7 Activities For Matches To Do This Fall

Fall in the midwest; there’s nothing better. School is back in session, the leaves are changing, the temperature is cooling down, and there’s a renewed excitement for outdoor activities and fun. Here’s a list of things to do in our area with your Big or Little this fall.

1. See the fall colors from the best angle in town

Take advantage of the bluffs and get a full view of the colors changing around us. For the view without the sweat, take a drive up to Grandad Bluff Park or Rim of the City Road in La Crosse, or Garvin Heights Park in Winona. For a workout, hike through Hixon Forest in La Crosse, located right off of highway 16.

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2. Visit a pumpkin patch and pet farm animals

It seems there are pumpkin patches around every corner. Rainbow Ridge Farms is a great destination for fall fun. It’s a cute little bed and breakfast with a farm and hayride to the pumpkin patch, a farm shop, and best of all, baby farm animals! They are open on weekends, just minutes from the Valley View Mall in Onalaska. It’s free, except for the pumpkin you choose, of course.

3. Go apple picking

Along with pumpkin patches, apple orchards are a must-visit this time of year. Ecker’s Apple Farm is located in Trempealeau and has delicious apple treats of all kinds, (my personal favorite, the caramel apple with Reese’s Pieces), tractor rides, and on the weekends, food trucks and live music! It’s free to roam around and enjoy, just pay for the apple’s you take home or delicious treats you snack on while overlooking the beautiful orchard.

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4. Make a fall craft

Look no farther than Pinterest for this one; your options are endless. Make cute pine cone animals, leaf paintings, or twig hearts with materials found in nature. Don’t forget about the biggest fall craft of all, carving pumpkins! (Or painting pumpkins, putting stickers on pumpkins… be creative!)

5. Have a Halloween movie marathon

Whether you like terrifying movies, like Halloween and Saw, or spooky films like Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown, there is something to watch for everyone. Grab some candy corn and hot chocolate, and kick up your feet for a day full of movies that are sure to inspire your costume for the year.

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6. Check out a football game

For most people, fall means football. Bundle up and cheer on your local high school team on Friday night, or cheer on the Packers, Vikings, or whoever you root for, from the warmth of your couch on Sunday.

7. Walk in a parade with us!

Last but not least, take a walk with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region in the Torchlight Parade on September 29th. It’s the kick off to La Crosse’s most popular weekend. Don’t miss out on this glow in the dark themed parade. Contact Nicki at nkammel@7riversbbbs.org for more information, and we’ll see you there! It’s going to be a fun one.

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