Top Ten Outdoor Activities for Fall

Ten great reasons to get outside this fall.

Farewell, summer! As the air turns crisp and cool in many places, it’s the perfect time to embrace the delights of the fall season. Even if your area doesn’t boast a magnificent display of colorful leaves, there are still plenty of enjoyable ways to have outdoor fun with the whole family this autumn:

  1. Go apple picking. Sure, most of us can get apples year-round from the grocery store, but there’s nothing quite like orchard fresh apples, picked straight from the tree during harvest season. That crunchy, tangy, sweet apple flavor is at its peak during this time of year. Many commercial orchards will let you pick your own. It’s not only fun, it’s also a great way to show kids where their food comes from. Get extras for canning applesauce, or making pies. When you’re done, warm up with a delicious mulled cider.
  2. Go on a nature hike. Bring along a field guide to identify different kinds of trees. Look for wildlife collecting food for winter. Explain to kids how animals are starting to fatten up and grow thick, protective winter coats. Watch for migrating birds.
  3. Collect fall leaves. Press them into books or preserve them in glycerin (recipe below*). Paste them onto handmade paper to create greeting cards, or glue them between two pieces of wax paper to make an attractive sun catcher. Go lightly on the glue, or substitute crayon shavings to add color; use a warm iron to melt the shavings and hold the paper together.
  4. Take a hayride. Many farms offer hayrides during the fall. This is a great way to kick back and enjoy nature with smaller kids who may not be up for a long walk.
  5. Visit the pumpkin patch. Don’t buy your Halloween pumpkin from the grocery store. Go straight to the source. Kids will love wandering around the patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin. Choose a couple of big ones for jack-o-lanterns, and grab a few smaller ones for painting or general household decorations. Smaller pumpkins make great additions to fall centerpieces. Roast the seeds in your oven with a sprinkling of tasty spices, and grab a few to make pumpkin pies.
  6. Visit a corn maze. Many farms earn extra income for the winter by turning their cornfields into large mazes. Test your directional sense, and get some fresh air in the process. Corn mazes are fun or all ages.
  7. Stuff a scarecrow. Dig out an old shirt and overalls, and stuff it with leaves until firm. Add a pumpkin head (from your trip to the pumpkin patch) and you’ve got a great fall decoration.
  8. Fly a kite. The gusty, brisk air makes autumn a great time for flying kites. Buy one from the store, or make your own from two long sticks, strong paper, and string.
  9. Have a bonfire. Invite some friends over for a backyard bonfire. The chill in the air makes fall the perfect time to sit together by the warmth of a blazing fire with a nice warm mug of cocoa or cider. Be sure to get any necessary permits from your town first.
  10. Make a leaf pile and jump in!

Watch this husky enjoy the leaf pile – it will make you smile!

*Bring a mixture of two parts water to one part glycerin to a boil in a saucepan, and pour the solution into a heat-safe container. Drop in the leaves, and gently submerge them with a wooden spoon. Place the container in a cool, dark place for up to seven days. Remove the leaves when you begin to notice a slight change in their coloring, and blot them dry with a paper towel.

Want to know the best time for fall foliage in your area? Check out our Peak Foliage Listing

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Jaime McLeod

Jaime McLeod is a longtime journalist who has written for a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, and websites, including She enjoys the outdoors, growing and eating organic food, and is interested in all aspects of natural wellness.

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Jojo Steen

Nice presentation I really like it.


Make an apple crisp with those apples. And cinnamon rolls…and a nice grainy bread with seeds, and cookies.

Sunny Brantley

FALL season. { !?! } is there any other season…lol. On the cool mornings you can see so many of God’s creatures…the crispyness in the air makes them “spunky” and ready to explore as well…..

Jose Lozano

Hi Jaime,

This article is great, there is so much to do in this Fall season, if you ask me, this is the greatest time in the year, is not only when I was Born :P, but also, I think the weather is great, is not that hot and sunny so you can’t withstand the heat, and at the same time not that cold that your fingers are freezing and you can’t move.

Great Post!
Now I know that I have a lot of options besides my own activities for this fall.

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