REI started the ball rolling last year announcing they’d be closing their stores nationwide on Black Friday and encouraging their employees and customers to #OptOutside: spend the day outdoors instead of in a shopping frenzy. Other retailers, particularly those who sell outdoor clothing and gear, have followed suit. Now it’s a movement, with more than 1.9 million people saying they plan to spend Black Friday outdoors. Including us. Will you?
REI is encouraging us to encourage others to #OptOutside by providing a place you can upload photos to watermark them for the event and share on social media to get more people to spend Black Friday outdoors, too. It’s great advice. We’ve done it for years, particularly since the Big O Hike around Lake Okeechobee always falls during Thanksgiving week.
Here are our suggestions for some great places for a Black Friday hike, bike, paddle, or family gathering outdoors. Zoom into your area to find the places we think you’ll enjoy. Click on an icon for details.
Keeping in mind this is hunting season in much of Florida, these are public lands with no hunting allowed, but plenty of miles to roam. We’ll be outdoors next Friday, how about you? OptOutside!