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8 Fall Family Field Trip Ideas!

September 4, 2020

Fall Family Field Trip ideas

With the kiddos at home doing virtual learning in most areas of the country, I thought it would be fun to brainstorm a list of fun Fall Family Field Trip ideas – that families can do this Fall!

1. Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Of course this is a classic Fall outing for most families. But some of us with older kiddos tend to forget about this fun activity. The big kids might complain, but you know in the end they will have fun! Check your area for local pumpkin patches and please maintain social distancing and wear those masks when around other people!

Fall Family Field Trip ideas - Pumpkin patch

2. Drive through the country to see the leave turning colors!

This is a totally safe activity since you don’t really need to leave the car! Find a country road with a lot of trees and take a drive. There is a drive out to the wine country near St. Louis that is absolutely amazing in the Fall!!

Fall Family Field Trip ideas - Fall leaves on a country road

It could also just be a street in your community that has a row of trees turning – like this path next to my kid’s preschool back in Seattle! Yes that’s little Olive oh so many years ago.

Fall Family Field Trip ideas - Fall leaves

3. Fishing at a lake or pond

We recently took the kids fishing for the first time and they loved it! Granted they are expert fisherpeople in Animal Crossing – but catching that one fish in real life was pretty exciting! Find a local pond or lake, buy or borrow a pole and have fun! You will figure it out! We did!

Fall Family Field Trip ideas - Fishing

4. Drive through Wildlife Safari or Nature Preserve

We went to an amazing drive through Wildlife Safari this summer in Nebraska – we saw so many animals! It’s worth it if you have something like this within a few hours of you! A quick google search should tell you if you do. Locally in the St. Louis area there is a drive through park that is smaller but still with pretty scenery and animals to spot!

Fall Family Field Trip ideas - Drive through wildlife safari

5. Apple Picking

Or another fruit or nut, depending on where you live! When we lived in Washington – Fall is for pumpkins and apples! We took the kids apple picking when they were 2 and 4 – and oh so fun! We need to do it again!

6. Stargazing

This is something my husband and I used to love to do pre-kids. There have been a few evenings when he has gotten the telescope out to show the kids a planet or bright star. But I really want to drive out to the country away from the lights and see all the stars! It’s on our Fall to do list!

Fall Family Field Trip ideas - Stargazing

7. Firefly (or Butterfly) hunt

For those of you on the West coast I know fireflies don’t exist there, sadly! But you could go on a butterfly hunt or even do some bird watching. But if you ever get to an area where fireflies live – please do yourself a favor and find them. Ah-mazing!!

Fall Family Field Trip ideas - Fireflies

8. Picnic at a Park (or in the backyard)

Picnics are always fun – and with the weather cooling off in the Midwest, you might actually be able to comfortably eat outside again. In the Northwest, the Fall (September especially) is usually still beautiful weather. So take advantage of it – pack a picnic and take a lunch break with the kiddos – even if its just in your back yard! And maybe let them jump in a leaf pile after!

Fall Family Field Trip ideas - picnic playing in leaves

Hope this list of Fall Family Field Trip Ideas spark something for you and you add a few to your families adventures this Fall! Stay Safe!

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