Fun, Safe Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Getting outside is just as important for your health now as it was when you were a kid. Spending time outdoors exercising or just enjoying the scenery can improve your health and your mood.
In Northern Michigan, there are plenty of opportunities and activities for people of all abilities to enjoy the outdoors. At Hull Park in Traverse City, anyone can walk on the paved pathway, fish from the dock, or sit and watch the boats on Boardman Lake.
Some beaches are equipped with Mobi-Mats, which provide a hard surface across the sand so anyone can get right up to the waterfront. There are lots of Mobi-Mats throughout the region, including Sleeping Bear Dunes, Clinch Park, and the Petoskey State Park.
Another option is to explore trails like the ones at the Grass River Natural Area. The boardwalks covering the trails are wheelchair friendly and provide access to the unique wetland environment.
Or how about getting outside right at home? A walk with family and friends is a good way to socialize and get some exercise. Lawn games such as bocce ball, croquet, horseshoes or even playing board games, are great ways to spend time outdoors.
Shuffleboard is a great social activity! You can find courts across Northern Michigan at senior centers, parks and even some restaurants.