As the summer season winds to a close, it’s time to start thinking about your next fall adventure. We can practically smell the pumpkin spice in the air and see the beautiful foliage now. Autumn truly is one of the best times of year to live in Central Ohio, so we’ve compiled a list of some outdoor (and inexpensive) activities to try. No time like the present to get outside - you never know what this Ohio weather will bring.
Apple picking: Just off S.R. 161 in Pataskala, Ohio lies Lynd Fruit Farm, currently in its 8th generation of apple farmers. It’s easy to see how the family business has thrived over so many years - the farm and surrounding area is the perfect spot for some quality outdoor recreation, including a corn maze and wagon rides. You can even stop and pick your own apples Friday-Sunday from 9-6pm. Don’t wait too long, though. Lynd’s is a popular place and apple varieties disappear quickly.
Pumpkin patches: Can’t have a fall to-do list without pumpkins. It wouldn’t be right. Word on the street has it that one of the best pumpkin patches in the state can be found north of Columbus in Ostrander, Ohio at Leed Farms. The farm offers about 20 acres of pumpkins, gourds, and squash, so if you’re looking to own the biggest carving jack-o-lantern on the block or a fun-sized pumpkin for every room of your house, they’ve got it for you. During peak season (September 23-October 29), Leed Farms is open Saturday & Sunday only from 10am-5pm.
Walks and hikes: That seems easy enough, right? Here in Columbus, it certainly is. Central Ohio has 16 Metro Parks with over 175 miles of trails ranging from easy strolls to demanding hikes. Add to that the crisp scent of the season, colorful leaves, and brisk autumnal air and you have everything you need to feel refreshed and energized. While you’re looking into the Metro Parks, watch for upcoming programs and events. They typically host everything from informational classes to nature talks, group hikes and more.
Local Memberships: If you don’t already belong to COSI, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium or The Franklin Park Conservatory (to name a few), now’s a pretty good time to start. Each of them offer special programs, seasonal activities, or one-time events to help usher in the fall weather. Sometimes, you can even find discounts or special pricing based on the season. One obvious call-out is Boo at the Zoo. Held on select weekends in October, this popular seasonal event should go on your must-see list. Say hi to Jack Hanna for us!
With a week or so left of summer, you have some time remaining to plan your fall festivities. What are some of your favorites? Where do you go each year to celebrate the start of Autumn? Feel free to share your moments and experiences with us on Instagram or Facebook @lifestylecommunities.