Nearly synonymous with Alabama, football is one of the most essential elements to the state’s fall season. Whether you bleed crimson and white for the University of Alabama or cheer for the Auburn Tigers, attending a college football game will engulf you in a long-standing Alabama tradition that is unlike any other.
Autumn gives way to plenty of opportunities for wildlife sightings. Many of Alaska’s large mammals are in full-time gorge mode as they prepare for the winter months. These animals make their way toward lower elevations seeking berries, fish and other bits of food. If you love viewing animals, fall means terrific sightings in just about all of Alaska’s habitats.
Cities such as Phoenix, Tucson, Scottsdale, Mesa and so forth are known for their cultural fests, animal fairs, and rich heritage. Try the annual Navajo Nation Fair, Apache County Fair or Yavapai County Fair to learn more about the rich history and tradition of Arizona and munch on the local cuisine.
Russellville, Arkansas’s Downtown Fall Festival and Chili Cookoff has been rockin' the town’s historic district since 1992. Come hungry, and expect some seriously delicious samples from the chili cookoff, as well as the pie and cake contests. There will be a bike ride, live entertainment, a car and truck show, games and crafts for the kids and a children's costume contest.
Make the Halloween season extra spook-tacular at Knott’s Spooky Farm, a family-friendly Halloween celebration geared for kids ages 3 to 11. Children can trick-or-treat through Ghost Town to collect sweet treats. Treat bags containing event maps and other goodies will be distributed, and fun Halloween-themed shows are in store. Camp Snoopy Theater plays host to the “Monsters are Coming” show where children are encouraged to participate in the daily costume contest. The Halloween Hootenanny returns as The Timber Mountain Log Ride transforms with spooky but family-friendly surprises.
What’s fall without visiting a pumpkin patch or running through a corn maze? While there are lots of places to do both in Colorado, the longest-running corn maze is Anderson Farms in Erie. It features a 25-acre corn maze and pumpkin patch in addition to a wealth of other activities like hayrides, gem mining, gourd launching, pedal karts and more. There’s also some spooky attractions for Halloween, like the ghost town, Zombie Paintball Hunt and Terror in the Corn.
At Beardsley's Cider Mill & Orchard, the Farm store offers apples, pies, cider donuts, scones, and fruit bread. Pick your apples on September weekends, and come in on weekends after 11 a.m. to get a fermenting container filled with fresh-pressed untreated cider to make your own hard cider.
See the famous Sea Witch on parade alongside her costume-clad cronies at Rehoboth Beach's for the annual Sea Witch Festival. This one-of-a-kind maritime favorite offers all sorts of family fun, including live bands, horse shows, competitions and games. A wide variety of tasty foods are also available.
While most fall food and wine festivals are held over a weekend, the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival in Orlando lasts for weeks. With more than 25 global marketplaces, you can can sip and taste your way around the world just by walking around EPCOT’s World Showcase. Be sure to look for special events, including culinary demonstrations by celebrity chefs.
Kinsey Family Farm offers family fun in Gainesville. The farm is open to the public from mid-September through October—with free admission. This is a great place to find pumpkins and gourds of various colors and sizes. Hayrides are also offered, with rides running continuously all day on weekends. Kids will also enjoy the barn animals and fish feeding, and there’s a scenic picnic area that overlooks a pond to enjoy a packed lunch.