Leisure-time spending in the U.S. has nearly doubled in the past 10 years to about $130 billion annually, says Dr. James Wylie, who teaches a family recreation course at Boston University. His figure includes everything from stamp collecting to ballroom dancing.
But outdoor activities are high on the list. Last year, he says, some 90 million Americans went on picnics and about 18 million went camping.
And then there is the magazine Amusement Business, which reports that we spent almost $700 million last year to attend ball games, expositions and fairs.
We must be fun-lovers all.