Lately, we’ve been experiencing the brisk, cool temperatures, the disappearance of pesky mosquitos and the yummy smell of bon fires. We’re certain fall is among us. This time of year is many Minnesotan’s favorite time of year, simply due to the beautiful colors in the trees and the cooler temperatures. Before we get too depressed thinking of the season soon to follow, be sure to enjoy this time of year with the kiddos. We’ve put together a list of fun activities to do this fall, here in the great state of Minnesota.
Pick your own apples
One of the finest traditions, apple picking is almost a necessity in the fall. The Twin Cities area has a huge selection of apple orchards to choose from. Get the family together for an afternoon or even an entire day. Some farms offer more than just apple picking such as hay rides, corn mazes, petting zoos, pony rides and more. Your juicy apples will be perfect for a scrumptious apple pie or some gooey caramel apples.
Visit a pumpkin patch
Great for centerpieces, carving, baking the seeds and making a pie, we all know pumpkins are must-haves during the fall. Visit a pumpkin patch near you and pick your favorite locally grown pumpkins. Just like apple orchards, many of the patches have enough activities to fill an entire day!
Cheer for the home team
Who doesn’t love to go to a fall football game? Whether you’re cheering on the Minnesota Gophers, the Minnesota Vikings or your local high school’s team, it’s always a great time to get bundled up and root for a win!
Take a hike
Minnesota has countless trails and parks that are absolutely stunning in the fall. Try playing a game with the kids while on a hike. Try to identify colors along the trail by the colors of the rainbow. Once you start looking closely for each color, you and your kids will be amazed at how many colors are in nature. Another thing you can do on your hike is a scavenger hunt. Make a list beforehand or play as you go and challenge the kids to find certain items in nature.
Plan and prep Halloween costumes for trick-or-treating
Of course, don’t forget to plan out your costumes for this year’s trick-or-treating. We all know that Minnesota’s weather is very unpredictable, so plan accordingly. Whether you insist on tackling a Pinterest costume or you’re buying them, be sure the kids stay plenty warm and comfortable.
We hope you enjoyed some of our ideas to keep your family busy this fall. Enjoy the weather and beautiful colors while we have it. Before you know it, we’ll be hiking up the ole snow pants.
Caity Slawson- Graphic Designer