4 Great Ways to Enjoy Fall for Free

I don’t know about you, but I can hardly believe that fall is almost here again. Where did the year go? But, with the cooler weather comes a lot of great opportunities to get outside and enjoy fall to the fullest. My favorite ways to enjoy this fantastic season don’t cost me anything though, which is always something I love. So here are 4 great ways to enjoy fall for free!

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1. Nature Walks

Nature walks top my list of things to do pretty much any time of the year. But during the fall they are so much more enjoyable because the weather is cooler.

Even though quite a few of us live in sprawling cities, we can still find access to at least one nature trail. A lot of cities have recently been installing more green spaces in their urban areas specifically to get people outside more. I love this idea and am always thrilled when I run across one.

In fact, while we were on a family vacation in Greenville, SC this summer, we ran across one such space and were amazed. That city has done wonders with the natural river that runs through its downtown area. They have created:

  • long greenway style walking trails
  • benches and swings for sitting and having conversations
  • native flowers and plants lining the walkways
  • awesome suspension bridges
  • an outdoor amphitheater with free productions

While this is just one of our most recent finds, we have seen this sort of change in a lot of cities we have visited. So, even if you don’t live in an area that typically has a lot of hiking trails you can take advantage of, this may be another option to fully enjoy fall.

Do a quick search in your area and see what you come up with. Traillink is a great site to search for greenways and trails all over the country. Your city may just surprise you with how many more green options they have now.

2. Festivals

My family and I just love fall festivals! It seems as if every year there are more and more of them. So, the most difficult part is choosing which ones we want to attend.

Living in an agricultural state means there are a ton of apple and pumpkin festivals to take advantage of. But, besides those, the plethora of other festivals we have found are:

  • Beer festivals
  • Corn festivals
  • Gluten-free festivals
  • Kids festivals
  • Oktoberfest
  • Pet festivals
  • Renaissance-themed festivals
  • Scarecrow festivals
  • Vegetarian and Vegan festivals
  • Wine festivals

The list seems endless and they come up with new festivals each year. More often than not, these festivals don’t have a cost associated to get into. Some of them ask for a donation, if you are feeling so obliged. But they do all have vendors of some sort that will be selling things. That is the stuff you have to pay for, so keep that in mind.

3. Make a Scarecrow

Making a scarecrow is a fantastic activity to do with your children. It can also be a great time even if you don’t have kids. After all, it’s great for us adults to play sometimes also!

Making a scarecrow doesn’t have to cost you anything either, if you plan it out properly. In our area, we have a ton of pine trees, and therefore, a lot of pine needles to play with. But, if you aren’t as lucky as we are, in this respect, you can still work with what you’ve got. Some other things you could potentially stuff your scarecrow with are:

  • Dried corn
  • Dried grasses
  • Hay
  • Leaves

Once you have your stuffing, then you get to go on a hunt for old clothes. Most of us have something like this lying around for yard work or painting. These clothes are great go-to’s for scarecrow making. So get creative with what you’ve got to make your scarecrow stand out among the crowd.

Around here, we like to mix it up and put clothes from different kids on the same scarecrow. This makes it more entertaining and hilarious for us, and more interesting for the neighbors when they run across it. So have fun with it!

4. Leaf Changing Tour

Once again, not everybody is going to be lucky enough to live around a lot of deciduous trees like we do. But if you are within driving distance of any at all, then this should be on your list of things to do to enjoy fall.

Of course, if you have to drive to see the trees, you will have to pay for gas and maybe food or lodging. But if you choose to see all of the beautiful leaves changing this way, then I would make a weekend out of it, personally.

However, where we live, we can just go outside and take in the beauty of the wonderful fall color change. In fact, in our North Carolina mountains, fall is the busiest time of year because of the leaves changing. It is a huge event and lasts about a month.

There is almost nothing else on earth as beautiful as watching the leaves change color. So take advantage of this wonderful natural masterpiece if you can this fall. You won’t be disappointed.

Enjoy Fall

To recap, there are plenty of things you can do to enjoy fall for free. But there are 4 that are my top favorites.

  1. Nature walks
  2. Festivals
  3. Making a scarecrow
  4. Leaf changing tour

While you can certainly do all of these for free, you can up the ante by adding in some minimal cost to some of them. No matter what, you have a lot of choices of different activities to engage in that won’t kill your budget this fall. This season has an abundance of great ways to fully enjoy it, for the short period of time it is here, so take advantage!

What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy fall for free in your area?