The beautiful change of seasons is just one of the many things that makes Atlanta a beloved hometown for many area residents. With Fall officially upon us, the coming weeks promise a treasure trove of Fall festivals, plenty of opportunities for pumpkin hunting, a fiery color palette of changing leaves in the trees, and a deliciously slight chill in the air. Everyone has their favorite Fall traditions – from roasting marshmallows over an open fire to taking a flying leap into a pile of freshly raked leaves. For those of you who might need a little inspiration, here’s a list of our top 10 Atlanta autumn activities.
1) Wait an Apple Pickin’ Minute!: Georgia has a number of terrific destinations where families can pick their own apples right off of the tree or leave it to the experts and snag their bag at the farmer’s market (see below). Hillcrest Orchards, B.J. Reece Orchards, and Red Apple Barn in Ellijay all offer apple picking through the end of October. It's a terrific way to slow down and make a few memories with the family (showing them who will always be the apple of your eye.)
2) Trade Fast Food for Farm Fresh: This Fall, pay a visit to a local farmers market. Some are permanent fixtures, while others are hosted in town centers on any given weekend. Some great ones to add to your list are Jaemor Farms in Alto and Commerce, Decatur Farmers Market in Decatur, East Atlanta Farmers Market in Atlanta, and OF COURSE the city’s famed Sweet Auburn Curb Market.
3) Hang On… This Could Get a Little Bumpy!: With all of this talk about local farms and farmers, it brings to mind a beloved and time-honored fall tradition… to go on a hayride. Local farms that offer hayrides to guests include The Southern Belle Farm in McDonough, Uncle Shuck’s in Dawsonville, Pettit Creek Farms in Cartersville, and Cagle’s Family Farm in Canton. Once the ride has come to an end, head over to the pumpkin patch to find a real beauty for your home in time for Halloween.
4) Get LOST!: While we’re not entirely sure where or why this dizzying fall tradition came to pass, it’s an annual outing for many families and a rite of passage for others to visit a corn maze. The fun is in trying to find one’s way out. A handful of great corn mazes can be found at Buford Corn Maze in Buford, North Georgia Corn Maze in Cleveland, Mitcham Farm in Oxford, and Corn Dawgs in Loganville. Many of these destinations offer pumpkin patches, as well.
5) Attack of the Creepy Crawlies: It’s the time of year for courageous souls and thrill seekers to brave a haunted house. Luckily for them, Atlanta is well-stocked in the haunted house-department – here are just a few to try on for size… the famed Netherworld in Norcross, Paranoia in Roswell, Camp Blood in Carrolton, and Dr. Fright’s Frightorium inside Six Flags Over Georgia during FrightFest.
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