63 fun camping activities

Camping is pretty fun all by itself! But if you ever find yourself wanting more ideas of camping activities, search no further! Below we’ve assembled a pretty exhaustive list of fun camping activities. Also check out our kids’ activities page.

Active

  • Hiking
  • Exploring
  • Biking
  • Frisbee
  • Slacklining
  • Cornhole
  • Ring toss/horseshoes
  • Baseball/catch
  • Bocce ball
  • Kite-flying
  • Water balloon fights
  • Hide-and-Seek
  • Sardines
  • Red Rover
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Geocaching
  • Yoga

Water activities

  • Fishing
  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Stand-up paddle boarding
  • Floating
  • Swimming
  • Skipping stones

Art/music

  • Photography
  • Nature sketching
  • Craft projects
  • Nature scrapbooking
  • Rubbings of leaves, bark, inscriptions, etc.
  • Playing a musical instrument
  • Singing

Nature

  • Wildlife watching
  • Stargazing 
  • Searching for edible plants
  • Searching for animal bones
  • Plant and animal identification
  • Rock collecting
  • Fossil hunting
  • Seashell collecting
  • Learning/practicing survival skills
  • Picking up litter
  • Butterfly search
  • Edible food search (e.g., dandelion greens, berries)

Quiet time

  • Journaling
  • Book reading
  • Reading aloud
  • Napping
  • Learning knot tying
  • Crossword or other puzzles
  • Listening to nature
  • Relaxing in a hammock
  • Meditating
  • Cloud watching

Social games

  • Board or card games
  • Mystery games (like Mafia or Murder in the Dark)
  • Storytelling
  • Charades
  • Skits
  • Truth or Dare
  • 20 Questions

Nighttime

  • Campfire
  • Shadow puppets
  • Flashlight tag
  • Campfire stories
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