I’ve noticed an inner shift with the start of Fall. It’s like the anticipating of cooler, crisp air is inviting me to enter into frivolity and calling me to nest all at the same time.
I’m actually surprised at how much I’m looking forward to the Fall season since I usually struggle to let Summer go. But, realizing the fun I’d reserved for Summer can follow me into the new season seems to have given me permission to expand my horizons. Which I fully intend to do as I explore fun things to do in the Fall.
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16 Things to Do in the Fall
There are just certain things associated with Autumn that are fun to experience again for the first time every year. For me enjoying the cooler air, playing with fall fashion, and cooking warm comfort foods top my Autumn things list.
Thankfully, these are things we can do at home.
Things to Do At Home This Fall
Explore your style. Fall fashion is one of the things I look forward to as the weather turns cooler. Part of the fun is feeling those soft fabrics against my skin. But, I also really enjoy expressing my creativity and personality through what I wear.
If you happen to be in a fashion rut, I encourage you to let yourself play and rediscover yourself as you slip into a warm, cozy sweater. It’s a great way to start your day.
Set up a hot beverage station in your kitchen or breakfast room. I love sipping on an Earl Gray Latte a.k.a. London Fog in the morning. Besides warming your body from the inside out, this simple act promotes mindfulness, inviting you to slow down and think about your day.
Open the windows in your house. It sounds so simple, but I swear something shifts inside me when I open the windows in my house. It’s such a peaceful easy feeling, like beckoning a simpler time in life.
Decorate for Fall. You don’t have to buy themed decor to decorate for Fall. Bring the season indoors with seasonal colored throw pillows, warm scented candles, and heavier textured blankets.
Curl up with a good book. You can pick a book to read aloud as a family or add some books to your Kindle to read as a part of your bedtime routine. Or all the above.
Have fun in the kitchen. When I think of Autumn, I picture a pie cooling in a window. (Even though I’ve never experienced it in my life.) Even so, the cooler air invites us to experiment in the kitchen or cook our favorite family recipes for soups and chili.
Declutter. Okay, so this one might not sound fun, but as the falling leaves remind us, it’s a good time of year for letting go. Go through your home and get rid of what’s no longer serving you so you can make room for the abundance of the season ahead.
Outdoor Fall Activities
Whether you make it a date or a family activity, there are several ways to enjoy the cooler air and splendid colors of the season.
Places to Go in the Fall
There plenty of places to go, even if virtually or socially distanced.
Go on a fall foliage tour, also known as leaf peeping. Google fall foliage tours in your area or state to find places to go. Unless of course, you live where you can see it just by opening your door. Apparently New England offers Fall Foliage Train Tours. That sounds like a lot of fun! For my fellow Texans, here are 8 Best Texas Parks to Visit for Fall Foliage. Timing is key in Texas with our super short Autumns.
Visit a pumpkin patch or go apple picking. Then, carve the pumpkins, make applesauce, or caramel apples.
Visit your local Farmer’s Market. It’s a great opportunity to shop local, find handmade items, pick up a seasonal bouquet of flowers, and enjoy in season fruits and vegetables.
Go to a Fall Carnival or Fair. Nothing says Autumn like enjoying the rides, lights, sounds, and food you can only find at a Fall festival. Visit pumpkinpatchesandmore.org to find a festival in your area.
Go on a hayride. Is there anything more nostalgic?
Outdoor Family Activities
Have an outdoor movie night. Get a projector and hang a sheet on the garage door or fence. Set up lawn chairs, grab some blankets and snacks then settle in for a movie under the night sky.
Take advantage of the cooler weather to go on a bike ride or hike. Even better, take a picnic with you. I told Matt I want to dust off our bikes and air up the tires this year. Use ’em or lose ’em.
I hope sharing my Fall bucket list has given you some ideas for how to celebrate the season.
Whether you take ideas from my list or make your own, be sure to add some activities to your calendar. Scheduling it makes it way more likely to happen.
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