As I write this, the sky outside my window is gray and spotted with wispy clouds. Against the skyline, the colors on the trees burst to life, a sign of the changing season. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year; while I’m a summer girl at heart, there is a huge piece of my soul that finds peace and joy in the quiet leaves drifting slowly to the ground, in the dark, starlit nights, in bonfires and soft music and school routines coming together.
One of the best parts of fall is absolutely the ways to spend your time. In the summer, I spend my time heading to the beach, swimming, ice cream, working, relaxing. While some of these things carry over to fall, I like spicing up (get the pun?) my routine with some amazing seasonal activities. I find it really rejuvenating, especially to get out and do some fall things with friends or family!
Without further ado, let’s get into 10 awesome fall activities that will help you to love the season as much as your favorite, no matter what that is!
1. Go to a corn maze!
Corn mazes are a ridiculously fun and challenging thing to do with your friends. My sister and I went this weekend with one of her friends and it was so much fun (even though we totally failed). If you aren’t sure if there’s one near you, do some Googling! Even if one’s a little far away, it’ll be a fun road trip.
Bonus: Flashlight corn mazes are on my bucket list, as well! At the one near me, they give you free hot chocolate when you purchase tickets to do the flashlight corn maze (always a perk!).
2. Head to a pumpkin patch or go apple picking.
I paired these two activities because both are super fun, and relate to the same thing. Hop on over to a pumpkin patch and spend some time perusing to find the perfect pumpkin! This is also a great spot to take some great photos.
Going apple picking is an awesome way to get outside and have fun while doing something super productive! We all know how many great apple recipes there are during fall, and apples make a perfect healthy snack on their own, too. My sister and I went cherry picking this summer and I totally want to go apple picking during this new season!
3. Go hiking.
Going to school 5 minutes from the Catoctin Mountains and their waterfalls gives me the opportunity to get some wonderfully scenic hiking in. While I haven’t gone hiking yet, it’s definitely something major on my fall bucket list! Especially as the weather cools down, there’s nothing like hiking up to somewhere and taking in the views and nature around you. It gives your mind a chance to relax and calm down, something we all need from the stress of everyday life and work (or college).
4. Bake some delicious fall recipes.
From cinnamon coffee cakes to deep, rich chocolate brownies, to apple pie and spooky Halloween treats, there are so many fun recipes that you can bake once fall arrives! One of the things I miss most while I’m living at school is the ability to bake. I find it so relaxing, and it’s actually been proven that baking is therapeutic in so many ways.
When you step into the kitchen after a long day, there’s nothing quite like the scent of spices, chocolate, and sugar coming together in such a wonderful way. Add a warm cup of coffee and some cozy autumn candles, and you are in for a real treat.
5. Have a fall movie night.
One of my absolute favorite things to do, any time of year, is settle in with some buttery popcorn and sweet candy, turn on the TV, and watch movies. In the fall, this becomes even more special. With October already in full swing, Halloween movies are ridiculously fun to watch (and there’s no lack of movies playing right now!)
If you’re anything like me, horror movies are just way too scary, and I can’t handle them at all. Some of my Halloween go-tos? Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown!
However, fall doesn’t just mean Halloween. Settle in with old favorites, or even to head to the theater on a rainy afternoon with your friends!
6. Give yourself a pamper night.
Fall can wreak havoc on your skin. With a changing season and drier air, skin needs a little moisture and nourishment. Aside from that, fall is the time where school picks up. Things get a little tougher and a bit more stressful.
Self-care is SO important. Take a night to destress, to relax and really be mindful and present. Whether that means putting on a face mask and taking a bubble bath, spending the night reading, or snuggling up under a blanket with some good food, some dessert, and reality TV, do whatever makes you the happiest and recharges your batteries!
7. Explore a new place!
Autumn is one of the best times to take an adventure, big or small. Explore a new place and get out there. I recently went to downtown Frederick for the first time, and while it’s not a huge jump or a super-long distance from my school, it’s new. It’s expansive and filled with new places, people, foods and things.
I think harnessing a sense of adventure is one of the best ways to spend fall. Hop in the car for a daytrip to a zoo or museum. Go shopping with your pals. Head to the mountains or the beach and soak up being present. You won’t regret a little adventure!
8. Dive back into your favorite TV shows with fall premiere season.
Fall is notorious for season premieres of our old favorites and the beginnings of new shows we’ll love. Personally, I’m SO beyond excited that Grey’s Anatomy is back on. I think curling up with breakfast and a cup of tea (over fall break, of course!) and pressing play on a recorded episode makes the world’s problems seem a little smaller.
Diving into another story for a little while has always been such a good pastime for me, from reading to television to movies. What TV shows are you looking forward to this fall?
9. Visit with family and friends.
With fall comes a time of reflection, gathering, and gratitude. If you are in college, take some time to visit, write a letter or email to people who have helped you along the way. No matter where you are in life or in the world, connecting with family and friends is one of the most important parts of life.
As the holidays get closer, focus on strengthening and rekindling the meaningful relationships in your life. People and connections are immensely important. Spending quality time with my mom, sister, dad, and grandmother (and my dogs) make me a much happier person than when I’m away from them.
10. Reflect, write, and take photos.
Sitting in a coffee shop in Georgetown, watching the leaves fall, I couldn’t help but ponder the current state of things in my life, reflect on the past, and wonder about the future. Being thoughtful, mindful, and present lets you clear your mind and be calm.
Fall is a perfect time to spend some time with a pen (or your laptop) in hand, words pouring onto the page. From journaling, to school papers, to writing down to-do lists, any time spent writing and capturing your life on paper is time well spent.
If you’re like me, you love capturing your life and the world not only in words, but in photos. Fall provides a whole new scenery as well as opportunities for photos. Make sure to capture the memories, the scenery, the season as a whole. You’ll love looking back later!
What are your favorite fall activities?