With temperatures cooling down and breezes picking up, it can be tempting to cozy up indoors and settle in for the chilly seasons ahead...stop right there.
Here in New England, fall is the absolute best time to get outdoors: the air is crisp, the colors are vibrant, and there are an endless amount of activities to do either solo, with friends, or with your family. For that reason, we’ve put together a list of our top ten ways to get outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer this fall!
Fall is the perfect time to go hiking, whether it’s a strenuous climb up to a breathtaking viewpoint, or a leisurely walk in the woods. The air is cool, the foliage is beautiful, and simply nothing can beat that sound of leaves crunching beneath your feet. You also miss the crowds and exhausting heat that can come along with hiking during the summer.
Picture this: There’s a chill in the air, but you’re cozied up from head to toe in your Wildly Goods gear, the heat of the campfire radiating against your face. You're surrounded by good friends or family, roasting marshmallows over the fire for that perfect warm, gooey s'mores sandwich. Does it get any better than that? Wait, I’ll answer that for you. Yes, it does, because at the end of the night, you retreat to your tent and get all snuggled up into your warm, cozy sleeping bag. Camping is just better in the fall.
TAKE A SCENIC ROAD TRIP
Fall foliage in New England is something else, and what better way to experience it than going for a scenic road trip? Depending on where you start from, there are plenty of different routes you can take. Check out this list for inspiration.
VISIT A NATIONAL PARK
What’s even better than a scenic road trip? A scenic road trip with an even more scenic destination: a National Park. Head up to Acadia National Park around the first couple weeks of October to experience it in peak foliage. Later in the season, head down to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. The Blue Ridge Highway that runs through the park is said to be one of the most scenic routes in America!
GO FOR A BIKE RIDE
Fall is the perfect time to take up bike riding, especially mountain biking. Not only is it a great form of exercise, but it also provides you with a fun and unique way to get out and experience nature. The cooler temperatures make for a refreshing ride and the foliage offers the perfect backdrop.
CANOE OR KAYAK
Just because it’s a tad chilly doesn’t mean water activities are off the table. In fact, canoeing in the fall is even more beautiful than doing it during the summer -- the reflection of the colorful leaves on the water is absolutely beautiful.
GO BIRD WATCHING
As summer winds into fall, something really special happens -- all different types of birds begin their migration south, where they’ll spend the winter. Whether you’re a novice or an expert birder, the huge flocks traveling south offer a unique opportunity to observe nature taking its course. This is also a great chance to take up bird photography as a new hobby!
GO APPLE PICKING
A tried and true Fall activity, great for both family and friends. Sure, you could just buy apples at the store, but there’s something about fresh apples that you picked yourself that just makes them taste better. Pick a bushel and turn them into cider, preserves, pies, or bring them along as a snack on your next hike!
HAVE A PICNIC
We can’t let summer picnics get ALL the glory. Picnicking in the fall means less sweat, less bugs, and less crowds. Pack your favorite seasonal snacks (including those apples you just picked), and spread out a blanket in your favorite park. If it’s a little chilly, pack some hot cider or cocoa to warm up!
JUMP IN A LEAF PILE
Because we’re all still kids at heart.
Hopefully you’re feeling as excited as we are to get outside this Fall. And of course, don’t forget to grab a pair of Wildly Good Socks for your next adventure!