Things to Do in Autumn in Atlanta

Atlanta has fall activities for all ages and tastes. Whether you are looking to enjoy the scenery, have some Halloween fun, take a family trip, or enjoy cultural activities, you can find something to do in this beautiful Southern city. Although not all activities are suited for all ages, there is something for everyone to do in Atlanta.

Apple Picking
North Georgia has beautiful apple orchards. A trip to one of the orchards in the Atlanta area can be just the thing for a family outing. For a nominal fee, some orchards are open to the public and allow you to bring fresh apples home to enjoy however you choose. Many orchards grow multiple types of apples, so you can find a treat for any taste.

Many orchards that are open to the public have offerings other than apples. From a selection of other pick your own fruits and vegetables, baked goods and preserves, and even entertainment activities, like inflatables and pig racing.  You can find a variety of fun things to keep everyone happy. This is especially true of the popular orchards like Hillcrest and Mercier, but even smaller orchards that offer pick your own apples will likely have refreshments and baked goods.

Corn Mazes
Corn mazes are a Halloween tradition in many places, and the Atlanta area offers a number of these mazes. The most famous mazes have other attractions as well. The most common of these is another fall tradition for many places, the hayride.

Other points of interest at corn mazes often include animals, possibly even a petting zoo. Whether these are activities like pig racing or cow milking, your family will likely be able to see the farm animals in person. The corn mazes usually have a “haunted” area, a barn or a spooky display in their maze itself. These are usually aimed at children, and will give them a fun day without being too scary for the young ones.

One of the most popular corn mazes in the Atlanta area is the Cagles Family Farm, which does put on a fall festival atmosphere. However, this isn’t the only corn maze in the Atlanta area. Look around, and you should be able to find a corn maze to suit your family’s taste.

Fall Festivals
Atlanta has a number of fall festivals, both with the traditional harvest festival theme or a cultural flair. From September to November, you can enjoy a number of festivals. There are offerings for both families with children and adults looking to have some fun by themselves.

For those looking for cultural activities, Atlanta has an excellent Greek Festival that allows visitors to enjoy the foods and traditions of Greece. There are a number of art shows, including Chalktoberfest with activities for both children and adults.  For the older crowd, there is also an Oktoberfest that offers food, music, and games, in addition to the wine, beer and schnapps.

Some other interesting fairs in October include Sunday in the Park, which is a Victorian street festival, offering a Victorian history lesson, as well as having music, food, and a costume competition. The Country Living Fair offers antiques and demonstrations of craft activities such as cooking, painting, and pottery. There are any number of fall fairs offering the traditional harvest foods and games, including the Georgia state fairs.

Enjoy some of Atlanta’s many food festivals put on this time of year. From the Atlanta Cheese Festival to the Seafood and BBQ Festival and the Taste of Atlanta Festival, there’s a culinary treat for everyone. The Taste of Atlanta Festival is particularly renowned as it allows visitors to taste offerings and view celebrity chef demonstrations. You can find a festival atmosphere to suit any taste in Atlanta.

Atlanta is located just east of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains, which have beautiful autumn foliage. A short drive north will take you to some amazing trails. Take a day and go hiking, biking, or on a trail ride in the nearby state parks and recreation areas. The cooler temperatures allow you to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the mountains.

There are a number of beautiful locations in the mountains of North Georgia. You can see the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi River, Amicalola Falls, which is over 700 feet tall. Or you could hike the Brasstown Bald Trail to the summit of the Brasstown Bald Mountain, 4,784 feet and with a spectacular view of not just Georgia, but the surrounding states to the north. There are also spectacular canyon trails at Tallulah Gorge. The areas of North Georgia surrounding Atlanta are some of the most beautiful in the state.

Other Activities
Although haunted houses are traditional for both families with children and adults, the famous haunted houses in Georgia cater to a more adult crowd. If you aren’t prepared for an intense experience, these haunted houses are probably not for you. However, Atlanta offers enough options that you can find an event that everyone can enjoy.


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