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The weather is beginning to turn cooler. The leaves are changing colors. It’s fall and time to get outside and enjoy some favorite fall activities with your family. I love this time of year! The weather is perfect, making it a great time for outdoor fun. Plus, you are past the craziness of back to school and not yet into the hustle and bustle of the holidays. It is just a cozy time to make some family memories. Here are four of my favorite fall activities for families.
1. Visit an Apple Orchard
My favorite thing to do in the fall, by far, is visit an apple orchard. Every time we travel to the Midwest in the fall, I find time to visit one. At some orchards, you can pick your own apples, which is a lot of fun for kids of all ages. Pretty much all orchards that are open to the public have lots of family-friendly activities to keep you busy. Many of them have petting zoos, playgrounds, corn mazes, a restaurant/bakery, and a store. I love browsing through orchard stores to find unique Christmas gifts.
Two things every apple orchard has is donuts and apple cider. I don’t know why donuts and cider go together, but they do! And they are the best part of visiting an apple orchard. 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 hot donuts is such a comforting feeling!
2. Take Your Kids to a Pumpkin Patch
If the fall had an official icon, it would be the pumpkin, so what better activity to do with your family than going to a pumpkin patch?!?! Kids love going to these. This is my son’s favorite thing to do in the fall. He loves looking through all the pumpkins to find the most unusual ones he can find. We always end up taking home at least 10 pumpkins of various shapes and sizes. He always thinks we need some Indian corn and gourds too. This is a perfect time to grab some adorable fall photos of your kiddos amid all the pumpkins. For extra special memories, let your kids pick out some pumpkins to take home and then decorate them as a family.
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! Check out our tips for your day at the pumpkin patch.
3. Go on a Hay Ride
I have fond memories of going on hay rides every year as a kid. Now, I enjoy taking my son on hay rides whenever I get the chance. It is a fun way to spend time with your 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 way to celebrate Halloween.
4. Attend a Fall Festival
In our part of the country, it seems like every school, church, and community center has a fall festival. They 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. Plus, they are great places to socialize with your neighbors and friends. 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. Our favorite fall festival is Boo at the Zoo in Fort Worth, Texas.
The fall season is the perfect time for outdoor family events. There is nothing better than putting on your favorite 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. To find a pumpkin patch or other favorite fall activities near you, check out Pumpkin Patches and More. I hope you find some time this season to take advantage of some of them! Happy travels!