It’s hard to believe that fall is almost here. But even though you’re sort of wondering where 2017 went, this means that cooler temperatures are just around the corner. Make the most of the season with some of these perfectly autumn activities:

Leaf peeping

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Pile in the car, head out for a drive, and get ready for some breathtaking views. Bonus points if you have awesome music to accompany your trek.

Go apple picking

Head to your local apple orchard and get picking, then hop on Pinterest and find some recipes so you can put your bounty to good use. Apple pie? Check. Apple fritters? Yep. Baked apples? Done.

Test out new crockpot recipes

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Speaking of recipes, fall is the perfect time to fire up your crockpot and get cooking. There’s something magical about dumping a bunch of ingredients together, turning the machine on, and then coming home to a delicious-smelling dinner that’s ready to be devoured.

Learn how to knit

It’s almost time to bundle up. Instead of spending money on scarves, why not learn how to make your own? It’s a relaxing hobby, perfect for when you’re watching something mindless on Netflix.

Try your luck in a corn maze

Round up your friends and head to a local corn maze. Teamwork makes the dream work as you try to make your escape.

Finally read some of those books on your list

When the weather’s nice, you’re less inclined to want to stay in and read, so you’ve probably accumulated a stack of books (or titles on your Kindle) that you’ve wanted to get through. Now that it’s cooler, curl up under some blankets and put a dent in the list.

Paint pumpkins, no carving allowed

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Carving pumpkins is fun, but it’s also messy and results in your kitchen getting covered in pumpkin guts. Painting pumpkins is an elegant, slime-free way to decorate.

Fall is also football season, so make sure to head to a game. If you want to save some money, cheer on your local high school’s team instead.




Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, and others.