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Ideas to Inspire You to Get Outdoors This Fall Author: Savy Huynh

Fall is here and all things autumnal are starting to happen. Temperatures are cooling, leaves are changing color, and pumpkin-flavored goodies are everywhere. With the change of seasons, there’s a palpable excitement in the air and people are ready for outdoor fun. Here are some fall activities to inspire you to get out and enjoy this glorious season.

Head to the orchard and pick some apples

“A is for apple”, and fall is for apple-picking! Now is the time many apple orchards are ready to be harvested. The best part about picking a bunch of apples is making delicious recipes full of fresh apple flavor afterward, like pies, crumbles, turnovers, and hot cider. Here are some of the best apple orchards in America to visit:

Terhune Orchards (Princeton, New Jersey)

  • The apples at Terhune Orchards are available to pick every day during September and October. The farm focuses on environmentally sustainable practices, meaning you only pay for what you pick by weight.

Parlee Farms (Tyngsborough, Massachusetts)

  • From late August through late October, you can pick from over 20 apple varieties. For an added treat during the fall holidays and weekends, a hayride to the orchard is included if you buy an apple bag.

Vala’s Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard (Gretna, Nebraska)

  • Vala’s has 30 acres of apple orchards, 55 acres of pumpkins, and endless fun activities for all to enjoy. This is the perfect getaway for families looking to enjoy the entire day with their little ones.

Visit a local pumpkin patch

Perhaps the most memorable fall outing is to stop by a pumpkin patch and discover all things pumpkin. Pumpkin patches span the country, from New England to the Southwest, and they all have something unique to offer. Here are some of my top picks to get you started:

Pumpkin Village at the Dallas Arboretum (Dallas, Texas)

  • The Dallas Arboretum is known for its remarkable pumpkin village and pumpkin display. In addition, there are also 150,000 autumn flowers all photo-worthy.

Lowe Family Farmstead (Kuna, Idaho)

  • It doesn’t matter if you’re actually a kid or just a kid at heart, either way, this place is for you. You can pick pumpkins, take a hayride, or wander through a huge corn maze, all while taking in the cool autumn air.

Papa's Pumpkin Patch (Bismarck, North Dakota)

  • Every year, this special place grows up to 30,000 pumpkins, gourds, and more for people to admire and purchase. This is a spectacular spot for picture-taking and offers plenty of attractions for kids and families.

Fall hikes

Hiking outdoors is filled with perks such as stunning scenic views, fresh air, and the sounds and smells of nature. There is no better way to take it all in than by lacing up your hiking boots and hitting the trail with your four-legged adventure companion, your best buddy, or simply venture out for some much-needed alone time. Here are some wonderful destinations to get your fall fix:

Letchworth State Park (Castile, New York)

  • Letchworth State Park is considered by many to be the most beautiful state park in America. Surrounded by gorgeous autumn colors, with over 23 hiking trails, bird-watching opportunities, and even colorful hot air balloons floating overhead, you’ll never want to leave.

Bushkill Falls (Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania)

  • Bushkill Falls is a series of eight waterfalls that can only be reached through a 2-mile stretch of well-maintained trails, bridges, and walkways among scenic forest surroundings. Here you will get the opportunity to witness nature up-close and personal.

Castlewood State Park (Ballwin, Missouri)

  • This state park has 8 great hiking trails, running trails, and forest trails ranging from 1.7 to 20.6 miles and from 419 to 662 feet above sea level. All hikers, regardless of experience and/or physical ability, are sure to find their perfect trail.

Fall scavenger hunt

An autumnal nature-themed scavenger hunt is the perfect excuse to get outside and enjoy the season with your kids, or even a group of adventurous adults! Participants just need to head outside and search for the items on a list provided by you. Everyone can search on their own, or team up in groups. Turn it into a contest by giving each person or team different lists and compete to find the most items in a set time period. There could be a “special prize” for the winner, and everyone could enjoy an ice cream or other special treats after the hunt. Or if you don’t want to make it an all-out competition, create tiered prizes based on the number of items found. This is especially fun if you do the scavenger hunt together as a family. Just make sure your lists are full of items easily found in your neighborhood or designated search area.

Here are some basic supplies you will need to get started:

  • Fall nature scavenger hunt list(s)
  • Writing utensils to mark off found items
  • Bags for individuals or teams to collect items
  • Binoculars and/or a magnifying glass (optional)
  • Your imagination!

No matter what you chose to do, be sure to get outdoors before the colder winter weather sets in. There’s nothing quite like autumn when the leaves are changing and the weather starts to turn crisp but is still warm, so get out there and take advantage of this amazing time of year.

Looking for more fall outdoor adventures? Reach out to learn how we can get you there.

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Savy Huynh
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Created with images by Pexels - "walking fitness girl" • geralt - "autumn leaves foliage" • congerdesign - "pie apples fruit" • JillWellington - "pumpkins little girl pumpkin patch" • Antranias - "fall forest path" • moritz320 - "autumn leaves foliage"