Budget Friendly Fall Activities

Budget friendly fall activities are easy to come by.  The weather is a great mix of not too hot and not too cold.  The seasons are changing and if you live in a particularly hot climate, you finally feel like you can go outside!

There are so many options for budget friendly fall activities that are indoor and outdoor.  If you are looking for something to do that involves food, sports, exercise, kids, date-night, or friends, I have got you covered!

Check out eight of my favorite budget friendly fall activities.

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My family went camping every year when I was a kid.  For the most part, if we were road tripping (something we also did a lot) and staying in one location for a few nights, we would usually camp.  

We always had lots of fun, but now I know another reason why camping was the lodging of choice – it is extremely cheap!

In Virginia where we live, to camp in one of the state parks, it is $20-$25 per night.  For a site with water and electric, it is $30-$35 a night.  

MUCH cheaper than a hotel or renting a cabin.  And if you are really adventurous, you can drive or hike into some of the parks and find a spot to pitch a tent at NO cost.

If you do not already have camping gear, you can invest in a few things if you think this will be something you might do a few times, or ask a friend to borrow the necessary supplies.

Not sure what you need?  Head over to Pinterest and search for camping gear and you will find exactly what you’re looking for.  

Camping is one of my favorite budget friendly fall activities to do as a family with kids, just as a couple, or with a group of friends!  

Host a Yard Party

As the weather cools off, it is a great time to be outdoors.  If you want to get outside but save some money, why not enjoy your own backyard?

Fire up the grill for some burgers, hot dogs, and grilled veggies.  Invite some friends over and have them bring an appetizer, side, or dessert.  Potluck style is always budget friendly and it keeps the event low-stress.  

My favorite dish for a potluck: Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

If your backyard allows, you could set up a fire pit or bonfire to roast marshmallows as well.  Yard games such as cornhole, Can Jam, and yard dice could be big hits as well!

Get creative and see what sort of fun event you can put together this fall.

Host a Tailgate

Maybe you aren’t much of an outdoorsman.  

What other fall activity do people love? Football!  

Host a tailgate and viewing party for your favorite matchup this season.  You can go potluck style with this as well, or do an all-appetizer party.

Another idea is a chili cook-off.  This serves as an activity for people to participate in before the game (with a little healthy competition) and provides food for a crowd.

Check out my favorite chili recipe.

This is probably the easiest to put together (delegate!) of the budget friendly fall activities.

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Depending on where you live, there are usually some great hiking spots within an hour or two of most cities.  Hiking is a perfect fall activity because it gets you outside and exercising and there are usually awesome sights to see.

Grab a group of friends or plan a romantic date and pick a spot to hike.  Bring a picnic lunch or an assortment of snacks and make a day out of it!

Most state or national parks will have marked trails with maps (so you can determine the exact distance and difficulty of the hike) and if there is a fee to get into the park, it is usually a fairly low.  

This is also a great budget friendly fall activity because this is the only time of year to see the leaves changing, which makes for a whole different scenic experience!

Take a Drive

Another “indoor” option this fall is to simply take a drive through a scenic part of your state.  This is especially good if you cannot hike due to physical limitations, but you still want to enjoy the fall leaves and scenery.  

Look up a great drive through some mountains, the desert, or along the coast and blast your favorite music as you take in the sights.

Many scenic drives also offer overlook spots for you to pull over and snap a few photos – perfect if you are working on your photography!

This is a great solo activity if you are looking for some time to yourself.

Pack a lunch or stop at a local place to grab something along the way.  

Apple Picking

Look up a local orchard in your area and head out to pick some apples this fall!  Many commercial orchards will have a fall festival as well as other activities during their peak season.

Picking apples can be more expensive if you go overboard, so be sure to limit the number of apples that are picked by you, your spouse, and your kids!  Since most people will buy apples anyway, you should be able to justify the cost for this activity.

The good news is that if you know what you are doing, you can get tons of fresh apples for the entire season to make all sorts of homemade items throughout the fall.  

Pumpkin Patch

Another tasty budget friendly fall activity is to go pick a pumpkin at a pumpkin patch.  If you have kids, this can be especially exciting.

Many pumpkin patches will have festivals or offer activities for kids to do in addition to pumpkin picking.  In our area, the pumpkin patches have hayrides, animals to pet and feed, playgrounds, mazes, etc.

Do your research and sometimes you may be able to find some pumpkin patches that offer free entry if you are just picking pumpkins or if you come on a certain day of the week.  Check whether you will be paying per pound or a flat price for your pumpkins.

Picnic lunches would work well here as well if you are going to hang out for the day.

Wine Tasting

I would say that my all-time favorite thing to do in the fall is to go wine tasting.  Wine tasting can become expensive if you don’t watch yourself but can be done for pretty cheap as well.  

Plan on visiting a winery that is having an event or bringing lunch, chairs, a picnic blanket, and maybe even a few card or board games.  One of my current favorites.

Buy a bottle to share or even just a glass to enjoy.

If you want to visit multiple wineries, plan on just doing a tasting which can range from $5-$12 in our area, and limit yourself to getting one glass at your favorite place or a bottle to share.

This is a great idea for a date, to do with visiting parents or siblings, and even to take kids along if there is an outdoor space!

Just because you are on a budget does not mean you can’t have fun.  Enjoy the outdoors and the beautiful weather if that is your thing, or enjoy the indoor activities that come with the fall season like cooking, baking, and football.

What are some of your favorite budget friendly fall activities?

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  • Rita

    A friend of mine combines two of your favorite activities yard party and camping. Melissa and John host a family yard party camp out each fall. They have several acres and have had as many as 8 or 10 families overnight camping.