20 Fall Outdoor Activities for Families

Fall Outdoor Activities for Families

Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

20 Fall Outdoor Activities for Families

fall, leaves, ecotherapy, mental health


❯ Go on a Leaf Tour

Because getting in the car & looking at pretty things is fun.

❯ See a Football Game

You could buy tickets for your favorite team or catch a home game and support your hometown!

Benefits of Going Outside

It improves our basic happiness

Enhances healing & encourages growth

It’s free

❯ Take Pictures

I love doing this. You can do this in any season and it sparks creativity trying to get a pleasing picture.

❯ Find Cool Leaves

You could even press the ones you find, or find some other cool crafts!

➪DIY leaf ideas

Fall Outdoor Activities for Families

❯ Visit a Corn Maze

Where you’ll find a corn maze you’ll probably find other cool fall stuff…

One time I found a place to pick sunflowers near a corn maze.

Be careful though because I’ve also lost a child for hours in a corn maze.

❯ Or a Pumpkin Patch

You can’t miss the annual pumpkin patch trip with the family.

❯ Or an Apple Orchard

Who doesn’t love some cider & donuts?

If you’re into it some orchards may even offer food, live music, baked goods, or one of those cool blob things you jump on too!

Going to an apple orchard is one of my personal favorite fall outdoor activities for families. 

❯ Go on a Hayride

I personally love these because you get to sit the entire time.

There are usually some cool picture opportunities and most wagons even shade you.



The needs of the planet are the needs of the person,

the rights of the person are the rights of the planet

Roszak T.


❯ Make a Leaf Pile

OK. I don’t really think this is fun, but it’s free, your yard will look better & you’ll burn some calories.

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❯ Carve Pumpkins

You can bake the pumpkin seeds or try some of these extravagant ideas

Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Ever Tried Beading a Pumpkin?

❯ Visit a Winery

I personally have never tried this but it seems fancy and enjoyable.

❯ Catapult Pumpkins

Fall Outdoor Activities for Families

Need I say more?


❯ OR Sling Shot Apples

❯ Visit a Haunted House or Haunted Trail

Haunted things are all over in the fall, even in rural areas.

❯ Go Hiking

Seriously, hiking is so underrated. There are tons of ways to make it more fun.

Bring binoculars.

Even better, be Jeff Corwin & come up with corny jokes while you search for animals


Ecopsychology has been proven to improve mental health, boost self esteem, help people with mental health problems return to work, improve physical health, and reduce social isolation.

Fall Outdoor Activities for Families

❝ Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy. ❞

Isaac Newton


❯ Rent a Cabin

Staying in a foreign shack for a night or two is quant and wholesome.

You’ll either really appreciate the get away or leave with a renewed appreciation for your home.

This is also one of my favorite fall outdoor activities for families.

❯ Go Camping!

Nowadays you can even find an camper Airbnb if you don’t feel like packing much. Fall is a refreshing time

Ecopsychology (going outside) improves mental wellbeing, it helps people to become more physically active, it gives people the skills to get back into work or training, and it helps people who are lonely or socially isolated to broaden their networks.


Transpersonal ecopsychology suggests that being in nature creates a spiritual experience, making us feel whole. 


❯ Try a Train Ride

Trains can be an awesome experience with gorgeous site seeing opportunities

Fall Outdoor Activities for Families

➤ & If you have much more money than I do, be sure to check out these really sweet trains!

Make a Wreath

Fall Outdoor Activities for Families

You can get creative and there are TONS of Pinterest ideas for DIY wreaths

Wreath DIY Ideas

Ecotherapy is an approach that rests on the idea that people have a deep connection to their environment and to the earth itself.

❯ Decorate for Halloween

I personally think Halloween parties are the most fun to plan. You get to let out all your creepy ideas and people like-minded people will love it!

Need ideas? Halloween DIY Decor

✁- – – – – Because of our innate connection to the natural world, nature scenes activate our parasympathetic nervous system and in turn reduce stress and autonomic arousal. Looking at natural landscapes (especially grasslands with clusters of trees) activates our physiology in affectively beneficial ways, as we have evolved to have an innate preference for these types of environments. – – –

[Frontiers Public Health]

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Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.


just kidding,

—Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Other Types of Ecopsychology






Roszak T. The Voice of the Earth. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster (1992)