7 Hobbies You Can Start in Your Backyard

Mon, Jan 04, 2016 at 7:40AM

We all need hobbies—something to enjoy, put work into, and relieve the stress of our daily lives. But if you don’t already have a favorite hobby or pastime, don’t worry! We’re looking at seven fun hobbies you or your family can start from your very own backyard.

Drawing or painting

There are few more tranquil activities to enjoy outdoors than drawing or painting. For those who want to hone their creative abilities, taking a sketchbook and pencil to your porch or patio and drawing what you see is a great place to start. At the very least, it will provide you with an enjoyable way to unwind after a stressful day… and you may gain a few wall-worthy pieces in the process!

Backyard astronomy

Contrary to what some may believe, you don’t have to study astronomy or be an expert in the field to enjoy stargazing, or amateur astronomy. We all appreciate seeing dark skies full of bright stars, and you can learn to appreciate this simple sight even more by understanding what it is you’re looking at. Start off with a few books on the subject, jot down what you see and understand, and look at the sky with a good pair of binoculars before investing in a telescope.


Gardening is one of those hobbies that isn’t just fun to do—it provides you with tangible results you can eat and enjoy, or simply look at and admire. Start a garden to add to your outdoor space’s landscaping and perhaps walk await with herbs and vegetables you can use in the kitchen. Gardening, either on your own or with family, is a great way to unwind and relax outdoors.


Looking to stay in shape both mentally and physically—all while enjoying the great outdoors? Do yoga on your back lawn or patio to relieve stress and relax in the Florida sun.


Photography is a skill that comes in handy both artistically and practically—and it’s not hard to get into! In fact, you can even start with your smartphone’s camera to snap photos of beautiful things you see in your own backyard—birds, trees, the sky, landscaping, etc. With time, you will develop an eye for photo composition and may even choose to invest in a camera of your own!


In Florida, there are plenty of birds all around us to see and appreciate. If spending quiet time in nature sounds like fun to you, birdwatching might just be one of the best hobbies around! Pick up a guide so you know what to look for and where. Take photos and keep a journal to record what you spot. Birdwatching is an activity you can set out to do on the weekends, or enjoy while running errands or spending time with family—just keep your bird guide and journal close!


As one of the simplest hobbies around, walking is a great pick for people of all ages. Put on a good pair of shoes and bring along a bottle of water, and set off from your backyard! Walking is a fantastic way to clear your mind and get back to nature, especially if you work in an office all day.

What is your favorite backyard pastime? We’d love to hear about it!


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