Fall in Virginia: it's one of my favorite times of year. That's why I created a bucket list for those of us who want to celebrate the fall season to the fullest! Below are 15 must-do activities for every Virginian. Enjoy! :)
1. Go to a Pumpkin Patch
When people think of fall, they think of pumpkins. Picking pumpkins, carving pumpkins, making pumpkin pie: they're all fun activities that begin with going to a pumpkin patch! Here is a list of pumpkin patches in Virginia.
2. Try a Corn Maze
If you're the adventurous type, going to a corn maze will be the perfect fall activity for you. And if you're brave, try a haunted corn maze after dark! Click here for a list of Virginia corn mazes.
There is no better way to get in the fall mood than to decorate. Dress up your front porch with scare crows, fall flowers, carved pumpkins and a wreath! If you're looking to purchase fall decor, try Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Target or Pier 1. If you're looking for affordable options, going antiquing is a great way to find seasonal decorations.
4. Go to a Football Game
Whether it be at a local high school or Division I college, going to a football game is essential. Being a Virginia Tech student, I can't help but recommend Hokie football. :)
5. Purchase Fall Candles
This one is all about the ambience. Candles add a soft, relaxing light to any room whilst giving off a delicious scent. If you really want to get into the fall mood, candles are a must!
My favorite fall candles are from Yankee Candle and Bath & Body Works.
6. Shop at a Farmers Market
Farmers markets have all the best seasonal goods. Whether you're looking for fresh produce, baked goods, local art, crafts, entertainment (or really anything fall-related), you won't be sorry you visited a farmers market. They hold a sense of authenticity that's priceless!
To find a farmers market near you, check out this list. My favorite is the Harrisonburg Farmers Market near my hometown!
7. Attempt a Haunted House or Trail
If you're feeling daring, try a haunted destination. This website, Virginia Haunted Houses, lists almost every haunted and Halloween-themed attraction in Virginia. You can search by county or city, so it's easy to find one that's close by.
8. Dress up for Halloween
You're never too old for Halloween. In fact, Halloween in college is a blast! If you're not the party type, consider throwing a small get-together with friends. Dress up, watch spooky movies and eat Halloween treats! A night in on Halloween is just as fun as a night out. :)
Personally, I love Halloween costumes that require a fun makeup look. Check out the one below!
9. Stop by a Fall Festival
Virginia is packed full of fall festivals. These festivals can be based on food, wine, beer, music, etc. Here is the best comprehensive list I can find; however, searching for festivals near your hometown will be the most effective!
10. Go on a Hayride
Often times, pumpkin patches and apple orchards offer hayrides. This is a classic, feel-good fall activity!
11. Hike to See Fall Foliage
Nothing compare to a view of the mountains when the leaves change. Fall in Virginia is breathtaking. That's why a fall hike is essential! Here is a list of the best hiking spots in Virginia.
12. Visit an Apple Orchard
Fall is apple season, and that means apple picking! My favorite orchard, Showalter’s Orchard and Greenhouse, has not only the best apples but the best apple cider, too.
To find an apple orchard near you, check out this list. And if you really love apples, consider following the Apple Trail in Winchester.
13. Celebrate Thanksgiving
Celebrating Thanksgiving is a tradition, and in my family, fall isn't complete without it. When November rolls around, don't forget to spend time with family and eat, eat, eat!
14. Do a Fall Craft
If you're the creative type, fall crafts are everything. Knitting scarves, painting mason jars, constructing wreaths: it puts you in the season's mood. This article includes over 20 fall craft ideas for those of you who are ready to get started!
15. Take a Scenic Drive
Lastly, Virginia natives know a scenic drive is mandatory during the fall season. You can't resist! Rolling through the Shenandoah National Park with the windows down and the music up: I can't think of anything better.
Click here to read about all the best scenic drives in Virginia.
Thanks for reading! Don't forget to comment below with your favorite fall activity. :)