When you think of Autumn, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Cozy sweater weather? Apple pie in the oven? Pumpkin picking? Haloween preparation? Perhaps, it is a hiking and some leaf-peeping fun? The list is long when it comes to fall favorite activities. It is my favorite season of the year. I love the transition from hot and humid days to cooler sweater weather. Visiting fruit orchards and hiking foliage trails fills my heart with positive energy. In this post, you can read about the 10 best fall activities to engage during the fall season.
#1 of 10 Best Fall Activities: Apple-Picking
Visit your local fruit orchard to handpick those ripe and juicy apples. Yes, you can buy apples at a supermarket, but where is any fun in that, right?! Visiting an orchard to pick apples and roam between the apple trees is fun for both adults and kids. It is a great way to reconnect with nature and get some fresh air. Also, a great way to teach your kids about apples and how they are grown. Just make sure that we all respect the environment and pick only those apples that will be bough and used later.
Besides picking apples, there are many festivities and activities to attend in most orchards. Pre-plan your visit before scheduling the trip.
If you live near the NYC area, check out Eastmond Orchards, or Battleviw Orchards. These orchards are generally open to the public. However, before visiting them, make sure to check their websites for COVID restrictions.
Freshly picked apples make a perfect addition to fall table decor along with pumpkins. Not to mention that one of the best ways to get the use of them is making a crispy homemade apple pie. Yum!
I enjoy baking on occasional bases. Although I have never made a pie before, this year I am dedicated to making it happen. I will share my full experience here as soon as I receive my pie-pan! YAY!
When to Visit Apple Orchards?
Depending on where you live, there are a variety of apples grown. They all grow at their own peace and have different harvest times. However, the mid-September and early October is considered to be the best time to have some apple picking fun and gather some sorts of apples!
#2 of 10 best fall activities: Pumpkin-Picking
Gather pumpkins on your own. Fall is the time when you will find the pumpkin flavors in most food and beverage establishments. Pumpkins have become the top decor items to fill the homes and outdoor porches during the fall season. Hand-picking pumpkins in various sizes and shapes at the orchard is much more satisfying than shopping for them in the supermarket. Besides, kids love going pumpkin-picking and carrying their favorites in their carts. So adorable!
In addition, pumpkins are associated with Halloween the biggest Holiday of fall that is celebrated in the US, Canada, and the British Isles on October 31st. If you want to know more about the history of the pumpkin and its Halloween connection, read The Halloween Pumpkin: An American History.
Keep in mind that the pumpkin picking season usually opens mid-September and lasts till early November only.
#3 of 10 Best Fall Activities: Reorganize Your Closet
Rearrange your closet shelves with sweaters and layers and make it a bit colorful. Who else enjoys pulling on cozy layers and boots for the season? I usually do not have enough time to organize my closet on a daily or even weekly basis. However, I enjoy doing major cleanups at the beginning of a new season.
#4 of 10 Best Fall Activities: Go Leaf Peeping
Fall is the best season to plan a scenic road trip for the soul! Road trips are fun but imagine driving through the colorful wonderland! Put on your favorite hiking sneakers, throw on warm layers, and go for some leaf-peeping. Gathering leaves and decorating them afterward is one of the things you can do with kids.
There are many stunning places to view the foliage. But I am listing below some of our favorite spots that are only driving distance away from NYC.
- Adirondack Mountains
- New Hamshire
- Walkway over the Hudson
- New Paltz
- Bear Mountain
- Storm King Art Center
We had an opportunity to drive through the Kankamugus highway almost during the peak foliage a couple of years ago. One of the most scenic roads in New Hampshire. The experience was truly surreal! We also visited Vermont in the fall a couple of years ago. Although a recent stay there was during summertime, it was as beautiful and enjoyable.
If you are not up for driving long distances, don’t worry. Nearby parks work too. All you have to do is follow the foliage map based on your area and aim for those peak days for some extra color.
#6 of 10 Best Fall Activities: Organize a Picnic Outdoors
Picnics are cute, yummy, and fun. Whether you are up for hiking locally or driving through some scenic roads, have some goodies packed in the basket along with a large shawl to throw on the ground and enjoy a great lunch with a view!
#7 of 10 Best Fall Activities: Read a New Book
As the days get shorter and leave start to change color, the books should change too. If you are looking for fall-inspired books, check these few suggestions below. Don’t you just love their beautiful covers?!
#8: Roast Marshmallows
Roasting marshmallows is one of the favorite activities you can do for the whole family. In fact, you really do not need to be camping or starting a real wood fire to make it happen. You can just as easily roast marshmallows at home. There are tons of Youtube videos you can find on how to make them safely and deliciously at home.
#9: Make an Apple Pie
There are a lot of delicious desserts, but nothing fits the fall mood more than an apple pie. Although baking requires some time, making apple pie does not have to be boring. Set aside those apples picked during your apple-picking trip and have some friends over for a pie party. Engage family members in the process while listening to some fall-inspired music.
#10: Plan a Family Movie Night
Get curled up in a cozy blanket and put on some family-friendly movie. In fact, If you like spooky movies, this is the time to turn it on. Otherwise, any family-friendly movie will make the evening fun and relaxing. Below, I have put some suggestions for your fall-inspired movies.
- Hotel Transylvania
- How to train your dragon
- Monsters inc
- Jurassic park
- The parent trap
- Harry Poter series