Fun in the Autumn Sun: Awesome Outdoor Fall Activities to Enjoy Before Winter!
To most harried Americans, an extra hour of sleep makes fall their favorite time of year. But turning back the clocks can also mean one more hour of fun.
In those months between getting sand in your bathing suit and wrestling fellow holiday shoppers on Black Friday, the outdoors becomes a place to regroup, relax and rejoice.
So, turn off the air conditioning, put on a sweater and breathe in the crisp fall air.
Attend a Non- Football Sporting Event
Football and fall go together like surfing and sharks. It’s hard to think of one without the other. But while tailgating and football games may be the fall activities of choice for many, there are other fall sports worth cheering on.
This fall, try watching a new sport. Go to a high school or college cross-country race. See a rugby game for the first time. Check out field hockey. The athletes involved in these less popular sports will appreciate the support and you may find a new passion.
Support Your Local Famer’s Market
Local farmers work hard all summer to bring the freshest fruits and vegetables to your table. The fall is their last chance to share some of their delicacies before preparing the ground for spring.
Squash, pears, cranberries, spinach, swiss chard and fennel are just some of the items you’ll find in fall. If you don’t know how to cook with any of these ingredients, just ask. There will always be somebody nearby who wants to share culinary knowledge.
Cooler temperatures make baking tolerable so expect to find lots of cakes, cookies and bread for sale. Walking around in cool temperatures burns calories so you can eat more. (Honestly, I’m not sure if that’s true but it’s what I tell myself between bites.)
Host an Apple Party
Before everything from coffee creamer to bagels became pumpkin-spiced, apples were the fruit most associated with fall.
This fall, rediscover the apple!
There are 7,500 varieties of apples grown world-wide. If you eat a different apple every day, it will take more than 20 years to try them all. (And it will keep a lot of doctors away.)
An easier solution is to throw an apple-themed outdoor party. Encourage guests to bring their favorite apple dish. (Just make sure you don’t wind up with 100 apple pies.) Serve apple bourbon to the adults and apple juice for the kids.
Don’t forget to stress that by “apple” you mean the food and not the iPhone.
Rent A Tandem Bike
Cooler temperatures allow us to get closer to our fellow humans without fear of bursting into flames. Instead of riding side by side this fall, pedal as a team on a tandem bike.
Biking around a lake or on a trail in the woods is the perfect way to enjoy a fall day. A tandem bike adds an extra layer of fun. And it makes for a great Instagram photo.
Flip a coin to see who gets to ride in front. If nothing else, a tandem bike ride will help you with conflict resolution.
Walk to Raise Money
These days, it seems like every charity has a fundraising walk in the fall. But that’s a good thing!
Not only does a fundraising walk allow you to enjoy a beautiful fall day, but it also fosters a sense of community while getting in a little exercise.
Unlike 5K and 10K races, a walk doesn’t require a daunting level of fitness. Young children and grandparents can participate, making it a great family activity.
Whether you want to support cancer research, juvenile diabetes or a local family in need of assistance, a walk for charity can make you feel good in more ways than one.
Eat at an Ethnic Festival
Oktoberfest isn’t the only ethnic festival held in the fall. Across this great nation, cities and towns celebrate America’s diversity with food and music from the “motherlands.”
Greek festivals, Italian festivals, Korean festivals, Russian festivals, African festivals…the list goes on and on.
This fall, an ethnic festival will make you say “Proost,” “Yamas,” “Chin chin,” “Kanpie” or “Salud.” In other words… “Cheers!”
Go to The Zoo
The zoo in the fall is a magical place. Visitors aren’t hot and cranky like they might be in summer. More importantly, the animals aren’t hot and cranky.
Cool weather brings active wildlife. You have a better chance of seeing an animal emerging from hiding and showing off in October than you do in July.
But don’t wear a long scarf to a petting zoo. You don’t want to be dragged to the ground by an overly-aggressive goat.
Drink Up That Fall Feeling
Whatever activity you choose, the right beverage can enhance your fall experience. Hot chocolate, spiced tea, pumpkin beer and apple cider all scream “summer’s over!”Keep your hot beverages hot and your cold beverages cold with an Arctica Tumbler. It’s perfect for soccer games, hikes, bike rides and sitting by a bonfire.