25 Free Fall Outdoor Activities for Kids
Fall weather makes me want to be outside as much as possible. The weather is absolutely gorgeous, and I know that winter will be here soon.
Here are 25 free things kids (and adults!) can do to spend time outside in the fall. All of these might not be 100% free – for instance, some require gasoline to get to a location – but for the most part these will all be pretty much no-cost.
1. Go hiking. Visit a nature trail in your city or a state park.
2. Go on a fall scavenger hunt. Make a list of various fall items (acorns, leaves, rocks, etc.) and see who can find everything on their list first.
3. Go on a picnic. Even if it's only on a blanket in the backyard, a picnic is a nice way to get in some more outdoor time enjoying the weather.
4. Go bird-watching. Head outside with some binoculars and a bird book and see how many of your native birds you can identify.
5. Go on a walking tour. Map out and visit historical sites in your town. Pack a lunch and make a day of it.
6. Participate in nature programs. Some cities and park systems offer free nature programs for children.
7. Check out the community calendar. Check online to find free events in your community and the surrounding area.
8. Go geocaching.
9. Make a nature collection. Let the kids see how many interesting leaves, rocks, acorns, or bugs they can find.
10. Go on a bike ride.
11. Go to the beach. If you can make a trip, fall is an incredible time to go to the beach. The weather is still warm (many times it's warm enough to even swim), but lodging rates are greatly reduced and crowds are almost nonexistent.
12. Go camping in the backyard.
13. Help out a neighbor. Do some yard work for someone who could use the help.
14. Rake leaves and jump in them.
15. Read a book. Reading is a great way to spend an afternoon, but it's even more enjoyable when you're outside enjoying the gorgeous weather.
16. Take digital photos. Don't just take pictures of the kids. Let them use the camera to take pictures of anything they find interesting.
17. Go on a hayride.
18. Go star-gazing.
19. Visit the playground. Playgrounds are not very crowded in the fall since most kids are busy with school-related activities, but the weather is perfect for playing outside.
20. Pick up trash. Gear everyone up with gloves and a trash bag, pick a road, and start beautifying your city.
21. Visit a local farm.
22. Play football or another outdoor sport.
23. Go to the pumpkin patch.
24. Go apple picking.
25. I'm sure there's one more, but I can't think of it! What are your ideas for free ways kids can enjoy the fall weather?