Outdoor recreation is a huge industry in North America. Huge! From snorkeling with manatees in Florida to hiking in Yosemite National Park, there are countless ways for us to get our fresh air (or water). Whether your goal is to get more exercise, see new places or get closer to nature, outdoor recreation provides so many benefits to our overall happiness.
But did you know that it’s also ridiculously huge from an economic perspective? Ready for this? Outdoor recreation accounts for HUNDREDS of BILLIONS of dollars to the United States economy every year. According to this article from Outside magazine (here) published in June 2012, outside activities contributed a steady 5% every year from 2005 to 2011.
Where We Spend Our Outdoor Money
If that doesn’t impress you, try this on for size: Camping, clocking in at #1, contributed $143 BILLION. What we might think of as just hiking to a campground, pitching a tent and watching for bears is one heck of a jolt to the economy!
#2 on the list: Water sports at $86 BILLION. Snorkeling, scuba diving and all different ways to pretend we’re one with the fishes or searching for Nemo.
Our outdoor time is important to us. We treasure our winter skiing vacations to Aspen, our summer trips to the beaches of North Carolina, our weekends off to go biking with the kids ($81 billion at #3).
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How do YOU spend your time outdoors???