17 Best Fall Activities for Families in Atlanta
We’re knee-deep into pumpkin, corn and apple season, and there is still so much going on. If you’re anything like I am, you love a good old-fashioned fall to-do list to make sure you don’t miss anything. Go ahead and consider this your fall bucket list. Print it out and check ‘em off. You can do it. Chances are you and your family are going to have a veritable cornucopia of fun getting out and seeing Atlanta in the fall.
1. Fall festivals
Music, arts and crafts, beer. Atlanta is full of can’t-miss fall festivals. For year-around fun, check out these family festivals for kids in Atlanta.
2. Go apple picking
Visit one of these three nearby orchards. Drink apple cider and bring home your favorite apple baked goods. Hillcrest Orchards hosts the Apple Pickin’ Jubilee on fall weekends Sept. 8 through Oct. 28, 2018. In addition to apple picking, enjoy a petting zoo, wagon rides, festival food and more.
3. Go pumpkin patching
Pick the perfect pumpkin. Most local pumpkin patches offer hayrides and yummy pumpkin-flavored goods.
4. See beautiful fall foliage
Take a day trip to North Georgia and zip line through the trees with North Georgia Canopy Tours or take a tour on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. If you’re sticking around town, here is where to find fall color in Atlanta.
5. Navigate through a corn maze
There are several local farms with a corn maze, where you can also enjoy a hayride, popcorn pillow jump, corn box, pony rides and more. You can also head to Watkinsville and visit Washington Farms for a Peanuts-themed maze. If you make it out to Hillcrest for apple picking or North Georgia for fall foliage (and Burt’s Pumpkin Patch), check out Lee Anderson’s or Buck’s Corn Maze. Check the websites — a few of these locations host haunted mazes at night.
6. Catch a sports game
Soccer, basketball, football and more. Enjoy some of the must-see sporting events taking place across the city this autumn.
7. Have a family photo session
It’s time to start thinking about holiday cards and your annual family photos. Here are six beautiful fall photo locations in Atlanta.
8. Go for a hike
Take in the crisp, cool air and admire all that autumn has to offer at Chattahoochee Nature Center.
9. Trick-or-Treat at a top Atlanta Attraction
Kids will love dressing up and trick-or-treating at one of these top Atlanta locations.
One word — Football. Tailgate and root for your favorite collegiate team, see the Atlanta Falcons play in Mercedes-Benz stadium and be sure to visit the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame.
11. Go camping
Go camping or have a memorable sleepover experience at one of these Atlanta locations.
12. Visit Atlanta’s oldest cemetery
Here are five reasons to visit Historic Oakland Cemetery. Another great reason to visit is Oakland’s festive events. Fall favorites include Sunday in the Park at Oakland, Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours, The Harvest Hunt (a post-Thanksgiving self-guided scavenger hunt), A Victorian Holiday at Oakland Cemetery and more.
13. Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)
Day of the Dead is free admission day at Atlanta History Center. Visitors of all ages can experience a Day of the Dead Festival with storytelling, crafts, Mexican food and entertainment. View a display of altars honoring lost family and friends that are decorated with flowers, favorite foods and beverages. Refreshments available for purchase.
14. National Pumpkin Destruction Day
Did you know this was a thing? So fun. Take a day trip to The Rock Ranch on Nov. 3. Guests are invited to smash pumpkins in every way imaginable. Bring your own pumpkin to recycle through fun methods such as the pumpkin cannon, pumpkin bowling, the hammer smash and the 40-foot crane pumpkin drop. You can even pay to ride in a monster truck. There will be monster trucks crushing pumpkins (and cars), pumpkin archery, reverse pumpkin darts and more. Admission is $15 and can be purchased online.
15. Run for a good cause
Run for a good cause and get ready for that Thanksgiving turkey. The entire family can run (or walk) in the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon and 5K at Georgia State Stadium to benefit the Atlanta Mission. Bring clothes you wish to donate to the mission. Here are more things to do on Thanksgiving Day.
16. Enjoy Christmas Classics
Before we know it, we’ll be decking the halls and listening to our favorite Christmas albums on repeat. Christmas classics will soon be on display on Atlanta’s favorite stages. Be sure to reserve tickets early for these popular performances — “A Christmas Carol” at Alliance Theatre; “The Nutcracker” at Fox Theatre; and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Visit our Christmas page for more holiday events to attend this fall.
17. Budget-friendly family fun
Looking for budget-friendly fun? Here are 20 things to do in Atlanta this fall for less than $20.
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