I love love LOVE Fall. Out of the four, Fall takes the win for most beautiful season, in my opinion. The trees and forests change to gold and rubies. The humidity and temperature decrease as the air turns crisp and cool. Autumn is a wonderful change of pace after a long, hot Summer. With apple-picking, pumpkin patches, football season, your favorite flannel and pair of jeans — it’s hard not to fall in love with Fall. I know this season is often associated with back-to-school time — something many students don’t really look forward to. Therefore, in this blog, I’ve compiled a list of fun things to do this season!
1. Go Apple Picking!
Of course, the first thing I had to put down was apple picking. I LOVE apple picking. Surrounded by friends and family, there’s really nothing like taking a peaceful stroll through an apple orchard, dressed in that favorite, comfortable flannel of yours as you gradually pack your bag full of delicious apples. McIntosh, Fuji, Macoun, Jonagold — you name it. And after you’re all done, take those apples to eat or compile them together to make one delicious dessert! Apple pie, apple crisp, apple strudel, you name it! Go out to your local Apple Picking orchard and spend some time with friends and family as you check this classic Fall activity off your list!
2. Go to a Pumpkin Patch!
Obviously, if I put apple picking on this list, I had to throw in another Fall classic. Pumpkins!! You can do so much with pumpkins — you can carve them, you can paint them, you can bake them and so on! A lot of pumpkin patches are right next to apple orchards. When I go back to school and go apple picking with friends, I almost always pick out one or two pumpkins to put right outside of my dorm room for decoration. So on your way out after apple picking, stop by the pumpkin patch and pick out a cute little pumpkin! Or visit one of the many pumpkin festivals in New England! One popular pumpkin festival is the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular located at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI, packed with a pumpkin trail and other fun Fall festivities! If you want to read about all things pumpkin, be sure to check out our blog “Give Me the Pumpkin.”
3. Go on a Foliage Tour
My personal favorite thing about Autumn in New England is the amazing foliage we get. It’s pretty much like taking a stroll through a sea of red, orange and yellow. The peak time to see these beautiful colors tends to be in mid-late October. Two of the best places to visit are the White Mountains in New Hampshire, as well as the Berkshires in Western Mass. Last year in October, I went on a hike on Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire and let me just tell you…with the rich, colorful leaves on the trees and on the ground below you as they crunch under your feet, you will be absolutely, wonderfully submerged in a gold forest. Go treat yourself and be one with nature! There’s no better time of the year to do so!
4. Sunflower Fields!!
Did you know sunflowers turn their cute flower heads to face the sun wherever it goes? How cute is that? With its big face and bright, yellow petals, these giant flowers are just big bundles of joy and happiness! So, why not go visit a sunflower field! I went last Fall to Colby Farm in Newbury, MA when their sunflower field was in full bloom. Seeing hundreds upon hundreds of sunflowers towering over me across the field definitely brightened my mood and was a day well-spent with family and friends.
5. Take a Hayride
Hayrides are another classic activity to do in the Fall. What’s more Fall than sitting on hay in a big wagon as you pass through a corn maze? Sit back, relax, chat with family and friends and take in the beautiful scenery!
6. Football!!!!! LET’S GO!
Football season is BACK! Some of my favorite pastimes include watching a football game with friends and going absolute nuts every time the goat (ahem, the greatest of all time, aka Tom Brady) proved himself to be the best of the best once again. In case you couldn’t tell, I’m a football fanatic. I encourage you to go to a game — whether it’s in the stadium, on the school field or on your television screen, football is the sport to watch this Fall. But even if you say you don’t like football, I encourage you to watch the Super Bowl at least. It’s bound to be one exciting game — especially if the Pats are playing ;).
I already kind of touched on this when I mentioned apple-picking and pumpkin patches; HOWEVER, on a crisp Fall day, sometimes taking a day to spend indoors, while baking with friends and family is loads of fun! Apple crisp, apple pie, pumpkin pie, snickerdoodle cookies, classic brownies, the list goes on and on! Have yourself a baking day full of those darn delicious baked goods!
Had to include this one, because sometimes Fall can be a pretty busy time of the year as we’re getting accustomed to school and preparing for the Holiday season. So, taking a day to just chill, read a book and drink some apple cider surrounded by colorful leaves is definitely one that rejuvenates your energy!
9. Watch a Soccer Game!
Like football, soccer is also a popular Fall sport, especially when it comes to school sporting events. My college, for example, doesn’t have a football team (tears), but we do have a soccer team and boy, do we have fun going crazy in the stands, rooting for our team. Sporting events are just a fun time in the Fall!
10. Go Camping!
I love to camp and in my opinion, Fall is the best time of the year to go camping. There are less bugs and mosquitoes, it’s not so sticky and humid when you’re sleeping in the tent and of course, the foliage! Camping is a wonderful time to spend some quality time with family and friends while being surrounded by the great outdoors. No cell service, no problem. Just some good conversation.
Well, there you have it! My top ten things to do this Fall in New England! Fall is a beautiful, wonderful, amazing season and it only lasts for so long! Before you know it, we’ll be in the thick of winter and we’ll have to wait all year before the beauty of Fall returns! So enjoy it and soak it all in while you still can!