1. Go Pumpkin Picking
Fall season means one thing – pumpkin season! Restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, and many other places around town start selling pumpkin foods, drinks, and products to welcome in the season. You will also be able to find whole pumpkins all over town, whether you want to go pick your own at a patch or get one from the store. If you do take a trip to your local pumpkin patch, you can do many fun, free activities that they offer, like hay rides, corn mazes, and petting zoos. Make a jack-o-lantern with your new prized pumpkin and be sure to keep the seeds so you can roast them! Yumm.
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2. Do Some Photography
Bright multi-colored leaves, teaming autumn wildlife, colorful pumpkins and gourds, and clear, sunny days make for great photo ops. See what amazing autumn things you can capture on your camera!
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3. Go Climbing
One of the best times of the year to rock climb is during the fall. As leaves begin to drop and greenery wanes in anticipation for winter, rock faces become more exposed. Cooler weather also means fewer bugs zipping around your face as you make your way up the cliff!
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4. Take a Scenic Drive
Early to mid-fall is one of the prettiest times of the year, as the trees still have most of their leaves which have turned vibrant with the coming cold. This is the one of the best times to take a drive through the woods, around town, or through the mountains.
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5. Jump In Leaves
If you need cheering up at the thought of waiting another year for summer, try unleashing your inner-child and go jump in a few piles of leaves. And when you’re done, cheer up the environment by saving some energy and landfill space by turning the piles into compost. “One third of the space in landfills is taken up with organic waste from our yards and kitchens,” according to compostguide.com
. You can even save some money and watch your garden grow by replacing $50 of plant food with the leaves of one large shade tree, according to the guide.
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6. Go Mountain Biking
Okay, so you can mountain bike at any time of the year (except maybe the dead of winter…ice and snow are no bueno for your tires). But there’s something about the chilly air and bright orange, red, and yellow leaves all around you that makes biking during the fall so amazing.
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7. Picnic At An Apple Orchard
8. Visit A Farmers Market
No need to get upset over the dwindling supply of summer fruits. Instead, embrace a whole new round of seasonal fruits and vegetables and check them out at your local, organic farmers market
. Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, acorn squash and eggplants are some of the healthy treats you’ll come across this fall.
Halloween is just around the corner, so bring on the pumpkins. Carve out a few scary jack-o-lanterns and roast the leftover seeds or turn them into pumpkin seed brittle. Visit your local, organic pumpkin patch, which hopefully isn’t suffering from a shortage following Hurricane Irene. Find your local farm with this directory.