Summertime for many families means road trips, family reunions, or enjoying the outdoors together. When summer’s over, family togetherness does not have to end. Autumn’s mild weather and shorter days are a wonderful time for a family vacation. Here are 7 fun ideas for you to engage with your children over a fall vacation.
1. Fall Foliage Road Trip
Choose where you want to see the beautiful colors of fall leaves. Have the children track the fall foliage map for peak viewing times. Since National Parks are included on the fall foliage maps, fall could be a good time to see the leaves change colors in a national park. Maybe your family can visit a different national park in the fall each year.
2. Vacation House Rental
Renting a vacation house, beach house, or cabin in the mountains can be fun for the whole family. Depending on the type and location of the rental, the off-season can start in October. Even in September, rental rates may begin to go down. Having a vacation house rental might be easier for families because you’ll have more room to spread out and can cook at the house.
The coolness of fall, the changing colors of the leaves, and the spectacular scenery make a hiking trip a good idea for a fall vacation. Be prepared with the proper clothing for whatever the fall weather might bring. Take lots of pictures of the beautiful outdoors around you, and of your family.
4. Rock Climbing
Rock climbing can start with going to a gym that has a climbing wall. This will help the family become skilled at climbing in a controlled area and help everyone learn proper rock-climbing techniques. Then together you can rock climb in an outdoor environment.
Many people believe that camping brings families closer together. Having limited technology available tends to give families more time to talk and spend the days exploring and learning about nature. There are advantages to being able to sleep in a tent at night without the heat and humidity of summer. Make s’mores, roast fall fruits and vegetables over an open fire, and drink hot chocolate on cooler nights.
6. Whitewater Rafting
Whitewater rafting in the fall can be an exciting adventure. There are fewer rafters in the fall. Take advantage of the slower water flow and more relaxing atmosphere. Select an appropriate skill level and ensure each family member has a life jacket and helmet.
7. Mountain Biking
Fall is one of the best times of the year for mountain biking. There are various biking styles, depending on where you will be biking and your family’s experience and riding skills. Mountain biking is beneficial for both your physical and mental health. The greatest benefit of mountain biking is in sharing an outdoor activity with your family.
Spend as much family time together as you can. Take advantage of milder fall temperatures to enjoy a vacation with your children. Make it an annual event. Your fall vacation can be time spent together that the whole family will always remember.