Fall is one of the best times to get outdoors and move around, as it’s not too hot and not too cold, which makes it the best of both worlds. Fall is also one of the best seasons for families looking to spend time outdoors together. At Ocean State Job Lot we have picked out ten of the best outdoor fall activities for families of all ages to get outside and enjoy that crisp autumn air.
1. Hiking in the Fall Foliage
Hiking in the fall foliage is a beautiful and rewarding experience. The changing colors of the leaves create a stunning display, and the cooler temperatures make it a more comfortable time to be outdoors. There are many different hiking trails to choose from, so you can find one that’s perfect for your family’s skill level and interests. Hiking in the fall and experiencing the changing of colors will be a memory that lasts forever. Be sure to bring bug spray for the journey, you don’t want to deal with the itchiness that comes afterwards.
2. Autumn Picnicking
Autumn picnicking with your family is a great way to enjoy the cooler weather and the beautiful fall foliage. It’s a fun and relaxed way to spend time together, and it’s a great opportunity to bond as a family.
Don’t forget the games and activities! This is a great time to play frisbee, catch, or tag. You can also bring a book or a deck of cards to enjoy while you relax. Picnicking is not just a spring activity if you dress warmly it can be a fun outdoor fall activity, too.
3. Apple Picking Adventure
Apple Picking Adventure: Embark on a journey to local orchards and pick your own apples. This quintessential fall activity offers fun for all ages. Wander through rows of apple-laden trees, filling baskets with the most vibrant and delicious fruits. Many orchards also offer hayrides, corn mazes, and other festivities that enhance the experience.
4. Pumpkin Patch Excursion
Visit a pumpkin patch to find the ideal canvas for your creative carving skills. Select pumpkins in various shapes and sizes, and make a day of it by indulging in farm petting zoos and pumpkin-themed games. Allowing your children to pick their favorite pumpkin and carving design is a family affair, setting up for a fantastic Halloween.
5. Bonfire and S’mores
Gather around a crackling bonfire or fire pit as the sun sets and the stars emerge. Roast marshmallows to perfection and assemble gooey s’mores, sharing stories and laughter as you relish the warmth of the fire. The perfect way to end the night is with sweet treats you played a role in making. As far as fun fall family activities go, s’mores can’t be upstaged. You can even add your own toppings, or use lower-sugar alternatives.
6. Leaf Pile Jumping
Rake up a pile of fallen leaves in your backyard and let your inner child loose as you and your family dive into the vibrant foliage. This classic autumn activity is sure to create moments of pure joy and playfulness. So grab your best rake and get ready to mix cleanup with fun today. This is a great way to turn a chore into a fun fall outdoor activity for your family.
7. Farmers Market Fun
Explore local farmers markets that often feature fresh produce, artisanal crafts, seasonal foods, and foster a sense of community. These events provide a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourselves in the local culture, support small businesses, and celebrate the season. There is always something at the farmers market that you can find that you didn’t know you needed.
8. Corn Maze Navigation
Navigate through intricate corn mazes that are a hallmark of fall. Working together as a family, solve the puzzles and conquer the twists and turns to emerge victorious. It’s an excellent way to foster teamwork, a sense of adventure, and problem-solving skills. Mazes and problem solving can be a risk free outdoor activity for toddlers as well.
9. Bike Through Autumn Splendor
Hop on your bicycles and go for a leisurely ride along scenic trails or through charming countryside roads adorned with fall foliage. Feel the crisp breeze on your face as you explore the beauty of the season on two wheels. Bring out a tandem bike or training wheels for the children who aren’t proficient bikers yet. Bring food and water for break time, and some bandages just in case.
10. Outdoor Movie Night
Create an outdoor movie theater in your backyard by hanging up a screen and projecting your family’s favorite fall-themed films. Bundle up in cozy blankets and enjoy the magic of cinema under the starlit autumn sky. Be sure to dress warm for the occasion and bring plenty of popcorn or other snacks. This can be a fun outdoor activity for the adults when the children want to go inside after a long autumn day.