NRPA: Americans spend time outdoors over the holidays

ASHBURN, Va. — According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), when it comes to visiting public spaces this winter, eight in 10 (83 percent) Americans look forward to spending time outdoors.

Most park and recreation agencies (84 percent) offer themed special events for their communities year-round, including holiday parades and light displays.

The top four locations Americans would most like to visit this winter and holiday season include:

  • A local farm to pick out holiday decorations (44 percent)
  • A beach to relax (33 percent)
  • A park to go sledding or playing (30 percent)
  • A trail to enjoy nature (26 percent)

Parents (93 percent), millennials (92 percent) and Gen Xers (84 percent) are more likely to visit outdoor locations this winter holiday season than non-parents (79 percent) and baby boomers (77 percent).

“Spending time outside is a great way to celebrate the winter season,” says Barbara Tulipane, CAE, NRPA president and CEO. “Whether it’s celebrating holidays, relaxing with friends or simply enjoying nature, local park and recreation agencies offer many places to visit and activities to enjoy.”

This poll is part of NRPA’s Park Pulse, a continuing series of monthly surveys that gauge the public’s opinion on topics relating to parks and recreation. To explore previous Park Pulse survey results, visit

SOURCE: National Recreation and Park Association press release

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at

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