Fall Fun: Things to do now that it isn’t hot outside

Fall is a great time to get back outside after hiding out in the air conditioning the last few months. So, now that it isn’t scorching outside, what are some cool things to do?

Fall veggies at the farmers market

There is a common misconception that farmers markets wrap up at the end of summer. In most cases, that’s simply not true; enjoy the cooler weather while perusing seasonal veggies and continuing to support local farmers.

Take a hike

The best part about the dropping temperatures is it makes going outside way more enjoyable. And there is less of a chance of encountering a snake. So, that’s a bonus. Go alone, with some friends, or take your dog. Going hiking alone can be therapeutic, but risky; let someone know where you’re going and be careful. If you’re taking a pet, read our blog to ensure you and your pet have the best time.

If you are hitting the trails with kids, try having a scavenger hunt to get them more interested. It can be as simple as two types of leaves, a pine cone, something they think is pretty. Anything, really, to get the kids engaged with the outdoors.

Fall festivals

Check out local businesses in your area; it’s likely you have a fall festival happening near you. It’s common for nurseries, markets, and farming supply stores to host family-friendly festivals featuring seasonal produce, crafts, pumpkins, and cold weather plants.

Coffee shops

With the new season comes the new drink menu. Hit up your local coffee shop and see what they have to offer. Trust me, there’s more to fall than pumpkin spice. If coffee isn’t your thing, try a tea shop instead.

Go to a football game

Show some support for your local high school, whether you’re an alum or not, by going to a football game.


Is staying in more your speed? That’s cool, too. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy.

Tackle your fall reading list

If you’re like me, you have a stack of books just waiting to be read. Some books just feel right in different seasons. A few you may want to check out this season are:

The Line That Held Us, David Joy

It’s an Appalachian Noir, which is reason enough to read it.

Last Night in Twisted River, John Irving

Irving, for me, just reads better when it’s cooler outside.

The Cormoron Strike series, Robert Galbraith

These intense murder mysteries will make you want to stay in with a strong cup of tea.


Baking is so much fun, but turning the oven on in the summer will heat up your whole house. Now that it’s cooler, bake some seasonal goodies. Pumpkin bread, zucchini bread, or, if you’re extra ambitious, make some caramel apples.

For more ideas, check out Pinterest.


If you’re at all like me, you’ve already busted out the boots, denim jackets, and knit wear. Autumn is, hands down, the best season so get out there and enjoy it.