Explore options for fall family fun

Enjoy visiting a cider mill with your family this fall!

Family fun must include a trip to a local orchard or farm. Eating fresh produce straight from the tree or from the Earth is incredible and the perfect photo op! Visiting your local pumpkin patch is just the beginning. From picking the first asparagus stalk in the spring to plucking the last apple in fall, this is a family tradition sure to become a favorite.

Cider mills are a fall favorite. Get lost in Uncle John’s Cider Mill corn maze or straw bale maze and enjoy their apple slingshot!  At Eagle Mills Cider Mill & Family Park, kids can have a blast on the Screaming Eagle Slide, on the pedal cart track and climb on the play train. And they are both true cider mills where you can watch them make cider the old fashioned way. Come hungry because their country bakeries are the best.

A fall trip to one of our National Parks is a priceless treasure to share with our kids. Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park is breathtaking or discover where Capt. John Smith of Pocahontas fame mapped and explored the Chesapeake Bay. Don’t forget a free entrance day is coming up, Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

PickYourOwn.org is a fantastic site where you can find up-to-date information about farms literally around the world. We’re a family on the go and wherever we land we can jump on this site and find local farms to visit. Blake’s site even teaches you how to can the produce you bring home. So far our favorite has been doing farm chores at Wheeler Historic Farm in Salt Lake City. Thanks Blake!

Garage sales are still going strong, too. Take a look around Chicago, for example, for estate sales and group yard sales. Kids can choose items that can be donated as holiday gifts for those in need.

Fall outings are the perfect way to give our kids firsthand experience with how and where our food is grown. Grab your sweater, camera and the kids and head out to an orchard or farm and have some fun.

What is your favorite fall family activity?