Fun in Fall Leaves

by John Wren
Fun in Fall Leaves

The crisp air, brilliant orange and red leaves and cozy sweaters create an ideal environment for fun activities in the fall for you and your kids to get outside. Get up close to nature and embrace the season with a variety of activities that encourage exploring the outdoors, appreciating local foliage and even sampling some delicious flavors based on this beautiful time of year. Reducing stress is as simple as going outside. Nature has been shown to have many benefits on our mental health, which is why it’s no surprise that so many hotels, restaurants and resorts are adding natural elements as a selling point for their guests. There are so many things you can do in fall to reduce stress and have fun at the same time:

Hike Through the Season’s Best

Trekking through a forest can be a great way to de-stress. A study found that those who walked in a forest had reduced cortisol levels and greater feelings of relaxation than those who walked in an urban setting. It doesn’t matter if you’re hiking along water, up a mountain or through a city park — being surrounded by trees is proven to be great for your mental health. Another bonus of hiking is that it’s an active form of exercise, which can also help reduce stress and anxiety. Plus, hiking through the fall season means you can see all the beautiful trees at their best: vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. Hiking is a great activity to enjoy with friends and family, or even solo to give your mind a break.

Go Fly a Kite Or a Rod

Flying kites or fly fishing is a fun activity that promotes physical activity and is a great way to spend time with others while having fun. It can be a great activity to do with kids, or anyone who wants to challenge themselves in a fun way. Kites are a great way to get outside, especially if you live in a city with little access to nature. Kites are also a great way to spend time with others in a low-pressure, stress-free type of activity. While flying kites is known to be good for your mental health, kite flying can also help you to be mindful. The practice of kite flying is often done with the intention of being fully present in the moment, being mindful and being in tune with the environment — which can help reduce stress and anxiety. Fly fishing can be just as rewarding. And with some skill and a little luck, you can land a delicious prize. Take the first step and get outdoors and try either one.

Taste Something New: Food and Beer

Food and drink are often a part of the culture of many fall activities, including harvest festivals, beer festivals and wine tastings. These are great times to try something new and seasonal — whether it’s pumpkin spiced lattes, apple cider, pumpkin pie or even a new beer. Food and drink can be a great way to connect with others and deepen relationships during the fall season. Food is often a social activity, which can be a great way to reduce stress by creating an environment that fosters trust and connection between friends.

Organize an Adventure Race

Adventure races like a scavenger hunt, obstacle course or climbing wall are a great way to connect with friends and family while having fun. They’re also a great way to get active outside while engaging in something competitive. There are many different types of adventure races to choose from, and they can be tailored to the group’s skill level. Adventure races are a great way to reduce stress because they’re often done with friends in a low-pressure, fun environment. Research has shown that engaging in competitive activities with friends and family can help improve mental health.

Go Cozy and Play Games Together

Board games are a great way to get together with friends and family during the fall season. Playing games can help improve mental health because it creates a low-pressure environment for friends and family to connect. Plus, there are so many different board games you can play — you’re sure to find one that everyone will enjoy. This is a great activity to do with friends or family that live far away or with kids who want to get together with family. Board games are a great activity to help reduce stress because they often focus on socializing, which is a great way to reduce anxiety. Plus, they require no special skills, so they can be enjoyed by all types of people.

Walk, Bike or Run to Feel Good

There are many ways to get outside and be active during the fall season. Hiking, biking, fall camping and running are all great activities to do while enjoying the changing leaves and crisp weather. All three of these activities are a great way to reduce stress and anxiety. Plus, they’re low-impact, so they’re great for people of all ages and skill levels to participate in. Walking, biking or running outside is proven to be a great way to reduce stress and anxiety. These activities are a great way to connect with nature and the changing seasons, too. Walking and running are also cost-free ways to get active, so there’s no reason not to do them.


Fall is a beautiful and fun season that is a great time to get outside for your health and be active with friends and family. There are many things you can do to reduce stress and enjoy the season, including hiking, going on an adventure race, tasting new foods and drinks, playing games together and walking, biking or running. These activities are a great way to connect with others and create memories with friends and family. They’re also great ways to reduce stress, connect with nature and enjoy the changing seasons.

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