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20 Autumn Activities The Entire Family Can Look Forward To This Fall

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

It may seem like summer just started, but fall is right around the corner. The weather is about to get cooler, the leaves will change color, and people will start wearing sweaters and scarves again.

This fall, make time to do some fun autumn activities with your family.

This year, fall officially starts on September 23 and ends on December 21. Of course, most people feel that fall starts when the weather gets cooler.

Most people associate fall with pumpkins, leaves changing color, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and more. It’s an exciting time of year; a lot of people say that fall is their favorite season.

Although fall means saying goodbye to family beach days, swimming pool fun, and outdoor barbecues, we get to say hello to pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and cozy fall clothes.

In the fall, kids are back in school, and parents’ lives get busy. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and forget to have fun, so check out this fun list of autumn activities for ideas of things to do with your family this fall!

1. Apple Picking

apple picking

If there’s one quintessential fall activity, it has to be apple picking. There’s nothing better than spending a few hours in an apple orchard, picking apples off the trees, and enjoying some tasty apple cider and donuts. This is an activity both kids and adults will enjoy!

2. Jumping in the Leaves

jumping in leaves

If your kids (or you) love playing in the backyard, spend some time in the leaves this fall! Rake all the leaves in your yard into one big pile, then have fun jumping in the leaves. While you’re at it, kick some leaves around, throw leaves in the air, and take some super-fun fall pictures.

3. Fall Hikes

fall hike

There’s nothing quite like hiking in the fall. The cool, crisp air is perfect for hiking, and it’s absolutely beautiful to walk through the woods as the leaves change colors on the trees. Bring the whole family (even the dogs) along for a fun workout.

4. Baking Pies

baking pies

Fall is the perfect time to bake pies. They’re warm and delicious, and they feature tasty fruits and vegetables that are seasonal in the fall. This year, make pies with apples, pears, pumpkins, and figs. While you’re at it, bake other yummy treats as well!

5. Going on a Hayride

hayride

Another fun fall activity is going on a hayride. Whether you decide to do your hayride at an apple orchard, pumpkin patch, or corn maze, you’re sure to have a great time. Just make sure to wear long pants, since hay can be pretty itchy.

6. Getting Lost in a Corn Maze

corn maze

In the fall, many outdoor locations offer corn mazes. Smaller mazes can be fun for kids, while more complex ones are a blast for adults. And if you like getting scared, try going to a haunted corn maze — these are super popular around Halloween.

7. Going to the Pumpkin Patch

pumpkin patch

Looking for another fun outdoor activity? Try visiting a pumpkin patch with your family! Everyone can pick out their own pumpkin, then you can have fun decorating/carving them at home. Or you can use the pumpkin you choose to make some tasty pumpkin recipes (like pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, and roasted pumpkin seeds).

8. Leaf Peeping

leaf peeping

Although you may not have heard the term “leaf peeping” before, you’ve probably done it without realizing it. Leaf peeping is the activity of going out to see leaves as they change colors. Some people go all out and drive to mountains to see the leaves, while others just stroll to a nearby park.

9. Making Soup From Scratch

making soup

When the weather gets cold, the best food you can eat is some delicious homemade soup. Whether you like chicken noodle soup, split pea soup, or butternut squash soup, you can learn to make it yourself! A lot of these soups are really easy to make — and way tastier than the store-bought variety.

10. Eating Caramel/Candy Apples

10. Eating Caramel/Candy Apples

Apples are a scrumptious fall snack, but they’re even tastier when they’re covered in caramel or candy! If you have time, try making caramel/candy apples at home. If you don’t have time, just buy some at the store, and enjoy eating them with your family.

11. Collecting Pine Cones

pinecones

Spend some time outside with your family collecting pine cones from the ground. Once you’ve collected the pine cones, there are a ton of fun things you can do with them. You can make sweet little bird feeders, create colorful crafts, or just put them in a bowl with scented potpourri.

12. Playing Touch Football

touch football

When it comes to sports, fall is definitely football season. If you and your family love watching football on TV, go outside and play a game for yourself. Get a team together and toss a football around the yard — or play some touch football!

13. Autumn Camping

camping

Let’s be honest — fall weather is just the best. This autumn, snuggle up with your family in a tent while enjoying the great outdoors. Camping is the perfect weekend getaway. Just imagine roasting marshmallows by the fire while sitting under the stars … doesn’t that sound perfect?

14. Making Autumn Crafts

autumn craft

If you love fall colors — oranges and reds and yellows — and want to decorate your home to make it seasonally festive, try making some DIY crafts! Instead of buying decorations, gather your friends and family for a fall crafting day.

15. Planting Fall Flowers

gardening

Although spring is the season best known for its flowers, fall is also a great time to do some gardening! There are lots of flowers that live well past Labor Day, so try planting some of these: balloon flowers, beautyberry, celosia, heliopsis, sweet alyssum, goldenrod, heather, and chrysanthemums.

16. Building a Bonfire

bonfire

When the weather is cool (but not cold), build a bonfire outside. Grab a blanket and cuddle up near the fire to stay warm. And don’t forget to bring sticks and marshmallows to make s’mores (or just eat toasted marshmallows)!

17. Making DIY Spiced Cider

17. Making DIY Spiced Cider

So many people love drinking spiced cider in the fall, but most people don’t make it themselves. This year, make some DIY spiced cider! If you love apple cider, try using it in other recipes too, like these apple cider waffles.

18. Go Tailgating

tailgate

Tailgating is a fun activity for the whole family. Go support your favorite football team by parking your car in the crowded fan lot, grilling up some tasty snacks, and sipping on a cool drink. Bring all your friends and family to have a really great time.

19. Knitting Warm Clothes

knitting

If you’re always looking for fun indoor activities for the fall, try teaching yourself to knit! Ask someone you know for lessons (or go online) and start making some scarves, blankets, and hats for everyone you know. Hand-knitted clothes are super cozy and perfect for colder weather.

20. Hosting a Game Night

20. Hosting a Game Night

If it’s too cold outside (or you get one of those dreaded fall rainstorms), camp out with your friends and family in your living room. Gather up your favorite board games and card games and host a game night!

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