No Vacation Plans? Get Outside!

With the COVID-19 pandemic creating a lot of uncertainty, you may find yourself cancelling or postponing summer vacation plans, and are searching for alternatives. Look no further! Fun experiences away from the house can be found right in your town or city; family bonding-time and making memories can still be a part of your summer.  

Here are some fun activities you and your family can do outside, and some helpful tips to remember while you are social distancing!

Go Camping

According to the 2018 North American Camping Report, camping is rising in popularity across the United States and Canada. Camping has even been proven to have an impact on reducing stress and contributes to emotional and physical health (depending on how many s’mores you’re eating, of course).

Not only is it a great way to spend quality time with your family, it is also one of the most affordable options for vacations. Many new campgrounds and RV Parks offer amenities and activities, such as cabin rentals, bike rentals, mini golf, movie nights, and game rooms. These options allow for endless hours of fun, while still being safe. If you’d like to get started and learn more about available amenities, we recommend that you visit

Nature Hikes

If you want to experience nature close up, a great option is exploring a local state park via hiking. State parks and local forest preserves are a great way for you and your family to get outside and enjoy nature in all its beauty.

State parks typically have many trails to choose from, so you can pick a trail based on your level of experience or amount of time you want to hike. A fun goal for the summer would be to explore all the trails in a state park or forest preserve, and treat yourself to a nice picnic to celebrate!

Get Creative in the Backyard

Who says you need to travel outside of your own backyard for an adventure? A fun and creative weekend “getaway” could simply be pitching a tent in your backyard and roasting marshmallows over a fire pit! There are endless activities and ideas for creating your own camping adventure in the yard, including cooking over a campfire, making a glampsite, and watching a movie outdoors!

Safety Tips

It is easy to get carried away making summer plans, which is why it is important to remember some safety tips to keep your family healthy. Here are some practical ways you can still have fun while enjoying the outdoors.

Listen to Official Guidelines in Your Area

Remember to listen to local, state, and health officials’ guidelines to keep you and your family healthy and safe. Because there are still a lot of unknowns, keeping tabs on what your local health officials are recommending is crucial. Some recommendations being made are:

  • Avoid heavily populated areas
  • Keep 6 feet distance
  • Carry hand sanitizer with you

Stay Closer to Home

Because rules and regulations are constantly changing, it is best to stay close to home. It can be tempting to travel far, however, conditions are being monitored and evaluated every day. If you take the risk of adventuring somewhere several hours away, you could be met with disappointment and complications if parks or other destinations decide to temporarily close again.  

The best solution is to explore local parks, trails and neighborhoods so that you can easily get back home, if needed.

Avoid Narrow Trails/Walking Paths

Because some trails in state parks or forest preserves can be quite narrow, it is best to stay on paths that are wide enough for you and another person to safely pass. This is especially true if parks haven’t cut down on overgrown brush along trails, leaving you with little room to keep 6 feet of distance.

Here at Blackhawk Bank, we want to make sure that you and your family stay safe during this season. To learn more about how to safely enjoy the outdoors in your area, visit:


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