30+ Fall Fun Activities in Ohio

As the vibrant hues of autumn start to paint the landscape and the scent of cinnamon apples fills the air, Fall quietly announces its arrival, much to the delight of many. With the changing of the season comes a gentle nudge to slow down, unwind, and embrace the essence of Fall. This year, I am eager to embark on over 30 delightful activities with my daughter and family, and I invite you to join in the festivities.

As you compile your Fall bucket list, remember to carve out days for rest and relaxation. Happy Fallidays, Ohio!

Explore a pumpkin patch: Spend a day amidst the golden fields of pumpkins, the quintessential Fall experience. And don’t forget to host a pumpkin carving party with friends!

Attend Boo at the Zoo: Join in the Halloween fun at the Columbus Zoo, where light-hearted festivities await visitors of all ages.

Go apple picking: Revel in the bounty of Fall by picking crisp, juicy apples at Lynd Fruit Farm, a cherished tradition for many.

Sample pumpkin beer at a brewery: Indulge in the flavors of Fall with seasonal brews, including pumpkin ales, at local breweries.

Brave King’s Island Halloween Haunt: Experience spine-chilling thrills at the transformed amusement park, complete with scare mazes and live entertainment.

Gather around a bonfire: Host or attend a cozy bonfire with loved ones, complete with s’mores and stories under the starry night sky.

Visit a local winery or coffeeshop: Savor the flavors of Fall with a smortado from Roosevelt Coffeehouse or a red wine flight from Powell Village Winery.

Rent a cabin or treehouse: Escape to nature’s embrace with a serene getaway to Hocking Hills, the Mohicans, or Amish country.

Marvel at Ohio’s Fall foliage: Witness nature’s breathtaking transformation as the leaves paint the landscape in hues of gold and crimson.

Attend a football game: Cheer on your favorite team, whether it’s The Ohio State Buckeyes or the Cleveland Browns, and soak in the excitement of game day.

Explore scenic hiking trails: Immerse yourself in the beauty of Fall with invigorating hikes through Ohio’s picturesque landscapes.

Bike through the city or countryside: Enjoy the crisp Fall air as you pedal through scenic routes, taking in the sights and sounds of the season.

Visit a farmer’s market: Discover the season’s bounty at local farmer’s markets, brimming with fresh produce and delectable treats.

Indulge in a caramel apple: Treat yourself to this quintessential Fall delight, available at pumpkin patches and orchards across the state.

Escape to a romantic bed and breakfast: Reconnect with your loved one amidst the cozy comforts of a charming bed and breakfast retreat.

Embark on a scenic train ride: Experience the nostalgia of train travel with themed rides and breathtaking views aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway.

Tour The Ohio State Reformatory: Step into history at this iconic filming location of The Shawshank Redemption and immerse yourself in the Haunted Mansfield Trail.

Participate in a fall 5K: Embrace the cooler weather with a fun run or Turkey Trot, perfect for getting active before Thanksgiving dinner.

Shop for glass pumpkin art: Adorn your home with exquisite glass pumpkins from local artists, adding a touch of elegance to your Fall decor.

Attend Halloween HighBall: Join the nation’s most elaborate costume party in the Short North Arts District, showcasing stunning costume designs and creativity.

Experience Pumpkins Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory: Delight in enchanting displays and family-friendly fun during this magical event.

Enjoy a hayride: Relax and unwind with a leisurely hayride, a perfect activity for the whole family.

Make fall candles: Create your own cozy ambiance at home with DIY candles infused with seasonal scents like cinnamon and pumpkin.

Host a murder mystery party: Gather friends for an evening of intrigue and suspense, or challenge yourself with an escape room adventure.

Immerse yourself in the Ohio Renaissance Festival: Step back in time to a 16th-century village filled with thrilling shows, food, and unique attractions.

Experience the Circleville Pumpkin Show

Indulge in pumpkin-themed delights at one of the nation’s largest pumpkin festivals.

Fly with the trolls at Aullwood Audubon: Explore whimsical natural art structures amidst the beauty of Aullwood’s scenic trails.

Discover dinosaur displays at the Columbus Library: Uncover prehistoric wonders and enjoy dino-themed activities for all ages.

Visit Young’s Dairy Fall Farm Pumpkin Fun: Delight in pumpkin treats and fall family fun at this beloved farm.

Celebrate Schmidt’s Oktoberfest: Join in the festivities at this beloved community festival, featuring something for everyone to enjoy.

Make buckeyes or visit The Buckeye Lady: Indulge in these irresistible treats, perfect for pairing with a warm beverage on crisp Fall days.

Enjoy rooftop dining at Lincoln Social: Soak in stunning views of the city while savoring delicious cuisine at this Short North hotspot.

With an abundance of Fall activities to choose from, there’s something for everyone to enjoy as we embrace the beauty and magic of the season.

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