Fall in East Tennessee is a beautiful time of year. The trees turn gorgeous colors, there are leaves everywhere, and there are plenty of wonderful places to visit and see. It’s a great time of year to take your kids outside without having to worry so much that they’ll get overheated, and they’ll have opportunities to explore that they wouldn’t have any other time of year.
Corn mazes. This is the time of year when you can “get lost and have fun” all at the same time! Many corn mazes come complete with trivia questions to tell you which way to turn when you get to various markers. It’s good exercise and a great way to spend an afternoon! Just make sure you know when the maze will be “haunted,” if that’s something that takes place at your maze of choice—that’s definitely not an appropriate experience for little ones.
Pumpkin patch. You’re going to carve pumpkins for Halloween, right? Why not give your kids the experience of choosing their own straight from the patch? Many will offer a tractor ride or hay ride to add to the fun. The pumpkins will probably be a bit bigger later in the season, but don’t wait too long—the best ones will all have been snatched up. Just be forewarned: pumpkins may be a bit more expensive at the patch than they will be at a grocery store. You might consider buying one of your pumpkins at the patch and picking up the rest later.
A hike in the mountains. Tourists flock to the mountains every year to see what you can visit any time you want! A mid-week visit will likely be much less crowded than a weekend visit, and planning around fall break may be to your benefit if possible. If hiking is a bit too strenuous for you or your younger children, consider going for a drive and looking at the leaves instead! If you get lucky, you might get a glimpse of an animal or two along the way.
Fall festivals. What would fall be without kettle corn, funnel cakes, and chicken on a stick? Events like this often have many activities available for children, many of which are free—so why not take advantage?