Don’t close the door on the season just yet! Some of the most exciting seasonal outdoor activities are in the fall. Need help getting creative with how to grab hold of these next few months? Grab your flannel! We’ve rounded up some of the most fun and spontaneous outdoor activities to enjoy before winter gets here.
Head to the farmer’s market
There’s nothing like cooking with in-season produce. Head to your local farmer’s market with a tote or basket and pick out seasonal specials like ginger and cauliflower. Try cauliflower fried rice or a ginger cookie.
There's more to leaves than just raking them! Get out in the backyard or go on a fall hike and see how many different kinds of leaves you can find. Try preserving them to use as bookmarks or to make them into magnets.
Camp in the backyard
You don’t need to haul a bunch of stuff to a campground to get a night in under the stars! Set up a tent in the backyard (all hands on deck!), roast marshmallows for s’mores, and try to find the Big Dipper.
Run a 5K
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Drink hot apple cider around a campfire
Get cozy! Make a cup of hot apple cider — this recipe has no added sugar if that’s your thing. Next? Skip the couch, take it to the backyard, and sip it by a bonfire. Bonus points for a cute seasonal mug.
Track phases of the moon
Keep a moon journal! Teach your kids the different phases of the moon, why they change shape each night, and then keep track of them by shading them in in a special notebook.
Fall color hike
Hit the trails! Take in all the gorgeous leaves both on the ground and still in the trees. How many colors of the rainbow can you find? Reds and oranges might be easy, but what about pinks and purples? Bring a homemade trail mix for when you need a hiking snack break.
Go on a hayride
Really, when was the last time you sat on a bale of hay and got pulled around in the crisp autumn air by a tractor? Head to your local pumpkin patch with a quilted blanket and prepare yourself for perfect autumn bliss.
Start a mulled cider booth
Your kids love setting up lemonade stands in the summer, so why not extend that to a mulled cider booth in the fall? Grab a table, a bright plaid flannel blanket to keep them cozy, and bring in extra fall spending cash with a favorite mulled cider recipe.
Watch birds fly south for the winter
Head to the park and watch the birds do their thing preparing for winter. (Pro tip: Bring a blanket and have a picnic lunch.) Aren’t their patterns amazing? How many of them flying south can you spot? Nature really is something, isn’t it?