If taking a big autumn trip isn’t the cards for you this year, we’ve got a list of 9 fun family-friendly autumn activities you can do just about anywhere in the US. From pumpkin patches to apple orchards to corn mazes, there’s lots of fun things for your family to do together this fall!
Go Apple Picking
Apple picking may be the quintessential autumn activity! There’s nothing quite like heading out to the apple orchard and picking fresh apples from the trees. While apple orchards are most plentiful in New England, the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest- you might be surprised to find orchards in place like North Carolina, California, and even Nevada!
Head to the Pumpkin Patch
While six states (Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York and California) account for nearly half of all pumpkin production in the US, pumpkins are pretty hardy and grow in most states. So it doesn’t matter where you live- chances are you can find a pumpkin patch somewhere nearby! Whether you pick giant pumpkins for carving or pie pumpkins for baking, nothing says autumn like an afternoon in the pumpkin patch!
Get Lost in a Corn Maze
Corn mazes are another super fun family-friendly autumn activity. Many apple orchards and pumpkin patches have corn mazes, but many are stand alone adventures that you can find throughout the US! Be sure to check the difficulty level before entering a corn maze- especially if you have little ones- because some can be pretty complex and take a decent amount of time!
Bake a Pie
When the temperature drops and there’s a slight chill in the air- that mean’s it’s time to start baking pies! If you’re not a big baker, you can go for something super simple like a pre-made pie crust and canned pumpkin pie filling. Or you can bake a pumpkin or apple pie from scratch. Either way, a delicious pie is a great way to celebrate autumn. Don’t forget a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Jump in a Leaf Pile
Whether it’s in your yard or at a city park, grab a few rakes and let the kids make a giant leaf pile to jump in. Don’t be afraid to jump in with them- nothing brings out your inner child quite like jumping in a leaf pile! Make sure you take your camera along too- leaf piles make for great autumn photo ops!
Take a Fall Foliage Road Trip
Even if it’s just a weekend trip, a classic family-friendly autumn activity is to take a fall foliage road trip. Most people consider New England the best place to see fall foliage- but our article on the 14 Most Beautiful Fall Foliage Road Trips highlights a handful of lesser known leaf-peeping routes in places like Oregon, New Mexico and Missouri. Just check the fall foliage reports for your location before heading out. Peak color usually only lasts for a week or so and happens in different places at different times- but there are many websites that keep track of the timing of fall foliage in each state.
Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte
You don’t have to head to Starbucks for a great pumpkin spice latte- you can make one at home! We love this Food Network recipe for a homemade pumpkin spice latte that uses real pumpkin. You can use canned pumpkin, or save a few tablespoons from your freshly baked pumpkin when you made that pumpkin pie! For little ones, you can skip the coffee or espresso and use the pumpkin puree and spices to make a glass of pumpkin spiced steamed milk. Whether you make a latte or a cup of steamed milk for the kids- be sure to top it off with some whipped cream and cinnamon!
Make a Bonfire
Bonfires aren’t just for summer nights, they’re great for chilly fall evenings too! Grab a few blankets, make some hot cocoa, and enjoy sitting around a bonfire with friends or family while the leaves are falling all around you!
Host an Outdoor Movie Night
If you don’t have a projector- it’s worth in investing in a simple one like this WiFi mini-projector that will project movies right from your cell phone. Hang up a solid colored sheet on the garage or a fence and VOILA! You’ve got the perfect outdoor movie night! It’s a super fun way to spend a Saturday night before the weather gets too chilly. If you really want to go all out, that homemade apple pie and those pumpkin spice lattes would make for great movie treats!