The fall fun doesn’t have to end after Halloween night is done. There are plenty of fun outdoor activities to do, and you can take advantage of the brisk but sunny weather to enjoy what’s left of the season. Once winter sets in and snow starts falling, you might feel a bit cooped up, so explore the local nature trails and apple orchards with your family and loved ones! Don’t miss out on the best outdoor activities November has to offer.
1. Walk when you can
There’s something refreshing about taking a walk, whether it’s your daily commute or your lunch break, or just something to do for fun. According to a study at the University of Rochester, being outdoors for just 20 minutes a day is enough to significantly boost your vitality levels. Once the weather gets too cold, most people will instead prefer to stay indoors even more, and being cooped up for the whole winter can lower your overall fitness and health. Breathe in some fresh air when you can, whether that’s at an outdoor mall, or in a nature park. If possible, opt for walking to work or out to lunch one day. Your body might just thank you for it!
2. Bug catching
Admittedly, this activity isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But if you have younger children who love exploring nature, it’s the perfect season for ladybugs, one of nature’s friendliest looking insects. This is the perfect opportunity to teach your child about ladybugs and the great outdoors, and maybe even catch one or two for closer observation. Just remember to let them loose outside after your science lesson! (And if you would prefer to stay as far away from all bugs as possible, you can always curl up with a hot cup of apple cider and just read The Grouchy Ladybug out loud to your child.)
3. Outdoor sports
If you are the kind of person who loves getting out on the field and playing every kind of sports with your friends, schedule a few scrimmages when you get a chance. There are still a few good weeks left for a brisk day outdoors before snow starts blanketing the field. Even if you have to bundle up a little more, get your games in while you still can. Once it becomes too cold and snowy to get out there, it will be another two to three months before the field thaws out again.
4. Apple picking
Depending on where you live, the local apple orchards may be near the end of their season! Before they close for the fall, get in a trip to the apple orchard and hand-pick your own bushel for Thanksgiving dinner. You can make a whole menu out of apples, from dessert pies, tarts and sauces, to savory seasonings and cider. Think of how much better those recipes will taste when you know that you handpicked those apples yourself with your own hard work. You can also make a day trip out of apple picking and invite a few friends and family members!
Schottenstein Real Estate Group contributed content to this article. SRE Group, an apartment leader in the Midwest, has the following properties: Mason Grand, Grand at Polaris, Grand at Florence, Grove City Summit and Parkway Village.