The leaves are changing, the pumpkins growing, and the sounds and smells of autumn are sneaking in everywhere. This is the best time to go out and enjoy the beautiful activities of nature’s magnificent third act, before the winter chill starts to set in. Here are our favorite fun fall activities to get some seasonal goodness going on.
Apples are one of the easiest fruit trees to grow, since they’re good natured and love temperate weather. Their hardiness means that there are orchards just about everywhere (okay, we admit: you’re out of luck in Hawaii,) so at the top of our list of fun fall activities is a fun day out picking apples. Look in your local countryside for pick-your-own apple orchards; many even offer delicious apple-based treats and might even let you press your apples into cider!
Want to get your heart rate up without hitting the gym? Check out a nearby haunted house- they pop up just about everywhere during the build-up to Halloween. Haunted houses as fun fall activities are definitely not for the faint-hearted, but they can be a fun and exciting evening activity for thrill seekers. In addition to local spots, check out nearby theme parks- many do fantastic scary overlays during September and October with some truly terrified haunted house experiences.
If you’re looking for a challenge, but maybe don’t want to scream at the top of your lungs, corn mazes can be fantastic fun fall activities with a little spooky charm. Often found at pumpkin patches, corn mazes can be truly immense, requiring a keen sense of direction to find your way out. You’ll be surprised at the atmosphere inside these labyrinths; sound is muffled by the cornstalks and carries just the right amount of spooky atmosphere!
Fall Bike Rides:
Even familiar bike rides can be a whole different experience in fall, thanks to all the leaves getting together to put on a show. Just about any temperate forest (avoid evergreens) will feature startling colors that can make getting even gentle exercise a breathtaking ride. Local bike riding guides often feature fall rides designed to maximize your autumnal experience, or look up nearby group bike rides for a way to enjoy fall and meet some new friends.
So that's our list of fun fall activities -- what'd we miss? What are your favorite fun fall activities?