Pumpkin season. Sweater weather. Nature at its finest.
Fall is my favorite time of the year.
With the change in colors, the cooler temps, and a festive feel in the air, I always sense an urgency to get outside and enjoy mother nature as the fall season approaches. Thankfully, there are countless ways to enjoy nature during this most remarkable time of the year.
My goal this year is to enjoy each day of the fall season, whether it be taking a walk in the cool air, making apple butter in the crockpot, adding fall details to the home decor, or burning a vanilla-scented candle. Being stuck in the house all summer due to the high temperatures in our area, fall time is the perfect time for me to get out of the house and enjoy nature.
Regardless of the temps in your hometown, nature is always extending an invitation for you to come out and play.
Perhaps these ideas, which are some of our family favorites, will inspire you to spend some extra time in the great outdoors this fall season:
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For years our family took nightly strolls around the neighborhood to enjoy the cooler temps and delicious scents of the fall season. If the weather in your area permits, this is a highly recommended activity. It’s incredible to see how the neighborhood changes with each season. The fall season makes for smoke coming from chimneys, piles of colored leaves, and perhaps even a few icicles or a little snow hanging from the rooftops.
2. Plant a fall garden.
If you are one of the lucky few who has garden-friendly weather year-round, planting a fall garden (vegetable or flower) can be so rewarding! If not, keeping a few plants or herbs in your kitchen window can be a nice substitute.
3. Have a barbeque with friends at a nearby park.
Fall is a wonderful time to gather with friends or extended family to enjoy the season and each other’s company. Make it a potluck and the preparation will be a piece of cake! Don’t forget the warm apple cider…
4. Visit local Little Free Libraries in your city or town.
Locate the Libraries in your area by visiting www.littlefreelibrary.org.
Better yet, place a Little Free Library in from of your home or at your neighborhood park. Your neighbors will love you for it!
There are few things I enjoy more than reading a good book while breathing in the cool, crisp air of fall.
A cup of cocoa or tea nearby makes this the perfect fall pastime.
6. Grab your camera and practice photographing fall plants and flowers.
If you have an eye for beauty, you may enjoy taking your camera with you on your next stroll around the neighborhood or on your next hike to see the fall leaves. Post the images on social media for friends and family to enjoy. You may inspire them to spend more time outdoors during the fall season!
7. Enjoy hot tea or cocoa on the porch with a friend.
Or surprise your children with hot cocoa before bed.
These fun mugs will help make wonderful (and delicious!) fall memories for your family:
8. Visit a pumpkin patch.
Bundle up, grab the camera, and head to your local pumpkin patch.
Be sure to purchase a pumpkin to decorate, as well as one to use for homemade roasted pumpkin seeds. Yum!
9. Go for a hayride.
If you asked me how to spell fall, I would say h-a-y-r-i-d-e. Hayrides are the things childhood dreams are made of. Treat your children or grandchildren to one this year and watch their eyes light up!
10. Find a quiet place outside and record some thoughts in your gratitude journal.
Gratitude is such an important part of the fall season.
Be sure to jot down a thing or two every day for which you are grateful.
John Muier Laws is my favorite nature journaling artist.
He has a way of bringing out the artist in everyone!
Plants, animals, landscapes.
Spend some time creating this fall season and watch your spirits rise as your blood pressure drops.
Leisurely drawing, sketching, doodling? They are proven anxiety fighters. Give it a try and see what you think!
12. Build a bonfire and eat S’mores.
Simple. Delicious. Fun.
This little contraption makes S’mores possible even when a bonfire isn’t.
13. Visit a National Park.
Growing up just outside a national park, I was able to visit year-round.
Fall was my favorite season, thanks to the stunning display of fall colors.
If you have a National Park nearby, I highly recommend this breathtaking activity.
14. Go for a drive to view the fall leaves.
Sometimes all it takes is a drive around your town to experience the dramatic display of leaves changing colors.
Leave margin in your schedule this fall to allow for spontaneous activities.
Be mindful of the sight, sounds, and smells that surround you this holiday season.
There are so many ways to enjoy the great outdoors during the fall season. Feel free to share your favorite ideas in the comment section below!
There are countless ways to enjoy nature during the fall season. Here are a few of our family’s favorite outdoor activities that will help you celebrate the fall season.
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