"We hiked a good six miles up and down and then camped on the beach and hiked back the next day," Ferrera tells PEOPLE of a recent trip to Catalina Island

By Patrick Gomez
Updated February 19, 2016 09:30 AM
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Forget a dinner and a movie, America Ferrera and her husband Ryan Williams like to get a little more adventurous on their date nights.

“We could also spend all day on the couch in our pajamas, but we love the outdoors so we like to ride our bikes and hike,” the Superstore star says in the current issue of PEOPLE.

In fact, Ferrera, 31, and Williams, 34, recently went on their first camping to Catalina Island, which is just off the coast of Southern California.

“We hiked a good six miles up and down and then camped on the beach and hiked back the next day,” says Ferrera.

The actress says this sense of adventure is a new, but welcome, side to her personality.

For more from Ferrera – including why she is weirded out on girls’ nights with her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants costars – pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now

“I grew up in Southern California, but I knew very little about what it had to offer in terms of nature and beauty. So now that I’m more aware, I’m trying to take advantage of it,” adds Ferrera. “Look at me, carrying a real hiking backpack and camping on the beach. It feels like a whole new me. I feel like a different person all together, and I love it.”

Watch Ferrera on Superstore, Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on NBC.