You likely researched your new neighborhood before the move, but you won’t really get a feel for all of its hidden gems until you get there. Get out there and explore what your new surroundings have to offer.
Start With Neighbors
Your new neighbors can be a great source of information to help acclimate yourself to the neighborhood. Reach out to your new neighbors once you get settled. Introduce yourself when you see the neighbors outdoors, or go to their doors to meet them. A great conversation starter is to ask them questions about the neighborhood.
One of the best ways to figure out the new neighborhood is just to get out and explore it. Drive around the streets near your home to look for parks, shops and other amenities that interest you. This is also a good way to get your bearings when it comes to figuring out how the streets run and where things are located.
Don’t be afraid to get out on foot. You’re likely to notice even more when you walk or bike through the neighborhood. This is the best way to explore local walking trails and other recreation areas. See and trail and not sure where it goes? Follow it and find out.
An online search is a quick way to find specific things you want in the community. For example, if you’re looking for a locally owned coffee shop, search online. You can also find reviews on most businesses so you can find the best car repair shop, dry cleaner, dentist and nearly any other service or shop.
You might also find a local online community to help you get acquainted. Search for groups with local members. For example, you might find a Facebook group for your neighborhood association or a Meetup group for locals with a common interest. Not only do you get to meet new friends, you can learn more about the community and maybe even meet up with people in the area.
Don’t wait for the fun to come to you. Jump in and get involved in your new community right away. Join local groups, find a church, join a gym or volunteer for a local non-profit. You’ll meet plenty of new people through the experiences. You’ll also likely attend local events and visit different locations as part of your involvement.
Grab a Calendar
Many visitor’s bureaus or other local tourism groups maintain community calendars of events. This is a great way to discover the local culture of the community. Summer is a popular time for local festivals and activities that can give you an idea of what the community values. Head out to these local events to meet new people and discover new spots in the area.