Best Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day Outdoors

Show your love and appreciation for mom this Mother’s Day by spending time together in the great outdoors. Not only are there countless benefits to spending time outdoors but there is also no shortage of ways to spend quality time and feel pampered. We’ve rounded up a list of 12 Outdoor Mother’s Day ideas that any mom is sure to love. Check out our list and choose the one that best fits her idea of fun.

Go for a Hike Together

Take to the trails for time well spent together in nature. Choose a leisurely hike where you can share in quality time and conversation along the way. Or if you and your mom are up for it, a longer and more challenging hike will give you a sense of accomplishment as a team. Remember to be in the present moment and soak up each twist and turn together. Research best hikes in the area or our ‘Best Hikes’ blogs for hiking trails near some of the nation’s best national parks.

Enjoy a Picnic in the Park

Dining out is great. But dining outside is better! Take advantage of spring weather and blooms this Mother’s Day with a picnic in the park. Pack all the picnic essentials and set out for your favorite park. We suggest a wicker picnic basket to hold your food, an outdoor blanket to sit on, and plastic wine glasses for a picture-perfect open-air picnic experience. For the perfect picnic meal, you can cook something together or order to-go from her favorite local restaurant. Looking to add some pizazz? Bring your own flesh blooms to set around on the blanket, a low level table and some pillows to create a pinterest setting and perhaps some juices and champagnes to make the perfect mimosa mixture.

Plant Flowers or Vegetables

Instead of giving mom a bouquet of Mother’s Day flowers, try shopping for your seeds or blooms and planting them together. Your hands will get dirty but the work will be worth the reward as you watch them grow throughout the summer. Each time mom looks at the blooming flowers she will remember the quality time she got to spend with you for Mother’s Day.

Pro tip: opt for perennials so your flowers will come back each year and plant in pots if your regional weather isn’t yet warm enough to sustain flowers in the ground!

Find an Outdoor Yoga Class

Relax and reconnect by taking an outdoor yoga class together. Check Facebook Events in your local area for classes or explore your local botanical gardens and breweries that oftentimes host yoga classes. Looking for a more private yoga session with just you and mom? Find a yoga class online and bring your computer to the park. Layout your yoga mats under a tree and enjoy a private yoga session in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Brunch on an Outdoor Patio

Nothing says Happy Mother’s Day quite like a delicious Mother’s Day brunch paired with mimosas. Treat mom to a patio brunch at her favorite restaurant or try somewhere new, it’s the perfect way to spend Mother’s Day outdoors and to get some extra quality time with Mom.

Take a Winery Tour and Tasting

Sip, sip, and celebrate. Taste your way through a selection of different wine blends at a local winery. After you’ve sampled to your heart’s content, buy mom a keepsake bottle to enjoy at home to remember the day by. You might even invite family and friends along to make it a social affair.

Capture the Day with an Outdoor Photoshoot

Make it the ultimate Mother’s Day with memories to last a lifetime. Your new family photos will be a great addition to your photo wall at home and for sharing with family and friends. For the perfect Mother’s Day gift idea, order a custom photo book or canvas print from your session. Look online for a local photographer or use a tripod and take them yourself.

Pro tip: take photos just after sunrise or just before sunset or “golden hour” for the best lighting.

Visit a Farmer’s Market

Pick up fresh produce from one of your local farmer’s markets and cook a meal together with the fresh ingredients. If you don’t have a garden to plant flowers in at home, buy mom some fresh flowers to put in a vase. While you shop around, treat your mom and yourself to a coffee and homemade baked goods.

Roast S’mores

Gather around the fire pit with your loved ones and treat mom’s sweet tooth to yummy s’mores. Make sure she has a comfortable seat and blanket to keep her cozy. Keep an eye on the sky and try to spot the different constellations in the cosmos.

Take a Family Bike Ride

Drink in the fresh air and spring blooms with a family bike ride. Make mom feel extra special by decorating her bike with flowers and streamers to let everyone know it’s her day you’re celebrating as you peddle around town.

Visit a National Park

Taking a trip to a nearby or far-flung national park is a truly memorable outdoor experience. You can find the complete list of national parks and their locations on the National Park Service (NPS) website. If you plan to visit multiple parks this year, consider purchasing a National Park pass.

Stay at Under Canvas

We believe that nature is the best architect, family and friends are the best entertainment, and that a piece of every soul is hidden somewhere…outside. Our safari-inspired locations near America’s most iconic national parks feature plush king-size beds with luxe linens, ensuite bathroom options, daily activities like yoga and live music, plus on-site dining at most locations. Give mom the gift of an unforgettable experience where she can explore the outdoors in comfort and style with an Under Canvas gift card or book a weekend getaway with her over Mother’s Day!

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