Lately, we’ve been spending some time thinking of new ways to celebrate and take advantage of this beautiful season. The colorful changing foliage, the crisp air, the seasonal produce, and the inherent excitement that comes with a new school season (even years after you’ve been a student!) all help to create an atmosphere perfect for fun new adventures.
We’ve become especially inspired lately by the checklists floating around Pinterest, and we’d like to recommend some of our own favorite fall activities – to be done with children, friends, or anyone!
Go apple picking. If you’re lucky enough to live in a place with real, defined seasons, then this seasonal activity is a must. There are plenty of farms and orchards across the United States that allow you to come pick your own produce – and in the fall, that means apples! PickYourOwn.org is a fantastic resource for finding the nearest apple orchard near you. They also offer picking and preserving tips, and even recipes to help you savor the fruits of your labor.
Find fall festivals. So many communities have fall-themed festivals, ranging from celebrations of specific fruits and vegetables (pumpkins, apples) to cultural events and holidays (ie. Oktoberfest.) Check your local newspaper and/or city or county website to see what’s happening near you – and get involved! Festivals.com is a good national resource to help get you started; you can search by date or location, and be linked directly to the event’s official website.
Love the leaves. Undoubtedly, one of the best things about fall is the spectacular beauty of the changing leaves. And there are many ways to capture (literally and figuratively) this beauty to be enjoyed year-round: Take your family or loved one on a picnic or hike, and be sure to bring your cameras. Depending upon where you live, you may have to take a drive to reach the best scenery – but it will be worth it. Also, we adore this idea from Frugal Luxuries by the Seasons: Collect a sampling of the red and yellow leaves, and press them in a book or binder for safe keeping. You could also frame your favorite leaves, and hang them on a wall like art. The results are lovely, and a nice reminder of fall long after the season has passed.
Cheer on your favorite team. Fall is a wonderful time for sports enthusiasts! Football season has begun, and the days are still warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities like baseball, soccer, and relay races. Get a group together for a game of your choice, or attend a local football game – or simply organize a casual hike or bike ride. Camping is another great outdoor activity that you won’t be so keen on once the weather transitions to winter.
Get lost in a corn maze. Another fun activity for the young and young-at-heart is an outing through a local corn maze. These real-life human puzzles begin to crop up around the country this time of year, and they offer a variety of things to see and do. Many of them are open all day and night – with nighttime being especially exciting, as they are “haunted” by staff members dressed as monsters and zombies closer to Halloween. Corn mazes also typically offer ring toss games, pumpkin painting, concessions, and other things to keep your entire group occupied for hours. To find a corn maze near you, check out TheMAiZE.com.
What are you looking forward to doing with your friends or family this fall? We’d love to hear your ideas in the “comments” section below!