Americans' Favorite Summer Outdoor Activities

July 1, 2016, Department, by National Recreation and Park Association

An online survey conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association asked 1,000 Americans, ages 18+, what their favorite summertime outdoor activities are.

All top 3 results reflect activities that can be enjoyed at public parks nationwide.

Top 3 Activities:

1.     Having a picnic or barbecue - 55% 

2.     Going for a walk/hike - 49%

3.     Going to the beach - 40%


Favorite Activities by Generation:


  • Going to the beach - 43% 
  • Having a picnic or barbecue - 40%
  • Going to the pool - 39%

Gen X'ers 

  • Having a picnic or barbecue - 54% 
  • Going for a walk/hike - 46%
  • Going to the beach - 37%

Baby Boomers

  • Having a picnic or barbecue - 64% 
  • Going for a walk/hike - 58%
  • Going to the beach - 43%

Based on a survey conducted for the National Recreation and Park Association by Wakefield Research among 1,000 nationally representative Americans, ages 18+, between May 5th and May 12th, 2016, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population ages 18+. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.