Fun Things to Do this Fall 2023

Dated: September 12 2023

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Fall is right around the corner and there is so much to do! Looking for some ideas on how to enjoy the season? Ohio’s travel and tourism website is a great place to start your search. They have a list of 100 Things To Do in Ohio This Fall. While some of their picks might take some travel time, we've included some ideas closer to home below.

Pumpkin Farms, Corn Mazes & Hayrides

September and October offer up all kinds of outdoor fun for everyone. If you have young ones to entertain, Southwest Ohio Parent Magazine put out a list of their favorite local pumpkin patches. The list also includes many places with hayrides and corn mazes. Three of our favorites happen to be Tom’s Corn Maze in Germantown, Windmill Family Farm in Springboro, Kleather's Pumpkin Patch in Springboro, and Brumbaugh Fruit Farm in Arcanum. You can find a more comprehensive list for all of southwestern Ohio here.

Hiking

There are so many great places to hike around the Miami Valley. Some of our favorite local spots include Twin Creek MetroPark , Cox ArboretumEnglewood MetroParkSugarcreek MetroPark, and Bill Yeck Park. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has developed the DETOUR app which allows you to explore the thousands of miles of hiking trails in our state from your computer or smartphone. Southwest Ohio Parent also put out a good list of trails to tackle in the area and you can see their recommendations here.

Festivals

We are in the midst of festival season and we post a list of things to do each weekend on social media. Hopefully, you have been able to enjoy a few events around the area. If you want to do something in September, you can visit Oktoberfest at the Dayton Art Institute, Germantown Pretzel Fest, Ohio Renaissance Festival, or the Lebanon Apple Festival. For a more complete list, check out Daytonlocal.com for more events.

Fall Foliage & Road Trips

Hocking Hills

This state park is about a 2-hour drive from Dayton and offers something for everyone. Hiking, ziplining, camping, cabin rental, and caves to explore.

Yellow Springs & John Bryan State Park

John Bryan State Park offers hiking, camping, disc golf, paddle boats, and rock climbing. After some time in nature, head into Yellow Springs which features shopping and some excellent dining options in a charming small town setting.

Walking Tours

Looking for a new adventure? Check out Cincinnati’s ArtWorks Mural tour. They offer either group tours or self-guided tours. German Village is another great place to explore on foot. If you want to explore closer to home, Preservation Dayton has 10 self-guided walking tours of local historic neighborhoods including Oregon District, South Park, and St. Anne's Hill.

Scenic Drives

Want to check out the best places in the state for fall color? Check out Ohio's Guide to the best fall foliage. Before you go, you might want to keep tabs on the fall color updates from the department of natural resources. If you’d like a more extended trip, check out this scenic drive that highlights 17 stops around the state for you to discover.

It’s easy to see why so many people pick autumn as their favorite season. Do you have a recommendation you’d like to see added to this list? There is so much to see and do. We hope you have a chance to explore something new this fall!

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Pat Bradley-Falke

I have been a Realtor for more than 46 years and have been with RE/MAX for the past 33 years. I have an education degree from Ohio State University and a master's in education from Wright State Unive....

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