Fall is a fantastic time of the year to explore the great outdoors. As the temperature starts to drop, it may be tempting to stay inside, but there are plenty of things to do outside. Fall leaves provide a beautiful backdrop to a variety of activities from yard work to bike rides, and the harvest is a perfect excuse to visit your local farm or orchard. Stay active with your family throughout the year and check out the Atkins list of things to do in fall below.
This list of family activities is ordered from simple to more adventurous. Activities at the top are perfect for families with younger children who want to stay close to home. Excursions at the bottom are better suited to families with older children who are interested day trips and travel.
Fly a Kite
On a windy day, head to the back yard or a local park to fly a kite. From getting the kite off the ground to running after it once it falls, flying a kite with your family makes for great exercise. If you are feeling crafty, pick up some materials, such as wood dowels and a thin sheet of plastic, and make a kite ahead of time.
Enjoy the Harvest
Visit an apple orchard or a pumpkin patch and enjoy the fruits of fall. Apple and pumpkin picking are perfect fall adventures for all ages. Volunteer to carry the goods back from the field and strengthen your arms and core.
Prepare the Yard
Invite the kids to help you prepare the yard for fall. Rake up the leaves and create a giant pile to jump in, or plant bulbs such as crocus, tulips, and hyacinths. When planting bulbs, be sure to wait until after the first frost.
Take a Bike Ride
Organize a longer bike trip or take a short ride around the neighborhood. Either way you’ll get to experience fall in a different way. There’s nothing quite like riding along a road or sidewalk covered in fallen leaves.
Explore the Wilderness
Milder temperatures and the disappearance of bugs such as mosquitos make fall one of the best times of the year to go camping. Grab a tent or rent a cabin for a long weekend. Once out in the wild, teach the kids how to pitch a tent or build a fire, and take some time to go for a run, hike, or practice yoga. If you don’t have the time for a whole trip, consider taking a hike in a nearby nature reserve or conservation area.
Get Close to the Water
Feeling extra adventurous? Consider a kayak or canoe trip. Paddling is excellent exercise and provides a great way to check out the fall foliage. If you are new to kayaking or canoeing, look into a guided trip. Most trip companies will provide all the necessary gear, including wet suits or dry suits, and the training you need to be safe when paddling in colder weather.