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Retirement is an exciting time when you can finally focus more on yourself and the things that bring you joy. If outdoor activities are what make you happiest, there are plenty of ways to bring nature into your life after retirement. Here are some of the best outdoor activities to try once you retire: 


Gardening is a great outdoor activity because it’s easy to learn and can be done just about anywhere. From growing vegetables in your backyard to tending an herb garden on your balcony or window sill, there are plenty of options for greenthumbs who want to get their hands in the soil. Gardening is also a great form of exercise– getting down in the dirt can build strength and dexterity in your arms and legs. Plus, you get delicious fruits and vegetables for your efforts! 

Bird Watching

Bird watching is a relaxing activity that just about anyone can do. All you need are binoculars and an appreciation of nature to start birding. You can bring more birds into your yard by planting native plants or adding a bird feeder, and many bird-watching groups offer free outings so you can learn more about the species around your area. 


Fishing can be a relaxing way to spend time outdoors and interact with nature. Whether you prefer to fish from a boat or from the shore, there are plenty of fishing spots in every state that don’t require much skill. Make sure to obtain the right licenses and permits before you go out on your fishing trips. 

Hiking and Camping 

If you’re looking for a more active outdoor activity, hiking and camping may be the perfect fit. All you need is a good pair of shoes or boots and some basic supplies (tent, sleeping bag, water, food) and you’re off! There are plenty of trails to choose from for all levels of hikers, from beginner to advanced. Camping trips are also a great way to get away from it all and enjoy some peace and quiet in the great outdoors. 

Outdoor Photography 

For retirees with an eye for photography, outdoor photography is a great way to spend time outside. You can take photos of nature’s beauty, or even capture the moments with friends and family in scenic outdoor settings. Learning photography is also a great way to keep your mind sharp as you age. 


Boating can be a great way to relax and enjoy nature from the water. Whether you have your own boat or rent one, boating is a great activity for retirees who are looking for something different. Make sure to take safety classes and get the rights licenses before setting out on the open waters, and always follow the local boating laws. 

Volunteering Outdoors 

Volunteering outdoors can be a great way to help out your community while getting outside and enjoying nature. You can look for local volunteer opportunities at parks, refuges, and other outdoor spaces that need help with maintenance and upkeep. Not only is this an excellent way to meet new people and make a difference in your community, but it’s also a great way to stay active and get some fresh air. 

No matter what outdoor activities you decide to pursue after retirement, they will give you quality time with nature while also keeping you active and engaged. Before starting any activity though, be sure to check with a financial advisor about the best way to plan for your retirement. 

After all, you’ll want to make sure that you have enough money saved and invested so that you can enjoy these activities in comfort! With the right advice from a professional, you can start planning for your future today. 

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