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Every year when the weather turns cooler, I always yearn to be back in the Midwest. There is just something about being in the Midwest in the fall that feels comfortable, like putting on your favorite sweater and jeans. When I can’t be in the Midwest during the fall, I like to do the next best thing: participate in some favorite fall festivities. Here, I present to you four of my favorite fall activities for families. Whether you take a weekend, a day, or just a few hours, I hope you spend some quality time with your family this year enjoying these fall favorites.
1. Visit an Apple Orchard
This is, by far, my favorite thing to do in the fall. Every time we travel to the Midwest in the fall, I always make time to visit an apple orchard in the area. At some of these orchards, you can pick your own apples, which is a great family activity, regardless of how old your children are. Even at those orchards where you can’t pick your own apples, there are plenty of activities to keep your family busy. Many orchards have a petting zoo, a play area of some sort, a corn maze, a restaurant/bakery, and a store. I love browsing through orchard stores looking for unique Christmas gifts.
Two things are constants at apple orchards: donuts and apple cider. Other than actually picking my own apples, these are my favorite things at orchards! I don’t know why exactly that donuts and cider go together, but they do! When you get them at an orchard, they are made in-house and are so fresh! Orchard donuts are the most delicious donuts I’ve ever eaten! I find that sitting in an orchard bakery with a glass of fresh cider and a plate of fresh donuts is so relaxing and peaceful!
2. Pop in at a Pumpkin Patch
Fall is pumpkin season, so what better activity to do with your family than pumpkin picking?!?! It can be a lot of fun to take your kids to a pumpkin patch and let them pick out their own pumpkins to take home to decorate. My son loves looking through all the pumpkins to find the most unusual ones he can find. He always thinks we need some Indian corn and gourds too.
To maximize your fall fun, visit a pumpkin patch that includes other activities as well. Some common pumpkin patch activities are hay rides, petting zoos, playgrounds, and corn mazes. In some places in the Midwest, you can find apple orchards that also have pumpkin patches. They give you the best of both worlds!
3. Go on a Hay Ride
As a kid, we always went on at least one hay ride every year, it seems. It is a very fond memory of mine. Now, as a mom, I enjoy taking my son on hay rides whenever I get the chance. It is just such a fun thing to do with your whole family! Hay rides are fun any time of the day. For older kids, a nighttime hay ride through a corn field can be an awesome spine-tingling event.
4. Attend a Fall Festival
In our part of the country, it seems like every school, church, and community center has a fall festival. These always have bounce houses, carnival games, dunk tanks, cake walks, and candy! They are such an entertaining way to spend an evening as a family. They are also great ways for neighbors and friends to come together and socialize. For me, they are an integral part to the fall/Halloween season. I am not a big fan of trick-or-treating, so these festivals are a wonderful alternative that the entire family can enjoy.
The fall season is the perfect time for outdoor family events. There is nothing better than putting on your favorite sweater or sweatshirt and heading out to spend some quality time with your loved ones. The above four events are some of my favorite fall activities to do with the family. I hope you find some time this season to take advantage of some of them! Happy travels!