15 Unique Activities to Do on Your Next Vacation

Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall, there’s always something fun to do when you go on vacation. Because, well, vacation, right?! But, if you’re used to the daily grind that is life as it constantly gets in the way of our fun, it can be difficult to figure out which or what unique activities to get into once you’re on that much-needed break. 

If you’re planning a vacation, any time of the year, we have a list for you! Keep reading for a unique list of activities to keep your vacation interesting.   

What to Do on Vacation: 15 Unique Activities to Keep You Busy

These activities are for the adventurer and faint of heart. From relaxing and comfortable to exciting and adventurous, try something new, why don’t you?

1. Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand-up paddleboarding is a great pastime for many people that live near bodies of water, but for the rest of us, it’s a mere dream. Unless, of course, you plan your vacation ahead of time and consider renting a paddleboard for a few hours to a full day. 

Get out on the water and see the fishes and just soak up the sun a little bit. It’s relaxing, good for your body, and doesn’t cost too much.  

2. Fishing

Lots of people wish they had more time to try out the old fishing pole. Maybe you’ve got some really great lures that never get used, or you’re anxious to try out that new bait you heard works so well. There’s no better time than vacation time to get out in the wilderness and catch some dinner.

3. Kayaking

Whether you’re headed to the lake or the wide-open sea, kayaking is a great way to get a workout while having some fun at the same time. If you want to try your hand at fishing while you’re out there, you can do that, too! It takes little skill and renting kayaks won’t hurt your wallet. 

It’s something the whole family can do, even if you have young children as you can rent double-seated kayaks. 

4. Rafting

For a little more adventure, rafting is an exuberant activity. You can choose to raft down the local creek or hit the water hard, quite literally, with a white water rafting trip.

For this type of activity, you must be in good health and it’s not necessarily a good idea for the whole family, but most rafting companies can accommodate trips for ages 16 and up.

Check out Bearvalleyrafting.com to schedule a trip! 

5. Hiking

Want to get a little exercise while you’re vacationing, but not too much? Hiking is the perfect activity. Just grab some comfortable shoes and a good pair of socks, your favorite bug spray, a water bottle, and some snacks and hit the trails. 

Make sure you tell someone where you’re going if you’re going alone in case of an accident. And, it’s a good idea to bring your cell phone, even if you leave it off while you’re out there just in case of an emergency. 

6. Star Gazing

When do you ever take the time to sit outside and just gaze at the world beyond? It’s likely that it’s hardly often, especially if you live in a city where it’s hard to see the sky for all of the light pollution. 

Grab a blanket and bottle of wine and hit the pastures with your favorite someone to watch for shooting stars and see if you can find Mars

7. Horseback Riding

If you’re looking for fun vacation ideas and think you’ve run out of ideas, why not take a horseback riding excursion. Even if you’ve never seen a horse in real life, there are stables that can accommodate you with a horse that is calm and used to novice riders. You can find horseback riding adventures anywhere near the country and even some beaches.

8. ATV Treks

Not so fond of animals? That’s okay! Hit the trails on a dirtbike or ATV instead. You can rent them for 4-8 hours at a time and just go where the mud takes you. 

For this type of excursion, you should make sure you have at least some experience riding because these types of machines can be dangerous. It’s probably a good idea to go out with a trail leader if you’re unfamiliar with the mechanics of riding. 

9. Cycling

Most of us know how to ride a bike from a very young age, but then, as time goes on, we find ourselves further and further away from our childhood and we just don’t get to ride bikes as much as we may like. But, if you’re on vacation, there’s nothing better to do than bring out your inner child. Besides, it’s good exercise! 

10. Rock Climbing

Whether you find a venue that has a rock-climbing wall or you want to scale a real mountain, rock-climbing is an exhilarating experience. You’ll need the right gear and someone to go with you if you’re tackling this feat in the wilderness, but the key is to get moving and do something different. 

11. Camping

Some people make camping trips their whole vacation. You don’t have to go camping for a week, but certainly, a day or two in the great outdoors can do you some good. 

Go ahead, grab some smores, and make a campfire. Sleep outside and smell the air for once. 

12. Hoverboarding/Electric Scooters

If you really want to the city in a different light, hoverboards and electric scooters will take you there. It might take a little getting used to the hoverboard, but, once you get the hang of it, you’ll be zooming all over town. 

13. Exploring Local Museums

If your idea of a fun vacation itinerary is more sophisticated, why not visit the local museums. You don’t even have to leave town to visit the museums you know the most about but have never seen. Take in some fine art or some old-time history and get to know your neighborhood on your staycations.

14. Amusement Parks

One of the most fun vacation activities is none other than the amusement park. You don’t have to go to Disneyland to have a good time. There are lots of amusement parks throughout the nation and they all have scary roller coasters and carnival food.

15. Enjoying Local Cuisine

Speaking of food, another vacation or staycation adventure is simply trying out new cuisine. If you’re at the beach, go ahead and try an oyster. You never know, you might even like it.

If you’re in the city, treat yourself to a nice steak dinner at a five-star restaurant, and don’t skip dessert. 

Next Step: Where to Go On Vacation

Now that you know unique activities to do when you get there, it’s time to figure out where you’re going to go to engage in all the fun! Whether you decide to take it easy with an outdoor camping trip, or glide along the pavement on your hoverboard and check out the cityscape, you’re sure to have a good time if you plan your itinerary in advance.

Check out the rest of our blog for tips and tricks to plan the best vacation you’ve ever had!