Your Fall Bucket List: 25 Things to Do This Season

25 Things to Do This Fall


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Fall is upon us, and you know what that means: cooler (but not too cold) temps, apple and pumpkin everything, fall foliage showing off, and so many excuses to cancel your plans and lounge in your leggings, preferably with a fall-scented candle going. It's time to embrace all that autumn has to offer before the rush of the holiday season and before it gets too cold that you're in hibernation mode until spring. Need some ideas for your to-do list? We have some right here.

1. Eat Everything That's in Season
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If you need permission to go overboard with pumpkin, butternut squash, apples, and brussels sprouts, well, here it is. Enjoy nature's bounty—bonus points because it can be so good for you and it's just so damn delicious. If you have a farmers market near you, head over there to stock up on fall produce. It's a guaranteed way to make sure you're getting everything super fresh.

2. Make a Fall Latte

It's okay—it doesn't have to be pumpkin spice. (Personal disclaimer: I've never been on the PSL train anyway.) What about a golden latte, chai tea, or something maple-flavored?

3. Preserve Something to Enjoy for Winter

Speaking of those fall fruits, why not preserve some of them to eat later on? You can thank yourself in winter when you're enjoying an autumnal jam with your cheese board. The OG mason-jar brand Ball has some helpful tips for canning if you're getting started.

4. Bake a Fall Treat
Apple Crumble


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Or if you prefer savory dishes, might we suggest a soup or casserole? The bottom line is fall is a great time to get in the kitchen. (Yes, even if you're a novice cook.) Your friends will be impressed.

5. Drink Some Apple Cider
Apple Cider


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I mean this is just the classic thing to do this season. If you make it at home, add some cloves and cinnamon sticks. We won't judge if you make it spiked. 

6. Go Apple Picking
Apple Picking


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Get your friends together and plan a day out. This can come in handy if you're planning on doing number three and four on this list. Plus, there are always apple cider donuts to be eaten at most orchards. And don't even get us started on the Instagram ops.

7. Take in the Scenery
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The foliage is just gorgeous this time of year. Take a drive around and do some leaf peeping. Or head to your favorite park for a picturesque walk. And if you're the crafty type, gather some fall leaves for some DIY décor.

8. Carve a Pumpkin
Pumpkin Picking


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Get in the Halloween spirit with some good ol' pumpkin carving. Save the pumpkin seeds to bake and snack on—they're loaded with zinc, which has a lot of benefits, one being it helps with skin repair and wound healing.

9. Visit a Botanical Garden
Walking in Botanical Garden


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Or any kind of outdoor venue before it gets too cold. This is the best time of year to do it, too, because the weather is perfect for exploring outdoors.

10. Go Through a Corn Maze or Haunted House
Corn Maze


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When was the last time you went to one of these? It might be cheesy, but you can't deny they're fun!

11. Have Friends Over for a Fall Feast
Fall Dinner


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What better way to enjoy the season's best foods by doing it with friends? I always prefer dining in a big group because you can make (and eat) a variety of dishes without the risk of having too many leftovers. Have a fall potluck, and if you live in warmer climates, plan one last picnic or outdoor meal.

12. Cozy Up by the Fire
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If you're lucky to have a fireplace (or have friends that do), get ready for some prime fireside lounging. Outdoor firepits are a bonus. Or you could google restaurants or bars with outdoor firepits and make a reservation. Whatever it takes, really.

13. Take a Hike


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And it doesn't have to be the advanced trail. Get outdoors and enjoy the crisp air and pretty scenery.

14. Go for a Run
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Not on the treadmill, but outside. In a few months, it might be too cold for your outdoor running routine, so take advantage of it while you can.

15. Get on Your Bike
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Or if running isn't your thing, take your bike out for a spin. You don't have to be an aspiring cyclist to enjoy biking around town (or your local park).

16. Get a Group Together for Sports
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No, we're not talking about gathering at a bar to watch a game. (Although, that's an option too.) Get your friends together to play football, soccer, Frisbee, insert favorite sport here…

17. Sign Up for a Race


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You might not be able to enter the New York City or Chicago marathons at this point in time, but there could be some local races you can still join. Think a 5K or your city's annual turkey trot. Again, the weather is just perfect this time of year, making it easier to run.

18. Plan a Weekend Trip
Fall Trip


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Consider a stress-free, pre-holiday travel trip. Depending on your mood and what kind of vibe you're going for, it can be a R&R vacation at a resort and spa or a touristy trip to a new city.

19. Light Your Favorite Candle and Read a Book

Get a fall-inspired candle and curl up in your favorite chair with one of fall's latest releases. It's the best way to spend a cozy afternoon.

20. Sleep In


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And don't feel guilty about it. Crisp and cool weekend mornings call for some lounging in bed.

21. Open the Windows and Meditate


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Some self-care is always needed, and fresh air can do wonders, so crack open a window the next time you meditate. Or sit outside and close your eyes for some quiet time.

22. Write in Your Journal

If you journal as a form of self-care, it can be helpful to keep the new season in mind to write down any thoughts, goals, or things you're thankful for.

23. Declutter Your Closet

With a new season comes a change in wardrobe. Sort out your summer clothes and donate any that you don't want anymore. Take stock of your fall and winter wear (and bring it out of storage if you do that).

24. Get in the Garden

Or tend to your houseplants if you don't have outdoor space. Fall is a good time to prep your garden for winter and clean up anything from summer.

25. Decorate Your House for Fall

You can go all out with the seasonal décor, or if that's not your style, bring out the cozy blankets and other winter items you put in storage. It's also a good time to check around your space for any repairs that need to be made—like your heater or any filters to keep the air healthy.

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