Nothing is better than embracing the chill of autumn by spending time with family and friends outside. Better yet, enjoying the foliage, festivals, and other iconic autumnal events doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, either. Below we’ve listed some of our favorite budget-friendly fall activities—enjoying America’s favorite season has never been easier!
Have a Picnic
Eating outside has so many different benefits, and when you picnic in the fall, they increase tenfold. Whether the meal is simple or elaborate, you and your friends or family members will be sure to enjoy each other’s company and the outdoors.
Host a Bonfire
Hosting a party has never been as easy as hosting a bonfire—it’s relaxation and a party wrapped up in one. Invite friends and family over for easy entertaining and spend the night catching up and telling stories over the crackling fire. Try out some yummy s’mores recipes as well for a simple treat!
Attend a Fall Fest
Almost every town hosts some sort of fall festival—if it’s not in your town, it’s in the next town over. These celebrations often include a range of activities such as corn mazes, bobbing for apples, face painting, and hayrides. Some festivals are free, and if not, they tend to be pretty cheap. This activity is definitely something to keep in mind on those gorgeous fall days.
Go on a Hike
Hiking is a wonderful way to get outside and do something fun with your family. It’s important to get that fresh air before winter takes away the opportunity for morning walks and afternoon runs. Go to your nearest park with family and friends—or go solo—and take the time to admire the beauty of nature.
Visit an Apple Orchard
Apple orchards are iconic fall activities. Some can be a bit on the pricier side, but when you make a day of it, that $10 bag of apples doesn’t seem so bad. Bring your picnic to the orchard and spend your day out in the sunshine. Pick your apples, lay out the blanket, open a bottle of wine or cider, and enjoy the calming atmosphere.
Play with Pumpkins
Like apple orchards, pumpkin patches are great ways to spend your autumn afternoons. Once you pick your favorite gourds, you can take them home and get creative with them, whether that involves roasting some pumpkin seeds or carving them up for jack-o’-lanterns. Playing with pumpkins is an awesome budget-friendly fall activity.
Be a Football Fan
Fall means football season, which means it’s time to reap the rewards of tailgating season. Even if you can’t get to a game in person, football games are a fun way to get everyone together and have a little Sunday party. Make some delicious treats and enjoy the company while you watch the game. Maybe at halftime you can have a family football game!