Have you heard about REI’s campaign for folks to #OptOutside on Black Friday?
We love this idea, and are sure many of our readers will love it, too. So, we’ve gathered some of our best posts for things you might want to do on Black Friday OTHER than shopping with the masses.
In all likelihood, you’ll have to brave some wind and rain to attempt any of these adventures. But, we are sure you tough Northwest folk can do it! Bundle up, grab some hand warmers, pack some hot cocoa in a thermos, and head out for some adventure!
1. Visit an awesome Holiday Lights Display
There are so many options, but some of our favorites are Zoolights at Pt Defiance (opens on Black Friday!), and Fantasy Lights in Spanaway, which opens on Thanksgiving (you can stay in the car for Fantasy Lights)!
2. Cut down your Christmas tree
You could go really, really outdoorsy and cut one down from the forest. If you want to do that, be sure to follow all the tips and instructions for how to make that happen in our post about cutting down your tree from the forest.
Or, you could hit up a nearby u-cut Christmas tree farm. Here’s our list of Best South Sound U-Cut Tree Farms for Families.
3. Go on a hike or nature walk
Throw on some boots and burn off that extra piece of pumpkin pie you had on Thanksgiving. These posts will help you find a good spot!
- Ten South Sound Nature Walks Perfect for Young Hikers is one of our most popular posts ever. Or, try this one with Walks Perfect for Rainy Days (Lots of them work well for strollers, too)!
- Or see if you can find the gnomes on this sweet hike in Maple Valley!
- Or join this guided walk on the Sumner Link trail!
4. Attend a Tree Lighting Ceremony
We’ve created a list of every tree lighting ceremony we could find in the South Sound. Yes, there are several this weekend! Check out our list of South Sound Christmas Tree Lighting Events and find one near you!
5. Go for a swim
Okay, we don’t expect you to go swimming OUTSIDE. But, you can totally pretend you are outside at any of these South Sound Pools with Water Park Style Features. Be sure to call ahead to see if your local pool has special holiday hours on Black Friday.
6. Try Geocaching
Never been geocaching before? Your kids will LOVE IT! The only thing you need to get started is to download the app on your phone, or check out caches nearby at Geocaching.com. You can find all kinds of caches by Geocaching at Point Defiance!
7. Go On A Painted Rock Hunt
The painted rock craze is still going strong! Here’s everything you need to know to get in on it. Just be sure to use a sealant if you paint your own this time of year.
8. Hop on a ferry
How about getting outside…on a boat! You could take a day trip to Bremerton where free fun abounds when you disembark. Or, for something with more South Sound flavor, take a ferry to Vashon from Pt. Defiance. Explore the island and be sure to check out the lighthouse on Maury Island or find the bike that’s growing out of a tree. Yes, you should be prepared for blustery weather. We’ll let you decide if that makes it more fun or a no-go!
9. Go Ice Skating at Point Ruston
Try the Indigo Frozen Fountain! This annual, temporary outdoor ice skating rink is becoming a Tacoma tradition! This year it’s at a new location at Point Ruston (easy parking)!
10. Visit Donner and Blitzen
Watson’s Nursery in Puyallup is hosting Donner and Blitzen for their holiday vacation until they’re called on for Christmas Eve delivery. Make a stop to wish them well! It’s free!
11. Go Salmon Spotting
Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail near Olympia is still open. See if the kids can spot salmon coming home to spawn! As of this writing the salmon are also in at Donkey Creek in Gig Harbor and at the hatchery in Puyallup (look behind it on the trail that goes to Clark’s Creek).
12. Visit A State Park-For FREE!
13. Check out the Macy’s Seattle Parade
It is a really crazy day of the year to head to the city, but the energy is amazing. Go early to secure a spot at the Seattle Macy’s Holiday Parade. Floats rival that in the BIG Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city!
Looking for more holiday fun? We are *furiously* updating all of it, and should have it all up in the menu bar for you by Saturday at the latest. If you need something before then, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, but yes-I am taking Thanksgiving off. 🙂