The moon will enter its lunar phase, aligning directly with earth and the sun 13 times in 2018. A full moon is bold. It takes up space. It’s feared, revered, and celebrated in ancient and modern society. New Zealand’s Maori people still plant food by the way of the moon, the tides and the elements, using the Maramataka calendar. On the eve of March 31 (the last Blue Moon until 2020), some traveler in Thailand will be looking for the ultimate full moon party.
Luckily, enjoying the moon doesn’t require a flight. There are plenty of ways to take in the moonlight right where you are.
Watch the full moon rise. Watching the moon rise over Lake Langano is one of the most spectacular sights I’ve ever seen. Find out what time the moon rises in your town and pick a spot with a view. Carry along a picnic and you will have created the perfect date night.
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Full moon yoga. In Havre de Grace, Maryland, Full Moon Yoga hosts special evenings in June, July and August, where students practice yoga class on a floating barge overlooking the river reflecting the moon. Set your intentions. Release. Let go.
Kayak under the moon. If you live near water, find the outfitters that arrange moon-lit tours. For example, Ayers Creek Adventures in Berlin, Maryland offer guided Eco-Tours led by paddlers with extensive knowledge of the waterways, wildlife, and history of the Maryland Coastal Bays. Full moon kayak tours can be found all over the state of Florida.
Full moon drumming circles. Each new and full moon, the Florida School of Holistic Living has been known to host a drumming circle to help Orlando, Florida communities connect with the lunar cycles through drumming, dance, chanting, singing, and fellowship. Drumming circles can be relaxing, spontaneous and can spark your creative side.
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Full moon hikes. Find out if your local nature center has programs for visitors who want to study the plants and animals under a full moon. In Pennsylvania, the Wissahickon Environmental Center is hosting a moonlight toad walk, which coincides with the American toad’s breeding season. Washington D.C.’s National Arboretum’s full moon hikes are usually sold out events. Oregon Ridge Nature Center in Maryland, will host a family-friendly night hike and campfire during the rise of the Strawberry Moon in May.
Full moon runs. To celebrate the blue moon (two full moons in one month), the National Aboretum is hosting a blue moon 5K on March 31. Jersey City, New Jersey has opened a virtual half-marathon challenge urging us to run 13 miles over the course of the 13 full moons. Complete the challenge before December 31 and receive a finisher’s medal.
Full moon sip and paint. Take inspiration from the The Working Artist in New Jersey and create your own sip and paint experience. Invite a local artist to teach or free hand on canvases in your back yard with friends. Paint a moonscape. Admire your celestial masterpiece. Then head outside to enjoy your wine.
Full moon monument tour. Washington D.C. History and Culture hosts full moon walking tours of the city’s most famous monuments and memorials. Hit them all on a long stroll with a group of your fittest friends. The King, Roosevelt and Lincoln Memorials are iridescent under moonlight.
Try them all and tell us your favorite ways to enjoy a full moon night. And if you have other ideas, let us know so we can update our list and share them with others!