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10 Activities For Your Autumn Bucket List

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With a snap in the air and ideal temperatures, autumn just might be the most energizing season of the year.

Here are 10 activities you’ll want to try this fall even (or especially) if you’ve never done them before.

With kids and grand-kids

Get lost in a corn maze

These giant living puzzles that are built into cornfields can be found in every state in the country. Many farms have both toddler-friendly mazes and more challenging labyrinths that can take an hour or more to navigate. The national directories Corn Mazes America and The Maize can help you locate a maze near you.

Go apple picking

Nothing tastes as good as an apple picked straight from the tree. And family fun abounds at many "you-pick-it" orchards with activities like pressing your own cider and corn-husk doll making. Don’t be bashful as you pick your bushel: everyone is willing to share a favorite recipe for applesauce, apple butter or apple fritters.

Host a pumpkin-carving contest

It’s never too late to carve your first pumpkin, or flaunt your jack-o-lantern design skills. Round up some friends and family, throw newspaper over an outdoor table and give everyone their own pumpkin and tools (from knives and cookie cutters to melon ballers). 

Relaxing on your own

Knit a scarf

This soothing activity will help you chill out while setting yourself up for winter warmth. If you’re a knitting novice, you can find dozens of online tutorials and YouTube videos -- but the best way to start your first scarf is with a beginner’s class at your local yarn shop. 

Bake a fruit pie

There’s meditative bliss to be enjoyed in mixing, crimping, rolling and that wonderful fresh-baked scent. Fear not, baking beginners: no pie is beyond redemption. Even if the crust is overcooked, under-cooked or downright inedible, you can always scoop out the warm fruit filling and top with ice cream. 

Make your own sugar or salt scrub

Discover your inner alchemist by concocting your own bath scrubs. Just mix ½ cup sugar or kosher salt with about the same amount of coconut or olive oil and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Store in a jar with a clamp lid, keep in your shower or tub and buff yourself with about a tablespoon a few times a week to keep your skin super soft.

Date Night

Take a moonlit hike

According to the Farmer's Almanac, the moon will be full on October 16 (it’s called the “full hunters moon”) and on November 14 (“full beaver moon”). Tie on a scarf and take a to-go mug of warm cider on a moonlit stroll. 

Plan a movie night

Spend a cozy night at home with hot cocoa, a blanket big enough for two, and your favorite scary Halloween movies or classic holiday movies.

Getaways

Take a fall-foliage drive

Pack a picnic and head to the nearest winding road for a front-row seat to nature’s dazzling autumn show. Check the fall-foliage report at weather.com so you can time your trip to prime leaf colors in your area.

Wind down at a B&B

Grab your pals, your sweetie, or the family and escape to a bed & breakfast for a couple of days. You’ll want to ditch the digital devices and spend your time walking through fall leaves and visiting local farmer’s market, antique shops and vineyards. Not sure where to go?  BedandBreakfast.com includes listings and reviews of more than 8,000 B&Bs, inns and boutique hotels across the U.S.

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