Fun Fall Activities

September 8, 2015

The air is turning cooler and crisper and the leaves are beginning to show some color.  This is such a great season to get outdoors and soak up some nature all around us!  Here are some great ideas for place to visit with your child that may be wonderful places to practice social skills as well as just enjoy a relaxing day outdoors!

Apple picking – Great for gross and fine motor control as well as some practice with social skills.  Here are some local favorites in the Boston area:

  • Honey Pot Hill  138 Sudbury Road  Stow, MA 01775  (978) 562-5666 – This local favorite is just 27 miles outside of Boston and offers not only apple picking but also hayrides, hedge mazes or tunnel mazes.
  • Russell Orchards  143 Argilla Rd.  Ipswich, MA 01938  (978) 356-5366 – This family owned farm on the north shore has all sorts of fun activities as well as  apple picking.  Enjoy hayrides, farm animals, live music and cider donuts that are too die for.
  • Smolak Farms 315 South Bradford St. North Andover, MA 01845 (978) 687-4029 – Smolak is a 300-year-old, family owned farm that sits on 160 acres and is located 30 miles north of Boston. Farm animals, playgrounds and amazing fresh-baked goods are the highlight of this local farm.

Leaf Peeping – A quiet activity that can get our out for some exercise as well as some great views.  There is no need to go for a long drive to the mountains when the Boston area bosts some great coloring all around.  Two areas that you may want to check out are the Arnold Arboretum and the Charles River Walk to get some spectacular views.

Corn Mazes and traditional Fall fair – Getting lost can sometimes be fun when you have a map or a trail guide to take you through a fun fall corn maze.  The north shore hosts some of the best local corn mazes at Marnini Farm on Linebrook Road in Ipswich or Connors Farm on Locust Street in Danvers.  Bring your sneakers and a sense of adventure for a walk through a man made corn maze.

Rail Trails – If biking, walking or hiking are your thing, check out some of the local rail trails that bring you through swamplands, forests and even cities all along the eastern part of Massachusetts.  Check out this list of local Rail Trails in your area .