It’s hard to say goodbye to long summer days. You may have spent the last few months hanging out at the pool with grandchildren, playing pickleball with friends in the mornings, and ending the night making s’mores around a crackling fire. Summer is magic!
However, fall has its own special charm, too. Just because the weather gets a little cooler and more unpredictable doesn’t mean your activities have to end. There are lots of ways to stay active and have fun during the autumn season. Here are some ideas for you:
- Visit a U-pick farm.
What is a U-Pick farm, you ask? Well, it turns out the name is rather self-explanatory. Many farmers open up their orchards and fields to paying customers so they can pick their own produce off the plant. In the fall, there are usually seasonal crops like apples available. Get your daily steps in by traipsing through row after row of apple trees and grabbing the best-looking fruits as you go. If you’re looking for an extra dose of fun, invite grandchildren or neighborhood kids to come over afterwards and help you bake a tasty treat using your freshly picked produce. It’s sure to be a memory they never forget!
- Hunt for changing leaves.
For the next couple of months, the trees are going to be showing off bright, beautiful colors. You’ll see ruby red leaves, fiery orange ones, and maybe a couple of lemon yellows. Taking a walk through some of these colorful trees is a breathtaking experience. You may have to drive a little to find a spot where the leaves are changing, but it will be worth it. Here’s a tip: collect some of the fallen leaves and press them in a phonebook so you can use them for art projects later!
- Walk through a corn maze.
If you want to add a little adventure to your daily walk, go and log your miles in a corn maze! The extra twists and turns you take while you’re lost count as bonus exercise. If you’re feeling especially brave, some farms offer haunted corn maze experiences. You’ll have to dodge actors dressed as ghosts and ghouls as you make your way through. There’s no judgment if you prefer your corn mazes a little less spooky, though.
- Visit a farmer’s market.
Fall just might be the best time to stop by your local farmer’s market. The air is crisp and pleasant, the produce is bountiful, and everyone is excited to prepare for upcoming holidays. There are fun seasonal produce items available, like pumpkins of all shapes and sizes and apple cider. Many of the booths there will offer exclusively local items, which means the fruits and vegetables you buy will be fresh and extra good for your health. Bring some food home from the market and cook yourself a fall feast!
- Host a Halloween party.
Who said Halloween is a holiday for kids? Sure, they might be the ones doing the trick-or-treating, but that doesn’t mean the celebration can’t include everyone! Reach out to some friends or neighbors and invite them over for a spooky party! You can serve Halloween treats like these, paint pumpkins, and turn up hits like “Thriller” and “Monster Mash” for a dance party! It’ll be the talk of the season.
There are lots of ways to keep up an active lifestyle once the fall season arrives. Besides, participating in the seasonal activities in your area can be lots of fun! And who knows? You might end up creating traditions that you’ll enjoy each autumn for years to come! Happy Fall!
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