Outdoor Activities for Your Fall Bucket List

family in pumpkin patch

It’s officially autumn, and although hot summer days basking in the sun are behind us, there are still plenty of fun outdoor activities the fall season has to offer! Whether you are an outdoor adventurer, a food lover, a photographer, or simply looking for things to keep your children entertained, there’s a festive fall activity for everyone.

Here are a few outdoor activities to add to your fall bucket list this season!

Fall Foliage Drive

Pack up your whole family and spend a few hours driving through the fall foliage on long country roads or through the mountains. It’s a perfect opportunity to get some amazing photos and enjoy the vibrant colors of the changing leaves that only happens in autumn.

Apple Picking

Take a day trip to pick your very own apples. There are pick-your-own farms all across the US, and many offer other fun fall activities and tasty treats while you’re there. You’ll get a basket to store all your precious fruit, and you can usually explore the orchard by yourself, climbing into the trees on ladders to choose which apples you want to bring home with you.

You can create many recipes with freshly picked apples, from pies and strudels to sauces and spreads. Spend the day with your friends or family experimenting with festive recipes.

Corn Maze

Corn mazes are for all ages! Classic corn mazes are great for kids and families, but you can also find much more difficult corn mazes that are appropriate for teens and adults. Head to a fall corn maze with friends and celebrate its completion with a trip to a local brewery afterward for some festive spirits!

Pumpkin Patch

There’s nothing like picking out the perfect pumpkin to carve for Halloween. Take a day trip with your loved ones to a rural pumpkin patch within your area. You might even get lucky and get a chance to enjoy a hayride or feed some farm animals while you’re there.

If you want to kick the fall festivities up a notch, Maine is a beautiful place to visit during autumn! Maine is known for its gorgeous fall foliage, with plenty of activities and festivals happening during this magical time of year.

If you’re planning your trip, don’t forget to stay at Sands by the Sea. Our locally owned motel is conveniently located a short distance away from some of Maine’s most popular attractions.

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Fun Fall Activities When Visiting York Beach, ME

Group of Pumpkins in Fall Folliage

If you’re traveling to York Beach, ME this fall and are looking for fun fall activities that the whole family will enjoy, there will be no shortage of options to choose from.

From the annual York Harvestfest at Short Sands Beach to the Lighting of the Pumpkins in Old York, visiting the Museum of Old York and more, you’ll be sure to have a great time enjoying a variety of seasonal activities with your family.

There’s nothing quite like a fall trip to Maine, so make sure to book your trip today to enjoy these exciting activities and more.

York Harvestfest

The 36th Annual York Harvestfest is upon us and will be held at Short Sands Beach on Saturday October 16 from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

This is a free festival that features live music, local food vendors, old-fashioned market vendors and more. There is also an accompanying Kidsfest that will have storytelling, interactive activities, face painting and more.

These events will go on rain or shine. For more information, be sure to visit the York Region Chamber of Commerce site.

Lighting of the Pumpkins

If you’re planning on traveling to York Beach this Halloween, you won’t want to miss the Lighting of the Pumpkins and Trick-or-Treat being held on Saturday, October 30 at the Old York Museum Center.

This is a free event running from 3:30pm to 6:00pm where you will experience Halloween in 18th-century style. Trick-or-treating will be taking place in several of Old York’s historic buildings where ghosts of Halloweens past will hand out candy to those who dare.

The Lighting of the Pumpkins will take place at the Old Burying Ground in York Village at 5:00pm. Children are encouraged to bring a pumpkin to the burying ground where they will be lit to create a spooky illumination.

For further information, make sure to check the Old York Historical Society site.

Museums of Old York

As mentioned above, Old York is home to several historical buildings. If you wish to explore these while you’re in town they are well worth the time.

There are both guided and self-guided tours available for these buildings that include the Remick Barn Visitors Center, Jefferds’ Tavern, the 1719 Old Gaol (jail), the 18th century Emerson-Wilcox House, the deconstructed Ramsdell House, the Colonial Revival Elizabeth Perkins House and gardens, the Old School House, the John Hancock Warehouse, as well as an art gallery and genealogy library.

Who knows, you may even see the friendly white lady, who has been known to “visit” the museum this time of year.

If you’re planning a trip to York Beach, ME this fall and are looking for a spacious and affordable motel along the waterfront, we ask that you choose us at Sands by the Sea.

Offering over 60 spacious rooms, as well as suites, luxury suites and vacation cottages, we have everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Call us today at 207-363-2211 to learn more.