For much of the United States, temperatures are starting to come down from their summer highs, making outdoor activities much more comfortable than they were even a few weeks ago. With COVID-19 precautions in place, finding things to do outside may be more tricky than in years past, but it’s certainly not impossible. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Some of them can be done at your Avilla Homes community, and some of them will encourage you to explore and enjoy the environment near your home.

5 Things To Do For Fun This Fall

  1. Go for a hike. While driving even moderate distances to popular hiking areas runs the risk of exposure to the coronavirus at rest stops, restaurants, etc., you still have lots of options for choosing a place to walk, run, or hike safely, either in your own neighborhood or nearby. Most of the safety precautions you need to take are simple and not especially challenging.
  2. Go for a drive to see the fall foliage. Though long drives to the country’s most popular leaf-peeping areas may not be practical during 2020, you can review this interactive map and discover the best days to play a day trip to see the changing leaves near you.
  3. Plant an autumn garden. Here’s a thing to do that will get your hands dirty! Many parts of the United States have fall weather that is mild enough to plant flowers or vegetables. Quick-growing veggies such as leaf lettuces, turnips, and radishes need cool soil to bud. You can also plant garlic, onions, or crocuses and daffodils – a flower or vegetable that comes in bulb form will snooze through the winter and show itself when the spring weather is mild enough for them to bloom.
  4. Decorate your porches for fall. When looking for fall things to do, what could be more fun than decorating the front or back porch of your Avilla Home for the season? Whether it is just plopping a few pumpkins and gourds around the door, or adding harvest-themed garlands and wreaths to create an entire porch display, your creativity is the only limit when outfitting your house for autumn. Bonus: add holiday-specific decorations as appropriate!
  5. Spend an evening stargazing. Your entire household can take in the majesty of the skies during this season. Whether you want to do your viewing with just your eyes, or with the help of a pair of binoculars or a telescope, there are plenty of resources to help you set stargazing goals. It’s important to dress appropriately for nighttime temperatures and find viewing locations that are not crowded. Some Avilla Homes residents may have to travel a short distance outside of their metro area to find an adequately dark sky, but the reward can be an unforgettable experience of learning about the universe in which we live.

Avilla Homes communities provide a host of amenities, such as 24/7 maintenance service and a trash valet, that free up time for you to spend having fun in the coming season. If you need more suggestions for things to do outside, either near your home or in the surrounding area, contact your community’s main office.