Moving Locally: 5 Ideas for Exploring Your New Neighborhood

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Moving Locally: 5 Ideas for Exploring Your New Neighborhood

Daphne Mallory · Nov 12, 2010

Getting out and about is one of the first tasks you should plan after moving in.  Locally, you can find so many things to do that it can get overwhelming. Resist the urge to shut yourself in, and get to know your new neighborhood. Here are a few ideas on what to do:

1 – Go the Local Public Library

The local public library can be a great resource for all things local. It often hosts its own events, but also has a community bulletin board with posters and flyers from local groups and organizations announcing events. You can find many free events to attend, and that’s one way of exploring your new neighborhood. You may also find a group to join, which can be another avenue for making new friends. Public libraries also have maps, brochures and other information about the local community, even political reports and directories of local representatives.

2  – Visitors Center

Each city or town often has a visitor’s center. You can find everything you need to know about the new neighborhood, as well as neighboring cities or towns. It’s a good first stop to make when moving locally. Many centers offer tours of the downtown area. You can find brochures on every public place of interest, including local theaters and tourist attractions.

3  – Local Coffee Shop

Moving locally near a coffee shop can offer many benefits, as long as you don’t waste your money by buying coffee every day. It’s a great hub for information, fun and fellowship. When you’re ready to explore your neighborhood, include visits to your local coffee shops. Check out the bulletin boards and speak with the owners, managers or workers. Ask them about the community and what you need to know about it as a newcomer. You’ll get the inside scoop on the area and walk away with new information. Try to interact with customers when there are opportunities to do so. They can learn a lot from the locals as well.

4 – Your Landlord

One of the best resources you have for exploring your new neighborhood may be your landlord. Ask your landlord for the highlights of your new area, and the places you must go as a newcomer. You should also find out practical information as well, such as directions to the supermarket or bank. Your landlord can probably give you better directions than MapQuest or some other map program. If you’re using public transportation, then your landlord can show you where the nearest bus stop is, or how to get to the train station.

5 – Check Newspapers for Events

Find free and paid events to attend by checking the local newspaper. It’s another great way to meet new people and to learn your way around the neighborhood. Include yard, moving and estate sales as well. You can learn your way around town by driving to those sales, and get much needed items for your apartment.

Moving locally is a busy time, and you may want to take months to unpack and settle in before exploring your new neighborhood. Try to balance getting out and unpacking, so that you can experience your new city or town and make a few new friends.

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