Wednesday, July 13, 2016

7 Things To Do In A Small Town

Small towns are great! I grew up in one and now I'm in grad school in one. My college town was more of a small city, but still the small theme has continued throughout my life. I love small towns because there's a really great sense of community and hospitality that isn't as common in big cities. That may also just be the midwest, but still. I hear a lot of people complain about small towns because they're bored. Trust me, I have my days where I'm itching to get out and move to a big city (I still might do that but just to experience it). But overall, I'm pretty content in a smaller town. So today's post is totally dedicated to sharing my favorite things to do in a small town.

  1. Hit up the farmer's market. This is my favorite!! Oxford is a little farming town so the farmer's market is unbelievable. Not only is this a great way to support local farmers, but you also get to meet new people. Ask the vendors about their food! There's one guy at our farmer's market who loves to give you a little extra lettuce if you ask him about it. I also talk to the lady I buy my herbs and flowers from almost every week about what else I can do to make sure they're growing as well as they can.
  2. Enjoy nature. If your small town is in the middle of nowhere like mine, there's bound to be hiking trails and lots of nature nearby. We have a state park about 7 miles north of town. It has some great hiking trails and a beautiful little lake where you can kayak. Or you can drive about 15 miles west into Indiana and go canoeing down the Whitewater River. Whatever you fancy, there's usually nature to spare around small towns.
  3. Watch the local high school sports. This isn't something I've done yet, but I'm not sure why. As much as I love college and pro football, there's something so wonderful about a Friday night football game in the fall. Sports seem to be a big part of small towns - everyone goes to the home games! It's a great way to get out and really dive into the community.
  4. Play your own sports. Oxford has a wonderful community park with a sand volleyball court, so every Tuesday and Thursday a group of us gets together and plays volleyball when it's warm. Not only does this get us all out of the lab, but you can also get to know your town better. Most community parks have more than just one thing going on in them. Our park has soccer fields, baseball/softball diamonds, basketball courts, and a playground. There's always families around when it's nice outside so it's a great way to meet people.
  5. Walk around downtown. Unless you live in Oxford then it's called "Uptown." Small towns have a knack for featuring some adorable little mom-and-pop shops. You're also bound to come across at least one antique store. Take a few hours and stroll around looking through the shops - you might be surprised what you find!
  6. Eat at a local restaurant. I feel like small towns always have a couple restaurants that aren't found anywhere else! Oxford has a few places that are either exclusively only found in Oxford or might have one to two other locations in Ohio. There's also a high chance that there's a local coffee shop that isn't Starbucks. Thankfully Oxford has two (#coffeeaddict) and I love them both!
  7. Check out the local festivals. My favorite part about Oxford is the annual wine festival at the end of May. Uptown shuts down and wine vendors from all over come to town. There's also food, arts and crafts, and live music. It's such a fun day! There's also an apple butter festival at the state park north of town every fall complete with apple butter (obviously), great food, arts and crafts, and live animals. While these might not compete with festivals in big cities, there's something so fun about a small town festival where everyone knows everyone.
There y'all go! Those are 7 of my favorite things to do in a small town. Do y'all have any other fun activities that you do in a small town? I'd love to hear all about them!

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