The Fall: My favorite season of all. Many people love the spring time because of a renewal of life. However, I really enjoy just getting out into nature as the leaves start to drop and the frost starts to hit for the first time. Usually mid to late October is the best time for viewing foliage. However, it may depend on what part of the country you live. Northern parts of the country tend to have foliage views earlier than the south.
If you like to hike a little but not a lot, you can try looking for other activities. There are many activities that you can do with your family in the fall. You can visit pumpkin patches. You can pick apples at different orchards. Sometimes just raking leaves together as a family can be fun.
A family hike in the woods on a cool day can be a lot of fun. You can have the children collect different types of leaves and make a scrapbook with the leaves in them. They can tape the leaf to a paper and record what kind of leaf it is such as oak, elm, hickory etc.
Some parents have children take pictures of different scenic views that they find while on their hike. they then do the same with them as done with the leafs above.
Throughout the country, there are many fall festivals going on. Many of these festivals have different arts and crafts. There is always something for the children to do.
I live in central Illinois. In this part of the country, like others, September and October weekends are loaded with different activities. Kampsville, Illinois has an Old Frontier Days. They set up an actual encampment that use to be used by fur trappers. To add to it, it is right on the banks of the Illinois River. Many different artifacts are on display both Native American as well as pioneer. There are teepee’s and trapper tents. Archery shooting and hatchet throwing events highlight the days activities.
Old St. Charles, Missouri has one of the largest festivals in the Midwest. Besides activities along the Missouri River, the main street in Old Downtown is loaded with many arts and crafts booths as well as food stands. Many of the little shops along the streets have specials on select items. They have two winery’s in St. Charles. You can buy a bottle of wine and sit in the court yard and enjoy the people passing by. Not to be out done is the Classic Car Show that they also sponsor each year.
Each Year Forest Park in St. Louis has a large Hot Air Balloon Race. In the middle of September, it runs for three days. On Friday night before the race, the balloons light up and children can check them out free of charge. Many enjoy taking pictures of the different types of balloons. on display.
There are many State Parks that you can hike through. The Mississippi River Road has a bike trail along the river that hikers can use. Pierre Marquette State Park in Grafton, Illinois has lots of trails and paths to hike. The Katy Trail that runs from Eastern Missouri through the Central part of the State has many hikers in the fall. There are many Covered Bridges Festivals throughout the US, too. Usually there are arts and crafts set up at these locations.
A lot of family’s will load up a back pack with food and drink and picnic half way through their hike in the wilderness. It is always good to have a first aid kit and a charged up cell phone when hiking just in case someone gets sick or injured.
Check with your State Park Association for a schedule of local events. After a long hot summer, many people enjoy the cool freshness of the fall season. Yes the outdoor season is winding down. However, there are many events that take place during this special season.