Growing up in certain parts of the United States can be quite an experience with the seasons. In fact, in some places, like the Midwest, you can experience all 4 seasons in the same day! For many people, Fall is their favorite time of year. Smores, bonfires, leaves turning, weather cooling, hoodies, and the return of pumpkin spice flavored EVERYTHING. There are 5 top family friendly activities that you absolutely must do in the fall.
1. Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Morton Illinois celebrates the start of canning season annually during the Morton Pumpkin Festival. This town is responsible for producing almost 80% of the commercial pumpkins processed in the entire country! This festival is a great way to kick off Fall and really get into the spirit of Autumn flavors. Not only do pumpkin farms offer the chance to pick out your very own jack-o-lantern to be, they usually have a variety of family activities such as pumpkin chucking, apple throwing, animals to interact with, vendors, food sales, slides, hayracks, corn mazes and much more!
The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence New York, Craven Farm in Snohomish Washington, and Papa’s Pumpkin Patch in Bismark North Dakota were mentioned by the Travel Channel as some of the top pumpkin patches!
2. Visit Your State Park
With the weather cooling down and mosquitoes going into hiding, Fall is the perfect time of year to visit your state parks (or national parks if you have one in your state). If you are a photographer or nature lover, fall leaves and the bright colors of autumn make gorgeous backdrops for your landscapes.
Peak foliage season is going to vary from region to region but this information can be easily accessed through a quick Google search! The trails are also less crowded in the fall compared to summer. Many state parks also include visitor’s centers, nature centers, indoor restroom and dining options nearby.
3. Go Apple Picking
Apple orchards are abundant throughout the East Coast, especially in the Connecticut River Valley. Though families can find orchards just about anywhere in the United States, who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned apple pie made from freshly picked apples? Many small family run orchards engage in the agritourism trade and open their farms for apple picking entertainment in the Fall. Most orchard owners will sell other produce and edibles, local art, home décor, and more.
Some of the best orchards to visit in the United States include Sky Top Orchard in North Carolina, Bear Swamp Orchard in Massachusetts, Weston’s Antique Apples in Wisconsin and Jones Creek Farms in Washington.Top 5 Activities Families Should Do This Fall Click To Tweet
4. Try New Recipes
Autumn Harvest is the perfect time of year to try out new recipes with your family. Make fun family time out of cooking from scratch in the kitchen. Checking out Pinterest for recipes that include ingredients from local farmers and produce to self-picked items.
There are also many different food festivals around the United States in the fall like the Pork and Apple festival in Illinois that draws thousands of people the last weekend in September, National Apple Harvest Festival in Pennsylvania, Harvest on the Harbor in Maine, Oktoberfest in Ohio and Wine and Chile Festival in New Mexico.
5. Fall Crafting
From making bracelets to painting canvases and designing wreaths, kids love to create and get their hands dirty in a way they won’t get in trouble for! Some fall days are a little cooler than expected, so hanging out with hot apple cider and creating something to be displayed in your home can make kids happy and confident!
Don’t forget, you can also check in with your local parks and recreation departments to find out about fall programming through your town or city!