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Fall Activities That are Fun for the Whole Family!

{ By Miranda Martin }

Fall is arguably one of the best times of the year, and there’s plenty of fall fun for the whole family to enjoy! From classic favorites like apple picking and romping around pumpkin patches, to more intense activities like fall foliage hiking and whitewater rafting, there’s something for families of all activity levels and ages to enjoy all season long.

The classics: apple picking, pumpkin patches, hayrides and more!

Some of my family’s classic fall-favorite activities include romping around the pumpkin patch or going apple picking, and usually, you can do these all in one place! In Pennsylvania, you can visit Linvilla Orchards, for example, and explore their “Pumpkinland”, apple orchards, farmer’s market, and even take a hayride around the farm. 

Pumpkin patches are not only fun to explore, but they’re also a great place to pick out the family pumpkin ripe for painting or carving later in the season! Additionally, you can take home some of the apples you pick in an apple orchard and do some fall baking. From apple pie to apple turnovers and more, we can already smell the apple-cinnamon goodness from here!

Looking for more fall fun on a farm or in an orchard? Most have farmer’s markets or petting zoos you can also explore, which means the fall fun can go on all day long.

The adventurous: fall foliage hiking, whitewater rafting, and more!

As a gal who grew up in the “Wild and Wonderful” West Virginia, fall foliage hiking and whitewater rafting were two adventurous activities my family always enjoyed when the weather got crisp in the fall.

All around your state or your city, there are likely hiking trails to take in, but if you’re looking for an adventure-filled hiking road trip bursting with fall colors, you can take the family up to Vermont or other parts of New England to explore the stunning views of the changing leaves.

If you’re interested in whitewater rafting, I urge you to explore the “Gauley Season” in West Virginia with a tour from Adventures on the Gorge. Note: Gauley Season is a more intense time to go rafting, but tourists can pick “class” levels to take on during their time on the rafting tour that ranges from less to more intense. 

What’s more, most states and cities have some spooky, haunted attractions set up in the fall, which can be good for older teens and other more mature family members looking for thrills and chills!

What will you and your family be doing this fall? No matter what you’re into, fall offers much to explore as the leaves change and the weather cools down.