Can you believe summer is ending in a few weeks with fall beginning September 22? Considered to be the most popular season by many, a leading 29% of Americans prefer autumn due to the calming change in temperature, according to a 2013 study by YouGov. It's also a favorite because of the beautiful, natural scenery changes and the new activities it introduces. When we think of seasonal things to do, it’s often the usual: apple picking, fall festivals, tailgating, and corn mazes. But there are many other ways to be entertained during the transition to winter, and you know we have you covered! Keep reading for new ideas to try once summer officially ends and fall begins:
1. Take a hot-air balloon ride
Hot-air ballooning is one of the great ways to explore beyond and witness the beautiful change in nature. The red, orange, and brown leaves clashing with the yellow fields of grass—it’s a relaxing vibe. If you are afraid of heights you might want to consider tethered hot air balloon rides. The balloon travels at a low altitude while being tethered to the ground. Either way, you'll be welcoming the autumn atmosphere as you soar to new heights.
2. Build/host a bonfire
As the fall weather begins to cool, a bonfire is a great option for warming up and socializing. With bonfires, sometimes starting from scratch is more adventurous and interesting—gathering materials, arranging the pit, sparking the fire... sound like a good time? Invite a few friends over and make s’mores over the flame!
3. Fall recipes
S’mores are not the only fall-themed food out there. Since Autumn includes the fall harvest this is a great time to incorporate seasonal fruit and vegetables in your meals, especially those you've never cooked before. And while apple cider and pumpkin pie are great, what about pumpkin alfredo or squash pizza? Not only are they delicious, but full of healthy ingredients giving you the right amount of nutrients.
4. Autumn crafting
Every season ignites some creativity in people’s minds, and fall has many ways of bringing those ideas to fruition. Use leaves, pumpkins, and hay to transform nature into an innovative masterpiece. And of course autumn crafts aren’t limited to those three items. To truly bring in the feel of the season use anything you believe will create the pefect atmosphere.
5. Go all out with autumn decorations
So, you aren’t into making your own crafts. That’s fine. Lucky for you, there are local craft and decor stores. Purchase anything that blends with the season, speaks to your heart and would look amazing in your space.
6. Learn to knit
As fall approaches, so do chillier temperatures. Cool isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it welcomes stylish pieces you can add to your everyday outfits. Scarves, beanies, and sweaters will be in ladies, and it wouldn’t hurt to learn how to make them yourself. You could potentially save money, while stylishly being the best you.
7. Visit a candle shop
Autumn is full of crisp and cozy fragrances that bring the outdoors in your home (residence hall, office…or anywhere you are). Candles are soothing and relaxing, and if you want to experience that environment more often visit a local candle shop to stock up!
8. Serve dinner in pumpkin bowls
We already discussed making fall inspired foods, but how else can you usher in the season? Bowls and plates are the standards for placing our dinner, but pumpkin bowls will put a major emphasis on your fall dish. It’s different, eye-catching, and post worthy!
9. Make a Scarecrow
You don’t need to be a farmer to have one of these and you won't have to worry about annoying critters and birds in your yard...hopefully. A scarecrow is also great decoration that welcomes the fall harvest season.
10. Pumpkin carving contest
Are you a master at carving pumpkins? No? It’s ok, not many people are. However, regardless of experience it’s a fun and competitive way to get creative with the season's favorite fruit.
Is there a unique fall activity that you like? Share it with us in the comments below!