17 Best Fall Activities for Families in Atlanta

Get out and about with the family at these fall events in and around Atlanta
  • You could just chew on a leaf this fall.
    You could just chew on a leaf this fall.
  • Check out the foliage in North Georgia or in Atlanta.
    Check out the foliage in North Georgia or in Atlanta.
  • An apple a day. . .
    An apple a day. . .
  • Fun, scenic corn mazes are just a short drive away.
    Fun, scenic corn mazes are just a short drive away.

This blog post was updated in Sept. 2017.

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 the entire family. 

  2. Go apple picking at 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 through October. In addition to apple picking, enjoy a petting zoo, wagon rides, festival food and more.

  3. Go Pumpkin Patching. It's not too late to 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. On weekends in November, paddle along the river at Chattahoochee Nature Center during the Fall Colors River Tour. The canoe trip will take place Nov. 4, and will be the final opportunity to paddle with CNC until April 2018. 

  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. Here are 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. For spooktacular nighttime fun, CNC is hosting Halloween Hikes on Oct. 20, 21, 28 and 29. 

  9. Go camping at Stone Mountain Park. There are tent and RV campground sites available as well as Yurts you can rent. In addition to your stay, you can take advantage of a special golfing rate or Adventure pass. Here are four fantastic fall events and reasons to visit Stone Mountain, including the Pumpkin Festival and A Tour of Southern Ghosts. 

  10. Trick-or-treat at one of these top Atlanta Locations.  

  11. One word -- Football.  Tailgate and root for your favorite collegiate team, see the Atlanta Falcons play in the new Mercedes-Benz stadium and be sure to visit the College Football Hall of Fame

  12. Lace up your sneakers.for October walks and runs in Atlanta.

  13. 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 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.  

  14. Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos). Oct. 30 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. 

  15. National Pumpkin Destruction Day. Did you know this was a thing? So fun. Take a day trip to The Rock Ranch on Nov. 5. 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. 

  16. 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 (formerly Turner Field) to benefit the Atlanta Mission. Bring clothes you wish to donate to the mission. Here are more things to do on Thanksgiving Day

  17. 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. 

Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their young son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the professional photographer behind Joleen Pete Photography and family blogger behind Love, Joleen.

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