It seems like summer just ended yet your favorite stores are already stocking holiday wares. Before you get rushed into winter – try to slow down and seize the autumn season. Enjoy the change of scenery with these simple outdoor fall activities. You’ll give your mental health a boost and likely have some fun in the process.
1. Jump in a Leaf Pile
If you’ve got trees, you’ve got leaves. Make the most of this cumbersome task by raking your leaves into a big pile. Then jump! And if you think this activity is only for kids – think again. Everyone, including adults, can use a little unexpected joy. So make a big mess of this crinkly foliage before it’s gone.
2. Pick a Pumpkin
Maximize fall by decorating your home with these colorful gourds. While big-box stores typically stock pumpkins, it’s more fun to patronize a farm, small pumpkin patch or even while you visit the Circleville Pumpkin Show. Prices might be a bit higher at these spots, but you’ll be supporting a local business or farmers, and you’ll get the complete fall experience like the Pumpkin Show or at an outdoor patch, especially if they’ve got a corn maze or hayride.
3. Go for a Leaf-Looking Drive
If you feel busier than ever these days, take some time to unwind in nature. Pack your car with a cozy picnic blanket, your favorite snacks and drinks, and set your course to an unknown destination. Your goal is to enjoy the colors of autumn along the way. Find your perfect picnic spot among the trees and inhale the crisp fall air.
4. Enjoy a Fire
Enhance your fall experience with a crackling fire. When the weather gets cooler, outdoor fire pits become the perfect gathering spot for friends and family. So grab some sticks and marshmallows and light a fire under the stars.
5. Pick Apples
Hand-picking fruit results in a tastier product thanks to less time in a supply chain, but it can also be an enjoyable fall activity. You might need to drive out of Pickaway County if you don’t have an orchard nearby, but you can turn it into a fun day trip. Put on your plaid, grab your boots, and start picking your favorite variety. When you get tired of eating plain apples, you can use them for fall recipes that include warm spices like cinnamon and cloves.
6. Take a walk on a nature trail
Visit one of the beautiful parks in Pickaway County and see Autumn at it’s peak! Bring your camera along and try to capture as many different colors of the season that you can. Visit PickawayCountyParks.org for more options.
7. Visit the Circleville Pumpkin Show
What better way to enjoy the Fall season than to visit the Circleville Pumpkin Show. From the giant pumpkins and pumpkin pyramid to pumpkin flavored or spiced everything. It’s the perfect way to make the best of Autumn. Visit PumpkinShow.com for more information.
So when life feels like it’s moving too fast, take some time to slow down and enjoy the new season before the holiday rush arrives. There’s so much to appreciate about fall that doesn’t require a lot of money or planning. You’ll likely feel refreshed and recharged after a few hours immersed in the beauty of autumn.