When the weather takes a turn for cooler temperatures, it’s time to evaluate how you spend quality time outdoors. If you’re an outdoor type of family but unsure what to do with the kids once the cold temperatures of fall arrive, then you’re in for a treat.
We’re featuring our favorite healthy fall activities for outdoor families. These are just a few creative ways to get fresh air while staying active no matter how cold the temperature gets this fall.
Go Leaf Peeping
If you’re in an area where the leaves change color, then gather up the family and go outside on a leaf-peeping tour. The rest, yellows, and oranges you see on the leaves as they turn to color before falling off for winter will make a fabulously colorful road trip that can turn into a family hiking trip, too!
Plan a Hike
Talking about hikes, why not plan a family hike? Fall is an excellent time to get in any of those family hikes you’d hoped to get done during the summertime. Since the weather is cooler, you’ll be more comfortable hiking the more difficult trails that would leave you gasping for air or sweating profusely during the hotter months.
Gather up your outdoor games, s’mores supplies, and some firewood! You can plan a backyard campfire during the fall season to get your family active outdoors. Consider completing this event with a backyard camping session, too! Just be sure you have enough games and lighting, such as backyard solar lights, to see everyone as you enjoy some game time before you relax in front of the campfire.
Go Apple Picking
During the fall season, many apple orchards are open for you to go pick fresh apples. Chances are most apple orchards have better pricing than most grocery stores, so stock up on a healthy treat while getting some outdoor time in. You can call the local orchard to schedule the best time for picking, and to find out which apples are ripe for the season.
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Many families that enjoy the great outdoors venture to the local pumpkin patch during the fall season. Here you get to see farm animals and select the best pumpkins for your fall décor. If you’re planning to carve pumpkins, visiting a pumpkin patch will provide your family with the best pumpkins for carving. Don’t forget to take a walk around the farm to learn more about how the farmers prepare for pumpkin picking season.
Jump in Leaves
Rake the lawn up so that you can get all of those dead leaves off the ground and pile them into a big leafy mess. Make sure to remove any sharp sticks and have fun running and jumping into the leaves. For the younger crowd, you could make a leave maze using a leaf blower to create a fun “maze” with leaves for little kids to walk through. These are just two ways to enjoy the leaves on your yard before you bag them up for removal.
These are some of our favorite healthy fall activities for outdoor families, but we’re confident your list of ideas could get rather extensive. Hopefully, this list has provided you with ample suggestions to create a fun-filled day of outdoor activities with your family this year.