They say April showers bring May flowers, but what is a fan of fresh air supposed to do if they’re stuck inside waiting for the showers to stop? Try bringing the outside in! 

Yes, even the most outdoorsy people have to hit pause every once in a while. Because although cities like Seattle and London are known for their precipitation, every city has rainy days, snowstorms, or heat waves that force you indoors. 

While our fully equipped Blueground apartments are the perfect basecamp for exploring vibrant neighborhoods around the world, they’re also the ideal retreat on bad-weather days.

Don’t let the weather keep you down. Check out these seven ways to enjoy outdoor-inspired fun inside.  

1. Start a garden

Red tomatoes

Have a green thumb? Even if you don’t, you can still easily grow a garden in your apartment. Most indoor plants only need a small pot, some natural light from a window, and a little water. 

What should you grow? The options are endless. Herbs, such as basil, chives, mint, and oregano, are a great option. Or if you have a balcony that gets plenty of sunlight (and warm-ish weather this time of year), you could try planting easy-care fruits and veggies, like tomatoes, strawberries, bell peppers, and carrots.

Caring for plants improves your mood and health. And when you’re successful, there’s nothing quite like enjoying your hard work. Yum! 

2. Have an indoor picnic

Indoor picnic

Who said you can’t have a picnic inside?  Set the scene by placing a tablecloth and plates on the ground in your living room. 

Then bring your favorite foods to enjoy — sandwiches, fried chicken, chips, fruit salad, or a cheeseboard. And don’t forget dessert!

It’s a cute date-night idea or a great way to entertain kids on a snowy day.

3. Exercise in a new way

doing a home workout

Outdoor fitness classes or jogging around the block can be brutal during a heatwave. On hot summer days, there are solutions for keeping cool while working out.

Think about trying equipment-free home workouts that use your own bodyweight to feel the burn. Or begin your fitness journey with 8fit, an app featuring high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts.

If your apartment building has an indoor pool, you can also go for a dip and try working out in the water.

4. Stargaze in style

Staring up at the night sky never gets old. The best part? You can do it from the comfort of your own home. 

Best suited for cloudless nights, stargazing is a classic pastime. You simply get a telescope, go out on your balcony, and be an astronomer for a few minutes. 

If you don’t have a telescope, some free stargazing apps available for iOS and Android include SkyView Lite, Starlight, and Star Chart. Or keep it simple — just look out of your window and try to spot the planet Venus, the constellation Orion, or Polaris (the North Star). 

5. Host a wine tasting

attractive couple drinking wine at sunset

You don’t need to visit a vineyard to sample the best vinos! Invite over a few friends and have a wine night at home. 

Here are a couple ideas for your get-together: Have each guest bring their favorite bottle, letting everyone sample different reds and whites. Or provide the drinks with help (and huge savings) from our partner, Naked Wines.    

Another idea? Step it up a notch with a formal dress code. It’s a great excuse to wear that dress or suit and tie that you hardly ever get to show off.  

6. Teach your pet a new trick

a young man kissing his dog on the head

Some may think tons of outdoor area is needed to train your pet. Not true! All it takes is a little floor space, patience, and a handful of treats. 

Whether you want to get your puppy to roll over or your cat to come when you snap your fingers, Blueground has numerous pet-friendly apartments where you and your furry friend can team up for a learning session. 

7. Pick up a unique skill

Fly fishing rod and lures

Why let your pet have all the fun? There are plenty of instructors on YouTube offering free classes about anything under the sun. 

Consider getting tips from chess grandmasters before your next trip to the park, see how to make your own fly fishing lures, or learn the ins and outs of drawing caricatures so you can set up your easel in a tourist hotspot.

Other activities, such as juggling, hula hooping, or balance boarding, let you learn at your own pace. It’s a great feeling when you realize how much you’ve improved from day one!
Blueground offers fully-furnished, equipped and serviced apartments in some of the world's most sought after cities.

Traveling for your job? Starting fresh in a new city? Rain, snow, or shine, all of our fully furnished Blueground apartments offer a comfy place to live and work. Find the right home for whatever you love to do — inside or out. 

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