The cool, gentle breeze of fall is a refreshing and welcomed change from the hot, humid days of summer. The leaves begin to change, the days get a little bit shorter, and the holidays are right around the corner. Fall is a perfect time to get out of the house and experience as many seasonal activities as possible, but many people don’t know where to start. Well, don’t worry - here’s a list of 11 things to get you started. And did I mention they’re all FREE?!
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1. Ride a bike.
Get out and enjoy the weather while you can before Old Man Winter slams you in the face with below-freezing temperatures. An untimed, unplanned bike ride is a perfect way to get some fresh fall air and some exercise, all while taking in the beauty of the season.
2. Go for a walk or hike.
Whether you’re walking to a specific destination in town, hiking as a form of exercise, or doing either one just to get out and get some fresh air, be sure to take the most scenic route you can think of. With the crisp, cool air and all of the colorful changing leaves, fall is the best time to go for a walk or hike.
3. Plan a picnic.
Another awesome free idea for fall entertainment is a picnic - either with the family, some friends or even by yourself! Just grab some lunch and a few beverages from the kitchen, toss it all in a bag or a basket, and go have yourself a fall picnic!
4. Camp out in the backyard.
Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean being outdoorsy has to be! Nothing is more fun than camping in your own backyard, especially if you have little ones to join in on the excitement! Not to mention, it’s super convenient! If you have to use the bathroom, or if it starts to rain, all you have to do is run inside!
5. Plan a scavenger hunt.
This is another fun one for the kiddos! Make a list of autumn-themed items and see how many you can find and who can find them first. You can keep it simple with items like spiderwebs, different color leaves, acorns, pine cones, and the like.
6. Attend a community event.
Your local community calendar is most likely filled with free events and promotions, such as farmers markets, fall festivals and celebrations, community yard sales, movie nights, and so much more. Step out of your comfort zone and check one out!
7. Go to the beach.
If you’re lucky enough to have a beach close by, it’s totally worth it to go during the fall. With summer gone, so too are the over-crowded beaches. Even if it’s not warm and sunny enough to lay out and catch some rays, a nice stroll on the beach collecting shells, or some quiet time to read a book is still a relaxing way to spend a fall day.
8. Jump in a leaf pile.
You have to rake up all the leaves in the yard anyway, so why not bring out your inner child and jump in the huge pile that you make?! If you have kids, invite them in on the fun. It’s a great way to get them to do a chore and to spend some fun time together simultaneously!
9. Carve a pumpkin.
Whether you have kids or not, carving pumpkins is still tons of fun for everybody! Unless you don’t like getting your hands dirty - then you might want to stick with painting a pumpkin. Either way, this is a great way to show your creative side and have some fun! And when you’re done, you can even bake the pumpkin seeds to enjoy as a snack!
10. Visit a pumpkin patch.
Going to the pumpkin patch is a must for the fall! Although you might have to pay for your pumpkin when you leave, visiting the pumpkin patch and just walking around is typically free of charge. What’s more is that they’re usually filled with tons of fun things to do - corn mazes, hayrides, and much more!
There are so many free things to do during the fall - way too many to list here! These are just some free options to get you started. Feel free to share some other ideas and let us know what you’ll be doing this fall season!