Fall Family Travel Ideas to Get the Kids Outdoors

With summer officially over and the holiday season not quite ramped up to full force, this is what the travel industry calls “shoulder season,” and there are plenty of good deals to be had.  There are many fall family travel activities and things to do that would make great weekend getaways or vacations.  As the days get shorter, continue reading for a few fall family travel ideas to get the kids outside before hibernating for winter.  For even more ideas, check out this article from our friends at “Taking the Kids” with Great Ideas for a Fall Family Vacation or Getaway.

Fall Color

Head outside, enjoy the crisp fall air, and take in the fall colors of the changing leaves.  With so many states proclaiming to have the best fall foliage, it shouldn’t be hard to find a prime “leaf-peeping” spot close to home.  My home state of New York even offers a weekly Fall Color Report every Wednesday afternoon.  Our friends at Family Travel Forum have compiled all the Leaf-Peeper Hotlines so you can call ahead and get the up to date color report.

Letchworth State Park

Letchworth State Park, New York

Cider Mills and Corn Mazes

It’s harvest time, and the farm fields are packed with apples and pumpkins.  The ears of corn may be picked, but the stalks are carved into clever designs – like my neighbor at Stokoe Farms’ corn maze outlining Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan in a remarkable display of hometown pride.  You can find cider mills that press apples into liquid goodness, or pumpkin patches filled with orange orbs awaiting transformation into Jack-O-Lanterns.  Hay rides, ziplines, animals and more make a visit to the farm an activity full of family fun.

Stokoe Farms Corn Maze

Image Courtesy Stokoe Farms Corn Maze

College Tours

As father to a high school senior, our family is deeply immersed in visiting colleges this year, and fall’s the perfect time to take a campus tour.  There’s football in the air, or any number of other fall sports such as soccer, field hockey, or tennis.  Or just take a stroll through the lovely landscaped campuses – you never know what you may find, like this life-size statue of Jumbo at Tufts University.

Tufts University Jumbos

Tufts University Jumbos

Fall Trips

Those are just a few ideas for how your family could get outside and enjoy the outdoors this fall.  What are some of your family’s favorite activities for the month?  Please share your suggestions in the comments below.  Don’t forget to head over to “Taking the Kids” to check out their Great Ideas for a Fall Family Vacation or Getaway.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.