While Autumn doesn’t officially start until September 22nd, the start of the month always seems to usher in feelings of fall. We’ve come up with a Fall Bucket List of fun activities to try all season long! Some of these are super easy and quick, and others take more preparation and planning. All of them give off those crisp fall vibes!
Fall Foliage Road Trip
Since it takes some planning, we’re starting the list off with a perfect Fall Bucket List activity. Well, this one is more of an adventure. Find the best times and places to view fall foliage based on your region here.
Fall is the perfect time to go camping and appreciate the beauty that’s unfolding in nature. Plus, camping provides an opportunity for two other fall bucket list activities – campfire and s’mores.
Have a Bonfire
Since we’re talking about campfires and s’mores, fall is the ideal time to invite some friends and family over for lawn games during the day and a bonfire at night.
Host or Attend a Tailgate
Whether you’re into football or not, a tailgate is always a fun and great way to enjoy the season, hang out with friends, and cheer on your favorite team.
Indulge in a Fall Treat
Pick your poison – pumpkin, cranberry, caramel, apple, praline, the list goes on and on. Whether you’re in the mood for something savory or something sweet, here are some delicious fall recipes to try.
Go to the Pumpkin Patch or Attend a Fall Festival
Fall festivals are great because there’s something for everyone. Adults and kids alike can navigate through the corn maze, pick a pumpkin (or 5), enjoy the hayride, climb up the haystacks, and drink apple cider and hot cocoa. Check with your local community for fall festivals near you.
Take a Drive and Go Antiquing
This one might not seem like a fall activity, but going for a drive and stopping at cute little antique stores is a great way to experience the season. Grab your partner or a friend and spend the day treasure hunting.
Carve a Pumpkin
You’ve already picked out the best pumpkin in the patch, now it’s time to decorate it! Pick a scene and get to carving. Make sure you save the seeds for roasting. Check out this recipe on how to roast them, along with six recipes for seasoning. If carving isn’t your thing, get some paint and art supplies and decorate your pumpkins however you fancy.
Get Spooked at a Haunted House or Hayride
If you’re all about Halloween and love a little scare, gather family or friends for a night out at a haunted house or hayride. Check with your local community for haunted attractions near you. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, make a weekend out of it and head to one of the Top 10 Scariest Haunted Houses in the US.
Go on a Ghost Tour
A ghost tour is a great way to embrace the season and get a bit of a history lesson at the same time. Who knows, you might end up seeing a real ghost.
Decorating for fall is especially fun because you can choose classic fall themes like pumpkins, leaves, and burgundies, oranges, and browns. Or, you can decorate for Halloween and make your house spooky with skeletons, ghosts, witches, and more. Can’t decide? Decorate with a blend of both!
Make an Autumn Wreath
Get crafty and make a one-of-a-kind autumn wreath to proudly display. check out these DIY wreaths.
Curl Up with a Good Book
There’s something magical about reading a good book in the fall. Get cozy next to the fireplace or grab a blanket and head outside. Make it extra special and enjoy your morning (pumpkin spice) coffee or evening glass of wine while you read.
Head to a Winery or Brewery
There’s no better time to visit a winery or brewery than fall. The weather is just right to sit alfresco and enjoy a glass. Beer lovers can take advantage of seasonal pumpkin and Oktoberfest brews. If you’re not into beer or wine, try a cider – it’s the perfect fall drink.
Jump in a Pile of Leaves
Embrace your inner kid and jump in a pile of freshly raked leaves. This is a great activity to do with the family and it’s completely free!
There are so many reasons to love fall! It’s the perfect time of year to appreciate nature and spend time with loved ones. Got a favorite fall activity we missed? Tell us what’s on your Fall Bucket List!