The Seasons They Are A Changin’

Who doesn’t love fall? It’s such a pretty time of year and there are so many things to do as you’ll see in the list below. Take in the stunning Tow Path, go apple picking, make caramel apples, take a fall drive, visit a farm, walk through a huge sunflower field, find a pumpkin patch or just stay home and have a blast in those colorful piles of leaves. Love it!!

Today marks the beginning of one of my favorite seasons – fall.  (here in NE Ohio I actually have four favorite seasons).  It’s when the air shifts, the temperature begins to slide, and the landscape explodes with vibrant colors of red, yellow and orange.  As the leaves begin to drop, (like the many footballs out of the hands of my beloved Browns receivers), I always think back to the fun times I had raking up the big piles of leaves in my yard both as a kid and later with Jackie and the girls.  It would always amaze me that these piles of leaves would then somehow end up all over my family.  To this day I can’t figure out what could have happened, especially after we would rake them up into neat piles, and it would happen all over again. Arborists (plant experts!) say the plants and trees are slowing down as the sunlight decreases. In the garden, asters and chrysanthemums bloom beautifully, orange pumpkins abound, surrounded by funky gourds of all kinds and shapes.  Tribe baseball is hitting the homestretch for another run at the World Series, while football season is just warming up.  To celebrate, I went online to see if I could find a nice “top 20” list (with links) of great things to do, both inside and outdoors (thanks to northeastohiofamilyfun.com).  So, throw on that sweater, lace up the boots and get outside for some really fun adventures.  And of course, send me photos I can share with the group.

  1. Pick Apples at a Local Apple Orchard
  2. Consider making Caramel Apples or Crockpot Applesauce. (Jackie’s is the best!)
  3. Visit Stearns Homestead Farmor Mill Creek Metroparks Farm where admission is always FREE and they often have many great events.
  4. Browse through the list of over 40 area Pumpkin Farms, Corn Mazes & Hayrides
  5. Observe the changing leaves during one of the Northeast Ohio Fall Foliage Driving Tours
  6. Enjoy the fun at an annual Fall Festival with pumpkin carving contests, s’mores, caramel apples and more.
  7. Head to Cedar Point for their Kids Friendly Halloweekends
  8. Go walk through the HUGE Sunflower Field in Avon. It’s simply beautiful!
  9. See the animals at the Cleveland ZooAkron Zooor Cleveland Aquarium at any time.
  10. Go for an adventure to the Canopy Walk and Tower at the Holden Arboretum. The fall colors will be beautiful!
  11. Go down the HUGE slide at Secrest Arboretum, tour Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens or
  12. Grab your smart phone, download the free geocaching app and head out on a Geocaching scavenger hunt.
  13. Get in FREE at many area museums during FREE Museum Admission Day.
  14. Try hands on science fun at Great Lakes Science Center, the FREE Cleveland Money Museumor visit one of the many other local Museums & Science Centers
  15. Hike to the Waterfall in Akron at the Gorge part of Summit County Metroparks or visit one (or more) of the Best Waterfalls in Northeast Ohio
  16. Hike the trails at a State or Metropark, you can even participate in the Summit Metroparks Fall Hiking Spree 
  17. Get out your bikes and take a Family Bike Ride On the Towpath Trail. Don’t have a bike or a way to get your bikes to the trail? Consider renting bicycles
  18. Take your dog to one of the area Dog Parks
  19. Do Science Experiments at Home
  20. Take a tour of Harry London’s Chocolate Factory, learn how chocolate is made and get some free samples too!
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