6 Fun and Exciting Outdoor Activities for Blind People

2022-06-01 | By Orcam Staff

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Empowering Independence: Activities for Blind People

In a world that's constantly buzzing with activity, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to participate in enjoyable and fulfilling pastimes is crucial. That's why "Activities for Blind People" are not just about finding things to do; they're about unlocking a world of possibilities where touch, sound, and camaraderie play leading roles. For blind and visually impaired individuals, finding activities that cater to their needs and preferences can sometimes be challenging. However, the reality is that there's a vast array of accessible, engaging, and rewarding activities that are perfectly suited to individuals with visual impairments. From exploring the wonders of music and sound, diving into the rich textures of tactile arts, to embracing the exhilaration of adaptive sports, the possibilities are boundless.

This guide aims to shine a light on a variety of activities for the blind that can enrich the lives of people, enhancing their skills, boosting their confidence, and fostering a sense of community. Whether you're looking for ideas to broaden your own horizons, seeking inspiration for loved ones, or exploring resources and technologies to support participation in diverse activities, you've come to the right place. Let's explore the world of opportunities that await, proving that sight is not a prerequisite for experiencing life to its fullest.

It’s easy to assume that there are very few outdoor activities that blind or visually impaired people are able to participate in. Activities for the blind are in fact different and a smaller variety to choose from. However, there are still many fun and adventurous outdoor activities that even people who are blind or visually impaired can enjoy.

Choosing the Right Activity:

When choosing one of these 7 activities for the blind, there are a few things that you should consider when evaluating them. The first is the weather. If the weather is windy or has a chance of rain, you should choose an outdoor activity that does not take you far from home. If that option is not available, choose one that has a nearby shelter in case of poor weather. Second, choose an activity that you have access to the tools or accessories that the activity requires. Third and foremost, choose an activity that can be done in your area. 


We have specifically chosen activities that can be done almost anywhere. Every family or group of friends or even members of blind or visually impaired associations or organizations looking for a fun outdoor activity to do together will find most of these options relevant to them.

Outdoor Activities for the Blind

1. Planting Flowers or Plants


Gardening is one of the less thought of activities for the blind. Planting flowers and herbs can be done without the need for vision. Planting small plants or flowers can either be done with hands only or with small garden tools. The actions of digging a hole, planting the flower or plant and covering with dirt is a fun activity that can be done without difficulty.

2. Meditation or Yoga

outdoor yoga

These activities for the blind are the most relaxing and soothing. Guided yoga can be found online for free for anyone who does not know much about yoga. The guidance for movement and positions are usually in audio and can be easily followed. Mediation can be done standing, sitting or even lying down in parks or in any nature environment you choose. For people who have never meditated before, online guided meditations will help you create a relaxing and soothing meditation for everyone. There are plenty of resources online for you to choose from.

3. Walk or Hike

walking the dog

Outdoor activities for the blind that include spending time in nature can come in many forms. There are many hiking trails or walking paths in parks that are accessible to blind people. Most blind people use walking canes and are used to walking around the city streets while staying on the sidewalk. This is done with the assistance of canes and walking sticks. At least 37 states in the US have trails that are accessible for blind or visually impaired hikers. Some even have guiding ropes and braille signs.

4. Water Activities

Water Activities

There are two types of water activities for the blind. The first is swimming. Since not all blind or visually impaired people know how to swim, this may not be a fit for you. However, dipping feet in shallow water is also a fun activity for people who do not know how to swim. The second option is sailing in a boat. This option is safer and can be done in a variety of ways. Many parks have artificial lakes or rivers with boating options. Natural lakes, oceans, and rivers have boating options provided as well for you to choose from.

5. Picnic

Group of People Sitting on White Mat on Grass Field Enjoying a Picnic

Food is always a good option as an activity. This activity can be combined with hiking or walking and does not have to be done by itself. City parks and nature reserves often provide picnic areas for you to use. If you have a location in mind for a picnic that does not have picnic tables and benches, you can always bring your own. Whichever location you choose, picnics are always fun.

6. Flower Picking

Pathway Between Pink Tulip Flowers

In this list of activities for the blind, flower picking has the best souvenirs to take home with you. If you choose this activity, you and your home will enjoy the fragrance of freshly picked flowers for the next few days. Flowers can’t be picked just anywhere. Flower picking farms can be found across America. 


When making a reservation or inquiring about the activity, make sure to inform them that some of the group members are blind to make sure they can provide the necessary accommodations. There are even assistive devices such as OrCam MyEye 2 that allow people who are blind or visually impaired to identify the colors of the flowers, in addition to reading text, recognizing faces, and more.

More Activities for the Blind

In case these activities for the blind are still too extreme for you or your family and friends, there are other options to choose from. Here is a list of 6 activities that are more suitable for blind people who have difficulties with physical activities.


You can always use the OrCam MyEye to assist you with your activities if you want more independence!