The summer is quickly fleeting. Soon leaves will begin their descent from our trees and the days will get shorter. The fall season is indeed one of my favorite times of the year. First, I’m a huge college football fan. More importantly, I absolutely love the weather. It provides a huge benefit for various activities. So here’s a list of fall activities and ideas to ensure you have the best fall ever.
Go to the beach
Yes, I know this may sound strange. But it’s honestly one of the best times to visit the coast. Think about it. There are fewer crowds, thus more beach for you to enjoy.
You don’t have to fight over that perfect spot. You don’t have to deal with all of the traffic. And you can actually hear the waves crashing without all of the extra noise from other tourists.
If that isn’t enough to convince you, rental prices are much cheaper during what’s considered the “offseason.” If you live in the south like me, the weather will be absolutely perfect.
Host a football party
This can be fun even if you don’t care about the actual game. There’s something about football and good food that manages to put everyone in a good mood. So pull out that dip recipe you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest for the past several months. It’s time to try it out.
Throw a BBQ
Not into sports? No problem. The fall is a wonderful time to uncover the grill and have a cookout. Backyard barbeques were made for this season because the weather is perfect.
The food options are endless. You can opt for ribs and chicken. Or you can go the simple route of hamburgers and hotdogs. Be sure to add in a side of baked beans and potato salad. Don’t forget to end the night with some yummy s’mores.
Go see a movie at a drive-in theater
These once-obsolete venues are finding new life in urban communities. Not only does a drive-in provide a great atmosphere and experience, but it is also a money saver. You pay less than the price of a ticket at a regular theater, and you often get to watch multiple flicks.
Host an adult Halloween party
Why should the kids have all of the fun? You’d be surprised how many of your friends and co-workers would be totally into playing dress up. I’ve thrown Halloween Parties for the past three years, and I have no idea why I didn’t think of it sooner. Be sure to have a prize for the best dressed.
Go on a pedal tour with friends
Sure, I could have suggested a simple bike ride. But pedal tours are so much more fun! A pedal tour bike has anywhere from 6 to 12 seats. Everyone has individual pedals used to get you from point A to point B. They often stop by different restaurants during the one to two-hour tours.
Enjoy a nice big bowl of chili
This one should go without saying. The fall is the perfect time for chili. I like to throw my ingredients into a slow cooker and let it simmer all day. Chili is a great meal because it can feed your family and then some. The leftovers can also be frozen for a later date.
Go for a hike
Mother Nature is absolutely beautiful this time of year. Hiking trails tend to show off that beauty in the most magical ways.
Have a not-so-traditional picnic in the park
You won’t be alone with the picnic idea, but spice it up a bit. Instead of the usual sandwiches, grab a thermos and fill it up with some of that chili you made earlier. It’s the perfect meal to enjoy while gazing at the stars.
Jump in a pile of leaves
You did it when you were little. Why not try it again as an adult? I promise it’s just as much fun now as it was then.
Originally published October 3, 2018