Autumn has arrived! The harvest season. A cornucopia of wonderful foods, traditions, and activities: apple cider, pumpkin pie, gorgeous foliage, football games, Halloween, Thanksgiving . . . what’s not to love? If you’re ready to celebrate the season with your family and loved ones, explore our list of fall activities for seniors in Nebraska.
Fall Activities for Seniors in Nebraska
Visit a pumpkin patch.
If you’re looking for an activity for the whole family, a pumpkin patch is the perfect place to go! Bundle up in your favorite flannel and scarf, and head to one of the dozens of pumpkin patches scattered around the state. Often, in addition to pumpkins, they offer haystack rides, corn mazes, haunted houses, and other fun things to do. And when you get home, you can paint your pumpkin and add it to your autumn decor!
Pick your own apples.
Another wonderful outdoor activity, apple-picking is always a family favorite. Like pumpkin patches, apple orchards often offer other things to do these days, including shopping! Many have “farm stands” that sell fresh produce as well as goodies like apple cider, apple butter, mulling spices, homemade jam, and more. And when you get home, you could make an apple pie, apple sauce, apple chips, an apple tart, or whatever you like!
Cheer on your favorite football team.
For many Americans, the best thing about fall is the advent of football season! And in Nebraska, it’s all about the Cornhuskers, or “Huskers,” representing the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at Memorial Stadium. Go Big Red! Whether you grab tickets for a game or watch at home with your buddies, it’s always a good time.
Head to a local or state park.
One of the best ways to enjoy fall is to simply go for a walk! Embrace the great outdoors, whether that’s in your own backyard, a local park, or one of Nebraska’s gorgeous state parks, like Chadron State Park, Indian Cave State Park, Smith Falls State Park, Fort Robinson State Park, or Ponca State Park. You’ll get to enjoy stunning views and colorful foliage. You could also combine this activity with another hobby, such as photography, bird-watching, or even writing. Enjoy the mild temperatures before winter arrives!
Check out community events.
Cities all over Nebraska celebrate autumn with festive celebrations that bring their communities together. Find an event in a town near you. The following are just a few of your options:
- Applejack Festival in Nebraska City (an autumn festival)
- Junk Jaunt in Central Nebraska (a 300-mile continuous yard sale)
- Hallowfest in Ponca (an autumn festival)
- Petersburg Punkin’ Chunkin’ in Petersburg (a festival surrounding a pumpkin-throwing competition)
- Harvest Moon Fall Festival in Chadron (an autumn festival)
- Ghoulish Garden Adventure in Omaha (Halloween fun at Lauritzen Gardens)
- Autumn Festival, An Arts and Crafts Affair in Ralston (an arts and crafts show)
Which of these fall activities for seniors in Nebraska strikes your fancy? Fortunately, the season has only just begun, so you have plenty of time to squeeze in them all!
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