As Northern states enjoy the vibrant colors of leaves changing, the excitement of apple picking, and those cozy warm sweaters, here in Florida we experience Fall in a different way. The kiss of cooler air and lower humidity call us out of our summertime hibernation to enjoy outdoor activities.
With the hot sticky summer moving out, the more desirable temperature call us outside. We set up park play dates, take nature hikes, enjoy an afternoon picnic, hit the less crowded beaches, and even consider camping (or even glamping!).
Our Florida Fall memories are a weave of the flavors of the season with a twist – outdoor experiences and adventures, and creating crafts with nature’s treasures that are collected along the way.
Central Florida counties and cities have a wide selection parks and recreational areas. You can hike, fish, bike, camp, and play on some amazing playgrounds. Looking for a place to get outside – Orange County Parks and Seminole County Parks. Did you know that Central Florida has over thirty miles of bike trails. These pathways are part of a 250-mile Coast to Coast Connector linking St. Petersburg to Titusville. The paths are wide and safe from traffic, making it ideal for a family to ride. You can find a trail head near you at Bike trails and maps of Central Florida.
It’s always a good idea to bring paper lunch bags along, labeled with each child’s name, to carry the treasures they collect. We enjoy spending an afternoon getting creative by crafting with the nature items that were collected. The kids have fun making leaf rubbings in fall colors, imagining pine cone animals, designing fairy gardens, assembling nature weaves, and painting a walking stick.
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