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Six Outdoor Autumn Activities

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Autumn is my favorite time of the year.  It is such a vibrant season full of rich colours, crisp weather, and a great time to get outside as a family – it is not too cold, not too hot, and nature puts on a colorful show for everyone of all ages to enjoy.

The best part of all these activities is that they are inexpensive or even free and gentle on the environment. Enjoying what nature has to offer is can be so rewarding, and a great gift to your kids.

Here are six fun autumn activities.

Apple picking. Autumn is apple season and it is the only time of year you are able to pick apples right off the trees! This is a great way to get outside and enjoy the weather. My favorite part is picking an apple and eating it immediately- so juicy, sweet and delicious. This year, just watching little E run up and down the orchard was reason enough to go, and seeing her munch on a full size apple was just the cutest thing.

Visit a pumpkin patch. Just like apple picking, finding the perfect pumpkin is so important, and a great outdoor activity. Of course, you must pick the biggest pumpkin you can find to impress your neighbors. The kids will have fun running around and finding their perfect pumpkin for carving.

Jump in a big pile of freshly racked leaves. This was one of my all-time favorite things to do during the fall. I am not so sure my parents liked it after they racked, but for me, it brought so much joy! Sometimes we would hide in the leaves, or asked to be covered by them all.

Take an autumn nature walk. Heading out into nature is a great way to soak up this colorful season and enjoy the outdoors before cold weather sets in. A walk in the woods gives kids an opportunity to witness the changing landscape up close, and collect some odd shaped leaves. After collecting them, come home and made some crafts!

Visit a local farm or farmers market. There are so many different fruits and vegetables in season during the fall- squash, apples, pumpkins, potatoes etc. So why not go and enjoy some delicious produce. I remember last year we received 2 squash a week on our CSA basket. We ate lots of soup, and spaghetti squash. I am personally all squashed out and am afraid to bring one home. It may get thrown at my head.

Plant a tree. The best time to plant a tree is late winter, early spring or autumn. This can be a fun activity to show kids how to care for living thing and a tree is something that will grow with them throughout the years.

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8 Responses to Six Outdoor Autumn Activities

  1. Lori Popkewitz Alper September 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    I love all of these ideas Stephanie! This is my favorite time of year. We have bags of apples from our apple picking adventure. Now I need to tackle the rest of your fantastic ideas!

    • Good Girl Gone Green September 17, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

      Thanks, L! I have loads of apples, too. Next post – what to do with all those apples! :)

    • Tiffany September 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

      We gotta go get a bushel or two ourselves…maybe this weekend.

  2. Tiffany September 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    Fall is the best and here in Ohio it seems to be the time when all the best festivals and parties happen. We are uber busy/active in the Fall!

  3. julieann r September 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    I love doing ALL of those activities…thanks for reminding us to have some quality, tech free fun!

  4. Kristen Bobbitt September 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    Fall is my FAVORITE season. It is so beautiful. My sons and I go for walks in our woods a couple times a week. I plan to go to a pumpkin patch or apple orchard this fall also.

  5. Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama September 18, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    Great suggestions! We love to do all of these things!

  6. Harriet September 22, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    My favorite is jumping in fresh racked leaves! Although all sound wonderful..thanks!

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