Enjoy Fall a Little More with These Activities!

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The summer months have flown by and now it’s time to get in the mood for autumn. This season is one that we love for many reasons, whether it’s the vibrant foliage or the cooler weather, or maybe the tasty flavors of fall (yes, pumpkin, we’re looking at you), we all have our reasons to celebrate Fall.

While you may be tempted just to snuggle up in bed with a hot cup of tea, there are countless autumn activities that will help you embrace the season, even when the weather is chilly–it is sweater weather after all! That being said, it’s only a matter of time before the winter holidays begin to take over, so autumn needs to be appreciated while it lasts. Here are a handful of autumn activities will certainly make this season a time to remember.

Apple and Pumpkin Picking at Local Farms

Heading to the pumpkin patch or the apple orchard are two sure-fire ways to get in the autumn mood. It’s no wonder that this traditional fall activity is so popular: you’ll revel in the gorgeous scenery, spend time with family or friends, and go home with farm fresh produce. It’s a win-win-win.

Conduct a bit of online research to find farms with apple or pumpkin picking in your area. Many local farms also offer an assortment of fall activities that visitors can enjoy, such as sampling cider and baked goods, saying hello to the animals, and going on hayrides (some even allow dogs!). A visit to the farm will be a great time for kids and adults alike, so don’t hesitate to bring along the whole family!

Looking for recipe inspiration to put those fresh apples and pumpkins to good use? Consider these delicious fall classics:

  • Applesauce, (once you try it homemade, you’ll never go back)
  • Apple butter
  • Apple cinnamon oatmeal or pumpkin spiced oatmeal
  • Baked apples, (pair with vanilla ice cream for an awe-worthy fall dessert)
  • Creamy pumpkin soup
  • Roasted or candied pumpkin seeds
  • Pumpkin waffles or pancakes, (use whole wheat flour for a guilt-free fall breakfast!)

Outdoor Workouts in the Fresh Fall Air

You may think that the end of warm weather means confinement to indoor exercise. Think again! In Fall, with the changing leaves and crisp outdoor air, hikes, walks, runs, and bike rides are more enjoyable than ever (hello, no humidity). So, instead of the hitting the gym day after day, enjoy vivid scenery out on the trails. You’ll want to enjoy outdoor workouts while you can–when winter rolls around, snow, ice, and freezing temperatures will make it more and more difficult to go outside to exercise (safely).

When you have more time to spare over the weekend, consider traveling to a scenic hiking trail. In the fall, trails have breathtaking views and are more colorful than ever. Plus, with the weather cooling down, you can withstand a lengthier hike without becoming uncomfortably hot or sweaty, (and that’s something to celebrate).

Whether you’re hiking, walking, running, or biking, exercising outdoors has numerous known health benefits. It’s more effective than indoor exercise at providing an escape from daily stressors, and when the sun is shining, you’ll get a dose of essential Vitamin D. So, take a hike… but seriously, go out for a walk or run and see the leaves change color firsthand–just remember to wear extra layers as the weather gets colder.

Autumn Races in Your Community

Speaking of outdoor workouts: if you’re a running enthusiast, autumn is a fantastic time to participate in local races. You don’t have to be a top-caliber runner to have a good time in an autumn race. Turkey trots are classic fall races that happen every year (people tend to dress up for these races) all across the country. You’ll get an amazing workout by participating, but the priority is to have a great time and embrace the season.

Local Farmers Markets

With every change in season comes a switch in the produce that’s at its peak. Purchasing fruits and veggies that are in season ensures that you’re eating food at its freshest and most flavorful. One of the best, (and most fun!), ways to find delicious seasonal produce is at local farmers markets. At these outdoor markets, you’ll be meeting the people who produce the food on your table and supporting your community at the same time–you truly can’t go wrong.

During fall, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, apples and pears become even more delicious than usual–and that’s just to name a few of the fruits and veggies that hit their prime in the autumn months.

Here’s a few more examples of our favorite fall produce:

  • Squash

Squash comes in many varieties, but acorn, butternut, and spaghetti squash are tasty varieties for a weekday dinner. Simply roast the whole squash in the oven with a drizzle of olive oil for a delectable side dish.

  • Pumpkin

Nothing says fall like this nutrient-dense member of the gourd family. Pumpkin can be made sweet or savory and is a major crowd-pleaser for autumn get-togethers.

  • Kumquats

This lesser-known citrus fruit has the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Kumquats can be eaten whole and make a great portable snack.

  • Cranberries

Whether they’re cooked down in a sauce, mixed in with baked goods, or used to top oatmeal, these flavorful berries shine in the fall. Try mixing dried cranberries into your favorite trail mix for an energy-boosting treat.

Seasonal Parades, Festivals, and Fairs

Winter gets all the hype as far as holidays go, but there’s no shortage of festivity in the fall. Between homecoming parades, Oktoberfest, Halloween, and Thanksgiving, the chance to spend quality time with loved ones is around every corner. These events are family-friendly for the kids but have plenty of activities that adults can enjoy, too. Plus, most local fall parades and fairs have free or inexpensive admission, making it the perfect way to embrace the season without breaking your budget.

With both school and work back in full swing after the summer holiday, fall is undoubtedly

a hectic time of year. Parades, fairs, and festivals are a wonderful way to make the most of your weekends by catching up with friends and family. As an added bonus, community events offer the opportunity to make new friends in your area. So, what are you waiting for? Check out local event listings to find autumn festivities happening near you.

While the weather’s getting chilly and those shorts are headed for storage, the autumn months have so much to offer. Stunning scenery, crisp outdoor air, delectable produce, and local events are just a few reasons to go frolic in the falling leaves, so go out and relish the season!

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