Fall Activities in the United States
Go apple picking
Under a blue sky in golden fall sunlight, pluck an apple from a tree and crunch right into it – sweet, sour, and delicious. Find a u-pick apple orchard near you in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont.
See the leaves change
In September and October, the leaves put on a spectacular show as they change color from green to red, yellow, orange, and magenta in most parts of the United States. Learn more about why leaves change color and find the best places to witness this annual event here.
Complete a corn maze
If you’re looking for something fun to do during the week or weekend, a corn maze is a great way to get outside and enjoy the New England fall weather. Check out Connors Farm in Danvers, MA and see if you can complete this year’s 7 acre maze! Find a corn maze near you.
Leading up to Halloween (Oct. 31st), Americans carve pumpkins and light them with candles. On Halloween, you’ll find many American children dressed in costumes, going to houses in their neighborhood and collecting candy from each. This tradition is called trick-or-treating.
Meet Charlie Brown
See the classic American television cartoon, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, about a group of kids living through the horrors of Halloween. On or near Oct. 31 look for a free showing of this television special on television on ABC, or watch it anytime through iTunes or Amazon.
Go to a fall festival
Fall festivals give you a taste of local culture and community pride. At the Fall Festival and Avocado Showcase in Devine, Texas, see something new at the avocado cooking competition. At the Louisiana Pecan Harvest Festival enjoy a parade, Queen’s Ball, fireworks, live music and contests. Find a Fall Festival near you.
Honor service members on Veterans Day
November 11 is observed annually as Veterans Day, honoring all of the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Pay your respects by attending a Veterans Day parade in your state; find locations here.
Eat apple pie
Apple pie is always a treat, but it’s best when the apples are in season. Watch this video to see how this iconic American dessert is made. Try making one yourself, or order a slice from a restaurant or bakery. If anyone asks, go for it à la mode (that’s with ice cream on top).
Give thanks on Thanksgiving
On November 26, gather with friends at a home or restaurant, express your thanks for what’s good in life, and eat a fabulous meal together. The traditional American Thanksgiving feast includes roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, and pumpkin pie. Make reservations at a restaurant near you at Open Table.
Go to a football game
Fall means football season - American football that is. Catch a game in person at a local high school or university, or see the professionals play in the National Football League (NFL). Many NFL football games are played on Sundays, so don’t be surprised to see Americans wearing their team jerseys and gathering around the TV with family and friends to cheer for their teams.
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