Fall is one of my favorite times of year.  The weather is cooler, the fall foliage is beautiful, and there are so many things we enjoy doing! I always try to fit in as many fall activities as possible.

Here are some of our favorites!

Indian Ladder Farms

Apple picking

We go apple-picking every fall, and it is a tradition of ours.  The orchards are usually a lot of fun this time of year, with wagon rides, fresh cider, cider donuts, etc.

Campfire camping
Cool-weather camping

I like going camping in the fall, when the campgrounds aren’t packed and you get some nice, cool evenings to gather around the campfire.  It’s nice to have a quiet getaway during the beginning of the school year.

Thacher Park Indian Ladder Trail Foliage

Hiking

Fall is a great time to go hiking and enjoy the fall foliage.  The weather can be so nice, with weather perfect for hiking – not too hot or cold, and usually not buggy.

Visit a nature center

Nature centers are a great place to learn about local ecosystems, check out local wildlife, and go on hikes.

Sam Mazza's Corn Maze - Colchester, VT
Corn Maze

We have been to a couple of corn mazes with the kids, and I think I enjoy it as much as the kids!  These mazes can be massive, and you can really get lost in them.  It is nice to run around, enjoy the fall weather, and burn off some energy as well.

Make apple pie with freshly picked apples

Nothing like making pie with your fresh apples!

Bennington Monument

View from the top of the Bennington Monument, Vermont

View fall foliage

It is nice to take a drive and enjoy foliage from the car and also from a nice vista (mountaintop, tall building, gondola, etc)

Indian Ladder Farms Goat

Visit a farm

We like visiting farms, which is a great way to check out local goods and see some farm animals as well.

Pumpkin picking

Pumpkin picking is one of our traditions.  We pick our pumpkins and then get to work carving them when we get home.

and of course, Make homemade pumpkin seeds

Part of our pumpkin carving means saving all those seeds to roast!  (Tip – boil them in salt water!)

Sterno S'mores Maker Jr

Have a campfire and make s’mores

Cooler weather always makes me want to gather around a fire, warm up and enjoy the smell of the campfire.

Decorate for fall

We love fall decorating, from things like corn stalks and pumpkins, to scary decorations for Halloween.

Apple Bread

Cook something hearty

Cooler weather always has me thinking about recipes like soup, chili, pumpkin bread, and more.  It is nice to have some warm comfort food as we adjust to the colder temperatures.