In most of the US, fall has arrived! It’s time for sweaters, boots, and scarves. I grew up in the northeast, where fall is pretty magical. The leaves change colors and the air smells crisp. There’s a chill in the evenings that makes you want to snuggle up with a cup of tea. Now that I’m in Austin, fall is pretty much the same as summer, just with slightly fewer hours of sunlight. Le sigh.
Still, there’s a million ways to enjoy the turning of the season. Personally, I like the change in seasons because it reminds me that nothing is permanent. Not summer, not your debt, and not the routine that you may have fallen into. Mix it up with these fun and cheap ways to enjoy the fall season!
1. Take a Walk
Fall can be the most beautiful time of year in certain parts of the US. If you’re someplace where the foliage is going nuts, get out in it!
Take a hike in the woods on a weekend or even a stroll around your neighborhood one evening. Soak up the beauty that nature has to offer. My mother once told me that people traveled from around the world to see the New England foliage. Now I know it’s true!
2. Enjoy The Fruits of the Season
I mean that quite literally! Fall is prime time for apple or pumpkin picking. You can make a whole afternoon of apple picking with friends or family. It’s a wonderful activity and you reap the benefits of your efforts!
Bringing home a bag full of apples means other ways to enjoy fruit, too. If you’re a whiz in the kitchen, try making an apple pie. If you want to up your game in the kitchen, try making something like apple butter or canning some sweet apples. The same goes for your pumpkins. Jack-o-lanterns aren’t the only things they’re good for!
3. Find a Festival
Fall seems to be THE time for festivals. Whether it’s a local farm that hosts an afternoon of face painting and apple bobbing, or there’s a bigger county festival, it seems everywhere you look during the fall, towns are partying!
Check local town websites for fairs and festivals. See if there’s a circus or a fair with rides that’s coming through town. I have some of the best memories of my town’s fall fair, most of which include either fried dough or the ferris wheel!
4. Have a Bonfire
Or a fire in your fireplace, or in your fire pit. With the cooler temperatures, fall is a great time to spend some time in front of a fire. If you have a fire pit in your backyard, grab some graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate, and have a s’mores night at home.
If you’re lucky enough to have a working indoor fireplace, light that up for an electronics-free evening. Reading in front of the fire or playing board games with the family is a seasonal way to have a fun night!
5. Hit the Beach
Early fall can still feel like summer, and this is the last chance you’ll have to get in the water this year. If you’re someplace where the temperature switch comes later in the season, take advantage of the beginning of the school year. The crowds at the beach will be smaller and since it’s out of season, prices will probably be lower.
Here in Texas, temperatures stay in the 90’s until October. That gives me an additional month of beach time at the Gulf Coast. Take advantage of your regions seasonal particulars!
Fall is a wonderful time of year to be outside and take part in the changing landscape. Even raking your own front lawn can be a fun activity: build a huge pile of leaves and jump in it! It’ll take you back to your childhood. Think outside the box this fall and get into the season!
How do you like to enjoy fall? What festivities do you take part in? When’s the last time you went apple or pumpkin picking?