There are those of us who cling to Summer until the very last minute, and then there are those who just can’t wait for Fall. I’ll tell you which camp I fall in (pun intended) later. For now, I wanted to share my list of fun things to do in the Fall.
So grab a pen and paper, or open your notes app, and let’s make a Fall bucket list together.
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18 Fun Things to Do in the Fall
As you may have guessed, I’m team Summer. I’m never quite ready to let go of Summer, mostly because I’ve held onto the notion that all the good stuff of life happens then. But over the past few years, I’ve begun to realize Fall has its own fun to offer.
So what can you do in the Fall season? Well, here are some ideas to consider for your Fall to do list.
Indoor Fall Activities
While Fall is the perfect time to get outside, there are plenty of Fall themed activities to be enjoyed indoors.
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. Or, treat yourself to a pumpkin spice latte. I’ll probably have just one to initiate the Fall season.
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 blankets and lots of rich texture.
Craft. This is a great time of year for crafting. If you’re looking for ideas, try one of these craft kits from Cratejoy. Or, checkout a craft class on Creative Live. If you do take a Creative Live class, be sure to activate Rakuten for 5% cash back.
Curl up with a good book. There’s just something about Fall that invites us to cozy up under a blanket and a book.
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.) 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 You Can Enjoy with Family and Friends
Whether you make it a date with friends, your partner, or a family activity, there are several ways to get outdoors and enjoy the cooler air and splendid colors of the season.
Go on a fall foliage tour, also known as leaf peeping. Leaf peeping has to be one of the most popular Fall activities, along apple picking. 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?
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 a bike ride or hike. Take advantage of the cooler weather to go on a bike ride or hike. I told my husband I want to dust off our bikes and air up the tires this year. Use ’em or lose ’em.
Enjoy a picnic – The weather couldn’t be more perfect for a picnic. Grab a blanket, pack some dinner and enjoy!
Go camping – You can choose to set up camp in a national or local park, or make a camping ground right in your own backyard.
Host a Fall Potluck – This is a tradition I enjoy every other year with my family. We do this on the years we don’t get together for Thanksgiving and it’s become one of our most cherished Fall traditions. You could do this with friends or as a neighborhood block party.
Whether you take ideas from my list or make your own, be sure to add some Autumn fun to your calendar. Scheduling it makes it way more likely to happen.
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