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Look Ahead to Autumn! 10 (Socially Distanced) Ideas for Fall Fun

1. Go to an Outdoor Farmers’ Market

Farmers’ Markets are a great way to support small businesses and local farmers! Although every market varies, they can be a great place to pick up seasonal produce, local meat and artisan crafts. Be sure to check your local market’s website or social media, many are offering drive-thru or contactless pick-up amid the ongoing pandemic.

2. Dust off Your Camera

Fall colors are perfect for photography. Of course, most of us now use our phones to take all of our pictures. And for good reason—they take great pictures! However, sometimes it’s fun to pull out an older camera (maybe even a Polaroid!) and have some fun with the settings. Let your little ones take some photos, you’ll be surprised what they capture!

3. Spend a Night Under the Stars

There’s not much better than a warm beverage, blanket, and the crisp Fall air. Put away the technology, turn off the lights, and enjoy a quiet night. Enjoy the sounds–whether that is bustling city life or the quiet sounds of nature. It’s a great way to enjoy the changing weather and step away from the daily chaos of life.

4. Explore a College Campus

Nothing screams Fall more than leaves falling across a vast college campus. Although you probably won’t be attending any college football games or tailgating this year, a nice walk through campus can be a great way to spend a day. College campuses can often have interesting architecture and outdoor art for everyone to enjoy. Of course, before you visit, check your local schools’ regulations and accessibility during this time.

5. Build a Campfire

Whether it’s a roaring bonfire or a small outdoor firepit, an outdoor fire is a hallmark of the fall season! Make a meal, some s’mores, or just keep your feet toasty. To add a little levity, brush up on your ghost stories to tell by the fire. Be sure to have a source of water and bucket available to extinguish the fire quickly if necessary.

6. Visit a Local Orchard

Apple and pumpkin picking are always great outdoor fall activities. Check to see if your local orchard is open and adhering to social distancing practices. If so, the orchard can be a great place for your family to spread out, enjoy time together and do something seemingly “normal” during this time.

7. Do Some Volunteer Work

Many organizations that rely on volunteers are struggling to provide during this time. However, these organizations are also adapting to social distancing rules and regulations. If you are healthy and able, consider volunteering at a local food pantry or providing other aid. There are many in need now more than ever.

8. Hit the Trails

Similar to college campuses, the fall foliage on biking or hiking trails can’t be beat. Even if you spent your spring and summer visiting your local parks or trails, consider the new perspective with the trees changing and leaves falling.

9. Host a Pumpkin Carving Contest

Once you are able to pick the best pumpkin in the patch, you will of course need to carve it up! Although a lot of Halloween festivities might look a little different this year, you can still challenge your friends or neighbors to a pumpkin carving contest. Carve your pumpkins and place them out on your front porch for display. Pick a neutral judge to walk around the neighborhood or look at photos of the designs to determine the winner. It’s a great way to still feel in the spirit of gathering without getting too close.

10. Cook for Friends

Fall is typically a time to start cooking savory dishes for gatherings. Instead of losing out on all of the fun, spend an afternoon cooking or baking for others. Deliver your meals to friends or family in need of a break!