Favorite Mindful Fall Activities

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Like many people out there, fall is one of my FAVORITE seasons. I wanted to compile a list of fun, family-friendly (couple friendly, one-person friendly, everyone friendly) list of fall activities. I am aware that there are many lists like this out there, but I tried to include some activities that don’t immediately come to mind when you think about fall in order to make it unique. Plus, I included a bonus: my grandma’s apple crisp recipe! How many fall activity lists have that? NONE! And it is the best and most amazing apple crisp recipe IN. THE. WORLD. Don’t worry, I’m not biased at all 😉

I don’t know about where you live, but here in Minnesota, fall can be over in a flash and then we get to endure 6+ months of winter. Because of that, I not only included active activities, but also many that can be relaxing, and just ‘being’.

Fun Outdoors!

  • Pumpkin carving
  • Pumpkin painting/crafting (you would not believe the number of people allergic to the inside of pumpkins!)
  • Apple orchard
  • Day trips to see fall colors (look for maps such as this for updates)
  • Picnics
  • Fall hikes – see who can find the coolest leaf!
  • Leaf photography
  • Bird migrations – birds are migrating! Check out your state’s Department of Natural Resources for information on where to go to see them. Don’t forget your binoculars!
  • Roasting marshmallows on a fire
  • Fall scavenger hunt
  • Leaf paintings, animals, etc
  • Leaf Rubbing
  • Fall Camping – no bugs, often cheaper rates, and less people!
  • Visit farmer’s markets – there is still great seasonal produce to be found
  • Geocaching – with vegetation dying down, it makes the geocaches easier to find


Giving Back – Fall is a great time to get involved with your local community. Check in with local nature centers, volunteer websites, and/or other local environmental organizations for volunteering opportunities such as the ones below:

  • Join in local acorn collecting challenges
  • Seed collecting
  • Invasive removal events
  • Bumblebee surveys
  • School supplies drive
  • Winter gear swaps, collections, donations
  • Fleece blanket making/donating (check for needs in hospitals and local shelters or through Project Linus)
  • Volunteer to rake leaves for your neighbor or someone else in need (bonus – use compostable bags!)
  • Donate to a food bank (find one near you here)


Fall Eats/Drinks!

  • Make apple crisp*
  • Drink apple cider!
  • Make pumpkin seeds
  • Get out the warm blankets and enjoy tea or coffee while reading a book
  • Make fall inspired dishes using seasonal produce (see next week’s post!)


Indoor Activities/Other



*I purposefully didn’t link an apple crisp recipe because the one I love is from my grandma, and not online! Check out the recipe below:


  • 4 cups of apples, sliced (peeled, or not. I usually don’t)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • For topping:
    • ¾ cup flour
    • 1 cup sugar
    • ⅓ cup butter

Set oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8×8 pan. Add apples. Sprinkle cinnamon, salt and lemon juice over apples. Pour water into pan.

In a separate bowl, mix together flour and sugar. Add butter (cold) and press with a fork to mix into flour/sugar mixture. Pour topping mixture over top of apples. Note: I have started using sweeter apples and only using half the topping per batch. It is still SUPER good.

Bake in the oven for 40 minutes.


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Daneen Rogers

I’m loving this! Definitely going to try the apple crisp–we’d love it with vanilla ice cream!


Ohh I love Fall!! First of all, beautiful pics! Secondly, this is such a great list – different from all the ones I’ve seen. Third, thanks for sharing the Apple Crisp recipe, I HAVE to try it! Thanks for sharing 🙂


Herlina Kwee

I love Fall hike. The gorgeous colors, the sound of the crunching leaves as we step on them and the cooler weather. Don’t forget to check out the pig races if you visit an apple farm 🙂


Great suggestions. I will try the apple crisp. Just got some apples from upstate NY


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