It’s finally fall. Sure, the first day of the season was weeks ago, but we’re finally feeling it in Atlanta. I’m not sure about you but autumn is my favorite time of the year. It’s not the pumpkin spice lattes (although those don’t hurt). It’s all the little things-cooler mornings, crisp air, the changing colors of fall leaves, hot cocoa or cider on the deck, pumpkins everywhere, apple picking and that gorgeous golden light. If you’re like my family you’re going to love this list of where to find fall fun Atlanta. We've got apple picking, pumpkins, football and more.
Georgia is known for apples, with around 22 different varieties to be found within its borders. Many orchards have taken advantage of the apple's popularity by opening up for apple picking outings and a “day in the country.” A great way to check out all the apple goodness North Georgia has to offer is by hitting up the annual Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay, Ga.
It's a rite of autumn, especially if you have kids. Georgia is rife with beautiful pumpkin patches-from simple to extravagant. Check out this amazing Pumpkin Patch at Yule Forest, one of the few places you can pick your pumpkin straight off the vine. In addition,the Patch offers tons of other family-friendly activities so you can make an afternoon of it.
We are lucky to see a great variety of fall color right here in the Atlanta area. Check out where to find fall color in Atlanta for some great tips on places to see the most color in the metro area.
We all know that Atlanta is a football kinda town. Head out for an Atlanta Falcons game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, tailgate and root for your favorite collegiate team, and be sure to visit the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame.
Atlanta and its surrounding neighborhoods offer a plethora of festivals year around and fall is no different. Some of our favorites are Little 5 Points Halloween Festival & Parade, Taste of Atlanta and the Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park, but there are fall festivals to suit everyone in he family.
Corn mazes abound in Georgia, and many can be found within a short drive of Atlanta. From tame mazes for timid kids to spooky haunted mazes for the daredevils in the family, hitting up a corn maze or two is a rite of autumn fun. Some of our faves: Buford’s, Uncle Schuck’s and Copper Creek Farm.
Fall is the perfect time (and weather) to hit the trails. Bonus? Tons of fall color. Here are 7 hikes with amazing views (within 3 hours of Atlanta), but if you’re looking for something a little tamer, one of these 10 best easy hikes in the Atlanta metro area might be right up your alley.
Escape rooms continue to be a fun and exciting way for families and teens to spend a few hours problem-solving together, and Atlanta is fortunate to house some thrilling ones with exciting themes for the holidays. Check out Netherworld Haunted House escape rooms, Escape the Game Atlanta and Escape the Room Atlanta.
One of the highlights of fall is Halloween, and Atlanta is chock-full of Halloween events from tame to frightful. Check our Big Boo tab for the latest, spookiest and scariest Halloween events in the city.
Close on the heels of Halloween is Thanksgiving, and while many of us celebrate with family or friends, the ways we do it are varied. Want to run a half marathon? You can at the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, along with a 5K and Mile Dash. Or maybe you’re looking for opportunities to volunteer this holiday? We’ve got you covered. Of course no Thanksgiving weekend would be complete without at least a little shopping, am I right? Here’s some tips for Black Friday shopping in Atlanta.
Get Ready for Christmas
Yep, it’s coming-Christmas. And while technically it may be in winter we know preparations are being made. Check out our list of fun holiday activities for kids.
As always, stay up to date on what’s happening today in Atlanta, with our calendar of events.
Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the family travel and lifestyle blogger behind Love, Joleen.