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When the leaves start changing and the temperature starts dropping, you know the best time of the year has finally arrived. October through December is my happy place. One of my favorite parts of the season is checking out all the decorations people put up. I have some neighbors that rock at decorating their yards for the seasons and it just makes my heart happy to drive home every day and view their picture-perfect decorations.
Fall is the perfect time for outdoor activities. The weather is nice and cool, and without a whole lot of rain to get in the way, it is almost a crime to stay indoors. Check out the following list of fun and frugal (some completely free!) fall activities below.
1. Take a camping trip.
I mean real camping, with the tent and everything. This can be a little pricey in the beginning if you don’t have a lot of the supplies on hand. If this is the case, see if you can borrow any items such as a tent, sleeping bags, cookware, etc. to see if you really enjoy it before taking the plunge and buying all of the necessary camping equipment.
2. Go to a nature preserve.
If you have a nature preserve within driving distance, take the family and make a day out of it. Take in the gorgeous scenery, spot some wildlife, and plan a picnic while you’re there. There’s nothing like eating lunch underneath a tree to make you feel like you’re back in the “good ol’ days.”
3. Visit a pumpkin patch.
Pumpkin patches are the perfect photo opportunity for those family photos you have been meaning to take, but keep
putting off forgetting to do. Support a budding photographer or college student and get some adorable family photos taken before another year goes by.
4. Buy pumpkins when on sale and paint them.
I’ve been seeing pumpkins all over the place for less than $3. Pick up a few and get artsy. Painted pumpkins last weeks longer than carved pumpkins do, and they can serve as decor for your front porch too. A fun craft and holiday decorating at the same time? That’s a win-win in my book.
5. Make a wreath for your front door.
Another fun craft and decor project is to make a fall-themed wreath for your front door. You can pick up the supplies at your local craft store or superstore, and put one together for much less than you would spend buying a pre-made one. You could even attend a class to make it more of an event, or watch tutorial videos online if you’ve never tried making one before.
6. Check out those Friday Night Lights.
If you grew up in the South like I did, watching the local high school boys play football on Friday nights is what every member of the town did on every Friday night. Take a trip down memory lane and relive those glorious high school days by attending your town’s football game. Cheer your team on from the bleachers, enjoy the band’s half-time show, and indulge with those guilty-pleasure-cheesy-nachos.
7. Take advantage of what your town has to offer.
I live about 15 miles out from a fairly large town that offers tons of free, family-friendly activities. One of my favorites is outdoor movies: getting to watch a recently-released film under the stars with popcorn in hand is almost magical. Check out your city’s website and like their Facebook page to stay informed of all the events going on in your area.
Fall is the perfect time to get outside and simply enjoy the amazing weather and beautiful scenery around you. And with so many inexpensive and even free fall activities to enjoy, it’s easy to see why it is so many people’s favorite season. What is your favorite fall activity? Let us know in the comments below!