4 Ways to Connect With a New City

by Amy BellAugust 9, 2013

Once the movers have come and gone and the unpacking is more or less complete, the fun part of a move to a new city can begin: getting to know your new surroundings! Aside from the typical jumping-off points of work, school and church, there are plenty of other ways to help you connect with and get to know the town you’ll now call home. Today I’m sharing four great ways to connect with a new city and meet new people in the process.

Get to know your neighbors.

In years past, meeting and getting to know neighbors used to be a given of everyday life, but as our schedules have become increasingly hectic over the course of the last few decades, less importance has been placed on establishing meaningful relationships with the people who live nearby. It admittedly can be a bit intimidating to knock on the door of complete strangers to introduce yourself, but the benefits of doing so make the effort well worth it! Neighbors can be the center of the new support network your establish in your new town, and for families with kids, neighborhood children will most likely become the playmates with whom your kids spend the most time. Breaking the ice can be as simple as a friendly hello at the mailbox, but that small gesture can lead to friendships that can last for years to come.

Go downtown.

Over the course of the last decade or so, there has been a huge effort to revitalize many of the downtown areas in cities across the nation. As a result, downtown districts are often a terrific way to tap into the heartbeat of your new city. Dine at local restaurants, check out local shops, and tour historic sites and museums. This will help you connect with your new home and more fully appreciate all your town has to offer.

Check out the library.

Aside from the obvious benefits of allowing you to check out books and other media for absolutely free, libraries often have programs for patrons of all ages, with offerings ranging from children’s story time to adult books clubs, movie clubs and more. Branching out and attending some of these programs is a fantastic way to connect with like-minded people in your new area.

Get into nature.

Ask neighbors or co-workers what they would consider to be the must-see natural attractions in your area, and then set aside a weekend or two to visit some of them. Here in the Texas Hill Country, swimming holes are some of the best places to be on a sweltering summer afternoon, and our family recently took a day trip to one near us. Aside from taking in the beautiful scenery of our new surroundings, our children had a great time playing with some new friends. We now have a new favorite spot for day trips in the future! Whether your destination be a swimming hole like ours, an area park, a picturesque hiking trail or something else entirely, taking in the natural beauty of your new home will help you appreciate your new area is a whole new way.

Branching out and exploring a new town is an essential part of the moving process, and something that will help you more fully enjoy and appreciate your new home. No matter what part of the country you live in, there are an abundance of ways to connect with a new town so that you will be proud to call it home!

Have you moved to a new city in the past? What are your best tips for getting to know a new area? Feel free to add to the conversation in the comments below.

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