Five Ways to Have Fun in the Fall!

The heat wave is over, but short days and frigid temps are right around the corner. We’re in that brief sliver of time, between summer and winter, when the bright sun and crisp air motivates us to enjoy the outdoors. Here are a few ways to make the most of this next-to-perfect weather before we hunker down for the long winter ahead.

Go team!
There’s nothing that says “fall” like a high school football game. Find out where your grandkids’ team is playing (they won’t mind if you join them in the stands for one night) or just check your local schools’ schedules. Then pack up your bleacher seat and mug of coffee or cocoa and spend your Friday night cheering on the home team. It just might make you feel 16 again!

Get crafty.
As people start thinking about Christmas shopping, craft fairs start popping up everywhere. If you have a creative flair, consider setting up a booth at a few of them, but if you don’t know the difference between a purl and pearl, visiting a craft fair is also a great opportunity to meet up with friends, stretch your legs while crossing a few gifts off your holiday list.

Dig in the dirt.
Spring and summer aren’t the only seasons to garden. In fact, fall’s cooler temps and increased rainfall provide a more perfect environment for perennials’ root systems to become well established compared to the cooler soil in spring and summer’s drier soil. Fall is also the perfect time to bury those bulbs to enjoy a more colorful spring landscape.

Pumpkins anyone?
The church down the street has a lot full of pumpkins; heck, the grocery store even has a choice selection. But it’s more of an adventure to head to a pumpkin farm and pick out and pluck off your own Halloween jack-o’-lanterns. Pumpkins are not only great for carving and eating; they also make the perfect fall decoration for your dining table or mantle.

A day at the beach.
On fall days at the beach, you can sometimes sunbathe and even swim (at least dip a toe in), but most every day in the fall is perfect for long walks, bicycle rides and fishing. Plus, in the shoulder season, hotels and restaurants aren’t as crowded, while prices are also much lower. (But not everything is open, so be sure to check before you go.)

Share some of your favorite fall activities in the comments below!