62 Fun Fall Activities to Do With Friends, Kids, or Solo

Consider this checklist of fall activities the ultimate way to make the most of autumn

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Looking for things to do in fall while the weather's crisp and the foliage is at its peak? We've got you covered all season long. From enjoying Mother Nature's simple pleasures (hello, leaf-peeping and bird watching) to planning the perfect fall trip with friends (winery tour, anyone?), here are our favorite fall activities for kids, families, and couples, plus tons of things to do with friends or on your own this fall.

Outdoor Fall Activities

  • Go apple picking

    (Browse the best apple orchards near you according to Yelp reviews!)

  • Get lost in a corn maze
  • Take a leaf-peeping road trip

    (Pick from these towns famous for amazing fall foliage.)

  • Play a game of touch football
  • Go for a hike
  • Collect colorful fall leaves
  • Rent a cabin in the mountains
  • Plant bulbs in your garden for next spring
  • Run a race
  • Visit a pumpkin patch and pick pumpkins

    (Find the best pumpkin patch in your neck of the woods.)

  • Pitch a tent in the backyard for a "camping" adventure
  • Watch geese flying south for the winter
  • Head to the farmers market for winter squash and Brussels sprouts

Indoor Fall Activities

  • Dig up your sweaters from storage and donate any you don't think you'll wear
  • Learn to knit
  • Bake an apple or pumpkin pie
  • Start Christmas shopping
  • Drink hot spiced apple cider by the fireplace
  • Make butternut squash soup

    (Try this delicious butternut squash soup recipe with sage and parmesan croutons.)

Fall Activities for Kids and Toddlers

  • Visit a petting zoo
  • Make a pinecone bird feeder
  • Go on a nature scavenger hunt in the backyard: acorns, pinecones, orange leaves, oh my!
  • Attend a fall festival
  • Have a fall picnic

    (Plan your menu with these picnic food ideas using easy fall recipes we love.)

  • Write down what you're thankful for
  • Make a scarecrow
  • Gather up leaves into a big pile, jump in, play, repeat
  • Collect colorful leaves and press them into an album
  • Take a bike ride
  • Make s'mores
  • Set up your own bobbing-for-apples station with a bin of water and lots of fruit
  • Help craft your kid's (or your own) Halloween costume
  • Eat candy apples or make your own
  • Carve your own pumpkins
  • Bake pumpkin bread together for breakfast

Fall Activities to Do With Friends

  • Tailgate at your local football game
  • Tour a winery
  • Host a potluck Friendsgiving dinner

    (Plan the best get-together ever with this helpful Friendsgiving guide.)

  • Spend a day antiquing
  • Build a bonfire in the backyard
  • Take a weekend road trip
  • Spend the day at a nearby brewery
  • Go on a bike ride to admire the fall foliage
  • Host a cozy wine and cheese night
  • Take a ghost tour or visit an old cemetery
  • Spend the day at an amusement park

    (This is great to do with kids, too!)

  • Throw a Halloween party complete with a costume contest
  • Make a big batch of chili and host football Sunday at your house

Fall Activities for Couples

  • Get spooked in a haunted house
  • Celebrate Oktoberfest at home with beer and sausages
  • Re-watch your favorite scary movies leading up to Halloween
  • Give out candy to trick or treaters all dressed up in your own costumes
  • Cook a cozy fall meal: Think roasted vegetables or a hearty stew
  • Have a cider and doughnut date at a local apple farm or farmers' market
  • Make your own mulled wine
  • Grab a blanket and go stargazing

Nostalgic Fall Activities

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