The Ultimate Fall Bucket List for Families in Columbus

Columbus is hopping in the fall from apple picking to pumpkins, fall festivals, Buckeye fever, and more.

It’s a great season to live or visit Central Ohio, especially for families. Use this fall bucket list as you make your plans the next few months – you will not want to miss these events.

Apple Picking

Apple Picking is a classic for fall. Apple picking is fun while doing it and at home while making homemade applesauce, apple pie, and more.  To make your apple picking experience even more enjoyable remember to pack the following; closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, hand sanitizer, and snacks.

Cherryhawk Apple Orchard (check the website daily for hours)

Branstool Orchards (Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm)

Lynd’s Fruit Farm  (weekends 9am-6pm weather permitting)

Nature Walk


Go outside and enjoy a Nature Walk! Highbanks Metro Park, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, and Slate Run Metro Park are all great options for this.  Look and collect the different types of leaves, hunt for animal tracks and guess which animal was here before you, see if you can find pine cones, ant hills, birds nests, worms, and more on your nature walk.  You could even make it a scavenger hunt with an ice cream treat at the end.

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Visit a Corn Maze


The Maize at Little Darby Creek is the perfect place to check this activity off the list.  Every year the theme changes and the 2020 theme is celebrating Union County’s covered bridges.

They are open Friday 5pm-10pm Saturday noon-10pm and Sunday noon-6pm

Base admission for ages 3-69 is $10

Ages 60+ $5

2 and under – FREE

More info can be found on their website.

Looking for other corn maze suggestions? Don’t Get Lost! The Best Corn Mazes In Ohio

Fall Farms


Leeds Farm, Lynd’s, Pigeon Roost, Jacquemin Farms, and Lehner’s are all great fall farms that offer pumpkin picking as well as hayrides, corn boxes, small rides, and more.

Visit Hocking Hills

Take a drive to see the fall colors. We love you so much we made it easy to know which routes to take. Use this guide to help you know which direction to go and pay attention to the fall foliage guide to see when the leaves will be changing. 

via Odot/Flickr

Other Fun Stuff…

  • Stop by the Columbus Zoo for Boo at the Zoo or Harvest Blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory.
  • Watch the Buckeyes and make buckeyes! I love using this time of year to make one of my favorite treats.  Is there anything better than the chocolate/peanut butter combo that is a Buckeye?
  • Paint Pumpkins
  • Jump in a Pile of Leaves
  • Make Caramel Apples (or just eat one because making them is a lot of work) 
  • Get family photos taken. The change in the leaves, the autumn colors, and the cool air makes for the perfect time to have family photos taken.
  • Take a bike ride
  • Have a cook-off with friends – chili, soups, comfort food…all of it.  
  • Have a backyard camp out – or if you’re like me send your husband and kids to the backyard and enjoy the house to yourself.
  • Make a pine cone bird feeder.  This one can get messy so make sure to head outside with a jar of peanut butter, bird seed, and pine cones.  The directions are easy: Step 1 – Coat the pinecone in peanut butter Step 2 – Dip pinecone in birdseed Step 3 – add string and hang up outside (preferably by a window) for the birds to enjoy.  Step 4 – Watch from your window as the birds enjoy the treat you made them

Now get out there and enjoy the season!

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