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4 Ideal Places to Spend a Fall Afternoon

Features & Advice | Patrick Clarke | September 16, 2016

4 Ideal Places to Spend a Fall Afternoon

Photo via Flickr/liz west

Fall is fast approaching, and for many regions of America autumn's arrival will signal last call for outdoor activities in 2016.

Fortunately there's no shortage of entertaining ways to spend your fall afternoons.

Here we'll highlight four places to spend an ideal autumn day.

Corn Mazes

Photo via Flickr/Valerie Everett. 

If you're up for a challenge then a corn maze is just the place to go.

Check out Danville, Vermont's Great Vermont Corn Maze. It's the largest in New England and unveils a new design each year.

For travelers visiting the West Coast, Cool Patch Pumpkins can't be beat. This world record-holding corn maze outside the California capital of Sacramento is the largest on the planet and features intermediate and advanced paths for seasoned maze-goers.

Cider Mills

Photo via Flickr/Jim D

Visiting the Midwest this fall? Don't leave before hitting up one of the region's popular cider mills.

Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is certainly worth a trip. Here, visitors will uncover not only delicious apple cider, but fruit wines and hard cider for adults.

READ MORE: America's Best Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Hayrides

Yates Cider Mill in Rochester Hills and Spicer's Orchard and Cider Mill in Fenton are also two of Michigan's finest destinations for fresh cider. The former's cider mill has been water-powered since the mid-19th century, while the latter pumps out not only fresh cider and wine, but doughnuts that pair perfectly. 

Apple Orchards

Photo via Flickr/Brendan Riley

Few fall activities are as relaxing as apple picking, and, thankfully, there's no shortage of stellar orchards to choose from this autumn, starting with Stribling Orchard in Virginia's colorful Shenandoah Valley.

Visitors to Stribling Orchard can choose from a variety of already picked apples or pick their own McIntosh, Jonathan, Gold Delicious or Red Delicious apples.

READ MORE: 4 Can't-Miss Northeast Fall Festivals in 2016

Out West, Parkdale, Oregon's Kiyokawa Family Orchards has been growing some of the nation's best apples for more than a century. In addition to tasty fruit, visitors to these orchards will notice fantastic views of Mt. Hood and plenty of space to enjoy their pickings.

Pumpkin Patches

Photo via Flickr/liz west. 

A stop by the pumpkin patch is a must in October, whether you're looking to find the perfect pumpkin for your Halloween Jack O'Lantern or simply take in some fresh air and atmosphere.

Pennsylvania's Linvilla Orchards is home to Pumpkinland, where more than 100 tons of pumpkins are on display alongside scarecrows and other figures. Pumpkinland is open now and will remain so through Nov. 6.

Elsewhere, Snohomish, Washington's Craven Farm boasts another standout pumpkin patch worth exploring. This 20-acre patch features more than two dozen varieties of pumpkins. The farm opens Sept. 24 and will remain open through Halloween.


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