Fall Camping Activities
Brisk refreshing mornings, spending the afternoons fishing by the river, and the evenings gathered around a big campfire, fall camping activities are magic. And they aren’t just magic; they are heavenly!
Camping in fall is one of the few activities you will forever wish to do repeatedly. You get up to the sun’s golden rays illuminating the beautiful landscape overlooking your camping ground, drown in the fresh breeze, and relish the priceless serenity of the jungle.
It gets even better when summer’s blazing hot days are long gone, replaced with shorter and cooler autumn days that are perfectly spent in the wilderness. You hit the hike trails on a chilly morning, grab a mid-morning snack deep in the woods, spot birds and wildlife in the afternoon, and end the day with a little party in the wild.
But there are more fall camping activities to do than just having fun.
As a fantastic way to spend time with your family, fall camping can also be a wonderful opportunity to connect, rejuvenate, and enjoy your tight bonds amidst the beauty of nature. And because throughout the 3, 4, or 5 days you will need to have as much fun as possible, your ideal fall camping activities should guarantee endless thrill.
Instead of just going fishing or swimming in the mornings and spending your afternoons hiking the beautiful landscape around, why don’t you try the following fall camping activities?
Piling and Balancing Rocks
Enough of swimming, fishing, or kayaking – you are all bored of it already. But it isn’t time to leave for the tent just yet. Mmm…who has an idea?
Well, do you have any idea how much fun it could be piling and balancing those rocks? It is creative and meditative that anyone in your family can do. You can split yourselves into groups, and compete in creating the tallest, most stable piles of stones by the river. And perhaps set aside a prize for the tallest.
Making piles from small pieces, you will be amazed at how fascinating the activity will be. The challenge will be to balance rocks, one on top of the other, in a way that they counterweigh and balance for the longest period.
This game must involve rocks alone, and whoever builds a pile that lasts the longest should be declared the winner. It is one of the best ways of having wholesome fun together as a group. However, be sure to do it in a safe and risk-free spot by the lake or along the river.
Go on a campsite scavenger hunt
Need an idea for the best camping activities for kids? Maybe a scavenger hunt will do.
To play this game, create a list of all items you can easily find in your immediate environment and let the kids find them. The list can include such simple objects as leaves, twigs, rocks, and pinecones to those that are a bit challenging to find.
To make the game a lot more exciting, be more specific with the treasures to be collected. Or, perhaps choose objects that are way harder to find – things like maple leaves, feathers of a crow, specific tree types.
A campsite scavenger hunt can also involve taking photos of birds, insects, or animals. However, try to make it a cooperative (instead of competitive) adventure. And also, let the kids participate in it within a single designated area. Don’t forget to note all safety precautions ahead and advise them accordingly.
Ordinary hikes are great during fall camping activities for adults. However, they might prove too tough and quite punishing for your little ones. If they are dying for a little afternoon hike, and you can’t do much to stop them, try to do a kid-guided hike instead.
Basically, make it a whole-family hike. Opt for a shorter, less-rigorous trail and let them lead the way. Along the way, let the kids stop to view the scenic landscape and identify landmarks. It is the best way to help them understand the environment and practice basic dos and don’ts of hiking.
Bird watching and wildlife spotting
Fall camping without going on bird watching is a huge miss. It’s usually a perfect migration period for lots of species of birds and thus a great opportunity to spot rare and often-talked-about birds, including those that are native to the area.
You don’t have to be a bird-watching heartthrob or a wildlife lover to participate in this activity. Being in the wild, with your pair of binoculars, gazing at the birds as they happily fly by, is an incredibly satisfying outing.
However, bring along a bird identification book where you will record different species of birds and animals found in the area. Important notes to enter in your book about them would include their names, colors, size, and behavior. Be watching not to get too close to them.
To take the kid’s scavenger hunt to a whole new level, add a different twist to the original e find-the-hidden-object activity. Better than all the ordinary camping activities in the rain, geocaching is incredibly exciting.
Someone will hide objects and share their GPS coordinates for you to find. The best part of it is that whoever locates the highest number of them automatically wins. You may even use the ordinary smartphone app geocaching games to heighten the thrill.
When geocaching at your fall camping, however, observe local laws and pick an area that’s easy to scavenge around. If you are hunting as a family, let the kids lead the search so that they enjoy the activity as well. Most importantly, respect the property around and don’t harm plants, animals, and the environment in general.
Fall camping game ideas do not have to involve going away from the camp. You can organize obstacle games and team relay races involving everyone in the camp and form teams to participate in them. A series of obstacle games, including jumping ropes, water balloons, sack race, hula hoops, and frog-jumps are some of the best ideas to start with.
Other camping activities ideas
You can engage in cooking and prepare an all-family treat for fun, listen to stories around a campfire, organize a mini-karaoke, or simply go fishing. Or even play arcade games, tug-of-war, hide-and-seek, or tag games.
Essentially, there’s an unlimited list of fall camping activities you can do. In whichever activity you choose, have as much fun as possible. Let it be all-inclusive as well so that you all enjoy the fun and thrill of it.