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14 backyard recreation ideas

There's no need to take a fancy vacation to enjoy yourself. Add one of these fun features to your property and make the most of family time at home!
  • Fore!

    Busy schedules and acreage work don't leave much time for leisure on the golf course. Build a putting green in your backyard, though, and you can play whenever you have a few spare minutes! You could even go crazy and create your own mini golf course!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2015
  • Go higher!

    Kids of all ages will love a climbing wall in the backyard! You can make it as easy or as challenging as you want. The sky is literally the limit!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2015
  • Build a bonfire

    There's no better way to spend a summer night than by sitting around a bonfire with friends and family, roasting marshmallows. Get your favorite ghost story ready! 

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2015
  • Build a treehouse

    Every country kid needs a treehouse! These forts-in-the-leaves inspire countless hours of imaginative play, and make the perfect hide-out for long summer days. Get creative by adding a slide, a telescope, and even electricity! Don't have a suitable tree? Build a playhouse! 

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2015
  • Play ball!

    Nothing says "summer" like baseball! There's no need to load up and go to town to play when you build a diamond on your property. Add a batting cage, dugouts, and bleachers, and invite your friends and family over to play!
     

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2015
  • Spike it!

    Volleyball is a backyard game that's popular for entertaining, or just having fun with the kids. A sand court takes a bit of work to build, but it'll last a long time and you won't have to do a lot to maintain it. 

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2015
  • Bike at home

    Whether your property consists of rolling hills, timber, or flat prairie, you can add a bike trail through it! Depending on your terrain, this may be a job best left to the professionals, but the outcome will be worth it! 

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2015
  • Make it motocross

    Riding dirt bikes around your property goes from "something to do" to a full-on home version of the "X Games" when you build a motocross track. Take advantage of your land's natural contours and changes in elevation to develop a track that will suit the bikers in your family.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2015
  • Ready, aim, fire!

    Archery is a fun activity for the whole family. Set up a row of targets and see who can get closest to the bullseye! For even more fun, let kids draw their own colorful targets on a large sheet of paper or a white garbage bag. Tack them to a foam archery target, or even to a hay bale! 

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2015
  • Be a backyard astronomer

    Astronomy is a hobby that's uniquely suited to rural residents. Since you don't have to deal with tall buildings and the glare of city lights, you probably have a great view of the stars! Check out astronomy websites to see what's in the night sky, stay up late, and see for yourself! You can start out using binoculars before investing in a telescope. 

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2015
  • Cannonball!

    Build a floating dock on your pond or lake, and add a whole new level of fun to swimming! The kids will love using it as a floating fort, and the whole family can enjoy reading a book or tossing in a fishing line while dangling their toes in the cool water.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2015
  • Take a hike!

    Whether for exercise or just to enjoy the scenery, a walking trail is a great addition to your acreage. Depending on how thick the vegetation is, you may be able to create a trail with a lawnmower. If you're planning to hike through timber, you may need a chainsaw or brush mower. Once the trail is cleared, spend a little time maintaining it, and you can enjoy hikes through your property year-round! Make your trail a little wider, and it instantly becomes suitable riding horses, four-wheelers, or mountain bikes. Get outside and enjoy!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2015
  • Have fun with your horse

    If you have a horse, cutting a horse trail on your land is a great way to exercise and enjoy your animal. 

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2015
  • More fun ideas

    • Create a nature scavenger hunt for the kids, and send them searching for items like a feather, a blue flower, animal tracks, and different kinds of leaves.
    • Build a miniature golf course out of whatever you have lying around: plywood, gutters, logs, or just about anything!
    • Avoid the campground crowds and set up your own campsite in the backyard or on the back 40.
    • Turn a pizza box and some tin foil into a solar cooker for making s'mores without the campfire.
    • Get creative, go outside, and have fun!
    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 10, 2015

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