Autumn Outdoor Activities

by Kirsten on November 26, 2009

The days may be getting cooler and shorter but this is no reason to keep yourself cooped up indoors! No matter where you are in this big ol world there are things you can do outdoors. From life in the big city to life in the country there are ways to get out and enjoy this beautiful time of year. The beauty of fall is not to be missed! From the range of colors on the trees to their crunch underfoot a beautifully crisp autumn day calls out to be experienced.

Life has me living in a big city these days. The parks of the city are my best source for a chance to experience autumns natural glory. My area is full of so much diversity that just lately there have been a few unannounced firework shows celebrating different and exotic holidays. An old British tradition is one that I have fast fallen in love with, a game called Conkers! The conker nut grows all over England and this is when they drop. This game is played by putting a hole in the conker to thread on a bit of string, people compete to crash and break each others conkers. Soon there will be hot roasted chestnuts available, why not try finding some of your own to roast?

I grew up a farm girl and while I love city life I long for some of the joys of fall in the country. From hay rides to huge bonfires the country freedom made for some of the best outdoor fun. A great way for city folk to have a taste of that fun is with the pumpkin picking trips. If you don’t actually know how to make a pumpkin pie from a raw pumpkin and don’t have room for huge jack-o-lanterns small towns often have lively festivals and events to entice and delight. Living in the southern country side of the US as a kid the churches were a great source of outdoor community activities. The would organize the hay rides for kids, teens, and adults who are kids at heart. If you don’t fancy a church activity why not organize your own with your friends and family? My family had loads of yearly traditions, we had our annual pot-luck and our annual bonfire night where everyone was invited.

Fall does not need to be a cold, wet and miserable experience. You may have mini adventures instead of major ones, this means you can be spontaneous and discover your local autumn treasures. You may not venture far from your city or town but themed markets offering exotic foods or goods contribute to the holiday season that just begins in fall and lasts all the way to Christmas! If you don’t find local activities already set up, why not start your own! From ice skating to roasting chestnuts chances are you will inspire everyone around you to get into the spirit.

Justin’s note: Leaf piles are a favorite fall activity for many kids! It’s a great way to get the yard raked and the kids get a reward for their work: a leaf pile!

Boy and His Leaf Pile

Boy and His Leaf Pile

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5 comments… read them below or add one

John Stabley December 1, 2009 at 1:35 am

Great Blog! Looking forward to reading More!

John Stabley

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Andy February 3, 2010 at 8:08 am

I remember playing conkers as a child. Great fun. Unfortuantely many schools in the UK are banning children from playing due to the dreaded health and safety!

Some good ideas here Kirsten. Thanks 🙂

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Bob February 18, 2010 at 10:26 am

I grew up in Chicago but lived in the Shawnee Forest for over 20 years. Some of the best camping and hiking weather was in the fall. Giant City State park is a fantastic place to get a view.

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Justin February 18, 2010 at 10:35 am

I’ll have to check out Giant City State Park if I’m ever in the Chicago area Bob. I’m close I think maybe 5-6 hours from Cincinnati.

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Marquis Bayouth August 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm

one suggestion to bring the family together is through scavenger hunts, can be indoor or out using items at your home

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