As the leaves begin to change and cooler weather approaches, we’re reminded why fall is a Northeast Ohio favorite season. In this community, there’s an activity or experience for every member of your family to enjoy. Here are a few most-loved fun, fall family activities that will ensure fun for all!
Part mystery, part outdoor adventure, questing is sure to excite everyone in the family. Perfect for families with older children, questing is a fun outdoor adventure series in the Ohio & Erie Canalway, designed to help you discover the natural and cultural gems of the National Heritage Area and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. With treasure hunts, stories, rhyming clues, and maps, this is an adventure that will get even the sulkiest teenager off their phones and into nature. Check out more info and pick the quest that’s right for you here.
All aboard! Grab the whole family and enjoy The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Perfect for families with kiddos both young and old, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers excursions year-round. The train travels north-south through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, between Independence and Akron. There are three main boarding stations — Rockside Station, Peninsula Depot and Akron Northside Station. There are also additional stops for Bike Aboard passengers. With a variety of excursions at different price points, you’re sure to find your adventure and enjoy the beauty of the parks from the comfort of their train cars. Grab your littlest kiddos and those young-at-heart for their annual North Pole Adventure.
Voted one of Northeast Ohio’s top 100 destinations is Szalay’s Farm Market. The market is an old-fashioned farm that offers fresh fruits and vegetables and local homemade goodies! Great for children of all ages (and the young at heart) Szalay’s in the autumn is a great weekend destination - with a fun and challenging corn maze, pumpkins and gourds, apples and cider, you will definitely want to bring your camera!
Fall is one of the best times to explore nature and enjoy the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and all its Autumn wonder! Hike or bike four sections of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail during the Goodyear Towpath Trek to receive your commemorative pin. Those that love nature can also view leaves on the Towpath! Check out the recommended sections, which are suitable for families with children of all ages (younger kiddos may want to enjoy the trek from the comfort of their stroller) or choose four of your own!
Last, but certainly not least, let’s talk about the star of the fall season...beautiful, Ohio foliage! With so many spots perfect for that family hike, nature walk, or Sunday drive, check out our explore tool to find the perfect leaf-viewing experience near you. Where will you explore this autumn season?