5 Things to Do If You Want to #OptOutside

5 Things to Do If You Want to #OptOutside

Whether you’re a hiker, a biker, or a leisurely walker, there are plenty of ways you can appreciate the great outdoors, hop on REI’s bandwagon, and #OptOutside this Black Friday. Still want to get in on the deals? Shop Beachbody’s Holiday Sale from the comfort of your very own home and then get on out there!

Here are five ways you can enjoy the outdoors instead of fighting the crowds at a mall.


Hit the Pavement
This year, cyclists are hitting the road for the Blacktop Friday Challenge. It’ll help you torch some of those Thanksgiving calories as the 150-pound person burns about 400 calories during a one-hour bike ride! Follow the hashtag #BlacktopFriday to see how cyclists from all over the country are spending their day!


Attend a Post-Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade gets a ton of attention, but there are a number of parades to celebrate the fact that you’re done cooking and overeating…at least until the next holiday arrives. Portland, OR, Estes Park, CO, and San Antonio, TX are some of the cities that have post-Turkey Day festivities.


Enjoy a Light Show
Many cities will have an inaugural holiday lighting ceremony on Black Friday, and that’s sure to be a more beautiful site than staring at the back of someone’s head while waiting in line. Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, Seattle’s Westlake Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration, and Portland’s Oregon Zoo are just a few of the many lighting ceremonies around the country. Bundle up and enjoy the show!

Lincoln Park Zoo Lights
Image of Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo via blog.clearlysapphire.com


Go to a Museum
Here at Beachbody HQ, the weather on Thanksgiving is often sunny, slightly breezy, and warm enough so you only have to wear one pair of socks on an outdoor hike. But Jack Frost just dumped a foot of snow on Michigan and temperatures are less than balmy in most of the rest of the country. If spending the day outside sounds miserable, consider taking a trip to a museum. You’ll open your mind and rack up a ton of steps. Many museums also offer discounts on Black Friday, like the Phoenix Art Museum.


Take a Hike
All across the county, state parks are opening up their metaphorical doors and allowing people to visit and park for free, and offering incentives for those who spend their day outside.

Here are some of deals around the country:

Arizona: Free passes into 25 state parks can be picked up at any REI in the state. Post a picture of you skipping Black Friday shopping with the hashtag #OptOutisde on The Arizona State Parks Facebook page to have a chance to win a free annual pass to the parks.

Northern California: Free admission to 49 state parks for “Free Friday in the Redwoods.” Download a free pass here.

Southern California: A free, guided 12-mile urban hike around downtown Los Angeles starting at 9AM.

Colorado: Free access to all 42 state parks for “Fresh Air Friday.”

Delaware: Free admission to all 17 state parks and the zip line courses at Lums Pond State Park for kids 15 and under.

Kansas: A chance to win a free night’s stay in a state park cabin by posting a picture of your visit to one of the 26 state parks on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #myksstatepark.

Massachusetts: Free admission to World’s End park and conservation in Hingham.

Minnesota: Free admission to all 76 state parks and recreation areas for “Free Park Friday.”

Missouri: Free camping Friday night, and group hikes at Roaring River State Park and Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. (Washington State Park is having a group hike on Monday.)

Ohio: A six-mile hike around Cincinnati for “Plaid Friday.” Tickets are $15, include a lunch, and benefit Mortar Cincinnati. Plaid attire is encouraged.

Oregon: Free parking at the 26 state parks that charge a parking fee.

South Carolina: Deals for 50% off campsites at various South Carolina State parks. Make your reservation for up to 13 months out. Click here for the coupon codes.

Tennessee: Free, ranger-led hikes at Great Smokey Mountains National Park starting at 9AM on Friday from various locations.

Virginia: Free, guided hikes at Blue Ridge Parkway from 2-4PM on Friday.

Washington: Free access to Olympic and Mount Rainier national parks for “Green Friday.”

West Virginia: Free admission to Stonewall Resort in Clarksburg for “Get Outside Day.”


How will you spend Black Friday?