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Exploring Your New Community
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|You've just moved to a brand new community and know nothing about it, but the best way to get a feel for the new area and discover some local hot spots is to explore it organically with your family or other loved ones.
See what the area has to offer
Most likely you're going to be hungry after your busy move, so why not take the time to explore the community and simultaneously find something to eat?
The first night of your move just wing it -drive into town and pick a place to eat with your family.
TIP: While there, talk to your server about what there is to do in the area and if they have any recommendations for other local businesses to visit. After a recent move, locals are often your best resources.
Take a walk
One of the best ways to explore your new community is to literally take a stroll through it.
As a way to get some fresh air after your hectic move, take your family and walk around your neighbourhood to get a feel for things.
When you're all feeling particularly energetic you should also take the time to explore the hub of your community, specifically the town square or center to peruse local shops and businesses.
Visit a community park
A fun and active way to explore is to get to know a local park in your community. On a warm, sunny day it will be full of people and activities for you and your family.
If you have a dog, bring them along for some fun at the local dog park and so you can meet other dog owners.
To get more of a feel for your community without leaving the comforts of your new home, take a tour of it via the internet.
- Sign onto your community's online portal (most towns have them) to see what's happening in your area
- Search for local restaurants and services on Yelp
- Look on Trip Advisor for ideas on things to check out in your area
- Do a quick search to see what others who live in the community or who have visited the community recommend
- See if your new home is on community exploring apps like Trover
Buy a guidebook
In case the World Wide Web is not your thing, your community may be featured in or have its own guidebook that you can purchase to help ease you in post-move.
As an added bonus it may even contain a little history lesson about your area.
Of course, if it embarrasses you to be seen with a guidebook in your new town you can always peruse it at home before heading out on any adventures.
Get to know your neighbours
Your community wouldn't be a community without the people who live in it, so make sure you don't neglect your neighbours (immediate and otherwise). After all, once you get to talking to them they might have some more ideas about exploring your shared community.
So how do you go about meeting your neighbours?
- Introduce yourself
- Say hello when you see them out and about
- Consider throwing a housewarming party
- Take part in block parties or any events being thrown in your neighbourhood
Enroll your kids
Another way to get a feel for and to explore your community is through any children you may have.
- Immediately sign your kids up for school through the Department of Education
- For younger children, find a local daycare or play group
- Become active in your son or daughter's sports and other extracurricular activities
- Take them to the local park (see above) and meet other parents
Join the community
You can also learn all about your new community by being physically active and fitting in with your new neighbours and community members.
- Find hair stylists, spas, barber shops and nail salons to test out
- Join a local gym or health center
- Apply for a library card and take advantage of the library's resources
- Take part in a club or organization you're passionate about
- Visit a community or recreation center and peruse the local bulletin boards
- Join a religious organization - if you're faith-inclined - to get involved and meet people
TIP: To keep abreast of all that is happening in your new community, get a subscription to the local newspaper to become aware of and join upcoming activities.
No need to worry, you'll be a local in no time!