It’s true, fall is nearing its end, but it’s not too late to grab your spouse and your kids and get outside for one last hoorah before the snow hits. Fall is a great season for outdoor activities: the air is crisp and cool, the ground crinkles with the sounds of fallen leaves and you can’t beat the smell of decaying leaves … seriously!  So browse this list of activities and head out this weekend for a fun, serotonin filled adventure.

Beautiful early fall view of the Glenwood Canyon as we drove through. Photo Credit: Susie Kellogg, Unstoppable TravelingMom

Beautiful early fall view of the Glenwood Canyon as we drove through. Photo Credit: Susie Kellogg, Unstoppable TravelingMom

I love change. Change is exciting and it keeps things new. Fall happens to be my oldest daughter’s favorite season. She loves the changes, the colors, the fact that she gets to resurrect a new wardrobe that consists entirely of jeans, boots, sweaters and leggings. It’s also her ideal season to get outside moving, no sweating, no freezing … fall owns the perfect outdoor weather!

I personally love everything about all the seasons, even winter. In fact, we love winter so much we do the opposite of most travelers and we head to Colorado for its champagne powder and its epic snowboarding terrain!  But winter doesn’t offer all the options that fall does. Winter is much more limiting, in terms of getting kids outside enjoying the fresh air.

Check out these awesome fall activities to get you and your family outside!  Some of them will even have you feeling like a kid again.

Apple Picking

Yummy farm-to-table eats! Photo Credit: EarthEasy.com

Yummy farm-to-table eats! Photo Credit: EarthEasy.com

Head out to your local organic apple orchard and indulge in everything apple. Here you can pick your very own apples straight from the tree and enjoy real farm-to-table deliciously fresh food! It doesn’t get healthier than this!

In addition, orchards typically have homemade baked goods, mazes, cider, and tons of other goodies for the kids and their parents!

So dig out grandma’s favorite apple pie recipe, mom’s applesauce and know you are feeding your family the freshest food possible!

Pumpkin Patch

Mommy and Daddy have fun too!! Photo Credit: Susie Kellogg, Unstoppable Traveling Mom

Mommy and Daddy have fun too!! Photo Credit: Susie Kellogg, Unstoppable Traveling Mom

Oh, we are heading to our local pumpkin farm later today and the kids are over the moon. Farms are the ideal places for good old fashioned family fun. Hay rides, horseback riding, mazes, wheel barrow races, and pumpkins make for a really fun afternoon on the farm!  Here I can also purchase local RAW honey! Yum! And let’s not forget the kids. Right?  They get to pick their own pumpkin!  Score!

Scavenger Hunt

I remember as a kid how much I loved scavenger hunts! It was so fun to gather a bunch of kids and put our sleuthing skill to work! These are super easy to set up, and can be done just about anywhere … in your backyard, at a park or even in your neighborhood.

GeoCaching

Combine old school treasure hunt with modern day technology and you have GeoCaching!  Simply download the FREE geocache app onto your phone and you will immediately be able to embark on the uber fun outdoor adventure game to find hidden treasures!  For beginners, check out this Geocaching information!!

Campfire

The nights get chilly in the desert of Moab, UT. Campfires are a cozy way to warm up! Photo Credit: Kady Kellogg

The nights get chilly in the desert of Moab, UT. Campfires are a cozy way to warm up! Photo Credit: Kady Kellogg

There is no one who doesn’t love a good campfire and some s’mores.  In fact, the glam moms I know who refuse to camp with their kids at least love s’mores and gathering around the campfire to tell stories. We have a big ole fire pit in our yard and campfire sites are staple items in campgrounds. But if you are a city dweller, you don’t have to forgo the fun.  Many parks have mini fire pits or you can  hit up your local hardware store or big box retailer and purchase one of those contained fire pits and make a weekly tradition.

 

 

Hiking

My daughter, Kady, on her 9 mile trek on the Appalachian Trail! Photo Credit: Kady Kellogg

My daughter, Kady, on her 9 mile trek on the Appalachian Trail! Photo Credit: Kady Kellogg

Fall is the best, the absolute best, season to hike.  The air is crisp and cool, the sun is warm and the smells and views are spectacular. Hiking is great exercise and kids love it. It’s a chance to explore and be free! Grab bottles of water, some snacks and hike up a mountain or visit a near-to-you state park for some family outdoor fun!

Go for a Country Drive

It’s a mini road trip!  Grab the kids, the spouse and a blanket and head out to the country this weekend and enjoy the peace and quiet, the beautiful changing of the leaves and time away from the hustle and bustle of city life.  A drive out to the country to where the trees are abundant, the colors breathtaking and the air is clean and fresh is a sure way to soak in the full essence of fall!

Camping

A fully stocked cabin at KOA.com!! Photo Credit: KOA

A fully stocked cabin at KOA.com!! Photo Credit: KOA

Before you moan and groan, hear me out.  Kids love camping.  They love it.  Husbands typically love camping too.  And, while I even love camping, fall tends to be a bit too chilly for me to fully embrace the tent camping that is the essence of our family’s summers.  But, that doesn’t mean camping is out.  Check out KOA as they have fully stocked cabins … with heat.  And that means, you and your family can enjoy the outdoors, the fresh air … all the fun of camping, without the freeze!

Picnic

Spring is typically picnic season, but I love to hijack it for the fall.  Fall is football and few things compare to an afternoon at the park with a full-on family football game!  Football is great exercise and crazy fun.  Pack up some of your kids favorite sandwiches and snacks and enjoy a perfect afternoon under the warm fall sun!