Fall certainly has fallen, hasn’t it? The leaves are changing to vibrant shades of red and gold, there’s a distinct crispness in the air, and I pulled out my flannel sheets and favorite sweaters. There’s nothing quite like it. Take advantage of this special time of year with some of the family-friendly attractions that can only be enjoyed for this brief season.
The Pumpkin Patch
From my experience, there are pumpkin patches in almost all areas of the US that are open from late September through early November. While the details vary from patch to patch, most offer similar experiences to visitors, which can include face painting, photo opportunities, obstacle courses, fall-themed games, crafts, baked goods and jellies, petting zoos, hayrack rides, bonfires, and, of course, the opportunity to pick your own pumpkin straight off the vine. Plan for an entire afternoon—there’s often lots to do!
I hate getting lost, but there’s something so compelling about a corn maze. The twisting and turning trails and whispering stalks make you feel like you’re in another world. While there are mini-mazes geared specifically for the younger folks, corn mazes seem to be something older kids and adults enjoy, too. Beware though: if your child has allergies, a dose of allergy medicine may be in order before venturing out!
I always make sure we visit an orchard every fall. Most orchards allow you to pick your own apples right off the tree, and many will let you watch the apples being pressed for cider. (Not to mention the fact that you can make some seriously delicious desserts with the apples you picked—yum!)
Fall picnics are an experience that everyone should try. Pack a hamper and venture out to eat with the squirrels gathering nuts for the winter, migrating flocks of birds and butterflies, and changing leaves. Just remember to pack sunscreen and jackets (although you may be able to skip the bug spray)!
Grab your camera and dress in layers, because fall won’t last long!