washing cars or golf.

State officials insist that there are plenty of “health activities” you can participate in “as long as you maintain a safe physical distance of six feet and gather only with members of your household.”

Here are the activities that are permitted under the stay-at-home order:

  • Athletics
  • Badminton (singles)
  • Throwing a baseball/softball
  • BMX biking
  • Canoeing (singles)
  • Crabbing
  • Cycling
  • Exploring rock pools
  • Gardening (not in groups)
  • Golf (singles, walking – no cart)
  • Hiking (trails/paths allowing distancing)
  • Horse riding (singles)
  • Jogging and running
  • Kiteboarding and kite surfing
  • Meditation
  • Outdoor photography
  • Picnics (with your stay-home household members only)
  • Quad biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Roller skating and rollerblading
  • Rowing (singles)
  • Scootering (not in groups)
  • Skateboarding (not in groups)
  • Soft martial arts: tai chi, chi kung (not in groups)
  • Table tennis (singles)
  • Throw and catch an American mini-football, frisbee or frisbee golf (not in groups)
  • Trail running
  • Trampolining
  • Tree climbing
  • Volleyball (singles)
  • Walk the dog
  • Wash the car
  • Watch the sunrise or sunset
  • Yoga

Newsom has stated that the sooner we flatten the curve, the sooner the state could potentially reopen.

Alternatively, you can stay home and experience the outdoors with one of these virtual hikes!

Featured image:South Coast Botanic Garden