As summer’s heat fades into the cool crisp days of fall you might be thinking about curling up inside with a blanket and some hot cocoa. But don’t start hibernating yet! Spending time outdoors is important year-round, and fall is the ideal time for outdoor family activities you can’t enjoy during any other time of year. Plan for some family fun this month with these outdoor fall activities for families.

Outdoor Family Activities for Fall

1. Jump into a Pile of Leaves

Turn your yard raking chores into some outdoor family fun by jumping into a pile of leaves with your kids. I’ll admit this is more my husband’s area of expertise. Both the raking and the jumping are a little outside of my comfort zone. But last year, my oldest daughter was in heaven jumping onto the leaf pile with her Daddy.

2. Take a Hike

Many people think hiking season is over after the spring and summer, but fall is actually an ideal time for taking a hike. Not only can you admire the beautiful colors of changing leaves, but the trails have fewer people and fewer bugs, so win-win.

3. Collect Fall Leaves

There is no denying the beauty of the leaves in fall. Whether you head to a hiking trail or just take a walk around your neighborhood, collect some of the most unique and lovely leaves to take home. Then let your kids can turn them into fun fall crafts.

4. Sit Around the Campfire

Sitting around a campfire is a fun way to keep warm while enjoying the outdoors this fall. Roast marshmallows and tell ghost stories while enjoying fall’s cool evenings by the fire. This actually works well for my family because this time of year it finally gets dark before my kids’ bedtime!

5. Get Lost in a Maze

Getting lost in a corn or hay maze should top your list of outdoor family activities for fall. Kids of all ages love exploring and getting lost in a maze. OK, to be honest, I actually don’t love it. The itchy hay, the mud, the feeling of panic when you realize you genuinely don’t know how to get out. But my kids love it. And if you choose a maze with short enough hay bales where you can see over the top, it’s harder to get lost. Not impossible, but harder. And you can watch your kids having fun as they run ahead of you.

6. Hayride

After finding your way out of a hay maze, what better way to relax than an old-fashioned hayride. If nothing else, it’s a nicer way to get out to the pumpkin patch than a tromp through the mud.

7. Visit a Pumpkin Patch

A visit to the pumpkin patch is a must for families in the fall- at least according to my oldest daughter. You can take the annual adorable picture of your child with a pumpkin, drink some cider and maybe hit up a bouncy house or the dreaded hay maze.

8. Decorate a Pumpkin

Once you find the perfect pumpkin you’ll need to bring it home and decorate it. For some families, this means carving and for others, paint. Whether you’re dealing with slimy pumpkin guts or flying drops of paint, you won’t be sorry if you turn this fall activity into an outdoor project.


What’s on your list of favorite outdoor fall activities? Share them in the comments!

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