Like so many of us, I’m a total sucker for fall. There’s a romantic vibe in the air, and everyone is cozied up in sweaters and scarves. Not to mention Bob’s Burgers holiday episodes are back in full swing, which is another reason autumn is my favorite time of year.
I love finding ways to get outdoors and celebrate the season, and I thought I’d share some of my favorite, semi-nontraditional activities for fall.
Find a Ghost Tour
Even if ghosts and ghouls aren’t your thing, there’s something romantic and adventurous about a ghost tour. Normally, they’re more focused on recounting history and intriguing anecdotes than on scaring you.
Go to a Theme Park
For me, I’d love to visit Knott’s Berry Farm or go back to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Los Angeles. There’s bound to be something close to you, and even if it requires a short drive, it’s still a fun weekend activity. Fall sees a drop in attendance (depending on when you go—avoid Halloween and Thanksgiving), so lines are shorter, and weather is generally better.
Go on a weekday to enjoy a less busy park, splurge on fast passes, or the equivalent, and just let loose. Enjoy a day full of fun rides, goofy games, and deliciously terrible-for-you junk food.
Everyone goes on and on about summer road trips, but I personally prefer taking a road trip in the fall. The air’s crisper, traffic isn’t as bad with people in a rush to get to their vacation; it just feels more relaxing and slower-paced.
Your weekend getaway might look like a luxurious stay at a bed and breakfast, or it might find you connecting with the great outdoors for a camping retreat.
Ours is a long weekend at a boutique inn, Hotel Carmel in Carmel-by-the-Sea. It’s a cute little retreat in one of the most beautiful cities in California, and we’re going to hike the 17-Mile Drive, ride electric bikes to Big Sur Island, and enjoy Ocean Avenue—Carmel’s gem of dining, shopping, browsing art galleries, and wine tasting.
If you need some ideas, though, my fave travel bloggers at Local Wanderer have great suggestions spanning the country!
Lace up your Bean boots and zip up your Barbour jackets because this is an experience that’ll really get you in the mood for fall. Even if you aren’t a hunter or particularly interested in firearms, clay shooting is a fun activity that’s probably not one of your typical agenda items.
One of the best-rated options is the Orvis Shooting School, which has two locations: Sandanona Shooting Grounds in Millbrook, New York, and Pursell Farms Shooting Grounds in Sylacauga, Alabama.